ABUSEDGOAT (2758) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Amber body with a large head. Aroma is mainly candy sugar and honey, but also some citrus and yeast. Flavor is the same, it’s quite tart. Some spices in there as well. Good but not great. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Aroma of apple, orange peel, peach, yeast, and spice. Pours a dirty dull cloudy orange with a huge white head with good retention. Lots of orange up front that comes in the form of orange juice and orange peel. Moderate yeastiness in the background. Finishes with moderate acidity, spiciness, and flowery bitterness. Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2005
Aroma: pear and light hop/pine, reminicent of Duvel IMO. Appearance: orange/brown and hazy with the yeast added. FANTASTIC merangue head and great sheet lacing. Flavour: Spiritous malt with nice stone fruit and citrus marmalade. Palate: Medium to full mouthfeel, good non harsh carbonation and finishes spiritous and tangy bitter. Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2005
Dark golden ale with a thin white head, very classy, a little scummy at first. Sour flemmish aroma, with notes of wild cherries, sugar cane, orange peels, sweet confectionners sugars, french appéritif develops. I could spend hours just smelling it. In mouth, a light balance of acididic cherry and sweet candy sugar, some light hops, honey, and orange peels. A bit weeker than expected on body but a strinking beer, nonetheless. An old cheddar makes it more watery. The Cambozola brings out the honey notes. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 Ooohh, I loved this one. Tasted it up first in a run of four De Dolle beers and it personally hit the spot right from the start leaving little room for a waver. Tasted from the bottle after a good year in the cellar and poured into a chalice glass. LIVELY, I couldn’t see the beer below the head on pouring, and it ended in a 50-50 mix of fluffy, cloud-like white foam atop a hazy, sunny gold body. Head would not budge for the length, adding a creamy texture to the mouthfeel, and it left an abundance of thick lace down the glass. Yeasty, zesty and spicy, candi and citrus nose; soft pears and apples, tangy cantaloupe, candi and a little gum-tree honey. Peppery hints of alcohol tickled the nasal cavities, and it all came together as truly warming and mellowing. It was a lovely waft that preceded each mouthful. Intense, strong and yet smooth and mellowing in the mouth; full bodied and velvety in feel. This started off in grandeur and got even better with each sip. Intensely spicy, peppery and rich dark honey, toffee, vanilla and candi flavours with a burst of citric fruits- like tangerines and navel oranges- coming in late and tangy before a wash of warming alcohol and creamy malts. Finish just completed it; long, warming and smooth leaving some tangy fruity esters to flood the mouth between sips. A lovely and surprising mouthful of good ale. Beauty in a glass!!! (33cL, age unknown, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Re-rate (16/11/05):- Second bottle was even better!
Re-re-rate:- My first re-rate upon re-rate to gain points, this beer is a wonderful expression of individuality and is truly a tasty m*tha-f**ka to boot. Got to track some more down as it keeps going up in my ratings. Lovely!!!
If there were a rating for the label, this, like most De Dolle offerings, would score zero. In other respects, I humbly submit that this beer is close to perfection. It emerged from the bottle full of sound and fury, a stream of aggressive, over-enthusiastic bubbles. Half an hour later it had matured into a yeasty, vinous-scented temptress, promising a seductive taste of sweet-sour-bitterness. Acquire this glorious liquid, friends. Drink it. braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours hazy orange-gold with a small white head. Winey aroma with sweetness mized in. Tastes starts with apples and finishes dry and alcoholic with a strong note of honey. Like the best from De Dolle, bold and completely unique. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
[bottle from beers of europe] hazy yellow orange colour with a lasting head. aroma is yeasty, hoppy, apricot, resinous pine. full bodied, dry finish. blondes just dont float my boat these days. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
Aroma of sweet apricots and yeast, belgiun goodness. Taste is typically blonde, some orange peel lightly having its say with an alcohol playing its part, finish is smooth. Warming sensation. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 A big white head lacing down the glass tops this hazy, amber-coloured beer. Spicy aroma,reminding me of apples and bread. Flavour is sweet, but is restrained by good bitterness. In the end dryness takes over.Fizzy and full-bodied. 6-5-7-4-13.
Rerated on Maundy Thursday 2007: 2004 bottle at Kulminator. Hazy golden, still with a big white head. Fruity hop aroma with cellar notes. Cellar flavours kicking in from this aged bottle, still sweet and raisiny, yet dry. Lighter body than than when young, but still above medium and still fizzy. Maybe at its very best after three years?