ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite style, but this made for a nice change of pace - I was in the mood for something different. This brew pours a clear medium golden. The average frothy powder white head is mostly diminishing with no lacing. The nose is strong banana and bubblegum, but calms as the brew breathes and warms. The flavor starts just a touch sour with a highly acidic middle and a slightly sweet finish. The body is light to medium, dry and very lively.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow body that borders on appearing opaque. Nice thin white head.
Very yeasty and sweet aroma. Very Belgian. There's an aroma that is very close to apple cider. The smell almost makes me think of Christmas time.
Immediate banana, clove and spice. Candi sugar really provides a nice kick. The yeast isn't too shabby itself. It has produced some fine phenols and esters during fermentation and still tasty itself! A spicey and lively beer. Lots of clove in the finish.
Lots of tiny little bubbles that help to liven up a big beer.
One of the better Belgians being brewed in North America.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was a pretty good rendition. Deep straw colored with medium to large bubbles. I'm getting the usual bananas, spice, and bubblegum on the front and a caramel maltiness on the end of the aroma. Sweet with a hint of alcohol and esters. Banana lingers. I enjoyed this. Did seem a bit heavy though.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Far too sweet, just loaded down with candy sugars. Bit of a soapiness in the finish. Pretty, nice bright cold, bubbles dance in the glass, but didn't particularly care for the flavor.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Old Dominion 7th Annual Beer Festival, June 28, 2003. Poured out a deep golden yellow color. Aromas of dried fruit, mascerated cherries, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Bready, fruity, and slight hops aromas in this beer. Strong aromas of malts as well. Very rich, full bodied, and thick, chewy texture to the mouthfeel. Coats the tongue with a velvety smoothness. Almost a creamy texture to it as well. Belgian yeasts in the taste, along with bread flavors as well. Some banana & clove evident in the taste as well. A very rich, complex beer. Very malty and decadent. A really well made craft beer here.
guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap. Very nice aroma of fruit and spice. Taste was yeasty and spicy, with the sweetness coming through on the back end. Smooth finish with a clean, slightly lingering, aftertaste.
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden hue with little head and virtually no lacing. Medium to full-bodied. Beautiful fruity aroma, nints of grapefruit, honey, lemongrass, and minor spices. Sweet taste balanced by moderate alcohol levels and hops. Lingering sweetness on the palate. Creamy and soft mouthfeel, light alcoholic finish, a bit thin. Outstanding beer, highly recommended. One beer where looks are very deceiving.
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmmm. I had a very generous sample of this (approx. 6 oz.) but I couldn't be persuaded. It was just so light, pale yellow with a loose lager head. The flavor was rather disappointing, hitting some uncomfortable grain notes, perhaps wheat. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that the fruity notes many describe couldn't be picked up by my somewhat dulled palate (though I had this early in the beer festival). Nothing near what I think of as a Triple. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear straw color. Fruity, flowery, hoppy aroma. Even some grape bubblegum came out. Refreshing and spicy.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Golden coloured with bubbly, white head. Light and slight spice aroma. Smooth, don't taste 9.3% but fairly flavourless. Clean, smooth finish.