joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy yellow-gold w/ generous white foam. Biscuity, yeasty aroma of banana & pear w/ notes of vanilla, fresh pepper, & floral hops. Soft, creamy, effervescent feel. Flavour is sweet, fruity & lightly acidic w/ a nice supporting spiciness.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy yellow, white head. aroma of biscuity malt, sweet corn, flowers, pear, mixed fruit and earth. flavour follows and is sweet and malty up front, spicy and mildly bitter in the finish. this beer is all about the nose.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of Russian River’s most popular ’tion’ beers. I detected a lot of fruit and spice in both aroma and taste. It is really well balanced, but does have a slight bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2005 (Cooperstown, NY). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de foin. Apparence: Couleur blonde légèrement voilée. Mince col mousseux. Faible densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Arrière goût d’orange. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #232)
Suttree (5423) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy gold, thick spongy white head. Yeasty, wheaty banana aroam. Noticeable banana flavors up front, with slight flavors of pear and cinnamon. Enjoyable through and through, and nicely filling. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear golden with a fluffy, white head. Aroma of banana and a hint of apple. Flavor has prominent notes of banana, lemon/citrus up from then gives way to yeast, clove, spices, honey and some hop bitterness. Slight touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium body with very lively, spritzy carbonation. Nice lacing , great head retention. I really enjoyed this beer, very drinkable.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Original Rating (9-2-7-3-15=3.6): Lightly spicy floral aroma with candy-like malt sweetness and cake-dough like yeast in the very promising aroma. Hazy yellow-gold with a light ring of large-bubbled white head. Peppery, lavender, floral characterwith candy-like sweetness. Pepper re-appears in the finish. Medium body with fair carbonation. Doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Bottle sampled at RBSG’05.
Rerate (7-3-8-5-15=3.8): Grassy, herbal, spicy hops with some doughy yeast and strong sugared, candied fruits in the aroma. Clear golden body with a decent white head that recedes to cover. Pineapple and grapefruit flavours. Fair bitterness. Lively carbonation to the medium body. Slightly pointy but engaging on the tongue. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ monks cafe.Philla. Golden clear yellow with small white lace. String of bubbles from bottom of glass are perfectly spaced, like 1 cm apart. Not really important but mesmerizing at the time. Aroma is sweet and alcohol dominating with some faint caramel also. Flavor is alot of alc, slightly sweet with belgian yeast flavors.
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale gold and hazy short white head. Nose of cider, pine gum and yeast. Nose totally carries the character of the beer. Apple and sour jolly ranchers. A little dirty. Modest tart fruit sweetness. Finish is quite clean and although higher in ABV still refreshing and spicey. M’eh!?
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad Belgian Strong Ale, but it doesn’t beat the monks. When in need for a strong brew with limited selection, it’s a good fit.