bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
On tap @ Stone Bistro in Escondido. Maybe I expected too much from this beer, but it didn’t think it was anything too special. Medium gold with a thin white head. sweet aroma. Flavor was light and uninteresting. This was my first Russian River beer, and i was expecting a lot more. Not a bad beer, but doesn’t measure up to great Belgians. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
nice fruity, spicy yeast aroma. Pours golden yellow, floaties, slightly cloudy. Smooth sweetness. Dry finish. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Hazy gold with a fizzy head. Nice spice aroma. Peppery flavour. It is a nice Golden Ale but fell short of style leaders. I found the body a little light and the flavour a little flat. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 9 Liter batch 20 at Ham’s 2nd Anniversary party, exceptional.
On tap at the Live Wire in San Diego, CA. Cloudy straw color with a small thin head. The nose is light and sweet with a typical belgian ale scent. The taste was dissappointing with much more feeling of a belgian wheat then a belgian strong. Possibly influenced by having Pliny the Elder first. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Drank from my Duvel chalice. Pours a golden color with a huge head. Took a while for the head to recede enough to drink.
Has a somewhat fruity/wine like smell in the nose.
Taste is very good. Smooth and creamy, and you can taste the vinous, wine like characteristics. This is a very good tasting beer. Very enjoyable and I hope that most of the Belgain Pale Ales that I have yet to try are this good.
If you haven’t tried this one, It’s worth getting your hands on one.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
On tap at Capone’s in Norristown...
Appears a light gold with a small, soapy white head that quickly fades out. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light fruit highlighted with mild banana esters and spice. A remnant of doughy yeast comes through with gentle pepper aromatics and a touch of earthy spice.
Taste is similar to the aromas with a large base of pils malt filling out the flavor that’s complimented by light fruit and spices.
Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-sweet for the most part with a light, mild bitter bite at the end. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy, thanks! Pours a hzy gold with a frothy, bubbly white head. Aroma of lemon zest, lemon, some funk, yeast and corriander. Flavor of lemon zest, corriander yeast and some spices. Lively carbonation, smooth throughout with a spicy/somewhat bitter finish. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
750 mL bottle purchased at Monument Wines in Concord, CA. Batch 011. Aroma is estery with lots of banana yeast notes present. Light citrus and light grassiness in the nose, too. Not overly complex aroma. Mildly hazy yellow-golden colored body with a large, rocky white head and nice lacing present. Lightly sweet banana flavors to start. Turns a little biscuity. Finishes with a light dry hoppiness and a little burnt flavor. A little alcohol comes through. This just isnt anything special at all. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Lightly hazed, golden/amber appearance with a thick, white head and moderate lacing. Yeasty, fruity aroma, some spicyness. Sweet, but not cloying, taste, lightly spiced, with hints of tree ripened fruit. Smooth, lush, full bodied mouthfeel; nicely carbonated. Lingering, peppery finish. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Hello Russian River. A darker golden color with nice head and lacing. Aroma is sweet, belgian malts, gummy bears, a small bit of fruit in there too. Tasting this is coats your mouth, thick almost syrupy, more fruit and spice come out as it warms. Tasty stuff.