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RATINGS: 186   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%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods, Vienna. Pours a crystal clear golden with a white head and moderate carbonation. Sweet bready malt aroma. Earthy grass notes. Some fruit, maybe pineapple. Flavor is sweet with notes of clove. Floral notes. Alcohol is noticeable and the beer is a bit heavy.\

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2011
At 8.6% blows most local Utah brews out of the pond. Pour: bright liquid gold, bubbly white head, which persists somewhat. Nose: Yeasty, orange peels, florals, hop spice, mostly yeasty. Taste: not powerful, in moderation, orange peel bitter, sweet floral spiciness, finishes with a hop dry. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1399) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Golden in color, pretty clear, and some anise and fruits, very distinctive, some lacing and no head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bomber from secret santa; hazy dark gold; thin white head along the edges; dry malt, sharp lemons, maybe a light ginger; soft mouthfeel with a touch of stale hops and creamy malt; drinks light but with a powerful kick; lemon cookies; yummy

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Draft, 8.6%. Crystal clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, funk, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, mango, some funk. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14702) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Tap at Churchkey, listed as 8.6%. Bright golden color, medium fluffy white head. Aroma of black pepper and malt. Taste is bitter citrus. Decent.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Tap at Churchkey for the Epic launch party. Poured a clear, jewel gold with a quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is hugely medicinal like smelling straight up cough syrup and honey laden cough drops. Taste is sweet and medicinal with doses of Robitussin. Chalky, powdery palate. Almost like eating baby powder in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Clear golden pour with a white head. Sweet aroma of grain, yeast, honey and light fruit. Flavor is much the same, a bit sweet and fruity with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sidel (6) - - JAN 27, 2011 does not count
The Belgian ales are definitely an acquired taste. Of those I have tried, this is my favorite. The high alcohol content does not make for a long evening of drinking this beer. Good taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle from footbalm. Pours a clear bright golden color with a small white head. The aroma is moderately sweet, bubble gum, light malt, mildly spicy. The flavor is moderately spicy, banana, bubble gum sweet. Nice, smooth drinking Belgian with a soft finish.


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