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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Golden in color, Marilyn is a complex and powerful ale, yet delicate with rounded flavors and big, billowy, white head. It is fruity and somewhat hoppy, but hop flavor and aroma will is fairly low. Marilyn is brewed with a Belgian yeast strain that gives it some nice citrusy qualities and a slight spiciness, while still being rounded in flavor. The finish is somewhat dry. It is an easy drinking beer, but with an ABV of over 9% ABV, "watch out for Marilyn!"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (2634) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2012
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.

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