JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: This pours a hazy golden/yellow color with an enormous white head. The head quickly dies down to nothingness.
Aroma: The nose is fruity, somewhat peach-like.
Flavor: It has some up front sting on the roof of your mouth that quickly disappears. It's a bit thick on the tongue with a malty, sweet, fruity taste. You can definitely get a 'candied' taste.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 2008-03-22, 6-3-7-3-13=32
Cloudy light amber color; big but fizzy head, that disappears quickly. It’s a common Strong Ale, with some sweetness, light fruitness; but it’s lacking the special character of Belgian Ales. The aroma has also light tomatoes in it. It’s not very bitter; at the end it’s possible to feel some alcohol warmth. Ordinary.
Cloudy golden color, creamy head. Very nice aroma, Tripel, candies, fruity (banana, apple). Dry maltiness, spices and oranges, with an ordinary palate. Gets a smoother sensation, sweeter, while oxydizing.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin head with little lacing, pale orange with a weaty alcoholic nose. Wheaty, hoppy, dry and a slight alchoholic taste. Ovearall, not bad
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great beer. Very Belgian in flavor, with perhaps a slight bit of extra hop flavor. I'd call it a "Belgian Light", but that in no way hurts this ale. This Belgian Strong Ale has a unique dry wine character to it. This is a high-quality beer from one of Canada's best brewerys.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big spicy complex aroma and flavor. Great "Belgian" character. Though 9%, it didn't have alcohol in the flavor yet it warms as it hits bottom.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn't know the rating of this going into it and I assumed it would be fairly middle-of-the-road since its reputation didn't precede it as with things like the Trois Pistole and the Quelque Chose. Yet, I found this to be a highly enjoyable Belgian Strong Ale. The aroma is driven more than average by the alcohol propelling itself out of the glass. That helps to make its presence known, with an obvious banana but then interesting layers of clove, pepper, mild citrus, and a hint (but not overstated sense) of bubblegum. But the nose perceives the alcohol as a slight burn in the nostril and sure enough, the first sip shows a marked alcoholic presence. Good flavor profile, with a candy sweetness sitting more markedly (than in the aroma) alongside the spicy alcoholic yeast-banana cocktail that this beer provides. The palate is a tough one to figure. It promised a lot, with the beer first starting out with a big, white, moderately dense head over a pale yellow, hazy color--I assumed there would be as much life on the palate as there was present in the body. But it faded midway through, becoming somewhat flatter, though never losing the stickiness provided by the increasingly sweet feel. Very good for its boldness of composition, though without using that sometimes overused word ("balance"), I think it relies too much on the alcohol to drive the aroma and the sense of palate, giving the appearance of spiciness where it might have used more.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a light pale hazy cloud of yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger high, fades to a skim always present and drippy strings of lace.
Smell is bright and spicy, lots of yeastyness and complex dullish citrus fruits of lemon, orange, pineapple, and banana, has a light bread dough quality coming through which is really nice. The spicy clove comes through quite a bit once its poured but seems to fade in strength as it sits where some bubble gum notes poke through. Its an interesting spicy, citrusy nose to say the least. Almost to complex, if there can be such a thing.
Taste has alot of dulled lemony citrus kinda sugary with layers of other fruits, orange and maybe green apple, kinda like those lemon drop candies but with a kick. Light & sweet frothy malts in the background. Complex yeast and spice flavors abound coming through just past halfway, mostly cloves and a touch of pepper, alot more in the mix that I can't put a finger on as it really starts filling up the spectrum of flavors and the mouthfeel seems beyond full from that point on.
It begins with a favorable medium body feel, and as mentioned, it gains alot of hold and texture just past the midway point and becomes super, super full right into the finish ending with a sharp crispness and lingering notes of citrus and pepper.
Big time sipper with this one. The alcohol is masked wonderfully and really snuck up on me in a hurry. Overall it's not as smooth or as drinkable IMO as the other Unibroue brother/sister brews La Fin du Monde and Maudite. But still its a keeper.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice selection, that pours like you expect a belgian white to in the appearance. Nice foamy creamy head, that lasts and lasts. A very zesty spicy bite on the first taste, that mellows into a very frugal floral fruity taste. Extremely spicy and complex, a very thin mouthfeel is the only disappointment in this one.
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 2003 Bottle (750mL). Pours a rich burnt yellow/gold. Has a sweet and alcoholic aroma of fermented peach with maybe even a touch of scotch? interesting. Mountains of head. Fairly cloudy.
Opens up harsh! Very rough texture backed up by way too much alcohol appearance. One of the meatiest drinks Ive had. Lots of spice, coriander, hell there could be alot of it in there. Complex but too agressive. Firey medium body. Gets a bit too thin though as it finishes, and has a somewhat astringent herbal flavor towards the end. Not my bag, baby. Had this in the middle of a hot summer night. Will definitely give it another chance.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow hue with a good but dimishing head. Toasted malt, sweet and vinous citrus, spicy and earthy yeast aroma. Standard Belgian Golden Ale taste. Sweet followed by tart and sour taste, finishes lightly dry and acidic. Thin to medium-bodied, soft yet lively mouthfeel, masks alcohol pretty well. An average Belgian Style Ale, which is still better than 90% of the crap out there.