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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This single-hopped Belgian golden ale features Styrian Aurora hops. The hops, along with a blend of yeasts, yield a beer with a massively fruity aroma. Notes of citrus fruits, peaches, and pears, along with subtle hints of spice, lead into a soft, malt sweetness with a dry finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2012
750ml bottle - number 107 of 1008. Pours a clear (hazy with last pour) yellow gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet gummy tropical fruit and belgian yeast with some floral notes.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and some bready malt with a medium peppery bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting Belgian. Tons of tropical fruits, but a bit too sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Cloudy golden pour, with a frothy, lasting head - resembles a Hefeweizen - subtle but pleasant and complex nose of peppery and tropical hop character, moderate spices (sage, white pepper, thyme), a bit of pineapple - soft but full carbonation - light to medium bodied - flavor is moderately sweet up front, followed by mildly tangy citrus, melon rind - dries out through the middle, bringing fairly strong peppery phenols complimented fairly well by the single hop, adding even more of a spiciness - finish is dry, with lasting spiciness - a little thin/watery in the finish - needs to retain it’s body/firmness throughout, so it kind of falls apart in the end, but still fairly enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2012
750ml bottle poured into a Tulip at 45°. Color is a bright gold with very active carbonation and a tall white head. Aroma is spicy with yeast and fruit notes. It has a medium body with a light crisp mouth feel. Flavor is lightly fruity with a hint of peach and green apple then the spice jumps in with white pepper and orange zest and ends with a nice bitterness. After taste is dry as the bitterness comes in a little more and the pepper stands out and lingers a bit. Overall its a nice little Belgian golden.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2692) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle shared by deyholla...thanks Derek! - Pours lightly hazy yellow with a medium white head. Tons of pear on the nose with lightly spicy citrus hops and a pale malty base. Tastes really herbal. Kind of has a garlic note to it, with some tropical fruit and a sweet malt component. Medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Scott! Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice light grain note with some earthy funk and cereal. Flavor begins with light grains backed by light funk and light fruit with a nice dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy golden-orange color with a thick, dense white head that slowly faded to a bubbly layer and left some thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of sweet fruitiness (mango, light pear), bread, doughy, dusty yeast, light bubble gum, and a moderate spiciness (ginger, clove). Smooth, moderately sweet entry with fruit (mango) on the front with a slight tartness and a ligyhtly dry, bitter hoppiness that is paired with a soft, doughy yeastiness that imparts a moderate spiciness (pepper, ginger) that lingers into the finish with some soft undertones of fruit (pear, apple). Moderate carbonation and overall lively mouth feel that works well with the moderate dryness imparted by the hops. Overall a pretty solid beer that was a tad muddled in its flavor, but the palate seemed to fall off some as the beer warmed and it seemed a bit more watery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, gold color with a full, white, dense, creamy head which settles to a thick, rocky, creamy layer and leaves thick, Belgian lace. The nose is delicately pleasant and very fruity; some light candi sugar, pears and mango, dusty yeast, light cinnamon and ginger, some tarragon. The flavor is similar but carries a few more hop notes; still pear and mango, lighter ginger notes, some resins, subtle tangerine citrus, and faint pine. The palate is nearly lively, drying, medium, and soft in texture. The finish is fairly quick, drying, moderately light bitterness, citrus fruit (lime) rind, and some dry pine needles. For the most part a fairly simple beer, but very well put together. The beer benefits from the delicate nature of the beer and the way the yeast strains meld well with the subtle hop notes. The fruit notes were amazing and even more amazing how they progress through the flavor. FW does amazing work.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9648) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, earthiness, light fruittinessand a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, fuittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2012
draft. yeast-covered, muddled, quiet nose with mildly sweet honey cracker malt aromatics. mild touches of candied / gelatin orange-scented hops and starchy grass are present. has a fairly bland and plain flavor turning slightly sour and chalky late with mild toast and butter notes. dull orange pith and astringent grass mixed with damp dishrag and a watery body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle @ home. Admins, I added this as a belgian ale but feel free to adjust the style as you see fit. Cloudy, yellow-orange appearance with a fluffy white head. Pretty potent fruity (pear, apple, citrus fruits), spicy, peppery, belgian yeasty, sweet malty aroma. Spicy, peppery yeasty, grapefruit, citrus hoppy, sweet, a touch toasty malty, rich fruity flavor. This doesn’t necessarily taste flawed, but it is the second straight disappointing bottle offering from these guys.


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