BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of carbonation, white fizzy head and some lacing. Hazy amber broze color. The aroma is full of musky barnyard/cobbwebb notes and tangy sourness. Very spicey things going on here. The mouthfeel is bubbly and highly carbonated. The flavor is toasty with malts, nice tangyness & an aged creamy fruit undertone like unrotten old fruit. Finishes dry with light sweetness. Good, strong alcohol in the tail though.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium gold color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, fruit, pepper and funk. Medium bodied Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of pineapple, mango and apple. Hints of pepper and funk mix with some banana and clove as well. Lively carbonation. Nice smooth taste. An interesting beer, it is sort of a cross between a Belgian Strong Ale and Farmhouse ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy gold color with a small, white, quickly diminishing head that left very light lacing on the glass. Aroma was full of bread, leather, yeast, rubber, cork, and butterscotch. Taste was citrus, lightly spicy, sweet with more yeast and alcohol. Lively carbonation.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a really funky-looking sediment
(like large grains of sand), but other than that it has a nice, cloudy, golden appearance, and an inviting, fruity, yeasty aroma. It has a very earthy, malty, tripel-like flavor, but seems to be a bit softer and fuller than many tripels Iíve had. The finish is very smooth and slightly citrusy. I actually enjoy this more than their Beatrix, and this is a bit cheaper, too. Good, good stuff.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Musty, stale, floral aroma with notes of sweet icing sugar and some mild fruitiness. Hazy orange-copper coloured body with lasting cover of white head. Musty, sweet flavour with some notes of plastic. Medium body with fair carbonation that is engaging in the mouth. Seems to have lost its lustre over the years of aging. Bottle sampled with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 June 2003: Clear bright medium amber, large fast-diminishing head. Big caramel aroma, very sweet, odd apple aromas also, not sure I really like it; intense but rather un-beery if you know what I mean. Hints of caramel/butterscotch at the front of the flavor profile also, very very smooth with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Itís simple, smooth, warming though I donít find the alcohol overly obvious for an 8%, very tasty and quaffable but nothing close to the complexity or master of Beatrix.
March 2005: sample was much simpler and had a sickly-sweet character that was really unpleasant ...stale and peppery at the finish. Would probably rate a 2.5 or so but Iím leaving my rating for the obviously better sample from 2 years ago...
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big thanks to Rastacouere for bringing this bottle to the tasting. Unknown vintage (has to be at least 3 years old). Bottle pops open without any gushing. . .good. Aroma is certainly funky, with no thick veggies. MartinT quickly takes a whiff and remarks, "flour". It did have a strange, powdery-sweet aroma, but I wasnít altogether turned off. Bits of sharp fruit peek in and an old, musty yeast shows its face. Pour is heavily hazy, polished copper with plenty of white head. Flavor begins with plasticy, artificially sweet notes, rather chunky and with the strangest yeast characteristics Iíve encountered. At first I think Iím tasting a decent maltiness, but the more I sample, I figure it must be some residual sugar (hopefully they didnt use plain old white table sugar in this, but I canít be so sure!). Itís funny, I didnít hate this, and it wasnít horribly offensive, just not something you are used to tasting. That being said, itís not really something Iíd want to get used to tasting. Medium body, some astringency on the finish, with a good carbonation. I donít taste any alcohol.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How many times had I passed on buying this beer, knowing that it wasnít the quality of Beatrix. Still, this was interesting, perhaps more interesting than I had assumed. Yeasty aroma with notes of orange, a touch of spice, and cork. Hazy golden yellow color. Adequate carbonation plus an acidic bite at the front, but a quick finish lends the sensation of being light and thin. Still, it was engaging at moments.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 Cloudy gold, medium head. Aroma is sweet pineapple candy and lightly spiced. Starts off really smooth, almost creamy. Flavors of apple, pineapple and mango are juggled nicely with the sweet and dry malts. Carbonation is light enough to notice and tough enough to somehow take away the sugary sweetness.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, yeast in the aroma, hazy golden, small white head. Flavours are yeast, grapefruit, bread and pears. Itís full bodied, well balanced and has a nice tongue tingle. Wonderful!!