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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Belgian Blonde Ale w/ Brettanomyces.

Golden color, spicy ester aroma, baked cherries and kiwi flavor, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at GI-Clybourn in early September. Pours a light orange color with a quickly receding head. Nose is heavy on the Brett, with lesser amounts of light fruits and mild citrus. The taste is of sour cherries, plum, unripened pears, earthy grains and Brett. Exceedingly dry palate. Average mouthfeel. Didn’t get any kiwi in here. This was a nice change of pace from the other stuff they had on tap that day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours an attractive deep gold, wispy white head. The nose on this is really nice. Some faint tartness and strawberries. Lots of floral and fruity esters as well, again with strawberries being somewhat dominant. On taste, it’s cool. Has a cherry fruit rollup thing going on. Very soft and shows the GI character again. Surprised to see this out of the brewpub rather than Fulton. More of the floral and soft notes. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
draft at Clybourn... faded watery orange... the nose is tons of brett, reminds me of a poor man’s Temptation without the oak or depth, the back has some kiwi not cherries... tastes a bit too spicy, too much brett, more oak would have balanced this out, juicy finish... ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebra (1801) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
sweet! a worthy follow-up to matilda. a "belgian style blonde", not a Sour Ale/Wild Ale. on tap @ clybourn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice hazy dulled golden amber hue. A frothy whitish decent sized head dies to a thicker film. Ok lacing. Aromas are sour fruit, pears and apples. Dry dusty brett and straw, cereal and bready malts. Touches of kiwi and lemon grow, a touch acidic on the nose. Pungent sour melon and bread. Initial is lighter bodied with dry bretty fronting. Sour lemons and melon, touches of kiwi, a touch of orange. Dryness starts to take over into the middle with melon and lemon, straw, grass, a touch of soft cheese. Into the finish dry and prickly brett, dust, and dry grass. Lingering melon, touches of citrus. Nice, a solid Bretted Belgian with a dry and mellow fruity vibe. Melon, pear, apple, dry dust, straw. Lighter and quite quaffable. Very nice Bretted Belgian with some touches of tartness, dry and lingering fruity and brett finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Draft, pours hazy golden orange with off white head. Nose has some cherry, brett, flavor some tart and funk to it, honey sweetness finish, lemongrass and apricots. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. First rating to boot no less... Pours a slightly hazy apricot golden orange brown tint and topped with a creamy moderately lasting mostly white head... Soft Mild earthy pineapple dry brett upfront in the aroma amidst a modicum of citrus tang. Moreso subdued and earthy than being too vibrant... Flavors hold true and deviate very little from the nose. Soft grainy malt predominantly while being accented by earthy citrus and a dry bitterness that surface mid to late way through. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Brett mainly provides and earthy dryness to it all. Fairly easy going and drinkable. They are offering growlers of this actually for those curious.

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