Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Pleasant Belgian ale, but I didn’t really see what all that currant was supposed to do to the beer. Sure, it’s a little fruity, but it could have been just about as fruity with the right Belgian yeast. Docked it a point for being more gimmick than beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, light to medium gold with beautiful carbonation and an average, white head that mostly diminished and left a little better than fair lacing. The aroma had light grain and pale malts; moderate spicy yeast; lighter dusty yeast; hints of funk at the end of the bottle; grape; apple; golden raisins; white wine; slight honey; berry; light fruits; and the slightest hint of vinegar. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, light to moderately acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slight to lightly bitter. There was white wine, green grapes, berry, spicy yeast, slight honey, grain, pale malt, slightly dusty yeast, light fruits and hints of funky yeast. The light to medium body was rather dry with quite fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly astringent finish.
drowland (5996) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
11/9/11. 750mL bottle that hisses loudly upon cracking. Super clear golden pour, slightly dark - almost orange, with a one-finger fizzy off-white head that fades to almost nothing fast and barely laces at all. Borderline plain aroma... touches of very light white grapes, an underlying tone of tart berries, corny grains, and something that I can only describe as ketchup and metal. Ugh. Sweet, malty entry that very lightly hints at berries with corn, bitter dusty graininess, and more metal. Blech. Light body with high, burning carbonation. Pearl Jam is going to be very disappointed with this one.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with amber notes, nice off white head, some moderate lacing... ok retention... lightly tart aroma, very fruity, grape or currant, spicy, heavy dark berry aroma... Has a black raspberry flavor bc i dont really know what a currant is supposed to taste like... I expected this to me more red... Has a very fruity back of the throat wine feel, while being lightly sweet and medium bodied... a little dry more oily in the finish though..
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass is clear golden with a white capped head. Aromas are subtle, but bready and sweet from the fruit. Taste is soft Belgian yeastiness with fruit up front, not too sweet, but fleshy fruits come through. Palate is medium body, soft on the palate and effervescent. Overall, this is a delicate beer that is better at warmer temps than ice cold (as most beer is). I like this one, but nothing in particular wows me. It does leave a nice fruity finish on the palate. Not a fruit beer, a Golden Ale for sure, but darn tasty.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750, capped. Pours a hazy medium gold with a loose and sudsy scattering of film around the edge. Big stale corn nuts nose. Creamy medium body. Nitrogen and stale corn nuts on the mid-palate, little bit of a carbonic bite, kinda tonic-water-y. Not really worth finishing. I think they put in 10 black currants total, not black currants 10 times. Not getting much fruit flavor. They woulda been better off decocting it 10 times or something...or maybe picking a song off Ten, like Black, and using that as the basis for the beer theme. This is just a forgettable little attempt to play around with belgian yeast.
davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.
A - Dark yellow body with lot of carbonation. Small white head and some light edging. Looks a lot like an adjunct lager.
S - Biscuity malts, belgian yeast, and some fruity sweetness. Not detecting any currants but I get some grape and tart apples. Hint of alcohol presence.The smell is very dry and almost reminds me of midas touch.
T - Same as the nose. Biscuity malts with the belgian yeast thing going on. I was really hoping for more currant flavors, there’s just a faint sweet fruitiness. Mouth feel is crisp and dry with a good bit of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but works with the crispness of the beer.
O - A decent beer...but where the hell were those currants!?!? I did enjoy the dry finish and slightly sweet flavors, but I was expecting a bit more here.
BrewDad (4922) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sorry but this is pure kitchen sink crap beer. Another gimmicky beer for me to spend tons of money on and in the end drink crap. This is not worth the money. It is rare i do this but I am very disappointed in this brew. Just makes me sad to have bought such an expensive beer and it turns out to be non inventive crap golden Belgian lifeless tasteless tons of very tasteless added extras.
thornecb (4364) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold into a snifter. White head quickly dissipates to hug rim. Pit fruit and citrus aromas. Medium bodied with sweet pit fruit and caramel upfront. Lasting yeast and citrus finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint, in descript aroma that shows light grain, honey, and fruit. Flavor also shows fruit, grape, citrus, and caramel. Quite sweet. Little vanilla, toffee, raisin, plum, and prune. Medium to sticky mouthfeel. ABV hidden but it isnt extremely strong. Fruit cocktail syrup is the closest comparison.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a vibrant clear amber tinted gold with a lasting cap of white swirls.
Aroma: Husky grain/wheat, white fermented grape/chanpagne/Belgian yeast like funk.
Taste: Bready, light hop spice, currant, juicy pear. Spicy yeast A little alcohol bite in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lively active carbonation.
Overall: While the beer is cold, the currants remain very subtle compared to the Belgian yeast. As it warms up, it starts to get louder and louder and makes itself known. The huskiness reminded me of a kolch-style beer, and everything else about it was of a Belgian-Golden style ale.