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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1013) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1255) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5928) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3020) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bomber courtesy of Gription79. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of dry pilsner malt, peppery, spicy, floral. Tastes of coriander, honey, light spice with a semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
On tap in the Paradise Burger and Sports Bar in McCall, ID. Pours a very clear light gold color with a white head and light lacing. Nose shows some fruit and floral hops. Medium in body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts and fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Release #19. Pours gold. White head. Nose/taste of apple, yeast, peppercorn, lemon peel and pear. Peppercorn more prominent in taste. Medium body. Semi-sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
22 ounce bottle from Innsbrook Exxon in Glen Allen, VA, opened 5/18/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin creamy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, butterscotch, caramel, earthy hops and a bit of citrus. The taste is sweet bready malts, caramel, apple, faint citrus sugary finish. Medium bodied. Decent, but a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
22oz bomber from EZ liquors. Pours out a moderate golden color with no real head. Aroma is of apple, pear, alcohol and some light spices. Taste is apple, pear, yeast, spice and some light alcohol notes.

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