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.
slowrunner77 (7264) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sweet, honey, wheaty:), yeast and fruit forward, but kinda standard, especially for a special release at a premium price. LOVED Bitch’s Brew. liked hellhound...this i could pass. possibly my lowest rated DFH beer."
teddybeer (2808) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light orangish color with an off-white head with short duration. Aroma has notes of some fruits and honey hints. Flavor is slightly sweet with light maltiness and floral notes. Slightly sweet final with some honey notes.
Bulk_Carrier (2782) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I shared this with my dad for his birthday last year.
We both had this poured into stemless snifters.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden yellow to orange color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some light lacing sticking finely to the glass.
The smell had a nice blend of sweet Belgian spices well allocated within an amplified yeasty b readiness with some sugared fruits to round it out.
The taste was mainly sweet and spicey still allowing a nice light fruitiness to come out.
On the palate, it sits about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it.
Overall, wow, what a freaking nice beer that went extremely well with a peppercorn spiced NY Strip steak.
bubblehouse (809) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad but a little funky. Is maybe slightly to sweet for my liking but still a very interesting and tasty beer.
Emeister84 (1609) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 vintage. Aromas of Heath bar ice cream, nutty, caramel, vanilla, white grapes. Hazy yellow orange with a mostly lasting white head. Simple flavors, light fruit, light malt, honey, subtle floral, fruity finish. Medium bodied, clean.
HellesBunny666 (222) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, on draft. Smells like white tea, and honey. The taste is bread like, sweet, oranges, lemongrass. Spicy and carbonated, pretty good.
rumproasts (4189) - 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.
oRos (1381) - 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 (374) - 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 (2602) - 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.