drjay44 (2634) - 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 wasnít. BJCP 7/2/10/4/5
Ratman197 (9794) - 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 (6217) - 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 whatís there is not very pleasant...thereís 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, itís not really any fun to drink either. A dumper, sadly.
3fourths (8020) - 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 itís 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 itís quite basic and not all that enjoyable to drink.