FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with a brilliantly clear, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear gold color that get fairly pale when held up to the light. Sweet grain notes mix with ample DMS in the form of creamed corn. Perhaps a touch of herbal hop character is just noticeable, but the DMS is big enough here that it is really hard to tell. The DMS is actually a bit obnoxious after just a short while.
Sweet grain flavors up front of honey-like grain, sweet corn and pale malt move to a dry finish that has a touch of hop bitterness as well as a light herbal note. As far as balance goes there is just enough hop character to balance out the sweet grain notes and keep them from being cloying. The DMS is not quite as objectionable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it does tend to stick to the palate a bit with a vegetal, cooked corn note. Appropriately light bodied, though not watery, and the carbonation provides a nice fizz to the texture.
Just not all that good, even by pale lager standards. The DMS definitely ruins the aroma and don’t let this warm up much as it really starts to intrude into the flavor as well.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
11-Feb-08 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 09-Feb-08 for $2.89 at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, CA) I take it that Tikka Gold is supposed to be Indian-style lager brewed in Belgium, or at least that is the marketing. On the palate, the malty base is bready, lightly sweet, and slightly cardboardy, but a light but noticeable hop character adds balance to the flavor and a mild bitterness to the finish. Except for the light cardboard in the finish, this isn’t actually all that bad. It’s light-medium in body, medium in carbonation, and sports a modestly crisp mouthfeel. Grainy, somewhat bready malts dominate the nose, and there’s even a hint of hops when the beer is swirled, but the ubiquitous presence of cardboard mars the overall aromatic character. It pours pale golden in color and very hazy, but the white head is very creamy and rises to well over an inch before settling to a quarter-inch layer, which it impressively holds for the duration of the lengthy session (and is still there the next morning). A large, dense, tightly packed blanket of foam covers much of the glass. What could have been a complete throw-away beer is actually decent enough to warrant drinking several ounces. It’s not enjoyable enough to drink more than half the bottle though...
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop Downtown Charlottesville. Lemon yellow color with a persistent and creamy one finger head. Grassy, slightly bitter aroma. Fruity, grassy apple-like taste. Medium body. Not great by any means, but I found this more enjoyable than most of the previous raters seem to.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 7, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
500 ml bottle. Fizzy, clear yellow with a white head. Very cereal nose, sweet corn, bready. Flavor is sweet grain, a bit of floral hop, and precious little else. This. Sucks. So Belians CAN make a shitty beer. Who knew? Swilly in a big, macro kinda way. Watery and weak.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Golden yellow color, a little hazy. Aroma is mild and a little sweet. Taste is reminiscent of an Asian crap lager, but has much more quality ingredients and drinkability than the genuine article. Creamy and subtle, this is a nice standard lager. Sort of an oddity among Belgian imports, a tad underrated.
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Strong corn and malts aroma with a slight amount of caramel. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Mildly tangy taste in the beginning developing into more malt flavor in the finish.
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 8, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nondescript light orange. Nondescript lager aroma. Tastes like a lager, but a non-descript one at that. Finish? Yes, I did finish it. Why do good brewers like van Steenberge waste their time on nonsense like this?
imdownthepub (9165) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. From Marche de Natalie, Bouillon, Belgium Pale gold with white head. Quite a hard corny aroma which follows into a sweet malty lager, highly carbonated. Some fruitiness and a hop note to save it a little.
raul (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bought some at 50p ($1) a bottle from my local branch of the Consumers Champion.
I was ripped off :-( Undrinkable.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle, from Rythym & Booze, Brigg. Faintly hazy gold, fluffy but shortlived white head, nasty aromas of sweet starchiness, quite soft in the mouth with more nastiness from the sweet starch which is balanced (?!) by a harsh dry bitterness, short fruity dry finish.