Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light bronze colored. Strong aromas of citrus, mainly comprised of lemons. Yeast and coriander accompany the nose to make a touch musty. The flavor has notes of bitter orange with some coriander and pepper to spice it up. Yeasty as well. The citrus also reminds one of lemon heads. The tail is a touch sour.
notalush (5182) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Odeed for this bottle - pours a slightly hazy golden color with a well-retained, foamy head - complex, earthy aroma of orange peel, banana, apple, vanilla, some yeast and pastry-like sweetness, and a subtle funkiness in the background - very soft on the palate - mildly sweet up front, with all the fruits from the aroma making appearances - this is followed by some medium-dry, herbal and hoppy qualities - a mild vanilla and clove flavor throughout - peppery finish, with just a hint of alcohol warmth arriving quite late - this is a great beer.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold hazy color – white medium head -nose yeast, green apple, bright - yeast, sour apple – champagne body – aftertaste slightly bitter, yeast
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of yeast and cobwebs as the cork is removed, giving way to pear as it pours, with huge banana coming out as it warms. Appears a clear golden-yellow with noticeable effervescence, and with a huge frothy white head that reduces but does not dissipate. Flavor is supremely balanced, with sweet honey as it strikes the tongue, soft bitter hops in the middle, and a clove and peppery spice at the finish. Palate is dry but not too dry, and very refreshing. Overall, an excellent brew and one which I am very happy to have tasted.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Pailhead, another bottle from whom I don’t recall right now. Golden with minimal head. Aroma has a huge skunk character, which I am not a fan of, but offset by residuel sugar and grassy hops. Reading other reviews, maybe this bottle had too much sun, who knows. Flavor again has all kinds of residuel sugar and floral hops. Skunk sort of fades away. Finishes very dry.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 <i> 750ml bottle - Batch 006</i>: Lemon blonde pour with a huge, creamy head. Leaves fantastic, sticky, spider web lacing. The nose is slightly sour with a lemony orange sweetness and fresh bread note. The body is sticky and fruity - apples, pear - lush, creamy mouthfeel. The body dries out in the finish. Very good. 4
<i>750ml - Batch 40</i>: The yeast doesn’t seem as springy as the earlier batch I had. Somewhat deadened, the esthers aren’t as punchy. Still, a solid example that shows some nice depth with the malt and yeast interplay. 3.6
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Vine (San Diego) Sweet and fruity, a bit syrupy. Nice strong golden color with a cloudy head. Complex flavors and noticable hops for a belgian. Finishes of pears and lemons, Strangely dry at the end... makes it refreshing with a slight warming.
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice strong golden ale. Good color and head retention. Fruity aroma and flavor with a dry finish.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big time pear and banana aroma ,some alcohol quickly comes and goes, cloudy dark gold, ,big floppy head, taste is much the same, high carbonation , hops are merely backing, just a touch of sweetness ,this is all about the perky fruit esters, with none of the typical Belgian yeast aftertaste,Kingpin you’d like it, it doesn’t have the hot dog juice taste you despise in Belgians
Kevin (2120) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright gold that continues to roll up bubbles from the base of my duvel tulip to the top curve of the glass with a cloud like sticky mass of foam. Very crisp nose of pear or red apples with a plowed field yeast level that I’m really digging on this 4th of July as I listen to Johnny cash follow Leonard Cohen and relax. Thick sweet flavor of banana, pear, light orange note, then it dries up in the finish leaving a great bitter taste and a touch of yeast. Lemon flavor is nice and enjoyable here, there are a lot of flavors poking their turtleheads out here, but it all works together in harmony. Now there is a cut from that monstrosity of an album called st. anger, what the fuck were they thinking with that drum sound? These are mostly the same guys that did ride the lightning, what happened? This makes me think of blueberry pancakes for some reason. I’m really enjoying this, now I know why TAR was pissed I didn’t call him when I found this bottle on my last road trip, this is damn good. Sorry about that, Jeff, I’ll try harder in the future. This gets better the as I drink it, the flavors become more distinct, a grassy taste emerges. Nothing like a good beer and some tunes to relax with and contemplate how Italy could beat Germany at the last minute like that, it was stunning, and I thought for sure I would see a shoot out to decide it. Oh well, to the numbers.
Ap-5 ar-8 tas-8 pal-4 ov-18