Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs), lightly hoppy (flowers, lemon), lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of alcohol, banana, and clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Yeast dominates the aroma a bit too much, and itís a little watery and alcoholic, and too sweet for the style, but overall itís a nice Belgian strong golden. A bit too straightforward and color-by-numbers in the end.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice full spicy flavor. Full bodied and I love the cloudy appearance. Would go great with a fancy chicken dish.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
August oranges fall from the sky as apples turn to luscious cider instantaneously…Shards of caramel nuts and exquisite blades of wheat caress me as they pass by…Raining white pepper…Wondrous malt/hop balance…If this is the end of the world, I feel privileged to relive it again and again…
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pale golden yellow appearance with a laced head. Much like a white beer with the belgian tripel punch. Spicy and flowerly flavor.
mhughes99 (2) - USA - JUL 1, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beer that comes alive as it warms a bit. Iím not a fan of suspending the yeast in this one - pour carefully after letting it sit for a couple of days. From other experience, this beer ages very well, particularly in the larger 750 ml size.
This bottle poured with a fair bit of chill haze, which cleared as the beer warmed to a gorgeous gold with hints of orange. The head was large, white, and creamy, with moderate to good longevity.
Aroma started fairly closed, with hints of bready malt and a touch of flowery perfume. As it warmed, the maltiness came out, along with big flowery hops, hints of coriander, clove, and citrus. The alcohol also becomes apparent in the nose as it warms.
Body is quite full, with fine, strong carbonation and a mouth-coating finish.
When cold, the flavor is subdued, clean, starting moderately sweet and finishing somewhat bitter. After warming to appropriate drinking temp, the sweetness dominates, along with strong citrus and flowery notes.
This is one of my standard almost always in the fridge beers, I love it ...
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Excellent Belgian Strong Ale. Quite similar to Duvel, but a little lighter and cleaner. Pale yellow. Slightly sweet. Quite effervescent. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully. No noticable alcohol aroma, flavor, or even warming. How they hid this much alcohol in a beer this light and delicate is a mystery. An excellent beer!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a slightly hazy golden colour with a big white head. When cold, it has a lot of carbonation but as it warms up, it feels more flat. Itís got an aroma of yeast, apricot, apple and alcohol with some lemony notes. The flavour is a bit too sweet for me with bready notes and some bitterness trying to fight the sweetness in the finish. Since this is a beer iíve had many times and used to be one of my favourites, iím a bit disapointed tonight. I remembered this beer to be better though itís still very good.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this without having any idea whatsoever of what I was getting into. So I see the 9% ABV, and Iím thinking, is this a barleywine? Itís quite light and clear, perhaps the palest color Iíve ever seen from that strength of beer. It tasted quite wheaty, almost reminding me of a hefeweizen. Kind of strange but very nice.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cloudy and highly carbonated. Nice foamy mouthfeel. The alcohol and sweetnest jumps out at you and leaves a strange film on you tongue and throat. Reminds me too much of Champagne.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This would be a first-rate blonde ale if its aroma and flavor werenít dominated by alcohol. As it is, itís not bad, and I prefer it to most blonde ales that Iíve tried. The taste is on the sour side, but not excessively so, and I like its yeasty qualities. It feels good in my mouth. If only the alcohol were covered better...