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 (7672) - 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.
jrob21 (2935) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wedding day beer. Nice banana and pear aromas and tastes. Went well with the hot weather we have been having. Pours a nice golden color with a decent offwhite head. Long dry finish lets you enjoy the taste of this one for hours after.
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Batch 007. Poured a golden color with a very nice head and lots and lots of lacing. Aroma was excellent, bananas, apples, yeast, and candi sugar. The flavor was off, pretty highly hop-loaded and out of character for a Belgian Strong that was thin on the malts (more like a Belgian Ale). Funky American wheat flavors come out as it warms. Where is the banana in the flavor? So much in the aroma. Mouthfeel was acidic. Again, the hops are just too strong. This a bad American twist to a Belgian beer - no good. Maybe if there was an American-Butchered-Belgian-Medium-Ale category this would be tops of the class. Blah.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant, spicy BSA - not too bitter or too strong, and easy-to-drink beer. Thin, quickly fading head over a cloudy yellow body. Yeasty, and strong malt character. Fruity flavors abound - yup, banana is there, and overall it is quite pleasant, even though it seems slightly out of balance, and even a little bit bland for Russian River. Sweet finish.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/6/6 Day -- Cloudy pale golden body with a large white head. Great aroma, nice banana accents from the yeast as well as other light fruits. Nice body, heavy on the carbonation. Malts are present with nice woody tones. Dry ending, thatís lightly spiced.