hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Medium sized off-white fizzy head, fine-small sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, transparent, and an orange copper hue. Aroma was malty, mild hops, sweet, and spicy. Sweet, malty and hops not overly done. Mouthfeel was tingly. Light-medium body. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2005
12 oz bottle pours amber with a short offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces in layers down the glass. Aroma is spice, caramel, a bit of raisin, and some apricot. Flavor is bready with some notes of raisin, caramel, maybe a bit of brown sugar. Palate is medium bodied. Decently carbonated and smooth to drink. This wasn’t bad just seemed very average to me though. I expect more from Avery beers. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
A light, fruity Belgian style. Can’t knock on this, it was very drinkable, with passionfruit notes, but a little too sweet to quaff. Appreciated that it wasn’t overly hopped, though. Notes of nuts, dough, fruity esters. Spritzy and light-bodied. boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2005
12oz. bottle: This beer pours a hazy, dark golden color. Quite a bit of head to it, with some lacing. The aroma is OK, with notes of some floral, spices and sweetness. Slightly fruity and a hair bready. The taste is decent enough, but un-remarkable. Slightly bready, dry, and a hint of sweetness. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours yellow-brownish, aroma is sweet apple and malty. Sweet apple/pear malty bread with some hints of spice, all subdued. Light bodied and finishes clean, was surprised this was intended as a belgian, but I found it drinkable and thirst-quenching.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
[bottle] Pours a dark amber color, with a decent head. Tastes alright, but smells better- this is nothing unique. Leaves you with a weird sweetness on the palate. Not the best Avery. GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Seriously dissapointed after the rave reviews from the folk at the Plaza. If you are going to drink Avery beer, stick with the Redpoint or the IPA. Oh ya, nice amber tones, with a fruity nose and flavor with a dull palate. Can you tell I didn’t like it? Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Poured a clear medium amber with a nice 1" frothy off-white head. Some lacing on the glass as this went down. Very sweet aroma with light fruits and a definite Belgian yeast component. Flavor was a bit too sweet... with some weizen characteristics. Pears, bananas, and artificial sweetener provided much of the flavor. OK on the palate, but not as crisp and complex as I had hoped for. Somewhat cloying on the finish. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Poured a dark orange color with a thin head that receded to a slight ring with pretty decent lacing.
Smell was of orange zest, spices, mild hops.
Taste was orange, belgian yeast, spices and mild caramel malt flavor. An easy drinking Belgian style ale, though quite what I would expect from the style. The flavors and aroma were more subdued than I had anticipated. It was still a pretty decent beer though.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Pours a rich, deep copper tone and makes a thin bubbly white head. Smells bready, light flowery and earthy hops, fruity esters. Light bitterness, sweet chewy malt flavor, actually reminds me quite a bit of an american pale ale that I have had before. Medium on the palate and finishes slightly sticky, to compare this to other Belgian Pales, it falls quite short... it is not dry, crisp or peppery on the palate. This isn’t a bad beer, I just think it is categorized incorrectly by the brewer.