boto (1797) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The beer is a dark orange-red color. I didn't get much head on mine, and it didn't last or lace. Some corriander and yeastiness to the aroma. Also some hops. The taste is a bit of the same: corriander, yeastiness and some hops. Not bitter, but I can taste the hops. They distract from the rest of the flavors a bit. The rest of the beer isn't quite full enough to stand up to them. Stil, very tasty.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An effort at replicating a Belgian beer. A little sour, fruity a bit of bread. Bland aroma. It is ok but not a great one
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly I didn't really catch the Belgian yeast so much here (maybe my Belgain senses were fried from the Lucifer I had just before it). The coriander comes through really clearly as a nice citrus flavor, lemony not acid-like or as a hoppy bitter - very nice mouthfeel actually. All the fruit in the description was present and very well balanced - a great spring (or summer) time beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This really wasn't too bad. Lots of belgian flavor up front. Nice hops and malt characteristics. Not immensly complex, but very good none the less. Drinkable and enjoyable.
Crit (3228) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with fluffy tan head. The nose has light fruit and coffee? Flavor is yeasty, with toffee and malt.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark oarnge with fat,dense,tighly beaded,head.Fresh and lively aromas(perfumey hops,lemon rind,corriander).Palate is spritzy and well rounded.Hoppy,toasty,spicy(lightly),flavor with a dry fruity finish.Somewhat sweet as well.This is the third time I have had this and it gets better every time.
beerguy101 (5253) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color, medium head. A full-bodied, belgian style ale. Malty and sweet (added sugar?) Slightly hoppy, hops are spicy. Complex flavors. Good taste. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty and sweet.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark caramel color with a fluffy mocha colored head. Aromas of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Flavor of toffee with a subtle bitter finish. Full bodied with a hint of Belgian candy sugar. A real treat.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good for a domestic belgian, very fruit, banana, orange flavor, litte hop zip, strong, yet crisp, good not great.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 Rich yellow appearance giving way to a soft yeasty aroma that rounded out the ester tinged flavor as well. Orange and saaz hops are interplay delicately. A crisp, very drinkable offering--this beer is easy on the palate and is an adequately chosen spring version of the belgian strong ale. Re-rated 4/14/10: My impression significantly improved on this tasting. A delightful and mysterious tropical surprise. Exquisitely complex. Coriander merges in unexpected ways with the yeast and hops to produce a banana pina colada melody of flavors.