Additional notes (pictured 05/02/23)
Head and retention are usually much better than my original notes suggest. I still enjoy this beer close to two decades on, and over the years it has grown on me.
Original notes 02/23/05
Very unusual, and an attractive looker, with at first, a deceptively ordinary macro lager look, but a closer observation reveals a slightly cloudy, quite viscous solution. Zero head retention and zero lacing were a little more disappointing.
There’s a definte syrupy, alcoholic, sugar consistency in the mouthfeel, and this is reflected in the taste. Strong, warming alcohol comes through with a lot of fruit. A little dry, at the finish and a definite strong ending of alcohol and apples. Slightly metallic too, but not in a nasty way.
Not my favorite, Belgian Pale, it’s a little too lager-like for me, but it has a kick and the it drinks its full 9.00% ABV.