GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Smells like malt, banana and cola. Pours a hazy brown with a thick, tan head. Tastes very sweet with a little banana, a little bit of alcohol on the finish. Smooth feeling. Overall I thought the banana was a bit too strong.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Cloudy true brown with a frothy initial head that lasts a little while and dissipates to a thin corona around the perimeter. The aroma contains some candy banana, grape juice and a touch of caramel. The flavour is very well balanced, but is let down a bit by the palate. The alcohol was well contained, but provides a nice kick when it finally becomes evident as I’m finishing off the half-litre bottle, kicking me like Stan Longinidis. The first time I rated this beer it was over-carbonated, but this time it is a bit undercarbonated. Somewhere in the middle is where this belongs - I will keep searching for the bottle that fits, and enjoy every drop along the way... (July 8 2006 - I think I found the one - perfect carbonation. It really makes a difference)
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Asda. Sweet, slightly chocolate-y brew. Pours brown, with a nice head. First off I didn’t quite get this one - it just seemed like a sweet, heady beer, with a warming finish. However as I drank, I got the excellent balance, enticing sippability and smoothness. I’m not massive on big sweet beers (give me hop instead please), but I did like this.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and hazy with a foamy tannish head. Reminds me of a dunkel in aroma: fresh baked banana bread. Tastewise it’s something else. Sweet at first sip but not sticky: raisins and cherries, spices. Warms up nicely on the palate. Faint medicinal quality to the finish but otherwise very satisfying. A fantastic beer that keeps me coming back for more.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown color, full body with chocolate malts, fruit and spicesw in the palate and a clovelike finish. victory makes a beer called moonglow which is very similar and cheaper in the states. bit sweeter
IndyF1 (19) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Cinnamon Brown in color, decent head, aroma slight, carbonated. good. Doesn’t lose taste or go flat. Cost me $10 for a bottle, but it was worth it.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Superlatives only. Phenolic banana/clove yeast aromas reminiscent of hefeweizen married to rich, chocolatey maltiness of Ayinger Celebrator (underappreciated BOCK KING). Tying these elements together is the rarely mentioned overall character of a Trappist ale, drinkability included. Stupefyingly drinkable and delicious at 8% ABV, this is maybe one of the 5 greatest beers ever brewed. None better.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
All of the best of hefe’s stirred together with dark roasted malts. Toffee, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate together with wheat, grass, banana, clove, etc. So very nice.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkish Brown. It has a very unique aroma kind of piney. Thick consistency sweet with a unique bitterness in the middle with a chocolately malt.
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy red/brown with initial beige head that diminishes quickly. Very nice malt flavors mix with caramel, spices, grass, dark fruits and some citrus fruit. Very Port-like. Good full body and lightly sour malt aftertaste. Very good beer. I even bought the pictured glass...pretty neat.