chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden colour with a big rocky head, although that didn’t last too long. Didn’t get much aroma. At first I thought it was because it was too cold but not much emerged even as it warmed. Mildly fruity with maybe a touch of honey, but not much else. Flavour is mainly citrus fruit and apples. The finish is quite bitter with maybe a bit too much acidity. Has a bit of an afterburn. The mouthfeel is rather odd - thin but at the same time slightly oily and syrupy. Pleasant enough but nothing special. 250ml bottled from beersofeurope.co.uk. I notice that others have referred to a vintage date and have aged it for quite a few years. Mine had no indication of vintage and carried a BBE date of 5/12/04. So maybe mine was a very old bottle or they’ve changed the beer in some way.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from 330 ml bottle at the Mondial. Massive bubbling in the lightly hazy gold body, long lasting head...spicy-sweet, yeasty nose, bit of apple...initially light mouthfeel, fairly malty, but in the middle heavy yeast comes in and it turns quite thick and full, honey and ripe fruit (apricot, pineapple), lightly bitter, smoky-herbal dry finish. I likes it fine.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2004 bottle, if not 2005 even, sampled at the Mondial, 6/4/05. Small white head that recedes to cover. Lightly hazy straw body with some amber on the edges. Smells of dry yeast, very dusty and quite Belgian. Flavor is yeasty to start, but then, unexpectedly, I get some hop bitterness, rather plant-like or herbal, I suppose, but noticeably bitter (though nothing crazy). Bits of honey and light dough, well-malted, with low, tingly carbonation. Medium body, no thinning. Cookies, sweet dough, vanilla iced cream linger on . . . . and then Barry knocked the glass over and tried to blame it on me or Stephen.
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, pale gold colour with medium sized white head. Aroma is citrus, apple and spice. Nice spicey and hoppy flavour. Dry, moderate carbonation, with a light bitter finish. Good tripel.
Earlier Rating: 1/19/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with large white head. Aroma is spicey and citrusy, yeasty and perhaps some melon. Taste is , sweet initially but nicely balanced thereafter; apples and lemons detectable. Drinkable stuff with well hidded alcohol.
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 (Bottle 25 cl) This version at 8% ABV. I found a vintage version of this one. (The best before date was in 1991). Fully golden, apparently clear beer with heavy sediment. (Chinese river-water). Pronounced head and vital carbonation. The outlines have vanished but I do sense some bitter hops. 231004
Fresh version sampled: 8/4/8/4/16=4 at 170298
Earlier Rating: 5/1/2005 Total Score: 3.4
(Bottle 25 cl) Quite pale, hazy. Some sweetness, lots of yeast and fruit with some hoppiness to create a nice balance. Nice Tripel. 180493
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 pours yellow/orange with a big white head which settles in a few minutes. lots of floaties. aroma: fresh, citrus, apple. taste: dough, apple, little hopbitter and metalish (iron, bad bottle?). finish is short malty and a little bitter. not so very good. ah well, good enough. i will re-rate this one later. (rerate:7-9-’05 +1 for appearance, no floaties; +1 for overall)
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 An underrated gem with a name that looks French but actually is Flemish. Solid, spicy flavor bounded by a medium strength. This beer is VERY tough to find, but well worth the trouble.
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: hop, apricot and a little spiritousness. Appearance: poures clear golden yellow, with yeast only slightly cloudy but with floaty crusties. Decent sized white head. Flavour: lightl fruit, almost pineapple or passionfruit flavours due to hops. Palate: thin and bubbly with a light lingering hop aftertaste.
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet hop malt aroma. Slightly coloudy yellow colour with good head that fades. Good lacing. Light sweet hop malt flavour. Fizzy palate.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Quite unique appearance, cloudy dull gold but seems very unfiltered given the ’floaties’. Sweet cloves and spice, nice text book nose. Just a little subdued. Palate is quite disappointing, so much so that this bottle may not be quite right. Has some skunky notes lurking, but far too much fizz to do the beer any good. Notes on the bouquet just don’t carry at all. Needs to be re-tasted.