onceblind (5178) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hue with the slightest haze, with a slight foamy head. Sweet golden malty nose that reminds me a wee bit of pineapple, and a touch of yeasty booze. Sweet yeasty and gold malt flavor with a smooth doughiness, some fresh pale malt, and a bit of apple and pineapple. Pretty straightforward with some bright tree fruit notes and a bit of boozy blonde ale. But tasty. Definitely the best this brewery has done.
wchesser (1352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Crystal Springs train wreck tasting. Deep gold. Nose starts out with some fruity belgian esters...tripel-esque. With a bit of time becomes liquid smoke that gets stronger as it breathes. Taste from the gate is huge liquid smoke finish and chemical astringency. What the hell is wrong with this brewery?
drjay44 (2868) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained white head, with slight lacing, over a hazy, gold (SRM 5) body......nose is light malts, with pear, apple, hints of lemon, unripe mango....taste is light malts, hints of light fruits including pear, apple, leading to tropical fruit, honey tones, hints of sweetness throughout, finishing with a moderate green peach sourness.....mouth feel light of medium, moderately acidic, minimally astringent, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. Based on color this is a Belgian golden Strong. It does not meet the standards of that style on clarity, aromas or flavors. The yeast may be to blame, but also the malt backbone might need to be redone. I suppose it could be called an Imperial Saison, but it wasn’t. BJCP 7/2/10/4/5
Ratman197 (10726) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear golden yellow with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, fruittiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, fruittiness, yeast and light spice with a crisp finish.
Ernest (6544) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of corn syrup, banana, pepper, paint/plastic, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
The nose is very light, and what’s there is not very pleasant...there’s nothing enticing about it, and while the flaws are not glaring, they are noticeable and make this no fun to sniff. Kinda dirty in the aftertaste, so alas, it’s not really any fun to drink either. A dumper, sadly.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 bottle. hazed gold effervescent body with a white head of medium-sized bubbles that builds tall but dies rather quickly. simple nose of pale malt and sugar with touches of dried grass hops and creamed banana yeast esters. the banana is the dominant flavor here, and with sweet pale malt and high residual sugar it’s almost sufferingly sweet. notes of cucumber and dish soap make an appearance, and the yeast and mild hop bitterness give it a roughness that seems out of character for a strong golden Belgian. overall it’s quite basic and not all that enjoyable to drink.