Cambridge Golden Ring Abbey Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Our Abbey Pale Ale, reverently inspired by one of the six Trappist breweries (who, for obtuse reasons of shadily inferred copyright and trademark infringement must remain nameless, along with their megalomaniacal American distributor who brought the matter kindly to our attention) is made entirely with imported Belgian malt, and hopped with English Goldings and German Hallertauer. Hop aroma and flavor is emphasized, but balanced, by dry-hopping with these varieties. The yeast used in fermentation is indeed an authentic Belgian strain (we could tell you which one, but then we’d have to kill you. Proprietary brewery info, you understand.) which gives the beer its signature spicy/fruity/funky notes. Golden Ring is a deep gold, slightly hazy as it is served unfiltered and cold-conditioned. It has the aforementioned spicy, fruity, earthy character, and carries additional aromas and flavors of toasted and caramelized malt, and hops and alcohol. The finish is fairly long, with yeast notes and hops vying for space on your palate. Overall this is an interesting, extremely complex, and very drinkable, enjoyable beer which lends itself very well to a wide range of foods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34698) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. A hazy golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and quite spicy - among others I pick up coriander. The flavor is sweet with notes of coriander, leading to a dry spicy and slightly wheaty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden-amber body with a small white head. Aroma of coriander, passion fruit, honey, and herbal. Flavor of spruce, honey, herbs, and citric hoppiness with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

clear dark gold, wispy beige head, streaks of lace, light spicy aroma, nice hop flavor on a dry malt base with some spicy esters adding complexity rather than balance, a touch of candy sweetness comes and goes, the spices give way to robust hop flavor and a long bitter finish, called an abbey IPA it alternates between the two rather than marries them,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005: Golden hue (I would hope so with the name) and a small head. The aroma is yeasty and showed some mild fruit and barrel esters in addition to belgian candi sugar. The taste was grassy and leafy hops with a touch of tart apple and firm banana followed by a sugary background. Lots of biscuit and chalky feel on the palate. Not too bad but not really up to part with their other offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Dark dulled gold to amber bodied, producing an eternal white film. Immediately charming nose where the funky yeast shines a wild fruitiness ranging from passion fruit to juicy bananas and vinous grapes or kiwis. At the same time, the typical honeyed Belgian malts procure biscuity undertones that befit the limey, leafy hops. Not so expressive in yeastiness in mouth, but it compensates through a woodiness I had not seen coming. Well controlled sweetness, light-medium bodied, oily texture, tanninc mouthfeel. An absolutely delicious offering, thanks to a stupendous wild yeast nose.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
Slightly cloudy golden body with a small white head. Light-medium oily body. Not a very tasty beer at all. Generic half roasted malts, a little sweetness, a little citrusy hops, a little bitterness. I didn’t feel any of the advertised wild yeast that many reviewers got. I was looking forward to drinking a Golden Ring but ended-up regretting it. Same goes with many men wearing a golden ring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5860) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 On draught at the brewpub, 6/14/2005. Deep cornfield golden color, light white-gold tinges throughout. Lightly creamy off-white head sits atop, very small, but some retention and lacing. Lightly hazy body. Aroma of honey, light graham crackers, hints of earthy bitterness and bits of bubble gum. Belgian yeast is discernable, and there is a good dose of fruitiness (starfruit, tangerines). Some vanila notes. Flavor is moderately malty, honey and dough, not too much vienna huskiness, though it has a lightly grainy, moderately carbonated mouthfeel that is pleasing and holds out any watery feel it might otherwise have. Notes of vanilla, light tangerine and dry yeast on the end. Bits of floral notes throughout, with some light lemon zest mixed in with the sweet malt. Drinkable, with a definite Belgian yeast character lingering on. I enjoyed the thicker, more pronounced malt sweetness in this, as compared to the lighter, more attenuated L’amour du jour. 7/4/7/4/14

On draught at NEBF, 10/29/05. This is the only Brett version. All other brewpub versions were not brewed with brett. This was a very good beer to start with, and the brett makes it in to an excellent beer. Spicy and yeasty, with the appropriate tartness from the B. Bruxellensis variety. Like usual, the nose is more expressive than the flavor, being an American version, as they can’t quite seem to nail the flavor and saccharomyces balance, but this is darn near close and probably tastes better than the GI Matilda. And that’s in an absolute sense, since they have no real relation other than the brett. Great texture and very drinkable. 8/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Clear golden with no head - earthy, herbal aroma, with background hints of raw grain - fairly dry and somewhat tart up front, followed by a tiny bit of sweetness, a fairly strong herbal character (which mingles with a medium hop profile), some saffron and mild grain - finishes with a little more tartness - not bad - seems like it was designed to have a somewhat weaker character so it would go well with many different types of food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2007
Draught@Redbones. Very nice. yeasty, but soft, with some lovely citrus rind and wild flower aromas. Palate shows some bitterness and a very soft refreshing acidity. Citric, slightly estery. A very pleasant Belgian pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a thin, white head that dissipates immediately. The body is mild amber. Nose has a tinge of Flemish Sour. Flavour is mildly spiced and hoppy with a watered-down malt finish. Rather boring.

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