Goose Island Kombucha Belgian Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A Belgian Pale Ale primarily fermented with a Belgian Ale yeast. Secondary fermentation occurs when Kombucha cultures are added to sour the beer.

The precursor to Fleur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
at GTMW í09. pours murky orange with no head. nose of mango, wild yeast. flavors are mango, orange, earthy, tart, and lots of yogurt. just an odd brew that is pretty drinkable and refreshing although it does come off as more a science experiment if that makes sense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2009
GTMW 2009. Poured a cloudy medium orange color with a white head. Smelled of orange Pez candy and subdued apple cider. Medium bodied with light acidity. I tasted apricot, subdued caramel, orange rind, and wet stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
On tap at GTMW. Poured milky, yeasty, Strawberry Quick-like with a short cap of white head.. that keg mustíve been shaken all to hell, but Iíve gotta rate what was put in front of me. The aroma picked up funky fruit and wheaty notes, with the yeast stealing the show.. I couldnít make out any particular malts beneath. The flavor was more sour than the nose indicated, cherry and other fruit skins as the major contributors.. some lemon and peppery spices around.. hot and tart around the edges. Spicy and tart throughout on the palate with medium body.. it looked, smelled, tasted, and felt shaken up. Iíll gladly re-rate if I can get a better sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Why this isnít a sour ale is beyond me. As a regular drinker of Kombucha it really stuck out in the pale yellow and fizzy beer. Very drinkable and that great kombucha flavor, this was a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2009
(on tap at GTMW) Pours out a hazy light orange with just a scant white head. Aroma is potent and full of complexity, with scents of cinnamon, brett, lemon peel, lightly floral, pineapple, vinegar, and thyme. Really nice. Taste of unripe apricot or peach, with some lingering tartness that branches into a dry lightly funky finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is smooth. A neat idea that worked out really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12752) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2009
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of earth, light lemon zest, horseblanket, and coriander. Flavor lemon, orange, funky, Belgian yeast, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2009
GTMW 2009: The pour is quite ugly actually since the yeast seems to have been moved about, hazy light amberish orange with a small head. The aroma has notes of green tea, lemongrass, mango, light initial funky vapours and a touch of spice. The taste starts nicely tart, lactic, and acidic with a lemon and orange tone. The finish is moderately spiced and biscuity, The mouth feel is chewy and soft. I would love to try this once the yeast settled, still a nice brew with promise for the future. (well, I know that sweat bees like it... doh)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009
[On-tap at GTMW í09] Pours very hazy orange with a tiny white head. Can definitely get the brett influence in the aroma, with tropical fruit, vitamin C tabs, some spices, and coriander. Very nice. Taste is mildly tart, lots of brett again, peach, notes of cherry skin, and coriander. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and had a long finish. Very nice beer that was enjoyable, and something that I would like to try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3204) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Sampled @ GTMW í09 - Iíve never had kombucha before, but I was still intrigued to try this one. Poured a hazy amber with no head. Smells sour and funky with a little spice. Taste is sour lemon with a sour orange peel finish. Very drinkable and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Great Taste, 2009. Iím a big fan of Kombucha, and so I was excited to try this. I enjoyed it quite a bit, although I could certainly see why someone would react negatively to it, as a few of my friends did. Lots of lemon and ginger flavors, with orange zest. A floral quality to the nose that was inviting. Finish is palate cleansing, lambic-like.

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