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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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This golden Belgian-style ale is medium bodied and refreshing. It is fruity and spicy from the Belgian ale yeast-with notable esters-and also from dry hopping in the fermenter with Sorachi Ace-a Japanese hop variety grown in the United States.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/20/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

opaque yellow, wispy white head, streaks of lace, light spicy aroma with a touch of malty sweetness, light malt flavor, mostly dry with only a hint of sweetness, light wheat character, touch of spicyness, the wheat and the spice combine of a light bitter finish, close to a wit,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
Cask at the Clybourn location. The nose is lightly citrusy with a soft wheaty spiciness. A little bit of light sulfurousness as well. Fruity and lightly wheaty with a light herbal/fruity hoppiness on the back. Just a kiss of apple and pear and a light flinty bitterness. Quite light but tasty and quaffable nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
On tap at GI - Clybourn. Poured a hazy yellowy-golden with a short, well-retained white head.. some lacing followed it down. Aroma was of peppery spices and banana at the yeasty fore.. some light fruits not far behind.. really enjoyed the nose on this. Flavor was a great blend of peppery yeast with lighter-skinned fruits and a mild floral bitterness.. left a long, tasty impression at the finish. Lighter-bodied but chock fulla flavor.. nice flow to it.. refreshing finish. Great stuff!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Clybourn on 6/20/07: Pours a cloudy pale golden with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of pale Belgian malt with a touch of spicy coriander and clove. Body starts faintly sweet, full bodied and bready with a drier yeasty earthy bitter finish. Otherwise fairly bland.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6067) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Had on tap after a tour at Clybourn. Strong spicy aroma, very fruit flavor. As I drank, the hops came out in flavor and aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Cask conditioned via firkin at Dark Lord Days ’08. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates due to cask drawn beer. Aroma of light multi-grain bread malt, some coriander, a touch of banana and some white pepper. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation, with flavors of bread malt, coriander some citrus zest and a touch of cloves. Finish is semi-sweet with a hint of banana esters/yeast aftertaste that quickly disappears.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Light golden color with a moderate white head. Pale malts, light candi and mildly spicy hops scents. Pale malt, sweet start with some decent spice and ester. Cloves and bananas in a belgian way verses a weiss way. Reminds me of a thin Duvel, back when Duvel was better, if that makes any sense.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
on tap at GI LPB, pours hazy gold with small white head. nose is sweet candy sugar, some spice and hay. flavors are sweet with spicy yeast finish, clean and pretty simple, a touch too sweet for making this not very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2008
Draft at GI Clybourn. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but turns out I loved this one. Poured a clear golden color with a white head. Some lace was left behind at the end. Enticing aroma of fresh citrus fruits and light clove. Light bodied and pleasantly effervescent, even a little chalky. The flavor was similar to the aroma with citrus stronger than clove and accompanying subdued banana. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2008
A decent enough version of this deceptive style. It actually pics up points due to the the fact that the Japanese hops they apparently use offer a nice resiny character. Nothing amazing, though it’s interesting how the resiny hops interact with the phenols produced by the yeast. bananas and cloves. Chill haze. Decent.


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