jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light golden color. There are notable candy sugar and malt flavors, and it ends dry. Not aggressive enough for a Belgian. Agree it's a golden or APA. Almost but not quite.
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bready yeasty aroma. Fine bubble carbonation. Deep golden in color with cloudiness.Thick rocky off white head. Lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Tart, bitter, grainy, slightly sweet flavor. Creamy. Pretty good.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden color with floaters. Little head, but poured very cold. Very bubbly. This one lies on the bitter side of things. The finish is dry and bitter. Like an english bitter with less malt character and more bitter.
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has some light, cereal maltiness, light pepper and hop spice but overall is a bit faint. Medium golden in color, lightly hazy with some odd, suspended particles that appear to be pulp? The white head is decent, though, and so is the lacing. Flavor has some slight tartness, lightly bready malt and the spicy presence of Saaz is unmistakable. Finish sees a touch of citric sourness, bitterness and astringency. Light bodied, palate is fairly bubbly. I think this is actually a Blonde Ale. Even looking at it in that light, though, the flavors are just very incongruous. There's no flow. I think it could use more refined malt flavors and a little less harshness.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(tap) Wasn't really impressed with what I saw. Kind of weak for a Belgian Ale.
drywallman (331) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer reminds me of an amber with a little more body, since I’m not intimite with the Belgian Ale style. It has the hops. Nothing spectacular, but an OK session brew.
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly cloudy light-orange in color, no head. Sweet malt aroma, very faint. Refreshing, crisp flavor that is mildly hoppy. Very light and watery body.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden color with a smallish white head. Light malty aroma. Watery feel with few qualities of a belgian golden ale. Golden - Yes, Ale - Check. Just not a belgian ale. Yeast seem off as well as some dirty malt flavors. Call this a american ale and it get a much better score.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blah. Not anything close to a belgian ale. Weak and lacks the yeastiness that we all look for.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a beer that has all the right ingredients, but not the right amounts! The flavor is full, but faint. The hops is fresh and detectable, but only in a teasing manner. The sweet malts were there, upfront, but seemed out of place, as if they were ahead of the race without grabbing the baton from the rest of the team. I bet the brewers have a better belgian, but know that most of their timid customers are macro-drinkers.