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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Recipe Information: Style: Belgian Style Golden Ale Alcohol by Volume: 7.2% International Bitterness Units: 40 Color: Golden Straw Hops: Saaz, Chinook Malts: Pilsen

The new incarnation of Demolition.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADesenberg (597) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
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!.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3815) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1181) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottled, this stuff is really quite basic but yet it is really nice, typical belgian flavours, thanks for the share

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
typical belgian ale. nothing too special about it. a little thin on the mouthfeel

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1883) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3288) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Hazy yellow amber colour, not much head. Sour grassy malt aroma & flavour, bitter aftertaste. Not really my sort of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Low fluffy quickly disappearing white head. Slightly hazy light yellow body. Very sweet fruity honey like aroma. Fruity mild light spicy flavor. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/18/11. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average to good and moderate amounts of irregular lacing is left. 3.5 S: Saison like in nature. Dry, pulpy funk with lots of apple orchard and rotting log. Also flowery, though more along the lines of herbal. Malts offer a touch of sweetness and some bready graininess as well. Hay and wet grass. Quite pleasant. 4.0 T: Again saison like. Flowery and herbal. Not nearly as funky as the nose suggested though. Still, good amount of earthiness with apple orchard, hay, grass, and a light woodiness. Malts are again lightly sweet with bready and grainy aspects. The yeast adds a small contribution of spiciness. 3.5 M: Lighter body. Moderate carbonation, though not as spritzy as Iíd like. Still, this is smooth and the ABV plays no role. 3.5 D: I donít know that Iíd buy this again, but I did enjoy it. A good earthy, rather dry saison-esque brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-11-2011 23:47:43


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