ALLOVATE (2458) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried from the bottle into a tallboy whilst watching the World Cup at a hostel in Brussels. Poured a very pale summery gold with fine carbonation holding up a huge, rocky bed of cream that laced well. Gritty, grainy wholemeal aroma dowsed in honey, candi and peppery alcohol. Similar grainy/sweet candi mix in the mouth. Dries out as it bounces along the tongue fuelled by its sprightly carbonation. Alcohol kicks in ’full-swing’ in the back and in the swallow. Peppery, spicy and warming with possibly too much higher alcohols making things harsh. Definitive Belgian yeast notes make it slightly creamy and aid the flavour. Light touch of lemon and grapefruit shows, also some vanilla. Not much too it really. Just another sweet, aggressively alcoholic Belgian Golden Strong ale. About average. (33cL, BBE 03/08, off-license store, Brussels)
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first beer I have encountered from this brewer. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mildly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma is lightly yeasty and vaguely peppery. The flavor is dry and spicy - almost peppery and has a light yeasty undertone. Fairly bland for a Belgian Strong Ale.
benpickens (409) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a huge rocky head and clear golden color and a whirlwind of tiny bubbbles swarming to teh tops so characteristic of belgium bottle conditioned ales. Floral, cirtus, and hay with hints banana hit the nose. Strong acidity hits teh tongue with a prolonged dry finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed golden color with a huge milk colored head. Mild yeast with a dark caramel aroma that does not quite fit with the appearance. Hints of chalk and dried flowers as well. The nose does not do much for me. Soft and creamy with still lots of effervescence. Simple sweet malt and candi flavors start and hang about throughout the quaff. Some floral hops later, but don’t balance as well as one would hope. Finish is still sweet and linger has only a mild dry floral component that helps give the brew a touch of depth. Not what I was hoping for in a MJ top 500 brew. 238/500. I’m thinking this one has changed over the last few years or was reformulated for distribution.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very pale gold in color with a thick, rocky, well-sustained, white head that honeycombs at the bottom suggesting a high carbonation level. Aroma is soft with pear-like fruit and a sweet, wheaty, yeasty overtone with clove spice as an underpinning. Flavor is extraordinary. It is much hoppier and dry than I assumed. The high carbonation level is somewhat distracting though but the clove shows itself nicely and seems to be the drying, balancing component to the sweetness in the finish. The malt, that has a very tangible, wheat-like dryness, is an added touch to the finish making this dry and delicate. I want another bottle and compare this directly to Duvel to see which one I prefer.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light hazy deep golden colour with a white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel and fruit. Malty, light yeasty and spicy flavor. Light alcohol sweet finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden lager like body with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is malty with light hops. Taste is sweeter with a touch of spice and dry hoppy finish. Decent but underwhelming.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light hazy golden colour with a big white head. Malty, fruity aroma and a sweet vanilla, fruity taste. Medium body with a light sweet fruity finish.
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden coloured with a huge white head.
Aroma of fruits and spices with notes of alcohol.
Fruity flavour of spices and alcohol.
SHIG (3612) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden amber in color with soft white head. Grassy sweet aroma can be found. Sour citrus taste with a soft sweet malt finish.