dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance- funk, hay, yeast, spices, fruity notes
Appearance- resembles an extremely clean light beer, but it does fit the beer of a golden ale
Taste- clean upfront with some sweetness, tart middle, and smooth finish. Some currants hit in the finish but not as overwhelming as I was expecting.
Palate- medium carbonation, lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, better for a summer release than a late fall/ early winter one
Overall- A let down for me. I donít know what I was expecting, but it was more than this. DFH is well-known for extreme offerings and this one is relatively bland and "normal". Also, why the colder seasonal release? This would serve as an excellent summer beer. Baffled by this beer.
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle labeled Faithful Ale for Pearl Jamís 20th anniversary. Clear golden pour with a minimal head. Aroma of fleshy fruit, pomegranates, currant jam. Notes of fresh baked bread. Flavor of pomegranate, cherries, pale malt, dough. Very mild bitterness. Finishes with a bit of hay. Somewhat nice, but a bit plain.
drfabulous (6420) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 of the Faithful Ale from Good Foods. Perfume like aroma. Light body. Some wit styled flavor.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thehouse (1) - New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer for what it was. Donít read so much into it. ENJOY IT!
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beerdrinker79 (2008) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.