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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This delectable blonde ale is a co-creation of two famed farmstead breweries: Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe. It employs five fine malts, two noble hops, and both of the distinctive Chouffe and Ommegang yeasts. You’ll enjoy the smooth drinkability, fruity aromas and flavors, and warming finish

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 9.5%. Appearance: The body has a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass. Smell: There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops. Taste/Palate: It started with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink. Notes: Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (379) - - SEP 16, 2016
12oz bottle. Code dating is faded and indiscernible. Appearance: Golden and mostly clear, with some floating sediment and a frothy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma: Fruity esters abound. Pear dominates, with some banana, clove, and apple. Also pick up a touch of alcohol. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, very fruity with pear most prominent, some banana, low spicing, a light bitterness and a strong, almost solvent like alcohol. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, moderately high carbonation. Strong alcohol warming. Finish: Very dry. Fruity alcohol esters linger well after the swallow. Overall: Has the typical Belgian Strog Ale characteristics with fruity esters, sweet maltiness, and high carbonation. This differs in that the alcohol comes across a little too strong, with some heat and solvent like character that harms the overall balance of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (372) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Aroma is yeast, light herbs, and some fruit. Taste is caramel malts, yeast, slight fruit. Full mouth feel, dry warming finish. Very drinkable beer 9.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (1027) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - AUG 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy golden with a one inch white head that lasts. Taste is of yeast, malt, wood, bread, caramel, spice and some fruit. Similar aroma. Has a nice body. Quite enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, fruit, citrus and coriander. Flavor of fruit, yeast, banana, caramel and had a hint of raisins. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclefrito62 (90) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Thin white head. This light golden beer served in a tulip glass at the Winking Lizard in Copley Ohio USA is Rich with flavors of ripe fruit, clove light, caramel and some candy sweetness. Dry warming finish. Above average beer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2588) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Holy crap I had no idea this was 9,5%. Hazy gold orange with head and lace. Citrus melon herbal grassy aroma. Toasted honey peachy fruity malts with herbal grassy bitterness that lingers a little with a touch of pleasant booziness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a huge foaming head. Great nose of bread and yeast. Mouthfeel is really thick and chewy. Same bread and yeast flavors. Really sweet and tasty. Delicious belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2016
This one is a doozy. It is big and alcoholic, sweet w/ tons of fruity yeast character. Though, it’s a really big beer, it lends itself to slow sipping and as such does not really come across as too much--though it’s damn close. There seems to be a touch of tartness and earthy bitterness in the finish which keeps the sweetness from cloying and the fruity character works well w/ it’s thick, juicy texture. This is honestly not something I’d drink regularly but it will definitely scratch that big Belgian itch for anyone who gets it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (894) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Clear mellow gold with an ample white head. Coriander, light banana, some honey. Hint of raisins. Lightly bitter, plenty of sweetness. Alcohol is quite upfront, strong. Long finish, quite oily, lighter body. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2016
12oz bottle into a super giant wine glass. Pours a shaded and hazy orange marmalade. Clean white head, loose creamy lacing. Aroma of apples, Belgian spice, coriander, grapefruit. Taste of melon, ripe citrus, orange peel, sour apples, tart and clean hop profile, crisp carbonation, lovely flow going down.

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