Ernest (7553) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle (a volcanic gusher).
Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sour apple, bile, autumn leaves.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Sour in the not-so-nice way...pretty clearly infected. Whether intentional or not, it’s an unpleasant variety of bacteria at work here.
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with huge fluffy head. Smell is musty grain, honey, fruits, and a weird tartness. Flavor is honey, spicy yeast, slight fruitiness (apple), and finishes with a weird mustiness and sort of unpleasant after taste. Medium body. This is just ok for me.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of pear. Flavor is spicy with a mild finish. Refreshing and enjoyable!
JoeinDahlem (1478) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first thought was, "What’s a Belgian pale ale? De Koninck? Is that something to aspire to?" Bomber pours bright copper color with quick-fading white head. Pleasant nose of dried flowers, herbs, dry dusty hops, caramel, faint cider. Tight and lively carbonation carries slight cidery-bready tartness and caramel, quickly swept away by a dusty bitterness that goes very dry at the end. Leaves bitter impression, in a nice way. Guess I don’t care what its supposed to be. I like what it is.
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus, fruity, and yeasty aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation and slick texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Complex drinkable brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle from iowaherkeye. Thanks as always. Smelled of subdued apple/pear, dough, and a dash of cinnamon. Reminiscent of apple pie. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was thick, foamy, and white with good retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer. Carbonation was on the higher end of the spectrum. Detrimentally high even for a Belgian Pale. My stomach felt like an inflated balloon by the end. Light to medium bodied. Tasted mostly of spiced apple and pear. "Inspired by Orval and Rare Vos", but not as good.
Ibrew2or3 (8458) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Courtesy of Degarth. Pours hazy brownish copper/orange with bubbly tan head. The aroma is kind of tart with some apple fruitiness and sort of a cola soda note. The taste starts fruity sweet. That note is quickly consumed by tartness and finishes up with notes of roastiness and maybe some wheat.
Lowe1983 (1566) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is of toasted malts mostly with some fruits and caramel malts. Flavor is the same with little carbonation. Interesting but I would stick with true Belgians.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy sdeaf. Huge white head on a copper tea colored pour. Thick, foamy lacing. Nose is spicy, tangy, prominent Belgian feel. Pear and other fruits. Flavor is definitely down that same path, with spices, pears, zest, some distant hops, and a nice yeast tang in the finish. Smooth, decent body, light, drinkable, not that spicy in the finish. Enjoyed it.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a very large off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of light fruit, pale malt, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and very high carbonation. Decent.