PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was an interesting beer, and probably the best of a Belgian speaking style that Dogfish has made in my opinion. But that being said it was drinkable yet unremarkable.
Faithfull is a very crystal clear straw golden with a bone white head. Some effervescence but muted for may likes of a golden.
The currants do add a winey chardonny like character to the aroma, with some basic white grape juice notes, a touch of spice but as Dogfish themselves proclaimed the fermentation temperature was pulled back to subdue the spiciness typical in most Belgian ales. There is a doughy bread note as well with a restrained but still noticeable rose like alcohol.
The palate, much like the appearance, is generally pleasing. Faithfull finishes semi-dry after an in initial fruity juicy kick up front, just enough bitterness and alcohol co-mingle nicely to balance the mouthfeel.
The flavor profile is pretty straight forward, some gentle fruit tones, pear, grape and crisp apple along with a residual doughy pilsner malt tone. The yeast plays even a bigger back seat in the flavor than the aroma.
There is nothing off on this beer, frankly it presents pretty much exactly to what Dogfish envisioned in the process, it is a subdued and slightly fruity Belgian Golden ale. Drinkable and worth a try. Classic? Not really, but if everything was world classic we’d all be lying. If you can find one and have not tried it yet, you absolutely should. Not one to age too long, but that is okay, this would likely under proper storage still be drinkable at 9-12 months after bottling, but not much longer.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Golden with big fluffy head. Light body with some sweet currant. Completely one dimensional. This really needs something to balance the sweetness, like a little tartness. Disappointing.
krompt (611) - - FEB 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pearl Jam is probably the worst band that ever was. They were all skilled musicians too. Wasted talent. They have money now so who’s the sucker? Me. The beer was good though. Wasted talent.
oRos (965) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at California 10k event. Pours golden with white head. Taste was honey, esters and sweet
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Strong currants and berry notes with a hint of pomegranate. Delicate bready sweetness sweetness in the back.with pineapple esters.
A: Bright, clear orange under a bready off-white head which dissipates slowly and leaves minimal lacing.
T: Like the nose, fruity, like currants, with a solid bready, yeasty malt backbone. Strong frozen currants notes in the finish.
P: Medium-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation,
O: Different. Initially, proroguing as the fruity currants are a relatively unfamiliar taste. Smooths out as it warms, I certainly love to concept of a tribute beer, so much so that it carries the flavor somewhat.
Beergeek23322 (1949) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/1/2011. 750 ml. bottle. Poured golden with a white head. Fruity aromas with light malt and yeast. Seem a bit light and lacking flavors. One to drink and forget.
rederic (2846) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, clean golden color, with a thick bubbly white head, with a sweet earthy pale, toasted, munich honeyed malt nose, with some wet hay, kind of corn sweetness accents, with a barley sugar, grain corn, cooked corn, subtle honey lollipop, apple sauce note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild sweet honeyed pale, pilsener, munich, toasted malt, faint fruity, juicy black currant acidic character, with some corn syrup, cream-style corn mellowness, wet juicy hay, cereal flake, barley sugar flavours, with a bready, bagel dough, cooked corn, subtle white wine acidic undertone, leading towards a juicy grainy pale, pilsener, munich maltiness, corny, faint honey lollipop, faint acidic currant fruitiness, lingering hop dry bitterness finish.
merc7186 (1645) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, Mild White Head Ring, Almost No Lacing
S: Light Belgian Sugar, Mild Grape
T: Light Belgian Sugars, Mild Currants
M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Dry
Overall, a weak belgian strong ale...if this beer was called by a different name (ie Miller) then I might have a better appreciation for it. Not Recommedned especially for 17.99 per bomber.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a soft vanilla flavor to begin. very soft. some citrus notes as well. maybe more of a limeyness than a lemon. softer flavors too. pear and a little oak? there’s something else towards the finish, a lackluster wateryness that is unappealing. a little heat and plenty of gas in the finish. virtually no hop bitterness on the palate. meh, i find myself back and forth between enjoying some of the flavors and wanting more.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours a light golden color with a one finger head that disapates into a ring of light lacing. Aroma is light with, hops, berries and hints of honey. Taste follows the nose, lots of pale malts with a very white wine and honey sweetness. White grapes, honey and a sort of fruity tartness towards the back end. Flavor rises as the beer warms. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation that is smooth and creamy.
jjgmd (1189) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a rusty orange color with a small white head. Nose is fruity and sweet, with definite upfront currants. Taste is too sweet and overwhelmingly over taken by the currants. Finish is sweet, and fruity. Not a big fan of fruit beers, but this is over the top, Quaff Score 5 / 10