ClubGonzo (3229) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light orange body, small white foamy head. Nose is yeast, salty asparagus, sweet herbal licorice and hints of hay. Strange, but somehow it all works and this is quite delightful. Taste is citrusy orange tones, light candy sugars and herbs. Hints of spices and pale malts. Carbonation is fresh, which gives a decent mouthfeel, without going too far. Original, fresh and dangerously drinkable - Iíd have this in any sunny summer spot, any day! A really cool take on the Belgian light strong ales (Duvel tradition).
Frovigalning (2523) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Monks Cafť Porterhouse in Stockholm. It poured a hazy golden liquid with a fruity and yeasty taste. Nice belgo style beer.
ADesenberg (391) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Delicious, slightly sour fruity taste. Itís super tasty, and refreshing. Great stuff!.
Idiosynkrasie (2776) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle (bottled 04/01/11). Slightly hazy yellow with unimposing white head. Saison-like floral, herbal and yeasty notes. Relatively light body. Taste is fresh, fruity and a bit spicy from the yeast, but in every fraction not particularly pronounced. Average.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tend to roll my eyes at American beers described as a "Belgian-style golden ale" since thatís such an umbrella term and few beers using that term are any good. My brother gave me a bottle of Goose Island Demolition that was bottled in July of 2010 for Christmas of 2011, and I didnít have high hopes for it since itís not bottle-conditioned. But as Iíve said many times, one of the best things about being a beer reviewer is when a beer catches you by surprise and that was certainly the case here. Itís a slightly fruity, somewhat refreshing, Belgian-ish beer thatís still American at the core.
I split a 22oz bomber with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.
Appearance: Dark maize yellow, almost completely opaque. Forms a small, white, foamy head which dissipates completely and leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Authentic Belgian aroma of banana peel, coriander and an assortment of other light spices. Slight hop flowers, too.
Taste: As soon as the beer hit my tongue it was immediately lit up with zesty spice and traditional Belgian energy. Itís similar to what you might get in a Trappist tripel, but without any alcohol presence or heavy density. Orangepeel, coriander, banana, clove, and a mťlange of light spices are all individually distinguishable, but also combine for a delectable palate overall. The orange taste is probably the most prominent - similar to the tangelo flavor notes that Amarillo and the "C" hops tend to impart. But here itís just the fruit flavor without the bitterness, tartness, or acidity.
For a moment itís a little refreshing, especially during the first half. Then the spices appear en masse and dry the palate out (but not completely). Confectionary tastes of caramel and butterscotch are subtle, but noticeable. The aftertaste is remarkably clean considering how much spice is in the palate. Itís an enjoyable for sure, but not quite wonderfully delicious.
Drinkability: The best way to describe the palate and the mouthfeel is "zesty." Plenty of spicy energy, taste, and residual dryness - but nothing extreme. Not as highly carbonated as many actual Belgian strong pale ales like this tend to be, which makes it quite smooth and easy to drink in bigger swigs. At 7.2% ABV and in 22oz bottle itís very easy to drink it all yourself without feeling overwhelmed. Probably something Iíd prefer in warmer weather, but it works well as an after-dinner brew year-round.
ontbeermaker (2161) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, this stuff is really quite basic but yet it is really nice, typical belgian flavours, thanks for the share
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
typical belgian ale. nothing too special about it. a little thin on the mouthfeel
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. (bottled 05-18-11). Golden with a film of head. Lots of sediment. Pear and grapes in the aroma. And bruised apple. The flavour is unexciting, but smooth and clean with sweetish, grainy malt flavours (toast?) and orchard fruit. Medium body. Not bad.
sodakotakid (213) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I find this beer to be lightly sweet and citrusy with a bit of spice afterwards. It is a cloudy yellow with a nice head that disappears quickly.
JohnRMurdoch (2710) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Hazy yellow amber colour, not much head. Sour grassy malt aroma & flavour, bitter aftertaste. Not really my sort of beer.