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RATINGS: 2586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3463) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle, from Julios. Bottled on Apr 26, 05. Good nose, spicy perfumy, sweet. Clove, banana, lemon, Hazy yellowy gold color. Good head that stayed for a bit. Bitter sweet flavors, like aromas, with some orange and vanilla too. Thicker body, creamy mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Kinda liking this one, which is a tad out of style for me. Has a balance of flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Pours lightly cloudy and golden with a fully receding white head. Fruity aroma with notes of honey, bubblegum, toasted malt, and apples. Taste is quite sweet and sticky with notes of honey, citric spices, fruity esters: pears, melons. Finish is spicy with bubblegum esters. Body is medium to full bodied and carbonation is high. Finishes a bit sweeter than its Belgian counterparts, but still an enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lifeofravis (21) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Very good. Distinct taste and good alcohol content. Whenever i come home to PA this is one of the first beers i want to have.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
This is the way I like beer. A good flaw right up front, the unmasked alcohol, right in my face. Its fumes warm my nostrils. Underneath the obvious ethanol lies the spiciness and yeastiness that I crave. A bit of bittering hops thrown in but none for aroma. Great stuff, very craft-brewed feeling. Not unlike a very well-made homebrew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12397) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a light tan, thick head. Color is a cloudy yellow/straw. Aroma has light spices. Taste is malty, light spices, creamy, sweet. Good carbonation. 3.3 on tap-pours a thin white head. Color is cloudy yellow. Aroma is malty, fruity. Taste is malt inspired creamy, banana and alcohol then comes through. 3.6

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3888) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2006 Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. With this brew being light in color and in body I was very suprised to find out it was a 9.5%. Some citurs and malt flavors with some hops to round it out.Had another bottle 3/21/06 from JB. Still very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Straw color with white head. Lots of cloves spice on the nose, also some citrus and grassy notes. Medium body. Flavor follows aroma. As it sits, a very nice grainy malt sweetness comes through, along with more citrus and tea-like flavors. Very enjoyable, but then 9.5% usually is.... The alcohol is actually very well balanced for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2005
OK a lot of alcohol. Had it with my manager after work. IT was a little over the top for being that late and it being the first drink of the night. STRONG. And other than that It tasted like bitter hops. That is it. The manager was Doug and the bar was The Union in Kalamazoo, and yes the beer was free because it was a sampler.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3193) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Had at Rohrbachs summer brew fest. Was surprised to find this classified as a tripel. Straw color, some wheat and citrus in the palate. Liked the hops to round it out. Rerate - aged a bottle 1 yr 6 mos. Outstanding. Spicey aroma, sticky sweet palate. Beautiful balance. 12/11/05 rerate - had this from a bottle this time. Wheat and yeast, creamy lustrous mouthfeel, Sweet cloying finish. I liked this but not sure if this style is worth the bucks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
the aroma of lemon, citrus and corriander is amazing. so is the cool light flavorr - not as complex as the aroma. finishes slightly sweet and refreshing. and 9.5% -- couldnttell till a read it here.


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