Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 This is a great beer. I can’t add much more than what other’s have already said. One of my favorites with a complex taste.
NJBeerman013 (1045) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Marked Jan 6, 2006. Pours a hazy yellow in color with a huge, pure white head. The aroma is of spice (cardimom and clove), banana, and yeasty bread. The flavor is smooth, fruity, and sweet. Superb.
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, thick foamy head. Aroma is so good! Light fruits (raspberry), yeast, lemon, some spices. Nice and sweet. Flavor of initial spices in the mouth followed by tart fruits, oak, sour fruits, spices apple. Light and spritzy in the mouth, This beer has aged quite well. I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty this beer was. Pick some up if you still can! Awesome, awesome.
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottle date of 1/6/2006. Pours a very hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace that lingers. Some slight bits of lace on the glass. Aromas of big banana, orange, honey, grape, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big banana, orange peel, grape, honey, pepper, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, apple, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 10%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale. Tons of great balanced flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink for the gravity. Definitely highly enjoyed this one. This has held up very nicely over 6 years.
seymour (1413) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely cellared for six years, thanks Vyvvy! Large corked bottle into snifter. It poured a cloudy orangish-amber color with huge, sudsy, long-lasting off-white foam with tiny bubbles from continuous bottle fermentation, sheets of Belgian lace. Aromas of caramelized malt sugar, rising dough and freshly-baked whole-grain bread, toffee, lots of fruity yeast esters and spicy phenols: black pepper, clove, nutmeg, bubble gum, compost. Flavors of toffee, warm biscuits with butter and honey, crackers, citrus, apricots, herbal tea tannins, beneficial oxidation. It became slightly more sour, cidery, butterscotch-y, barnyard-y as it warmed. Overall impression was complex, sweet but not cloying, balanced hops bitterness and tangy flavor. Strong, warming alcohol but smooth and well-hidden. Medium body, effervescent carbonation, lingering multi-layered fruity/yeasty aftertaste which eventually finished dry. Delicious. Held up to aging extremely well.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 [bottle, dated 1/6/06] Pours a nice hazy, golden color. Aroma is of characteristic yeast, some banana, very spicy. Fruity pear/apricot flavors with plenty of spices and some nice alcohol warmth. Keeps up with the standard of yearly releases from the brewery. Slightly peppery, warm finish. Excellent.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Pours with a lightly hazy, orangish copper color, it is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As I pour this beer I get notes of aromatic apples. The aroma is a nice mix of spice and fruit with a hint of a musty note. I get notes of earthy coriander, hints of ginger, sweet apple, pear, some notes of lemon zest, a bit of cork, and a sort of dusty grain note. The aroma on this beer is really quite nice.
The taste is lightly sweet up front with a nice grain note to it. The beer is quite spicy as well with notes of pepper, ginger, an earthy spice note, some clove, and a touch of hot alcohol in the finish. Sharp, lightly tart fruity notes reminiscent of pears and green apples are found throughout the flavor profile of this beer. This beer is eminently drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to disappear way too quickly. The beer, while quite drinkable, has a certain fullness to it. In fact the beer really has a palate clinging character to it; lots of flavor from this beer clings to the palate long after it has left. The integration of all of the components of this beer are what really makes this so nice.
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beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
4.1 18 (05.13.06) Sampled at DiCarlo’s Spring beer tasting event. Bottle. Poured hazy golden yellow with medium white head. Soft carbonation. Fruity spicy aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts dry with malt, fruit (dried orange peel?), spicy (coriander?) flavors. Finished dry with spicy malt fade. Smooth and complex flavor character. Styled like a Belgium Trippel, this is an excellent drinkable ale.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose-banana, phenols, musty. Beautiful gold body with a thick foamy head. Taste-light wheat and banana, black pepper, apple, lots of spice. Good spice and body all the way through. One of the best Unibroue products I have had in a long time.
SudsMcDuff (5811) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
like a low fruit trippel...very smooth...warming..warms the belly...good lacing...very nice head...quite sweet but not cloying...expensive but it will one day be gone forever. glad i gots me a bottle.