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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ale brewed with Michigan Honey & Hops
(6.5% abv)

This is what Belgian beer is all about: Using locally available ingredients, each sip brings forth nuances that make this beer worth truly savoring.

Clover honey added during the boil contributes color and complexity but adds no sweetness to the beer as the sugars are broken down during fermentation. Look for whispers of apricot and nectarine on the palate, mixed with the floral aroma of the hops grown in northern Michigan.

SpongeRuiner's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Not a ton of flavor going on in this one. End taste and mouthfeel is filled with a ton of honey. Kind of nice to a point since I do really like honey. Overall though not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 11, 2014
Draft at Vivant. Pours a clear orangish amber. Aroma and taste are sweet with honey and light orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Sampled on tap at the brewery. Mild honey and malt sweetness, no hops in the nose. Orange-amber, brilliant clear with thin head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Start sweet with honey, pale malt. Light biscuit. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with light bitterness and some honey undertones. Light sweet after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (636) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
16oz can - pours a lighter gold . Soft hop aromas with some faint honey . Taste is light piney hops and sweet honey . Good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (1658) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Can: Yellow, slightly amber body with decent clarity & a mild chill haze. Foamy, white head that recedes to a ring quickly. Aroma is honey, dirt, earth, & a slight grassy hop tone. Flavor has a slight skunky quality with some honey, earthy & dirt-laden hops, mild must, slight citrus finish. Almost some DMS notes, with a big backbone of bread & yeast. More honey in the aftertaste. Nothing inherently terrible about it, but nowhere near worth what you’ll pay for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. Appearance: The very definition of brown. No haze that I could tell, and just brown, brown, brown. A mini head was in my sample glass for a little while, but poofed away before too long. The lacing is somewhat patchy. Very good looking beer overall. Smell: Yeah, that’s a Biere de Garde. I’ve only had a couple, but this style has a distinctive smell to me... just a sort of funky/sour sort of apple smell. Musky. Really hard to describe, but it’s really about what I tend to get from this style. I’d have to guess that the main attribution to this smell/taste is the yeast. Taste/feel: Much like the smell. There’s not much bitterness at all, but there’s a lot of that tart, sour flavor. This doesn’t have nearly as much of that as you’d expect in a described "SOUR" beer, but it has a nice character to it. Aftertaste is apple-istic (yes, I made that up) with malt. Not the best of the few BdG’s I’ve had, but it’s still a tasty beer, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
16 oz can courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a hazy orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of honey, straw, light floral notes and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, honey and light citrus with a smooth honey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Can: The aroma consists of honey, Belgian yeast, faint apple, and floral notes. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some thin lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of honey and light Belgian yeast. The finish light floral notes, lemon peel, and a hint of spice. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
16 oz can picked up at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Never seen this can before. Pours a deeper orange amber hue, good haziness, darker pour and hues overall. A bit of orange amber brighter glow on the edges and bottom. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a decent film, laces ok. Aromas show clover, florals, and earthiness. A bit of honey, pollen, clover honey. Touches of bread, straw, more clover and earthy florals. Touch of herbal quality, some grainy and cereal elements. Gentle Belgian yeast, faint spice, earthy dry feel overall. Clover element is distinct. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a decent carbonation. Some dryness, clover and earthy florals quickly meet a formidible bready and doughy malt body. Gentle honey, straw, cereal grain. Middle is a touch of fruit, apple and some dryness, a touch sticky. More honey fermented elements push on. Straw, grainy malt, and dough. Backend is a bit sticky, fermented honey really is a distinct element, especially the clover honey which preaches pollen, dryness, earth and florals. Backend is a touch sweet but still dry, earthy and floral. Clover, gentle spice, honey. A touch honey, certainly feels a bit more hot than it’s actual ABV shows which certainly is different in my book. It’s not a bad beer, but it really offers a specific niche and flavor profile. Gentle apricot and fruity elements are really overrun. Dry, but still a bit girthy and sweet at times as well. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with good, foamy, white head, good lacing / Light nose of citrus, toast , caramel, smoke / Light to medium body, somewhat thin, moderately sweet, low malts, light bitterness on finish / Simple flavors of dark caramel, smoke, grape, orange / Mediocre.

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