jason (1753) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is oak with a blend of spices. Pours a clear orange body with thin head retaining. Flavor is slightly oak with spices of corriander and subtle fruit tones. Smooth.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Batch 12) This is a nice ale that covers all the bases. Good level of CO2. Complex, but I wish it were a bit drier. The sweetness keeps this from being a show stopper in my book.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 0.75l, 7.75% ABV) Deep golden color with a largeish, foamy and lacy head. Strongly grassy-hoppy aroma with neutral maltiness and hints of honey. Yeast smooths out the hops, making the aroma a bit dull. Grassy-hoppy flavor with balancing, sweetish and fruity maltiness. Yeast brings in lots more honey and fruit, but again, kills the hops. Medium-bodied, neutral, smooth-carbonated and quite refreshing palate. Although quite straightforward - not much more than a stronger, maltier pils - itís a pretty enjoyable one, too.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours gold with a generous lasting white head. Smells of bananas, citrus, some herbal qualities in the background. Tastes of bananas, coriander, peppery hops and random spiciness. Finish is light and tingly. Maybe itís because this is a follow up to a great beer, but this didnít pack the punch most of their other offerings do.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone Bistro in Escondido. Maybe I expected too much from this beer, but it didnít think it was anything too special. Medium gold with a thin white head. sweet aroma. Flavor was light and uninteresting. This was my first Russian River beer, and i was expecting a lot more. Not a bad beer, but doesnít measure up to great Belgians.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice fruity, spicy yeast aroma. Pours golden yellow, floaties, slightly cloudy. Smooth sweetness. Dry finish.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with a fizzy head. Nice spice aroma. Peppery flavour. It is a nice Golden Ale but fell short of style leaders. I found the body a little light and the flavour a little flat.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 9 Liter batch 20 at Ham’s 2nd Anniversary party, exceptional.
On tap at the Live Wire in San Diego, CA. Cloudy straw color with a small thin head. The nose is light and sweet with a typical belgian ale scent. The taste was dissappointing with much more feeling of a belgian wheat then a belgian strong. Possibly influenced by having Pliny the Elder first.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank from my Duvel chalice. Pours a golden color with a huge head. Took a while for the head to recede enough to drink.
Has a somewhat fruity/wine like smell in the nose.
Taste is very good. Smooth and creamy, and you can taste the vinous, wine like characteristics. This is a very good tasting beer. Very enjoyable and I hope that most of the Belgain Pale Ales that I have yet to try are this good.
If you havenít tried this one, Itís worth getting your hands on one.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Caponeís in Norristown...
Appears a light gold with a small, soapy white head that quickly fades out. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light fruit highlighted with mild banana esters and spice. A remnant of doughy yeast comes through with gentle pepper aromatics and a touch of earthy spice.
Taste is similar to the aromas with a large base of pils malt filling out the flavor thatís complimented by light fruit and spices.
Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-sweet for the most part with a light, mild bitter bite at the end.