pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle: Clear copper color with off-white head and sticky lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus rinds and something of a fruit scented chemical. The taste is hoppy with musty alcohol and perfume present. The feel is light and fluffy. Overall, not a bad beer. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle: Pours a very clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is a bit malty, with some floral and spice tones. Taste is full of bitters from floral hop and citrus hop tones, a little grassy, roasted malt, and some spices are present. Complex brew with a nice smoothness. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Interesting ale - New Belgiums brews are very simple and each flavor really makes a presence which is especially true in this ESB>The semi-sweet floral notes are clearly present as well as a great hop flavor. The alcohol is tied in well and does not stand out for being 6.6ABV. I would like to try a non-filtered version of this one. Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2006
Very dry brew, earthy to me, some hops..abit of sweetness...alcohol is not noticable much, nice.. Different! Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
floral/peachy and slight hoppy aroma. nice ipa’ish bitterness upfront with slight fruityness finish. Decent body but could use a little more thickness somehow. Pretty decent though, i would buy again.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2006
clear amber body, thin white head, floral hop nose, delicate flavor very non threatening and friendly, sweet grassy finish, somewhat flat feeling (really low carbonation) Reid (2672) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Nice burnt orange beer with a small off white head, pretty clear, no carbonation visible.
Lovelly aroma piney,resinous hops with a good spiced background
Taste is nice also , quite malty to start then a great hoppy , dry bitterness takes over and is only broken by peppery spice then a great after taste.
Quite good on the palte, does not get boring, semi-dry finish.
A nice simple winter warmer type beer in the English style IMO. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma fruity, estery, and sweet. Taste is the same with a lighty bitter finish. saint386 (4) - Lancaster, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2006 does not count
Growler that was given to me by Fretless. Thanks!
This was quite a surprise as it doesn’t quite fit into any Belgian style ale I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was great. Nice balance of malt and hops. Never heard of a Belgian ESB, though. Poured very nice golden with white cap on top. Went excellent with porkloin dinner. Wish they would distribute to western NY. Add to that that this is a seasonal and it just makes it that much tougher. bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was an interesting ale. Interesting is perhaps the best way I can describe it. Definite floral aromas and some other things going on. It was decent for an ESB style, crisp, hopy, but I found it to be a little blah for lack of a better word. Red Hook ESB is superior. Plus I drank a hefty sized mug on tap during the middle of the day after class and it gave me a bit of a headache. Of course, the headache could have had nothing to do with the beer, but I got the feeling that it did. Maybe it was just a bad day for beer drinking before dinner.