argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(GABF05) Crystal clear light amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, peach. Light-medium body.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a hazy dark amber color with an initially fluffy cream colored head that settles down to a thin layer.
S: A very citrus forward nose, mostly of oranges, along with some notes of stale hops and sugar. A bit of a cardboard aroma, which seems strange, and some fruitiness, I guess plums. Definitely a fair amount of alcohol along with a Windex type smell.
T: Overall, the flavor is pretty "meh". Sweet fruits, mostly plums and apples, and plenty of alcohol (again). Also, some of the same stale/cardboard type character that was present on the nose.
M: The body is medium to full with a fairly high carbonation. This is actually one of the best things about this beer.
D: I just couldn’t get into this on. Too boozy and seemingly stale/oxidized.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Town Hall. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange appearance with a white head. Big spicy yeasty, banana, bubble gum, vanilla, candy aroma. Orange, banana fruity, chewy bubblegum, a bit goopy flavor. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2004: Clear bronze golden color with a thin white head. Fresh Belgian malty and coriander citrus spiced aroma. Sweet bready caramel malty body with great yeasty spice balance. Finishes rich and somewhat dry with a touch of pepper and hides its alcohol very well. Very authentic Belgian flavor here. An awesome Minnesota brew!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby colored ale covered by an eclipsing white head. Spicy yeastiness procures gentle fruit esters in the nose while spices (coriander, curacao) accentuate the vinous (grape, prune) character. Intensely tasty in mouth, alcoholic, yet not really so malty at all, barely hinting at powdered cacao and toffee oily sweetness, moreso focusing on plant-like sweetness and spicy yeastiness. Ultimately a bit sticky and sweet.
deyholla (5851) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a clear deep gold with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dark fruit with some slight spice, belgian yeast and a deep backing grain. Flavor has some floral notes with the dark fruits and a backing note of belgian yeast, light spice and dark grains.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a growler shared by birchstick- thanks a ton, Jon! Pours a golden color with a copper hue and a big off-white head. Notes of honey, caramel, apricot, raisins, brown sugar, and floral notes. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and chewy mouthfeel.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with off white head, aroma is belgian candi sugar, some vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of ester. Taste is esters and sweet fruit up front leading into the yeasty spice with a sweet sticky finish. Good brew.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 TAP: at Town Hall, 2.22.09. Clear amber pour, low head. Good Belgian spice/yeast aroma, nice malty, fruity, and spicy taste.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thin off-white head that dissipates nearly clean. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some banana, clove, cotton candy and some candi sugar. Taste is medium bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of vanilla, banana esters, candi sugar and a touch of berry. Finish is semi-sweet with a berry and banana aftertaste that slowly disappears. Nice alcohol warmth to this grand cru. Stronger than the one seven years ago.