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The conception and naming of this beer happened in one fell swoop. Unsure whether to offer a light session beer or a fun ball-buster as our warm weather seasonal, we decided on a beer that would be “a big, fatty boombalatty” version of a Belgian white. And away we went, taking a recipe for a white beer and ramping up the grain bill by 50%; we dropped the amount of wheat by 75% to keep the beer rough around the edges. We bucked tradition by steering the bitterness in the direction of a pale ale, and coupling hops with coriander in the fermenter. The resulting beer gives you all the bubblegum goodness of a big Belgian, with enough crispness to cut through the sweet profile, thus making you want to sip it again and again. Dangerous, indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
12 oz bottle

I finally picked up a bottle of this on a beer run about a week ago. I wish I would have done so sooner. While it is not a spectacular example of the style it is well done for an up and coming brewery who doesn’t even have their own equipment yet. I can’t wait to see what these guys can do when they set up their own shop - Wisconsin will have another great brewer available.

Aroma / Appearance - The bubbly caramel colored body let the light dance through it. A half finger head the color of bleached paper which has yellowed ever so slightly in the sun gives a nice decoration. Cotton candy, oranges, bubble gum and lemon sorbet form an odd but yet somehow pleasing combination of aromas.

Flavor / Palate - Bubble gum, cocoa powder and light iced tea form a sweet introduction that reminds one of the Belgian candi sugars. The wheaty yeasty base stands out after the first sip providing a firm foundation on which is built a decent experience. While it does not blow one away this could become a regular drinker if it stays at the $6.99 price point. I can’t wait to see how good these guys get when they have their own brewery instead of contracting out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours golden-orange. Interesting nose: banana, hops, malt and spices (cloves?). Surprisingly hoppy flavor. Nice balance of hops and malt accented by hints of spice. Short, dry finish. Again, these guys get points for ambition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Hazy to cloudy amber color with a diminished off-white head. Bread dough, honey, orange peel, banana and bubblegum. Certainly a full belgian ester/phenol aroma. More a strong, fruity wit aroma. A light honey flavor start with some pale malt and tropical fruit mixed in. A background of wheat and oat. Quite full in feel, nearly too full, but still enough zip to keep it lively. Light fruit seem to come out more at it lingers in the glass, with raisins and currants. A decent standard Belgian ale. Certainly beats paying $3 for something similar and less fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle... Cloudy, light amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Mildly spicy nose with gentle clove phenols and sweet crystal or Munich malt. Banana esters and herbal, earthy hops. Sweet, biscuit malt, fruity flavor with earthy, mineral bitterness. Medium-bodied with a skim milk mouthfeel and ultra-fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp, spicy/fruity finish. Hey, 1FastSTi, thanks for the brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjjallen (4) - USA - APR 28, 2007 does not count
Very nice brew. Not sure if it qualifies as a Belgian ale but it is a great beer in its own right. I would have liked a bit more citus taste ala bells two-Hearted but it is still a great effort in the quest towards the perfect beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
I enjoyed this beer; I thought it was a nice American Belgian-style ale with some spiciness and a nice mouthfeel. A hazy golden color with a small amount of very fine head, which dissipated quickly but left 2mm of very fine white bubbles. Aroma is slightly tripel-ish, with a fair amount of clove-iness (quite good). Flavor is very spicy and good...a lot of American Belgian ales taste slightly chemical-y or overdone, but this one did not. Mouthfeel was not flat, but was quite good and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours to a muddled caramel colored body when getting the yeast in the pour. A creamy white head sits on top. The aroma is heavily banana bread, Belgian yeasts, bubblegum, white/green raisins. The flavor is green raisins, bubblegum, white wine, wheat, Styrian hops? The palate is sweet up front, dries out a touch, and leaves the mouth watering and waiting for more. Some bitterness on the backend of the drink. A dash of white pepper was noticed later through the beer. Quite a good change of pace and very well executed by a WI brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2007
Pours a nice enough beer orange-red with a quickly dissolving head. Mine was perfectly clear, but the yeast was caked on the bottom. A bit fizzy, but not a detriment at all. Nice fruity nose with a bit of spice. Apricots and allspice with a bit od honey. Very dry...even surprisingly so - makes it very quaffable/quenching...but almost dusty/chalky. Overall is a nice beer in its own right. Not a perfect Belgian but a very good beer. I noticed this one was brewed in Black River Falls (Sand Creek) and not by Gray’s. Good move IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
This pours a cloudy, pale amber body with a white head that slowly reduces to a ring around the glass. The aroma has the sweetness of pale malts covered by flowers and bath soap with perhaps a touch of red cherries. Sweet malt and light fruits make up the flavor with an intensifying floral bitterness that lasts into the finish. Pretty decent offering.

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