lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
One of my favorites so excuse me while I gush...
Pour a hazy, bright pale gold. Head grows enormously and deliciously during the pour. Pure white with lots and lots of lace. Smell is floral and lemony. Very complex aromas. Light hops, light malt. Hints of apple and yeasty spice.
Sweet nectar...tastes bitter up front fading to light sweetness. Crisp sweet apple flavors. Light and smooth with a bit of warming from the alcohol. Light bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very complex and very strong and tasty ale.
A true king of beers but incredibly drinkable even with the strong ABV. If only I could afford to drink it on a regular basis, I certainly would.
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
A semi-cloudy, golden beauty. Copious foam, booming and overflowing, resembles whipped cream. Aroma is lemons and sourdough. Very lively in appearance and aroma. Taste is crisp and ridden with a smooth citric sweetness. Allspice and pepper ride a lemon effervescent wave that balances carbonation and malts extremely well. Caramel and pure vanilla extract provide some flavoring undertones. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Loses some carbonation in the end, but it’s not a big deal. This is a damn good beer. gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Head was nearly white, foamy and rocky and stayed forever. Colour was light straw and a little cloudy. Nose was very clean and had a spicy undertone and a nearly vanillin note. A liitle like yeasty wine must. Had lots of back palate but a little short on the front palate. Flavours were hard to define, but a little fruity and a little peppery. Subtley nice though not mouth filling. Offered perhaps a little less ’wow’ than I was expecting (maybe a bit like a hyped up movie review) or maybe I just didn’t get to grips with it. iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
Wasn’t impressed with this so much so I tried it a second time with the same results. To stiff, the alcohol comes through that it is the first and last thinf you taste in the beer. Overated maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Bottled. A pale blonde coloured beer with a mountainous fluffy white head. The aroma is yeasty spicy and lemony, but there is also an odd vegetal note. The taste is big and spicy with more yeasty notes. A bit tripel like. A quality easy accessed beer. Score 3.7
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.6
This came in a corked 750ml bottle. After finally wrestling the cork out of the bottle I poured this into a snifter where a huge fluffy white head formed that peaked over the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color. The head gradually collapses into a rocky cavernous landscape with chunks of lace strewn about the glass. The second fill of the glass the body was much murkier. The aroma had hints of apple with a spice and yeast notes present as well. The spice was the main contributor to the smell as this warmed to room temp. A bit of malt sweetness is the first thing you taste before the spice comes in and sticks around though the finish. This has a very clean and crisp taste that has a strong bready and yeasty presence. Mouthfeel on this is medium to full with a very filling quality about it even when you take a small sip. Drinkability is perfect, I could drink this all day or until I hit the floor as the 8.5% does not show at all. Great beer that everyone should give a try if they haven’t already. Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle. Amber hazy hue with a huge rocky white head. Aroma and flavor was a heavy hop, light yeast with a moderate alcohol bite. Long finish. ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. Subtle dry, hoppy aroma with "Belgian" estery overtones. Clear yellow color with an enormous white head and lots of fine bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Complex flavor: dryness, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol all present in varying degrees from start to finish of each sip yet well balanced overall. Equally complex aftertaste with the same components as the flavor. Well carbonated, light bodied, with a long finish. Fantastic beer. Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Beautiful, huge and stable head. Hazy with lots of yeast in the aroma. Sweetish but never cloying. Very complex strong ale. Reminds me of spring in Antwerpen with all the bourgeois ladies sipping this at the cafés... 220493 danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
To much for me. To much Yeast. To much bitterness, to much flavour. Guess it just wasn’t to my liking.