redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber color with a medium lively quickly diminishing head. Aroma of oranges, leather, slight detection of oak soaked in whiskey, reminds me of Old Suffolk. A slight musty taste, dry, carbonated. Decent.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 1996: Pours a cloudy, orange gold color with little particles floating throughout. The aroma is fruity and spicy with a touch of orange, ginger, and yeast. The flavor is very tasrt and slightly sour, with some spice and orange notes and a finish that is tart, sour, and very dry. Very lambic-like and quite interesting, though I suspect it the spices would be more pronounced and the beer would be better fresh.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Spicy, fruity aroma. Cloudy orange coloured. pepper and fruits in taste. Dry finish. Okay.
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy orange/brown color, thick lasting head. Extremely spicy aroma, penetrating ginger and pepper. Spicy taste, bit earthy.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange blossom aroma and finish. The right balance of spice and pepperiness. Extremely cloudy and kind of thick. This was a wonderful experience...especially after 5 vodka tonics and a pork loin. Mmm....pork crotch....
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy blond beer with a medium disappearing head. Yeast and tropical fruit aroma. Spicy ana a bit woody taste. Dry, slightly bitter finish. A different, even a bit odd beer but a very interesting one.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold with thin white head.Spicy light peppery nose.Tart lightly spiced flavor, with an odd off finish
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
the aroma depicted cork,wood, and zesty white wine sitting around a huge chunk of dank blue cheese..the color was a brownish orange cloud and sitting atop was a thin but evident layer of small white lather..again, the cheese notes in the aroma seem to grow..first flavor noted was a punch of smoke and then some cheesey sharpness..some green apple tartness, peppery spiciness..more cheese, more apple and other spices..some more yeasty cheesiness and dankness..finishing dry yet tart with an oaky woodiness.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 Update: had a supposedly fresh-from-Belgium bottle recently, and updated my scores but not the notes. Relatively boring compared to the true greats, but ok.
1995 bottle (750ml). Head is initially large, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is murky/muddy light amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of honey, apple, mango, and grape. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Hard to believe this is almost 8 years old, although it is admittedly starting to show some wear...it’s still pleasantly fruity and vinous, but the spices seem to have faded. The honeyish sweetness is well-balanced with expected crisp lambic-like sourness, and no trace of oxidation. Big fizzy head initially, thanks to the crown cap, since the cork was a pathetic, small, leaky, withered lump.
1996 bottle (750ml). Pretty much the same description as the ’95 except: slightly darker in color, and a bit more acidic. Same exact overall score/distribution.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour. Hazy. Head is almost pink! Spicy aroma. Sizzling mouthfeel. Spicy, but balanced flavour.