Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Fruity and vinuous with some watered down kriekbier aromas in there too. Pours a hazy orange with a white head that has good retention. Light up front with light fruit, yeast, and a little acidity in the finish. Not bad, but I’m just not that big a fan of the style.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color with lots of floaties. Decent white head with little lacing. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Spicey, fruity and yeast flavors. Solid.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, dangerously drinkable biere de garde. Deep gold colour, huge lacing head. A "big" nose, full of apples, grassy hops and yeast. Full-bodied, sweet on entry, with a long, wonderfully dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Almost wine-like in intensity, with some spice, hoppy grapefruit, and plenty of warming alcohol. (Bottle)
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - MAR 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 i am drinking this, and can’t believe that it’s 8.5% abv. it’s so drinkable. a very beautiful ale, very interesting.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color, with a large white, frothy head and lacing to match. Malty sweet aroma, with some doughy yeast, spicy, and grassy hop, very faint pear, and apple. Malty, grainy, fruity and lightly sweet with some herbal hopness. Full bodied with a very effervescent palate and winey mouthfeel. Very nice beer.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange/gold, slightly cloudy with a nice white head. Very lively mouthfeel with a good fizz that really brings the spices in the flavor to life. Sweet bread smell in the malts with some yeast esters and a hint of orange.
heemer77 (5101) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Difficult to get through the strange set up with the cork. I ended up using a corkscrew. Pours a dark cloudy orange with a huge white head. The aroma is oranges with some bananas and grass. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. The taste is slightly sweet with some peaches and nutmeg. A full bready taste and some hints of apples. This is a fascinating version of the style.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with sweet and crisp finish is sweet and sour. I thought it might be like a a Belgian golden ale but it isn’t even close. $5.99 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold and bubbly with a huge white head. Aroma is yeasty and bready--very nice. Malty flavor with a slight alcohol burn at the end and earthy notes all over. The taste fades away fairly quickly. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV.
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Rating reflects aged sample. Re-rate: Bottled, 0.75 L BB 2005, sampled in 2008. Surprisingly fresh flavour of this aged brew after all these years. The flavour has developed, but not in the way many other brews do with the substantial port-notes. Instead the flavour is now floral and spicy, hops are still present. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I was already impressed by a fresh one, but when aged this a true gem. Original rating: Bright golden coloured, white head. Malty and fruity aroma with some spices. Malty and sweet flavour, quite well balanced. Very easy to drink despite the 8.5% ABV. Not super-special, but well brewed. Rating 3.8