loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here's what I got from the aroma: peach, lightly sour, fresh cut grass, sugar. The flavor mirrored the aroma with a nice malty core added. Pale yellow color with a large, thick white head. World class.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh dear god...i would like to totally agree with beerguy101 as we spent a good 5-10 minutes just smelling the aroma this beer had to offer. This was the MOST entrancing aroma out there at the beer fest...and is definitely in my top 2 or 3 best aroma's out there if not the best. The aroma hinted at yeastiness, a barnyardiness, some lemon and honey, with a hint of tartness and a contrasting sugariness. It pours a cloudy yellow with a nice sized white creamy head. The taste is a sourly and yet heavenly thing. Definite peppery finish that made this sweet yeasty fruity gem just the most well balanced beer at the fest. Medium levels of carbonation, a VERY smooth beer given that wildly perfect aroma..a good bittering aspect in the dry finish. Damn these monks make some damn fine beer!
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral, honey, lemon and yeast. WOW this is the BEST smelling beer I think I’ve had to date. Floral and refreshing. Very clean taste. Fruity, lemons, floral, candy sugar and yeasts. Very nice beer. It took me several minutes before I tasted this beer, because it smelled so good. Very clean. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey colored pour with a wispy head releasing an aroma of yeast,grass and spice. Coming from Westvleteren I was expecting something exceptional, what I got was a solid Belgian blond.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was much excited to get the chance to sample this one. A nice ocean breeze flows out of the glass. Fruits, flowers, yeast are all present. A light blonde color. A nice refreshing crisp and clean brew.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange colour. Hops, yeasty and refreshing citrus in the nose and flavour. Good bitterness in the flavour and finish. A medium-bodied, complex and very good balanced beer.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice freakin' head on this cloudy schoolbus colored monster..yeast, hay, warm lawnmower blades, and lemon zest..flavors of orange zest, yeast, cow-chawed grass..slighly acidic in the middle with a dry yeasty finish and lingering bready aftertaste..semi-full body..but as belgian blonds are not my favorite, i cannot fully appreciate what it is i may have here..
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer I almost missed, since the only difference is the cap. It poured a very foamy, bubbly light gold color and formed a foamy head that left a fairly thick coating of lace. A good deal of carbonation and sediment was present(but due to the foam, I probably poured too much of it from the bottom). An aroma of hops and grain with a slight hint of clove. A flavor of hops, grain and a bit peppery. The finish also hint at the pepper. A good beer.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 I had the #12 first, #8 next and finally the Blonde. I think my favorite of the bunch is the Blond. Yellow as straw, pours with a wonderful head. This what beer should look like. Yeasty, bread aroma and flavor. Not over powering. Wonderful balance. Enough bitterness as to keep me interested. I hate paying $8 for a beer, but I think I going to have to do it again.
Hansen (5448) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not as complex as Westvleteren 12, but I like this one even more. The sweet fruit, powerfull bread and bitter hoppynes fits perfect in my mouth. Extremly pleasent.