DutchDrebus (4515) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale yellow colour with no head. Smells malts and sugar. Tastes sweet and malty. Good carbo, medium body.
wlajwl (4318) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is yeast and fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a decent hop punch. Not a flavor blast like the best Belgian Ales but it was very easy to drink, almost too much.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale gold with a finger or two of paper white curdled head and slow, consistent beading. Nose brings sweet bread, clove, mild citrus and some floral bits. The taste is quite similar plus a slight tart bitterness that carries the citrus. Finishes pretty dry, but refreshing. Overall, a fine beer that Iím gonna miss.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 4/29/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled 1/29/10.
A fluffy white head forms with the pour, fading gradually to a spotty film, but leaving some soft lace stick down the glass. The beer itself is moderately hazy, with a golden hay color.
Pear, white grape skin, and pale malt are the first to hit the nose. Slight spiciness, with an alcohol pop. The last thing I notice is a little spice and mustiness.
The flavor starts our crisp and strong with a sweet pale malt bringing pear and white grape flavors to mind. Belgian spices and yeast come through, bringing clove and coriander flavor as well. The finish is still sweet. Eventually the sweetness becomes slightly cloying.
Above average carbonation, which gives it a nice crispness in a medium body. Dry but sweet.
I like the moderately complex flavors that go into Demolition, but the sweetness of this detracts from my desire to really get into it.
backdaft (263) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Bomber. Pour is hazy golden with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeast. Flavor is yeasty with hints of spice and some hops. Nice and clean version of a (US) Belgian golden ale
ClubGonzo (4498) - 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).
olsvammel (3874) - ÷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.
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, 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 (4561) - 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 (1334) - 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.