fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a creamy dark caramel body that is foggy leaving a thin lace that is sudsy. The aroma is citrus, hoppy, sweet hard candy, very nice. The taste is slightly watery, but makes up for it with a malty caramel mouthfeel, followed by a massaging of hops to bring the taste to life. This is very drinkable, but overall not much going on in terms of complexity but that is what is meant of this style IMO.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Dinosaur BBQ. This beer was described as a lager. Pours an amber with a quickly dissappating head. Ther nose has fruit and malts. There is a sweet mildness to this beer and then a bittering flavor, too much so for me, especially in the finish. I did enjoy the upfront melding of softer flavors and it was fine.
beastiefan2k (2082) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 On tap, poured into pint glass. A glowing orange color, translucent but cannot see through the beer. Actually, one of the most beautiful shades of orange colored beer I have ever seen. A creamy aroma with sweetness, slight fruitiness, and a hop presence but not overpowering. Tastes like an IPA/cream ale to me with just a bit of bitterness at the end. Medium-light body.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first time I had this beer, I wasn’t impressed, but they must have changed the recipe somewhat and the end product was much more to my liking. I’m basing this rating on the draught I had on New Year’s Eve. The oranginess was incredible, and it was very refreshing. Hopped and very clean. Sweet, yet a nice, dry finish. The only thing is...I wouldn’t call it a Belgian Ale at all now. It seemed to be less spicy and much more fruity. Yeasty? Yes, yeasty. Decent.
Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana and clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
Typical American rendition of a Belgian - lots of banana/clove in the nose, on the sweet side. Slightly off aftertaste and rather light/watery.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy orange golden ale with a thin white head. Lightly diacetyl aroma with spicey malt notes. Stale. Rather bland malt with strong cardboard and light coriander notes. Blaaahhh! On tap at Blue Tusk, Summer 2005.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Liberty Heights Tap Room, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY. A Belgium-style blond ale having a hazy golden yellow hue. Soft carbonation. Small white diminishing head with good lacing. Intoxicating hops, sweet malt, citrus, and fruity aromas. Medium bodied that starts with a very fresh light sweet malt flavor with nice fruitiness and finishes with light hop bitterness. Well balanced. An enjoyable excellent beer.
ukoolaid (575) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 On tap. Pours golden amber with decent white head. Aroma is doughy and juicy. Taste is pretty clean and herbal with a light dry finsh.
Aurelius (3444) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color of watery tea, rafting seafoam head. On tap, Peculier Pub, HHR trip. Vegetable green flavors over clear orange gel and hops. Sort of like De Koninck with American and English hops. Interesting. Went a little flat on me. Two-pronged finish - seems to finish fairly quickly, then the hops are resurrected in the aftertaste.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 On draught at Publick House, 9/27/2005. Pours a lucid, slightly hazy, honey yellow with slight, soft orange tints. Head is small, but well retained and wispy, providing great lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of clean, honeyish pils malt, soft sweet white dough, bits of lemons, tangerines, peaches and angel-food cake with a clean and light Belgian yeast presence. Maybe a passing floral note of hops in the nose, but otherwise pretty light on those. Flavor is pretty straightforward, very clean honey, light grainy pale malt, a bit more light peaches and a touch of sweet tangerines. A bit of creaminess through the middle with a light Belgian yeastiness to follow, with light dough/malt sugars lingering on. Very clean and wonderfully drinkable, with a low to moderate carbonation. Hops keep the beer dry, without being terribly flavorful or noticeable, but that’s fine with me. A well-done piece of brewing, as seen by the clean nature, great balance and easy mouthfeel. Surprised to see it’s 6.9abv. Gets a little watery and loose in texture as it warms, with, perhaps, the malt getting a little boring at the end of the glass and some definite breadiness growing on the palate.