sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from odeed: My first RR brew, Cloudy golden pour fluffy white head that left some lacing. Aroma was classic belgian, yeasty, spicy, banana... Flavor is similar with a slight carbonation. Nice and smooth, delicious.
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Liarís Club & PP Solana. Hazy golden color, good carb, with small white head that fell quickly to a thin film, light lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast in a tripel style, clovey, creamy light malt, mild hops with banana & toffee aromas. Flavor is as described above with the alcohol well hidden, well into medium bodied. Very nice American offering of this style. Will remember to order this many more times to come with a smile.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transparent, magnifying and pale brass-to-gold in color with a creamy, sudsy and white head thatís well met with beautiful doily lacing. Charming, spicy aroma consists of bananas, cackled white pepper, lemon rind shavings, anise, cloves, vanilla, whipped lemon meringue butter cream and the slightest note of coriander. Flavor authenticates this Belgian Golden Ale rendition. Peppery banana peel scrapings meet a musky pils malt / farm field characteristic. Pears basking in honey. Quite a spicy testament. Certainty rests on the laurels of coriander and pepper scratches. Touch of dried peaches amidst citric zested lemons. Effervescent, with a dry, clean scrape off of the tongue. Perfect carbonation combination and a down-home malt complex and spicy Euro hops. Peppered sourdough crust brings back the earthy malt derivatives in the finish, along with banana baguettes and barren lemon rinds thrown in for extra special complexity. Thanks for the 750-ml. bottle, tpkenned!
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (batch 007) from fordest. Pours golden clear color with a great thick white head which stay until the end of the tasting... I recognized Belgian style beer here! Aroma is sweet, spicy, yeasty and fruity (pears & apricots). flavors are primary toward malts (honey and biscuit) and then you get some fruitiness and spicyness which add more complexity to this beer. There is nice bitterness felt at the end and with the high carbonation, it brings some dryness commonly found in Belgian beers! I would have thought it was an Unibroue if I would have tasted it blind! In my opinion, this is a Great Belgian style beer! Many thanks to fordest!
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Get Together. My first Russian River rating. Sour, fruity aroma. Hazy, pale yellow like a Belgian white. Nice lace. Very nice, fruity, wheaty, banana, effervescent. At only 7%, this was more like a Belgian White than a Belgian Strong.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft. 03/2006) I thought I liked this beer more than I decided I really did. It isnít a bad beer ... its just not ... well ... Belgian (OK. Iím a snob. I admit it. I have high standards). Spicy aromas with some fruitiness ... and hops. The flavor is of the same spiciness, with a fruity nose predominating even as you drink with phenols tending toward peppery (and maybe "meaty" though I was told I was crazy there) ... and hops. Palate wasnít as full as I remembered and it ended up seeming a bit thin. Ultimately, this beer needs much more maturation time. It seemed green and almost harsh at times.
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a pint of Damnation on draft. Golden appearance, malt body and elevated bitterness. Enjoyable Belgian style strong ale that had hoppy ale undertones to it.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear gold w white head seafoam. Apple, peach, apricot hop aroma! Spice fizzy tart alcoholic, a little acidic. Fresh, young! Coriander. Bright & sunny.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Batch 007 Poured a lighter golden color with solid head and great lacing. Aroma was strong bananas, apple and candi sugar. Flavor was not what i expected, didnít taste the stong banana aroma in there at all. Hops dominated not much maltyness to it. "
anders37 (17653) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy and yeasty aroma. Malty spicy flavor with some hints of yeast. Long spicy aftertaste with some bitterness.