19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 (2474) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber-red brown color with very little head, but decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty, some bread, and light floral hops. The flavor was rich malty with some rose floral flavors to help balance things out. Mouthfeel was a little thick with minimal carbonation. Alcohol didn’t seem to be any higher than the usual 5%ABV. Not a bad beer on draft.
Boyce (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Columbia, Missouri at Sophias. Nice amber color with a mediocre head. Slightly fuity like most offerings from New Belgium, it was a delicious marriage of hops and malt. Perfect for a relaxing evening.