legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2002
Lager looking in color- pure yellow; Big lacy head; Spicy nose. This beer is indeed very subtle. Sorta a mild version of Duvel. Buttery on the tongue with a nice presence. Drank this very cold per directions from Venom and he was right. This one would suffer at a warmer temp. The sharpness is best at the colder temp. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
Very interesting. First intro to the style, and the sourness beats the spice. A rich aroma, sour wine grapes as said before...taste is fine, sharp, focused. Winey when warm, as others have mentioned. Yeasty at beginning, middle and end. Long lasting sour bitterness. The head lacing will resist scrubbing with a brillo pad, I'm sure... Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2002
This beer has everything. A great body with all the flavours of spice, apples, sour grapes and yeast that cascade down the palate. It has a fine spirity finish. This beer is for all the wine enthusiests that treat beer with low regard. Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2002
Straw colour, decent head. Complex, rich beer with heavy sourness. Quite dry aswell.
Despite the obvious quality of it though, I didn't enjoy it as I did many simpler beers. Maybe I need to be more experienced before I can appreciate it. jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2001
This beers proofs why Nord pas de Calais is also called Flanders. A truly belgian typed beer. Beautiful aroma with fruits and spices. Very heavy, sweet and fruity flavor.
eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 fragrant hops + grassy pilsener malt + random musty smells : delicate fresh barley sweetness for a second before being swallowed up in woody, pungent camembert rind yeasty finish. rer8 ok i like this stuff but not 4.8 like. maybe a bit too tame to really get up there numbers-wise, but still beautiful stuff. rer8 again: i still love this beer. beautiful woody tettnang aroma, amazingly full, smooth pils malt without a trace of caramel or toffee to prop it up, delicate finish poised between dry, tart woodiness, bitterness and malt. so drinkable. motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 wasn't so impressed by this the second time. had lots of floaties in it. overwhelmingly yeasty with just a little rockmelon in brown sugar. still, it's decent swigging FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2001
A Belgian Ale/Biere de Garde hybrid. Great, complex taste that makes it perilously easy to drink, since it's real alcoholic strenght is very well masked. Smells like real beer, too. Oakes (19549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2016 This beer was once a favourite of mine - a 4.7 classic. But I’ve had it a couple of times in the past few years and it is showing none of that character. What you get today is a blond ale, with some sticky malts, light phenols, not much hop character. The sweet malts blend with a little bit of alcoholic strength on the palate. There’s no nuance, none of that glorious yeast character I used to associate with this beer in the 1990s. I’d like to try it closer to its home, but for now, I have to downgrade it because it has been a shadow of former glory for many years now. Bov (13442) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 5, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 1999 vintage sampled 2/2004 - hazy orange colour with some floating yeast particules, almost no foam, very complex nose of apricot/apple, alcohol and candy sugar, some nutty notes, vinous, full-bodied, moderate initial sweetness, robust bitterness followed by a very long alcohol, sugary and fruity finish - a big and complex bière de garde