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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jamís 20th anniversary and their seminal album Ten Ė In recognition of these milestones this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over the course of the one hour boil.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Almost no white fizzy head over reddish golden tan beer. Smell is toasty and buttery. Taste is light fruit mild white grapes, toasty malt, banana pepper veggie and spice finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehouse (1) - New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011 does not count
Very good beer for what it was. Donít read so much into it. ENJOY IT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Tap @ Parkway. Clear gold pour with a short white head leaving minimal lace. Sweet, ripe fruit nose. Medium body and sharp carbonation. Banana, apricot, honey and some lemon. Bit of pepper, earth and chocolate in the finish, along with black currants. Finish is short and nicely balanced if you let it warm some. Reminds me of Midas Touch. Of the DFH music collaborations, it finishes second to the Hellhound and ahead of the Bitches Brew for me. Not impressive as a Belgian Ale, but a very tasty brew worth seeking out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
750mL thanks to Tally crew at Proof. Pours a clear gold, sparking carbonation generating a small white head. Weak retention. Nose is odd- white grape juice comes to mind with rotten apricot amongst other oddities like metal shavings. Taste is bland...malt heavy with oatmeal graininess. Medicinal camphor comes through. No blackcurrant/cassis. Sweet honey finish. No Belgian yeast character. For a beer, it is decent. For a blackcurrant Belgian ale, it is a major failure.

The album was better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTStiles (825) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
pours clear pale golden color. aroma is a bit adjuncty, with notes of corn, toasted malt, and a hint of currants. body is on the thin side of medium. taste is simple with notes of some dank belgian yeast, lemons and a hint of currants. really not much going on. finish is more curranty. This is a pretty boring beer. Iím disappointed that this beer seems to be more gimmik than quality which is not generally DFHís reputation (Bitches Brew for example was another musical commemoration but was a delicious, unique beer.) This is not bad but not interesting at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours a clear golden color with no lasting head. Appears to have very little carbonation. Sweet faint currants and white grapes in the nose. Almost champagne like. Taste is light sweetness with a fruity (white grape), slightly dry champagne like with a little honey. This definitely improves at it gets towards room temp. However, despite the ratings, I thought this was a nice offering and for the 7% it was a pretty easily drinkable offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brenn79 (1710) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2011
750 ml. bottle shared with Poisoneddwarf, thanks- Pours pake golden with a large 2 to 3 finger head that reduces. The aroma is grain, generic beer, and maybe some wine grapes. The tase is the same, very boring, better than a macro lager beer, and it has a tartness to it. Carbonation is medium, body is medium. Overall disappointed for a Dogfish Head beer, not enough of the currants.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
poisoneddwarf (1936) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with a medium-large white head with great retention. Aroma is creamed corn, citrus powder drink--kind of bland. Taste is sligthly sweet and tangy with a dry finish. The currants are there but pretty faint. This is a pretty bland beer--was expecting more. Itís almost pale lagerish or American blonde ale-ish in its simplicity. I think there should have been more of a Pearl Jam connection, too. Maybe they couldíve concocted a beer called "Spin the Black Schwarzbier" or "Elderly Barleywine Behind the Counter in a Small Town" or something. Or maybe not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
750ml bottle split with the brosef. Super light in color and body but the fruit is definitely there. Not sure if itís the currants or not but itís not that bad. Iím not even sure what a currant is but it seems to work.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2011
A little too weak on flavor for me, but isnít the worst Iíve ever had either. Hay, spruce, earthy, banana, citrus

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