bhensonb (14337) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (250) from Paula. Pours gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is sort of earthy/grassy. Med body. Flavor is slightly sweet, with some sort of flower or herb, and it has an underlying barnyard tinge. The level of sugar sort of detracts from the earthy note. Still it’s very drinkable.
crossovert (11609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
250ml bottle. This abbey drew the short straw. This beer isn’t deserving of the abbey name, similar to leffe.
BillKismet (3887) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Vigorously lively-bodied, golden-bronze with a 1/2 thick, Brussels-laced head. Bready nose with a musky prick of spice. The aromatics make this seem like a full-grain meal in a glass. The body is lively, and at the same time, a bit syrupy, doughy, and honey-peppered. Well-balanced and quite a bready treat. A nice change of pace. Re-rated 2-23-12: Banana bread taste is much more pronounced--it has a bit of unripe banana to it.
Mellonius (73) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Nice thick and foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very sweet, honey notes evident with some Belgian style fruitiness. Bubble gum somewhere. Almost none bitterness and a quite disappointing lack of hops in the afterstate, which does not linger for long enough. Almost watery. If it wasn’t for the high ABV and perhaps excessive sweetness, could be a sessionable brew.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Sweet malt scent with some grain. Taste is sweet malt with some fruit.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml at the TGV towards Paris. Great sweet and "yeasty" beer. Aromas of hazelnut, caramel, and hints of butter. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.
RobertDale (5689) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is sweet malt, fruit and caramel. Drinkable.
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a light amber colour with with little head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast and caramel. Taste is also sweet malt, caramel with a slightly warming alcohol effect. Nice soft mouthfeel, little bitterness. OK but nothing to rave about.
dwyerpg (5760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is also quite tasty. Some bubblyness, a bit of maltiness; also has some spiciness that the dremmwels had. Thanks ’rents for bringing these back from France!
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Clear golden-orange with thin white head and no lacing.
Aroma: Very sweet and fruity, with banana, apricot, plum and some other odd fruit that I can’t identify.
Taste: That odd fruit from the aroma dominates the taste. Banana, apricot and plum are noticeable as well, but overripe and too sickly sweet. Very light spicy and grassy hops at the end do not provide enough counterbalance.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, syrupy body with too much residual sweetness.
Overall: The sweetness, the syrupy body and the almost rotting fruit taste really makes this a very poor Belgian Blonde Ale.