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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Strong in flavor and alcohol yet light in color and malt character this style has the warming presence of alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Sampled via 22-oz bomber and shared by Akevitt. Pours a semi-clear golden pale brew with a fast dissolving white head that leaves behind a thin white ring. Aroma of light roasted malt, earthy spice and plenty of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a a spicey yeast and light roasted malt flavor. Finish is smooth and then slightlly tart with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
This Belgian Golden Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is apples, bananas, alcohol and sugar. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of banana and apple flavors as well as some unrefined sugar. Kind of overly sweet and a little bland. Strangely it reminds me a little bit of a malt liquor, I mean it in no way tastes like one, but it has that high gravity kind of feel to it. Perhaps a bit of aging will mellow this one, as it’s a little harsh and one sided right now. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5165) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2010
22oz bomber. Hazy, unfiltered golden-tan color. Thin, steady off white head. Sweet, sugary Belgified aroma. Doesn’t really do the style justice, very par to sub-par US version. A little bit thick, chewy, with some clove-like balance. Rich, with some alcohol laced fruit tones..banana, orange, tangerine. Lacks the effervescent mouthfeel and delicacy that can make the style great. Sort of goes for an Orval like thing, but doesn’t quite get there. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Actually smells somewhat wheaty. Clear orange but with floaties. The first thought with flavor is that this must have a lot of alcohol, as it shines through. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and definitely lots of belgian sugar, it’s okay, but seems too strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4857) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the Dog & Pony Alehouse in Renton, WA. Lasting white foam head with a mildly cloudy amber body. Nose is mellow with hops and marzipan. A hoppy front tongue is backed by a flavour of whiskey malt base. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4650) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Thanks to Akevitt! Gold color with no head. Big floral hop aroma. Yeasty and spicy taste with a bit hops on the finish. Slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Poured a clear light golden amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was yeasty with light clove and spice. Notes of bubble gum, flowers, oranges and a yeasty leather funk that was noticeable as the beer warmed. the flavor was malty and fruity with light tart lemony notes. Sweet and yeasty. Acidic finish with a lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2008
22 oz, 2007 vintage. Mostly clear, golden orange with a creamy frosting of lace. Aroma is light fruit (grape-apple), clove, wine, and dry spicy yeast. Tastes are a mix of slight banana bubblegum, sourish apple, wine alcohol, and some woody/resinous hops. Interesting, but a bit harsh; sort of seems like a mix of a Tripel and a European Strong Lager! Delicate body is suitable for summertime, smooth, and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Tap @ Saraveza... Poured golden with a white head and moderate lacing. Aroma of esters and spices. Medium body and very drinkable. Flavors of clove, yeast esters, banana and sweet spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Sampled February 7th, 2010
A solid, but not overly aggressive, pour into my 25cl tulip glas produces four fingers of pale tinged froth. The beer underneath is brilliantly clear and a rich gold hue that shines brightly when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe apples, pears, hay and cracker-like grain at the first. A deeper inspection of the nose yields melon notes, some honey-like muskat grape notes, a hint of orange zest, ample clove aromatics and more of a crushed grain husk dustiness in the deep finish.

Fairly dry tasting, though the fruity fermentation notes boost the sweetness that is here. Flavors of ripe pear, bright mellon, a hint of green apple, and some floral green grape notes are balanced in the finish by a light, but firm, bitterness, some spicy phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy white ginger and maybe even a touch of white pepper. The body has a lightnes to it that makes it quaffable, but it does still have a certain viscous fullness to it.

This is not a bad interpretation of the style that is embodied by Duvel. I like that it has more fruitiness and spiciness than the standard. It does have more body and sweetness, but neither of these really detract. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer for some reason, but I find that it is quite enjoyable.

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