heemer77 (5134) - 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 (2442) - 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 (2046) - 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
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy golden coloured. Some malts and fruits in the aroma. Sweet and slightly malty flavour. Rather thin and boring.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours bright yellow colorwith a frothing, foamy white head. The aroma was of leathery and corky. Flavor reminiscent of wood, alcohol, and was very maltily sweet. Finishes slightly bitter.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal-clear light golden color; white frothy head. Unexceptional nose. Somewhat corny, though I doubt any corn is used in this brew. Some floral, spicy hops. Light, spicy flavor, but nothing exceptional. Also some floral hop and grassy flavors. Despite the lacluster nose & flavor, I really enjoy the dry mouthfeel and refreshing feeling after a drink.I was expecting more from this. I enjoyed the other biéres de gardes much more than this, though it was still decent. Additionally, this is very little to no indication of this beer’s alcoholic strength.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked Bottle: Poured a hazy glowing gold with a large white head. The aroma was full of complex spicey notes (cloves, coriander, maybe allspice??), some banana, and lots of hoppy mustiness. The flavour had a noticable alcohol component but was also quite spicey. Below this was some very restrained wheaty malts and, again, the prominent mustiness. I found this surprisingly bitter, and this combined with an initial heavy carbonation took some points away from the final score. As it warmed it took on a much more elegant and restrained character. Quite nice and probably best served at higher cellar temperatures.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head on this beer was huge, took 5 minutes to calm. Nice dark gold color. Flavor was grassy and crisp. This beer has 8.5% alcohol, but it doesn´t seem like it. Not very sweet at all, A plus for me. I will drink this beer again.
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle, Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. Pours a brilliant golden with a long lasting pillowy white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is slightly sour with a heavy Saaz hops accent and a bit of underlying alcohol (not too unlike American Malt Liquor hate to say). Flavor has grassy notes to it with a little bit of corn and a coating of alcohol to wash it all down. Mouthfeel is decent and thick. All in all, looks good, feels good but a bit dissapointing in the aroma and flavor department. If my eyes were closed I could have sworn this was a Malt Liquor.