bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Murky golden brown with a bubbly head that disappears relatively quickly as there isn’t much carbonation to refuel it. Floral aroma that is very high in wheat characteristics, with some banana/bugglegum notes, and detectable alcohol. There’s some acidity and astringent sourness, which leaves me tthinking it may be a dodgy bottle. Some bitterness at the end, but all of it isn’t balanced at all. Surprisingly thin and metallic palate, with sharp sensations that gives the beer a scattered appearance.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, sampled at Delirium Café, Göteborg.
Pale golden. Sour pale/wheat malt dominates aroma, then there is fruit and spices, almost menthol. Flavour is rich fruity, pale malty and has notes of anise. This is a very pleasant and tasty brew. Light bodied.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Cloudy golden colour with a medium white head. Yeasty aroma with a bit of vinegar. Plenty of background sweetness and sour fruit in the taste, but a welcome dryness as well. Just a bit too much carbonation, but I enjoyed this.
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy blond color; almost no head. Stale aroma of bread. Quite dry mouthfeel, really poor.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 33 cl) He’s back!!! The cute, little,fat, beer-drinking monk on the St. Idesbald labels. Golden, rather light in body, sweetish, pleasant and very easy to drink. The kind of beer that wouldn’t offend even the typical pils-drinker. Only here you get something a lot more interesting. 070996
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coriander and candy nose. Huge head with poor retention. Over spiced with little depth otherwise. Sweet and honeyed character with a candy sugar finish.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Hay orange-yellow color with a medium, tight and lacy head. Mild, yeasty and perfumy aroma. Fruity (oranges), acidic flavor with a mildly bitter finish and somewhat noticeable alcohol. Medium-bodied with a bit hard carbonation. Still quite balanced. A refreshing, basic blonde with no serious flaws.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dirty orange and quite cloudy. Nose is a little abrupt with some strong spice and corriander notes. More of the spice in the mouth with some noticable bitterness and sour notes. Does feel a little clumsy to be honest and some overt alcohol heat doesn’t help. Interestingly I picked this up for $3.75 at a competitor which gives me some confidence I can sell for close to $3.25, so in the Oz market good value for the style.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque orange-amber with persistent medium head. Corriander dominates the aroma. Tastes a lot like a pretend, not strongly flavoured Orval. Has a warming, slightly sour finish. I guess the idea is to produce a more consistent (boring) undemanding version of the trappist.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Abbey-style golden ale in which 6% abv doesn’t translate into much in the way of flavour. Poured a cloudy gold with a moderate white head. The nose is subtle, with a hint of grapefruit and some yeast. Medium-bodied and creamy with some light fruity notes at the front of the tongue and a muscular shot of alcohol in the finish. It’s perfectly drinkable but the experience is not particularly satisfying. (Bottle)