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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Chef Collaboration Series. Brewed with Top Chef Masters Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill. A Belgian Style Golden Ale. The beer is brewed with Citra and Crystal hops then fermeneted with our house Belgian Ale yeast strain. Spices are added during fermentation including green tea, green coriander, orange, grapefruit, and lime peel.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (940) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Tap at Rick Bayless Frontera OíHare Airport. Golden pour with a one finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the glass. Sweet cereal nose. Taste is fruit loops cereal with coriander and a lingering hop bitterness in the back of my mouth. Full in the mouth. Nice, drinkable, beer with lunch.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
First flavor is of apple juice, so is the color and aroma. There is a slight sour tingle, but the most prevalent flavor is that of my own saliva. Maybe the flavor is too delicate or the beer is to carbonated, but Iím not getting much satisfactions from this. My guess would be saison or bier de garde, albeit a very subdued example. On tap at the 12 South Winter Warmer beer festival in Nashville, TN.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap @ Topolobampo. Pours a slightly hazy apple cidery hue with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of clove, brown sugar and spice... Flavors follow suit with a semisweet triple profile with a decent degree of spicing involved. Finishes on a semi-dry note overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Bright golden ale color, thin foam on surface. Light nose with toasty Belgian malts, a bit of hop, and a whiff of potpourri spices. First sip feels like it should be sugary, but they seem to have let it ferment out further, and then the spice combo keeps it from getting too sweet. Not a session ale you can relax to; this one demands your full attention. Donít know that Iím picking out the green tea here, more of a "tea with lemon" impression, like a slight taste of tea astringency. itís a fine beer but I keep waiting for something more. Call me spoiled.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Very cloudy straw color not much head 3 Mild aroma not much there very bready more Belgian than anything and lacking destination some light coriander 7 7 Avg pal 3 Decent but 1 note 13

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Tap at Madisonís. Pours to a murky golden straw colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy with lits of Belgian yeasts and fruit esters. Some lime and tea. The flavor is very complex with yeasts, fruits, some light green tea, and subtle lime. Very well blended for as many ingredients as there are in this beer. The palate is medium bodied but very clean.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap at Madisonís - Pours light amber with a ring of white head. Light coriander on the nose, lending spice to a sweet malt base. Light honey and dusty yeast. Taste has much of the same characteristic, with the light, dusty yeast and honey flavors mingling with the sweet malt, green tea, and some floral/citrus notes. Very interesting, and while not a beer Iíd revisit too often, it was a really nice change of pace. Too carbonated--real sharp--but a nice body offset that a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap (guest)
Before going back to Lolita and Vanilla BCS I tried one more beer that didnít quite stand up to the rest. Even so the price was right (free) so I ordered one with no risk. Another solid but not spectacular release this one was memorable only in that it was par for the course for Goose Islandís Belgian lineup.

Aroma / Appearance - Golden with a thin white head the thin sheets of lacing creep down the sides. White pepper, lemon peels, and an extreme citrus bite eat at the senses. Somehow the spices feel a little out of place in everything.

Flavor / Palate - Pepper, grapefruit, lemons, and carbonation idle on the tongue. Flowing smoothly towards the back of the throat it leaves a mark that lingers for a while. Despite being well rounded the parts somehow donít fit together. Whatever the reason this nice release was overshadowed by other better taps.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
On tap at Madisonís. Poured cloudy medium golden with just a dusting of white head. The aroma picked up lemon and grassy notes over soft pale and bready maltage.. well-balanced and enjoyable. The flavor found honey and redder fruits at the core, with lemon and Pine-Sol-inspired hop accents.. spruce and related spices in there too.. dry, bitter, earthy finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. not great, but a decent drinker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Appearance is hazy golden with little head that eventually fades to none at all. Aroma is mild lemon peel, spicy yeast, pear, coriander, and honey. Taste is remarkably balanced between very yeasty/spicy, pear, and honey. Body is medium, sticky, average carbonation, lush finish. Overall, a very tasty and well balanced brew from Goose, went exceptionally well with my grilled wahoo entree at Frontera Grill!


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