mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This beer is the color of young Sauternes and has a fizzy white head which lingers, but has no lacing. The nose is soft with notes of malt, horehound candies and subued tree fruit. The palate is lightly sweet, but well balanced. The malty notes fuse well with the lightly acidic fruit quality and the slight hops note. The finish is lightly prickly with some nice hops and sweet malt. awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Beautiful poured golden brew with nice medium head. Sweet smell to begin and a nice hoppy smell. I taste the hops on the first sip but it isn't something that knocks your socks off. Nice finish with a fruity undertone. JSmith1181 (13) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 22, 2004
120z bottle. My one and only to rate. Golden color with a subtle aroma. Belgian yeast with some hints of caramel make this a beer that is growing on me. To bad its my only one, a beer I would pick up every now and then in a sixer. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Golden, not very cloudy, with a rain of carbonation, and medium, brainy froth. Aromas are more subtle than expected, but rather true to New Belgium's style. There is a nice balance and interactivity between aroma and flavor with this beer, especially with the more pungent floral and coriander notes. Delicious, but not my favorite...perhaps too complex for me to manage just yet, but I just can't totally wrap myself around this one. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Golden color with low carbonation (for a trippel) and little head. Banana and yeast scent. Lively on the tongue, slight medicinal and spicy flavor, but very distinct, lingering flavor.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 bottle, 12 oz. Golden, slightly amber, almost clear color. Thin white cap that dissapated quickly. Minimal lace. Light nose with a faint candy caramel note and yeast. Semi sweet, mild roasted amber caramel flavor with a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Flavor is nice but rather light bodied. Alcohol is noticible but not bad for this 8.5% ABV. Not a bad buy @ $6.50/6. Better than I thought it would be. Would buy again if my access to the "good stuff" was restricted. It will put a buzz on you in short time with its 8.5% ABV.
[Rerate a day later]. This stuff is still growing on me. It has a unique spiciness and a slightly smoked caramel/toffee candy flavor that is somewhat addictive. I now notice it in the nose as well. Must be that yeast many rave about. The monks have done the world good..... Add on 7/29/04: Poured a bottle to let it breathe and warm up from the cold refer and the good sized head actually got bigger as it stood through time. There is a slight touch of cloves on the palate. 1/21/04 Rerate down .2 there is a somewhat shrill acetone like characteristic that I now find displeasing. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
pours golden in color with minimal head with decent lacing. aromas of BELGIAN YEAST with the always apealling belgian yeast taste. flavors of yeast and sugar, with an overall semi-thick mouthfeel. Finish is smooth with the typical belgian swallow. dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
A golden color with crisp taste and a little bit of a bite. A spicey flavor and the taste of hops as you finish. Good beer with almost anything. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Bottle pours a cloudy golden color with a fizzy white head. Visible sediment in the glass... head has now vanished leaving little fountains of carbonation breaking the surface. Aroma is spicey, cloves perhaps, with some honey & light yeast. Orangish/grapefruitish notes as well. Flavor yields a light floral presense, with some honey and malty tones. Light alcohol tinge, but not overbearing. Slight woody flavor as well. Mouthfeel is thick and it coats well. An ever so slight hop bite & alcohol flavor on the finish. As this one warms, aroma gets a bit more herbish and the finish gets more of a coriander taste. A very nice brew from the folks at New Belgium.   (Bottle states 8.5%)MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Bright clear gold. Nice nose, sour and grassy, a bit minty. Spicy, clove, and fruit plus more mint in the flavor. Nice palate, sticky and a bit nectar-ish.