Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Dull totally clear golden. Honest white film. Another typical Avery yeasty/hoppy belgian aroma. Hops are grapefruity, orangey and floral and somehow hides some of the malt development into a fruitiness approaching pears. Again the avery alcohol heating limits the apparent complexity. Palate is flowery, orangey.. not much else. Alright hoppy belgian ale I guess with a gentle bitter and heating (contained though) finish. Rather light bodied and sadly very low carbonation for a belgian ale. Laughable commercial description. jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
I’m not a fan of the whole Belgian yeast taste and thus not a huge fan of this beer. Yet it was enjoyable, even though I don’t like the style. Also, the label is way cool. Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Aroma is all Belgian yeast. Clear golden body with dissipating white head. Flavor is spicy and yeasty; with contrasting malt sweetness. It’s a bit thin on the tongue, not at all sticky or heavy, with just enough carbonation. The 9% is lost somewhere in all of this; its only appearance is in its effect. Delightful. jazz88 (2680) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Bottle. A misty golden color with a laced white head. A candy spiced apple aroma. Dry and spiced palate that was slightly harsh at the start. Bubblegum, honey, and a light fruit flavors. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle. Gold/orange body. Nose is floral. Taste is bitter, spcy, sweet, and floral. Notes of anise, clove, apple, and bitter hops come out. There is a bit of a perfume quality to this that I don’t care for. The finish is warm and has notes of black pepper, alcohol, and citrus. As this beer warms, it loses the aforementioned perfume taste and the flavors begin to come together nicely. When you drink this one, drink a little bit of it cold and then drink the rest at slightly above room temperature. They are two diffrent beers.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours a lighter orange color with a nice white head. Sweet aroma with some good spice to it, slightly yeasty with a very noticable hop presence lingering around. Taste was citrusy, clove, and some other spices, and smooth with a sweet start and a balanced bitter end. ClarkVV (6756) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 2003 bottle sampled July 2004. Pours a sparklingly bright golden yellow with deep orange tinges and a lovely off-white foamy head. Aroma of candi sugar, light nectarines, yeast and a mild spice. Flavor is magnificent. Upon first sip I fell in love with this one. Just the most smooth, remarkably soft and luxurious palate. Not challenging with spice, no acid/alcohol burn or overcarbonation to get around. Wow. The flavor has soft yellow fruit notes, a very present and bold belgian yeast with a moderately sweet malt on the finish. As it warmed and breathed, every sip got better; more fruit, a softer palate and more delectable flavors to pick out (light cinnamon, hints of vanilla and orange). The hops never get in the way and arent very apparent, but keep the malt sweetness in check without you even realizing it. Superb and one of the best beers I’ve tried lately. Give me a bit more going on in the aroma (which suffers from the beer’s easygoing, soft subtle nature), some bottle conditioning and maybe a touch more yeasty funkiness and this would be near or perfect. 8/4/9/4/18unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2005 bottle consumed 12/17/06.
Head is still quite full and frothy, slightly off-white. Fades to cover, but retained there, with some small, patchy lacing left behind. Clear, filtered.
Apples are the first thing I smell in the nose. Not green apple, but a sourish sort of cider apple. Perhaps just old hop notes? It doesnt seem to come out of the beer either throuh breathing. Candi sugar, some yellow fruit esters and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor takes some getting used to. There is definitely a lot of candi sugar felt, with alcohol present as well. The filtered body is not overly thin or watery and the carbonation fairly good for being forced. Pretty simple, with some hop flavor and lots of phenols on the end. Score is for this bottle.
Pours a cloudy orange color with a small even white head. Aroma is fruity and citrus with nice spice notes as well. Flavor is very spicy, like licking the buffet tray at your favorite Indian restaurant. Cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. Maybe some star anise in there as well. Body is smooth and nice. Alcohol is well hidden. Darn good beer going on. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Hazy orange, little creamy headm leaving laces, medium carbonation. Orange and peach nose - with medium hops and hay undertones. Light hops and peach taste, short duration, silky but thin finish. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JUL 24, 2004
Very attractive beer: deep gold-orange with a large head initially reducing to a lather head. Orangy fruit nose with some yeast and grain. Thinner malt-front than expected, but it bursts quickly into a spicy zing: cloves and cinnamon, maybe pepper. Some citrus tone. Good balance.