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 youíd like it, it doesnít have the hot dog juice taste you despise in Belgians
Kevin (2158) - 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 Iím 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. Iím really enjoying this, now I know why TAR was pissed I didnít call him when I found this bottle on my last road trip, this is damn good. Sorry about that, Jeff, Iíll 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
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 ml. caged cork brown bottle with a blurb and serving instructions on the right side/back of label, batch number 009.
Made a good appearance, poured a hazy orange hued golden with a frothy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, good carbonation.
Had a nose of bananas, pears, citrus and spicy alcohol, very Belgium.
A crisp, dry, slightly slick and carbonated smooth, more light than medium bodied mouthfeel, very good drinkability.
Nicely yeasty and malty taste with a quick hop bitterness, bananas, pear fruity, morning melons and lightly citric, spicy with a earthy hop bitterness that is quick and fleeting, and a good dry yeasty and malty finish. The alcohol provides a good warmth in the palate and is well blended and masked.
I thought this was a very enjoyable Belgian strong pale ale, balanced tasting and dangerously quaffable.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml (batch 008) - Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. Light lacing. Good carbonation. Has a fruity, yeasty aroma and flavor. Has a smooth dry finish. Medium body. Typical Belgium strong. A decent beer. Just not my style.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours Yellow with substantial white head. Nice hops flavor, that could have finished a bit crisper.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a medium head.Has a crisp, fruit flavors.Hints of pears and apples.The finish kind of left me with a knot in my throat.
marcus (7810) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark golden ale poured with a lovely white head and pleasant flowery aroma. There is a full flavor that is both malty and hoppy in equal parts. There is a long dry finish. This is a nice hot weather drink. Itís in the 90ís here and the bottles going fast.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Complete re-write for a full bottle I just drank by myself
How: Bottle 750ml. Brought to Montreal by my man WeeHeavySD. Thanks a lot Jon
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a medium and persistent white head. Gets cloudy with the yeast deposit on the last 2 oz of the bottle.
In long: Nose is half-wild (almost bretty) with notes of bananas and pineapples. Taste Strong forest nose. Taste is rather unusual. Mix of wilderness, bananas, garden flowers, doughy yeast, lavender, dried pineapples, lemony meringue, some green apples (without the sourness). Big dry grassy hops finish that dries the beer a lot but without much bitterness leaving a dry banana peel flavour and a hint of wild/bretty yeast. Very little bitterness. Highly drinkable in extra-large quantity. Iíve had it many times and although Iím no big fan of aging beer I recommend letting this one sit for about a year. This is a very nice beer. But the only true damnation is that I donít live in California to get it on tap at the brewpub. I take that back, the real damnation is that I donít live in California, period.