CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very clear pale golden with a puffy clumpy white head. Fresh, lightly floral Belgian yeasty aroma. Has a nice, semi-sweet caramel and pale malty presence with a dry finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. Thanks to fattyre and bunnyhop for sharing this at the Southeastern Gathering!
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance gets bumped a point solely for the impressive bottle. The pour is reminiscent of Duvel, but lacking the beauity in aroma. Flavor is almost all yeast, witha little dry nut. Solid finsih, with some crackle - while maintaingin its light brut character.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy intens yellow-orange beer with puffy white froth. Aroma’s of fruit-cake, crumble-cake, almonds, some citrus, spices and yeast accents in the nose. It has a full taste with a cookie accent and hints of cachew-nut, exotic fruits, yeast and some spices. Afther taste is a bit alcoholic and on the dry side. It ands with a herbal bitter touch.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bit cloudy orangeish yellow colour with a giant meringue-like creamy head. The nose is of oranges, apricots, fresh and yeasty, tart with a touch of acidity. Complex is definitely a word that comes to mind, and when it warms it just gets more so. I like this even more than the standard Malheur 10. The finish is champagne-dry and slightly bitter. Too bad this was the last of my twelve bottles----damn good stuff.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled, 0.75l, 11% ABV) Hazy golden color with a huge(!) head (kept foaming for long after opening - don’t try this from a small glass!). Fruity (apple/lemon), sourish, peppery-spicy, somewhat orvaly aroma. Very strong, dry and fruity, spicy, acidic, slightly buttery-lipsticky, toffeeish and yeasty flavor with cantaloupe melon hints. Medium to full-bodied, slicky, warming and slightly alcoholic, champagne-carbonated palate. Hides the ABV very well, though. A very nice, complex and tasty replacement for any champagne - almost like Orval in a champagne bottle. Way better than Deus - should have got this for the new year’s!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, golden body with a huge, white head. Wheat, lemongrass, honey, spicy yeast, subtle, earthy hops, ginger, white pepper, peach skins and a little, sour apple component as well. The body is light and crisp with the extreme effervescence. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, leaving a nice long finish. The 11% alcohol is not noticable at all. Truly enjoyable and an excellent beer for the New Year’s Eve celebrations!
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Unclear yellow colour with a fantastic head. Wheat, fruit/citrus, spices (pepper, coriander, ginger), herbs (thyme?), dough/yeast --- complex!. Dry and very intense. New years eve complete...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle (11% on the label): explosive pop releases the cork…expansive head – starched white with thick, symmetric lacing, dies into a medium thick, creamy foam. Flowery, alcohol aroma with soft hop flowers, honey, and sweet grass. Dry, though sticky palate, full of yeast, spicy pepper leaves, and soft tannins. Smooth, velvety carbonation and a wonderfully long finish. Perhaps in the same category as the Deus, but far, far superior…Jokes, thanks a bunch for sharing, and Jacob Lövenlund for the bottle…
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Pours unclear dark yellow with a frothy lasting white head. Lots of tart fruit in the aroma, grapefruit and a tone of spontaneous fermentation. Sharp and biding flavor. Fruity and yeasty with citrus notes and a dry end. Extremely sparkling. A nice and different beer.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 75 cl bottle w/ foil; corked & wired. Served chilled in Gouden Carolus chalice.
This is something else. Appearance is heavenly: slightly hazy gold color and an absolutely gargantuan, stable, fine-bubbled head that just keeps going and leaves sublime lacing. Without a doubt the best-looking beer I have had.
The aroma is very enticing: citrusy, fresh and very full. Very Belgian and very balanced.
The flavor is just as good: citrusy and fresh, spicy, ever so slightly alcoholic and impressively balanced. Warming, soothing finish.
The mouthfeel is out of this world: amazingly sparkling, very full, and yet light on the tongue.
Drinkability is good, although I suspect the alchohol may begin to get a bit overwhelming at cellar-temperature and above. Drink this the way the brewery suggests, though, and it goes down sooo easily.
A unique, wonderfully experimental beer that exceeded my wildest expectations. Very expensive, at twice the price of most other Belgians, but certainly worth it.
Now I know what I will be drinking on New Year´s Eve.