marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pale golden ale pours with a white fluffy head. The initial taste is hoppy, with a somewhat bitter finish. There is a slight lemon flavor coupled with some sort of spice. Overall, a nice warm weather drink, but not exceptional.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lite straw color with a fluffy head. Aromas of the spicy belgian yeast and a fair amount of noble hops. A wonderfully light fluffy body. Very appetizingly hoppy. I wonder if this is dry-hopped. Semi-sweet with flavors of pear, mango, citrus and a ligth sourness. A nice smack of bitterness towards the end. This could very easily become an every-day session beer if I had regular access to it. Unfortunately I suspect that this is another beer that, because of itís lack of alcohol, does not receive the credit it deserves. Excellent.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light and pale gold in color with steady flowing bubbles within, a sturdy and thickly set white cap of good sized girth sits atop. Fluffy and persistent fringe stays present the whole glass through; lacing is spotty.
Aroma is lightly spicy and dry with a lemony twist and a small hint of phenols drifting about.
Taste is crisp and dry with a slight tart edge of lemon grass, kinda keeps a citrusy draw from across the top half. As it finishes off it gets a bit more on the sweet end of the citrusy fruits and perhaps some malts and some yeasty things dancing gracefully upon notes of the fruits with phenols and dry earthy stuff. Overall dry and clean with a crisp and fruity/citric acuteness.
Feel is well carbonated with a fluffy medium body that plays off the dry crispness which seems to really keep a good hold without getting to strong like some wines or overly yeasty ales. A good little drinker thats smooth, dry, crisp, and fruity with just enough play of yeast and phenol things to keep you intrigued to continue ítil the glass sits empty.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours an ever so slightly hazy pale yellow, large rocky white head, lively carbonation, with attractive lacing. † Spicy nose, slight citrus or corriander, with some floral aspects. † Only slightly dry and musty. † Sweetness does not transpire into the flavor tho. † Spiced, albeit muttled and rather dull/unsweetened. † Average body, mouthfeel isnt as thick or spritzy as I would have thought based on its asthetics. † Finishes clean, rather quick, somewhat dry, with a slightly yeasty/bready aftertaste. † Nice aroma, just didnt follow through on taste. † Not bad, but kinda boring.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle. Pours a cloudy rich golden color. Big fluffy white head. Mighty pretty beer. Lemony bubble gum smelling head. I donít get a bolus of ester, but its there. Body is solid for a single abbey, but not overly dense. It still makes the top of my ears burn! Delightful rings of lace emerge as I drink it down in my Elysian Brewing Company lambic glass. As it warms, it just stays tart- no magnificent mutations as one sees with the big dog Belgians (say, like Delerium Tremens). A good beer to capture yeast on brewing night, as there was a real cake in the bottom of my bottle.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hazy yellow, with interesting yeast bits floating about, nice white head lasts a long time. Aroma primarily of lemon. Bready notes move into lemon, and then a medicinal herbal finish. Like someone splashed a shot of Jaeger into a wit beer. Nicely done, but the medicinal note isnít my bag.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a wit, very light yellow, cloudy, very long lasting thin white head which left nice lacing. Yeasty aroma, some light citrus, a touch of malt. Yeasty banana flavor, acidic, and a little wheaty almost. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, yet acidic at the same time. Quite enjoyable, very drinkable.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color and a stocky white head. Nose is alive with citrus, spice, and sugar, with notes of other fruits, peach, apricot, coming in from behind. Largely lemony, though. Smooth, clean palate, with a citric hop bite afterwards. Light body, some graininess in texture, and very, very yeasty. Liquid bread, almost, but that is the point, isnít it? To give the abbots their daily bread in a mug, during fasting times?
Some sourness appears in the end, but doesnít destroy the enjoyment of this tasty brew.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, no BBD date found. Hazy straw color, white head. Fruity lemon/banana aroma. Aromatic. Lightly malty, good hop spice in the finish. Slight metallic flavor that adds a nuance rather than detracts. Finishes lingering orange. Light bodied beer, yet brimming with subtlties.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a banana/clove/yeast aroma that is strikingly similar to the Paulaner Hefeweizen. The flavor of this beer does not due the aroma justice. It was a magnificent hazy straw color with a white head. The taste was very smooth with just the slightest tart lemon flavor. The yeast taste was not pronounced but noticable in the mid of this one. A little to watery for my tastes, and the aroma set the stage so that I was dissapointed by the taste.