winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange colour, medium head, some lacing. Bit of citrus in the nose. I didn’t get much spice or pepper, must have been masked by the sediment. Very smooth with yeasty sweet malt flavour. I will buy more of this.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, yeasty pale yellow color with a thick, smooth bright white head and some lace on the glass. Aroma touching on several areas: bready, yeasty, a zesty citrusy lemon and slightly spicy on the nose.Very spicy feel with the filling flavor of yeast and some pepper as well.
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty and the alcohol is very much up front. Almost like a fine wine.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like a good German wheat, fruity, drinks like Belgian triple. Wonderful on the tounge, savor the sweet ending. Sticks around for a bit, kind of coats the mouth in a slight sweet oil, some refer to it as spicy, maybe I just go too much sediment into mine (this always seems to mellow things out). Solid Belgian 9% ABV, Unibroue are gods, they just don’t screw around when they make a product. Fans should try cellaring it for a year, it’s got to get even better.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Similar to Lucifer, but with a slightly better flavor. Again, for a 9% alc. beer, the flavor is extremely smooth.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Apr 02: 750 ml bottle. I have to say at the outset that this bottle was very flat. I mean, no carbonation at all, no bubbles, nada. So I was prepared for the worst, but happily it was semi-salvageable. Opaque amber/orange color reminds me of apple juice; nose, too, is fruit-like for the most part: lemony wit characteristics melding with apricot and apples. Nice, but not strong enough. Flavor & texture definitely hurt by the loss of spritz; it's intensely malty and sweet with virtually no hop character. Drunk at cellar temp, tolerable, but as it warmed it became quite cloying and viscous. The nice cider-like notes and faint herbal qualities I feel hallmark a special beer; unfortunately, my bottle was simply dead. A mixed review, then, but I will certainly try to find a good bottle someday; given the brewer's other works, it will probably be worth it. 7/3/5/2/11=2.8
May 04: Hazy spun gold, webs of yeast within, fully lasting creamy small head. Lovely yeasty apple-bread nose, thick hugely malty body has notes of apple, lemon chiffon cake, pepper... I had a seriously bad bottle of this initially, sorry it's taken me so long to re-rate. Wonderful stuff, loses just a bit at the finish but another top-notch effort from Sleeman, oops Unibroue still.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a 1997 vintage in the 750ml. It had distinct chardonnay characters with malty characters. It was well balanced and had a decent length that finished dry. I tasted a current vintage after and if anything it had a bit more sweetness. I think I might put a few more in the cellar!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very cloudy appearance with a few dark flakes of yeast in there. I wonder how many yeasts they actually use: the French on the bottle says ’a special strain of yeast’ and the English says ’a blend of special yeasts’. Anyway. I got peanuts, orange and alcohol in the aroma. Flavour has a lot of honey (of the strong weirdo flowers variety), buttered corn on the cob, and peanuts with the skins still on. Texture is strangely tongue-coating and fatty. Finishes dry. Overall a curious creature, not as hoppy as i remembered from last time - but then I had a 2 year old bottle this time round so it must have mellowed.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 A great beer. Gets better every time you drink it. If it was the end of the world I"d be slamming this stuff.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Do not open one of these in the living room when you are deep in a rich conversation and not paying attention. Hosed down a stack of student essays with this one - I hope they don’t mind a little FDM patterned across their efforts! Anyway, what you find at the end of the world is a sharp stab of peppery spices in the back of the mouth, where most of this beer’s taste will settle after it rides ebulliently across the tongue without raising much attention. It is the end, the finish, the conclusion of this brew that stands out, appropriately. Feels and tastes like a decent wheat beer until it gets to that dark and electric close.