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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale is has a rich and complex malt flavor balanced with a little bit of spicy noble hops and strong influences of fermentation esters from the Belgian yeast used. Various Belgian like Rock Candies, hops and grains are employed to express variations within the style. Deceivingly drinkable, some liken theses ales to the Devil sneaking up on you, so consume responsibly.

Release #1: 8.3%
Release #2: 9.1%
Release #4: 9.6%
Release #5: 8.6%
Release #11: 8.8%
Release #14: 8.9%
Release #19: 8.3%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2011
There’s a lot going on here. Fruity--apricots and summer-fresh plums; spicy--coriander, white pepper; and caramel. Not extremely fizzy but still a good mouthfeel. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some peppery yeast notes is interesting. Taste is a mix between somewhat overly sweet malt with notes of peppery yeast. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but just a bit too sweet for the style and a bit more complexity in the ester would have been a good improvement.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2308) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle, pours light yellow the taste is quite light a bit belgian yeast in there. overall this stuff is alright and drinkable

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1321) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Batch #19 : Pour is murky light golden with a fine bubbled white head that retains on the average side in this glass. Sticky lacing is present in this glass (a tulip) as well. The nose is a little sweet, grains, grassy hops, and fruits, like peaches. The flavor profile, i thought initially, was a fairly proper belgian, but those fruit esters and general sweet bread notes don’t quite mesh for me; in the mean time, the finish is a little sweet, and a little bitter as well. Its a decent Belgian but...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
pretty good brew, bananas and other soft fruits come through and blend well with the spices. didnt realize how high the abv was until now. surprisingly drinkable

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
pours a light gold from 22oz bomber - Epic did some nice things with this one: banana and cloves in your face with some mildly sweet notes of butterscotch and banana bread. Really smooth, nice effort.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Very drinkable tripel flavors. Belgian candy with a little hop presence. Fairly easy palate for a style that can sometimes come across as harsh. Good effort here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at the Epic tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/11/11. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Malty nose with Belgian esters, pepper, herbs and citrus. Citrusy and syrupy sweet flavor with malt and herbs before a banana finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
From a bottle poured a golden color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Nice to see these brews in the Triangle! Semi-cloudy golden pour with a moderate but quickly fading carbonation. Would that it held a champagne-like level longer, as the brew is sort of anonymously strong golden but without the effervescence and hoppiness of those I enjoy the most. It’s decently flavorful and bold, with at least a semi-dry finish. But overall it was a bit too slick and sweet for my taste.


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