GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gloden beer with a hazy touch and a big white foam. Aroma of wheat and pilsmalts, also some yeast in the nose. Touch of herbs and white sugar. Full taste, malty light citrus fruits pepper and some alcohol in the end. Slight bitterness of hops in the afthertaste.
wxman (1738) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy, golden color with an eggwhite-like head that retains throughout. Wet bread, yeasty aroma leads to a sweet, fruity palate with minimal alcohol taste. After the first few swallows the warming alcohol makes itself evident. One of the best of the style, but a little pricy at $10.99 per 750 ml bottle.
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark straw pour, with huge fruit aromas. Tastes fruity, spicy, hoppy, with a semi-doughy, hefe-ish finish. Lots of fruit in here, with hops and malt, and a dry, yet firmk, candi sugarish finish. Well hidden alcohol.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum, aged 1.5 years, tulip glass. From my tasting, I would say this beer is grossly underrated. From the beginning of the pour to the end of the bottle, this was a joy. Smell was of melon, lemon, orange rind, and corriander. Orange gold in the glass with visible effervesence, the head was yellow-tan and retentive, with good lacing and good "racing." The taste was more acrid than acidic (which was unexpected), buttery, melony, spicy. The only complaint was on the mouthfeel: it was a bit watery in the finish. Other than that, this was very good. Maybe the flavors were a bit underdeveloped, but it had nice complexity and strength. Good beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was going to save this one for Talk Like a Pirate day this coming September but that is just too long to wait! 750ml botle Sparkling clear golden body topped by a frothy white head. Glass lace is decent. The aroma is peach, candi sugar, light alcohol, and a bit of Saison-esque spiciness. The flavor is a bit more alcoholic than the aroma leads on to. Sweetness is only moderate while the peachy fruitiness from the aroma is back with some tropical fruitiness. Medium dry alcoholic body. The finish is medium bitter with light acidity. Decent enough but it needs a bit more complexity to take it to the next level.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow with nice head. Slight skunky aroma. Full flavor. Balanced sweetness with some bitter bite. There is a faint pineapple under tone. There is also A little alcohol taste , but not over powering.
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark yellow in colour,another scary head,richer and more warming than the 9,plenty of summer fruits and spices,harder to finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the map room. Pours a lite straw w/ a frothy head. Sourish aromas with a typical belgian spiciness and some earthy hoppiness. Very sweet w/ a fair amount of vanilla. Soft body. No bitterness. Lots of alcohol in the finish.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Yellow ochre with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mildly sweet with hints spices (coriander, bay leaves) and rotten fruit. You sure can taste the alcohol.
It really doesn’t taste good. Kind of Like a f****d up Malt Liquor. At 10.5% alcohol it will get you messed up fast, and you won’t be able to taste it.The only thing novel about this drink is the 10.5%. It seems a lot of bad tasting beer compensates by being high in alcohol.
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. looks like honey in the glass...light carbonation...small frothy head that lasts as a cap. Aroma of musty fruit. Mouth is a pleasant surprise...medium body...even a bit smooth...noted hint of the alcohol in this beer. Nice balance of hops and malt...very pleasing beer feel to this drink..only hint of alcohol is the warm finish and the peach-banana phenols one whiffs just prior to the swallow.
Big beer with little complexity...a let down