JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml corked and caged from batch 007. Big props to Oakes for sending this my way. Gorgeous luminescent, completely transparent golden brew. Lasting fine-laced white head. Aroma is initially sweet and spicy, with a very soft yeast, candi sugar, light dustiness, apricots and some soft pear/apple notes. There is also some notable spicy hop aromas in here. Lots of aromas with perfect balance amongst all of them. Flavour is much maltier than is typical of most beers in this style. Loads of honeyish malt sweetness up front before some nice apricot and pear flavours add complexity. Soft and subtle yeasty spice flavour appear before some nice orange citrus peel makes an appearance. Despite all of the sweet descriptors, the beer finishes dry enough to make you crave another mouthfull immediately. Absolutely gorgeous brew.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Cantillon Open Brewing Day): Golden in colour. Smooth warming feel. Nice fruits balanced with dry biscuity malt flavours. A little yeasty, but still very drinkable.
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Yellow unclear. White dense head. Yeasty, sweet and woody brew. Has some fruitnotes. Spices are present but not dominant. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Ends on a sweet and spiced note.
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale gold with a little orange shine; disparate, very white head. I get some apricot, sugar, straw and faraway plywood. Sweet - but woody, very discreet. Finish is dry woody, like oak that’s nearly completely eaten out; also something distinctly vegetal. Quite sticky MF, well bodied, not really thick and a bit of alcoholwarming. Nice, but compared to the Supplication, extremely discreet, nearly shy. The balance, however, is near perfect.
YogiBeera (2466) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep orange color, fizzy white head. Nice, medium intense yeast dough nose. Grows in taste as it warms up, kumquats, grapefruit, koriander and lavender in taste with a nice peppery finish. Well balanced. Thanks a lot Saarlander for this treasure!
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely crystal clear golden color with a dusting of bubbly white head. Nose is fruity with subtle yeast undernotes. Hints of pear and faint alcohol. Flavor is clean as a whistle. with a grand fruity tartness and a subtle bitterness. Very crisp and cleansing. If you peeled the label off I’d swear it was one of belgiums finest.
IrishBoy (3822) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 On tap at the pub. Gold color with a white head. Hoppy pear aroma with a sweet hoppy taste. 7/3/7/4/13/3.4 2/28/06
Batch 001 750ml bottle, a gift from Vinnie and his cellar, at Enniskillen’s 2/11/12, Nose is light yeast, apricots, sweetness, and a bubblegum note. Crystal clear yellow orange with a small pale yellow head. Flavor is lightly sweet, fruity, with a very smooth, lightly sweet with a hint of bitter finish.
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours into the glass a violent bath of foam but forms a clear golden ale with only a thin layer of head. Aroma smells of a fine Belgian yeast lightly touched with fruit and spice. The drink is well carbonated and has a flavor of spice, yeast, pepper, pear and a perfect slicing of banana added. Its such a strong and firm golden ale for how light in appearance its density and color reveal it to be.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RR brewpub 2/18/06. Poured a clear golden color with a nicely retaining white head. Good sweet aroma with banana and citrus zest. Flavor has a subtle complexity with notes of fruit, spices and a citrus tartness. Light body with a nice dry finish. Another good Belgium ale from Russian River.
omhper (19309) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Clear golden. Complex aroma including grassy hops, deep malt and almonds. Sweet and very soft. The velvetty softness gives the aromatic flavours a lot of room. Low bitterness. Very Belgian in style, not pumped up with direct flavours, but more laid back, and with a wonderful malt character.