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5 Seasons Afterglow Flanders Golden Ale

5 Seasons Afterglow Flanders Golden Ale
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a special brew that Brewmaster Glen Sprouse first formulated and brewed for his wedding in 2001. It is brewed with a Saison yeast that is very attenuative. It is also dosed with a british ale yeast late in primary fermentation to "clean it up a little" and then an Abbey yeast is added for secondary fermentation. The base malt is all German Pilsener and Munich Malt (as is the typical practice of most of the high quality Belgian brewers of pale beers) with a bit of red winter wheat thrown in for body and mouthfeel and just a touch of coriander for the finish. We use a little Belgian Light Candi Sugar and a little Special B Malt to add to the Belgian character. Five mash rests are employed to improve the clarity, pH and distribution of sugars. And, four hop additions are made in the boil using a combination of German, Styrian and Czech Hops. This beer gets considerably better with about six months to a year under its belt. 5 Seasons will be serving it throughout this period, slowly meting out the kegs on a monthly basis to ensure it lasts until next year's batch is ready.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, dusky orange-hued body with a well-sized, finely-textured, whitish head. Smell: Aroma smelling of white wine dosed with cut fruits, clover honey, flower petals, and light spices with a teensy background note of sourdough. Taste: Honey-layered, candi sugar-coated Pilsner and lightly bready malts with a goodly amount of complimentary sweetness. Hint of spice. Fruity tastes of sliced orchard fruit, plump white grapes, and (though subtly) banana. Slight sourish yeast accents in the background. Crackle of puckering acidity midway. Finishes lightly sweetish, warming, and still suggestive of a white wine drink. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Drinkability: Quite nice. This one has a very high degree of drinkability, it’s a beer that would be great enjoyed on a sun-soaked porch with friends.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Generously shared by KP at Pre-Sex - thanks, man! Fairly still pour had me wondering if this was going to be well past its prime. The nose had some decent character though, with fruits and mild spice. Taste was a bit washed out, with some oxidation notable. Thin body too. But the flavors were pleasant and warming. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bright gold, slight haze, small white cap. Candi sugar, perfume, peach juice aroma. Juicy body, low carbonation. Lots of peach juice, bubblegum, ripe tropical fruit. Soft mouthfeel. Better than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Clear golden color with a decent white head. Aroma is super spicy with some clove and cinnamon. Flavor is spice again with lots of carbonation. The finish is pretty sweet and overall is pretty full bodied. I will agree with a couple of other people here that this is bordering more on a tripel or at least a belgian strong before it is a saison. Got a lot more sweetness and malt body than I did yeast and citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Draft. Nice clear, golden color. Thin, white head. Lacing. Aroma of floral perfume. Flavor is semi-sweet, with hints of honey, clove, and bananas. Clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Medium orange color with nice sized white head. Spicy nose of corriander, yeast, and light honey. Taste was the same with malty finish. Somewhat sweet and sticky. Very rich on the palate for a saison.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2008
This was absolutely delicious! For once I could not agree more with the commercial description. A beautiful deep orange hue is present here, with a small sticky white head. Full of lots of lighter fruits in the aroma, with a palate that is somewhat yeasty , with some lighter candi sugar flavors and just a hint of sourness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed biscuity maltiness tends to dominate the hoppiness in this lean and clean Saison where coriander spiciness and its ensuing orangey fruitiness are intelligently used in small doses.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the lightly hazy blond.
-I thought this was rather sweet for a Saison, but I don’t know how old the bottle was; maybe the hop character was fading out.
-Carbonation was appropriately active yet smooth.
-The finish was lightly hopped, and proffered more malty cleanliness.

Bottle at the brewpub; thx Dennis!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Hand bottled by the brewer and given to me by Goldtwins over a year ago. Pours a copper color. Phenolic nose with a corny maltiness. Astringent and spicy. Somewhat mead-like for some reason.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2007
On tap at the restaurant. My favorite of the trip. Smells of banana and passion fruit (as the beer’s description promised). Reminds me of a Belgian wit in the yeasty quality of it, how light it is and gently acidic and crisp, with lemon flavors in the middle and corriander, and maybe a little allspice. Lots going on in the mouth. Finish fails to close the deal, but a good beer to enjoy on a hot day.


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