Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (mold), with light notes of orange and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Fourth Regenboog sampling and it's clear I just don't like this brewery. Very well-hidden alcohol, but otherwise it's no fun for me: the aroma ia rather weak and not very interesting, and the flavor is so sweet it hurts my teeth. This seems to be a rather American-style kitchen sink strong ale (except the yeast variety), and these hops smell suspect to me, though there are several British varieties with this nose-raping citric quality too.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Belgian ale. Carmel, earthy, and malt flavors. Finishes clean, crisp and smooth. ABV is also well hidden. Recommended.
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Dark orange. Slight white head. Vinegary nose, spicey, malts & honey-like (strange, no honey added on this). Sweet taste. With a punch - a good one. The aftertaste is peppery-spicey - but whether this IS valerian and lemon balm, I don't drink enough pharmaceutical concoctions to decide that. This is nice, anyway. Very rich mouthfeel. Spicyness keeps going on. Amazing, interesting, but the bed has to be near.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I very much enjoyed this beer. It has a sweet, caramel aroma with a hint of smokiness and malt. The appearance is quite nice with a hazy, amber color. There are small particles evident and virtually no lacing. The beer is quite flavorful. While it finishes with a smokey aftertaste, the beer itself is a bit acidic with a sweetness that masks the alcohol content very well. Highly recommended - a great surprise at the tasting.
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2003
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
cloudy dirty brown colour, absolutely no foam, chaotic aroma of malt, potatoes and perfume, sweet, oily and medium-bodied, bitter plumy finish - urgh ?
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20