Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Jeez louise, this is high class stuff. As mentioned, very oaky and wine like. Bludwig (31) - USA - MAY 9, 2010
I first heard about this ale while reading through a simple 500 world classic beer book by the one and only Michael Jackson. I had never seen the beer before but just recently happened upon it in my favorite liquor store.
Aroma: The nose on this ale has a faintly earthy barnyard scent to it, with hints of hop aroma throughout. I can’t swirl the beer due to the massive head still rising from it’s depths! I do get a grassy and lightly bread-like scent which adds to the earthiness, giving the aroma great texture and depth for such a lightly colored beer. The more time I had to drink and contemplate, the more time the head had to finally dissipate, although never fully. I was finally able to swirl and kick up some of the other stuff happening in this fresh and fun ale, most notably the rich yeasty-fruit character hidden at first.
Appearance: The ale was poured gently due to the warnings I received from Michael Jackson in regard to the high level of carbonation. The head was generous to begin with and has risen ever since the first pour. A volcano of foam! Beautiful! It now has a frothy whipped cream crown of head which I have not seen since my beloved Duvel! Speaking of which, the pale golden color is reminiscent of that classic as well. This ale is shaping out to be an unexpected wonder!
Taste/Palate: Surprise again! I almost thought I was drinking a robust German pilsner. The ale starts very light and dry with grass/hay notes then it changes midway and becomes very rich and almost sweet. The sweetness is an illusion though and this beer finishes dry with herbal notes and faint hints of fruit. There’s good acidity throughout the beer and the high carbonation dances its way through my mouth! The finish never really finishes, but stays even minutes later reminding me with hints of fruit and hops that continue to intrigue with every breath!
Overall: This is the best example of the late nineteenth century ale production in Europe. I have read that many breweries were hoping to cash in on the lager revolution, yet maintain their ale brewing heritage. Thus the strong golden ale was born. Light and crystal clear, yet robust, rich and flavorful like an ale. I’m glad I was able to drink such a grand and inspiring ale such as this! Merovingian93 (23) - Burbank, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Delicious, balanced, Belgian/ Abbey style ale. Pairs beautifully with hearty foods. If you like Belgian beer this is a treat.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone eczematic (1325) - 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. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2002
Re-rate: well, i am never dissapointed by this brew, robust, yet subtle at the same time, amazingly round palate, bitter, savoury, a regular in my fridge!!! Original rating (well it was actually a re-rate of a original rating) starts here: i’m growing hopelessly addicted this beer. which probably isn’t good for my bank balance. Light gold in colour with little head. Aroma is of oak, malt, wet paint, kerosene and also a vinous smell aswell. Quite a full body, salty, bittter, oaky and vinous flavour. I agree with motelpogo when he mentioned that it tasted like czeck pilsner concentrate, it does on a wierd sort of way. Theres one thing for shore though this beer is awesome, sit back and enjoy.....
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Slightly hazy golden brew.Bone white,dense head of perfectly beaded medium sized bubbles.Second glass has great lacework and retention.Woody,herbal hop,vinous,pale malt aromas.Palate is like a champagne.Spritzy and lightly syrupy.Winey bier de garde is a good description of this.Not overly sweet though.Mouth is filled with grapes,homeade bread,and a touch of bitterness and acidity.Finish is deep and gets better every sip.Seems to be a little watery point before finish(only complaint).The finish is fruity,slightly toasty,and very crisp and clean.Little nutty also.Started cold and liked it much more as it warmed.I could taste the hops instead of just feeling bitterness.Also flavors of malts are defined. Twenty minutes since I started rating and haved boosted points twice.. chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Pale golden color with a substantial, solid white rocky head. Aroma was strong - lots of coriander and cloves, along with some citrus orange and sugars. Flavor was spicy and warming - not overly sweet or syrupy - crisp. Slighly nutty - good malt body. Nice hops at the finish. I really enjoyed this beer - very good. dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2004
The head on top of this crystal-clear yellow brew does not last long, nor is it very thick. But the taste is fantastic, and the aroma reminds of nuts. The drinking experience is far milder than a usual beer, in fact it’s sweet in its own way, and the natural bitterness of a beer is almost gone. It feels quite fizzy in a good way, and is an altogether highly enjoyable experience. It was once recommended to me by a bar in Antwerp, and when I said it was French, they proudly replied "no Sir, it’s Flemish, just on the French side of the border!". Kosovar (48) - repentigny, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
Il faut aborder cette broue comme l’on ferait avec une femme : au premier regard elle intrigue, puis on ose la prendre, l’examiner, puis on finit par la gouter avec force au début mais la finesse prend le dessus. Une finesse que seul la flandre parvient à atteindre. Sa beauté n’a d’égale que son charisme en bouche et sa broue inspire le respect du plus inique critique.