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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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This golden blond Belgian-style ale is a symphony of bold and delicate wrapped into one. We took our 9.8% Belgian-style golden ale and aged it in Grgich Hill Estate Chardonnay barrels. It has a gentle warming with a light alcohol sweetness and a tantalizing fruity character full of apples, pears, and oranges. The barrel aging give it a great Chardonnay character and a dry finish that makes it dangerously easy to consume in quantity.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
A really enjoyable brew. Big time Chardonnay flavor. The aged palate on this beer is smooth and has a sharp bite. Well made. Love it.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10483) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Clear bright yellow color, fluffy white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of white wine, booze, vanilla. Taste is lemon, vanilla. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Nice dry and zippy golden ale, some lighter barrel notes, lightish peach and oak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle, pours hazed with white head. Aroma buttery, lemon, funky. Flavors bright, funky barnyardy, citrusy, sharp tannins, big oak character, subtle butter and vanilla. Spritzy feel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pdowns916 (9) - Travis AFB, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013 does not count
Really love this one, sad I only grabbed two bottles from the Brewery in Fairfield but that's all they had left. Tasted it a few months back so no review but I will miss this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Mild Lacing S: Grape, Apple, Mild Chardonnay T: Grape, Apple, Pear M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Lightly Sweet Overall, for a beer on chardonnay barrels, you hardly get much of the wine taste other than a sweet grape (which isnt chardonnay). Disappointed, especially for the price too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
(375ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, grass, citrus, and stone fruit. Flavor of biscuit, yeast, buttery chardonnay grapes, pear, orange, florals, and caramel with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3661) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle, poured a light orange color with aromas of light oak, apples, and some dough. Flavors follow suit with a little more citrus coming through. Solid beer overall, glad I got to try this one.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (902) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours somewhere between a translucent and opaque light, orange-golden color with a short, white, foamy head. Big chardonnay on the nose with some banana and pineapple emerging less obtrusively. Mouthfeel is nice with good balance between the smoothness and carbonation. Noticeable warmth alcohol warmth at the finish. There’s quite a bit of disorganization in the flavor. Empty tartness. Some unripe pineapple, a little green grape, a little pear, cinnamon at times, with some sweetness late. Nothing complimentary. It’s like drinking stripes with polka dots. There’s a pleasing oaky vanilla flavor as the beer finishes. In my opinion, that’s its best feature.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (698) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Aroma is dominated by moderate fruit esters with pear being the most prevalent and apple next. Light honey note with a hint of white wine and oak, but the barrel characters are faint. Not much malt character at all. Light alcohol note as it warms. Pours a cloudy pale golden straw with a medium thickness white head that has surprisingly good retention considering it wasn't too fluffy. Light lacing with medium long legs. I got a few yeast chunks but I didn't pour as cleanly as I could have. Lots of tropical fruit up front with pear and apple being the most prevalent. Some honey notes mid palate with a hint of banana. Some light peppercorn spice present as well. The finish is slightly drying with some oak and white wine notes. Not too strong, but the tannins do add a bit of acidity. Medium low bitterness and no hop flavor. The grain doesn't taste as fresh and crisp as I would like and instead a bit muddled and stale. Medium low alcohol spice in the finish. Medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. The beer seems a bit under carbonated. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall this beer is alright, but I expect more from Jamil. It almost seems like the beer got exposed to too much oxygen either while in the barrel or during packaging. The carbonation is also on the low side. The fruit esters are nice and work well with the white wine character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmsulliv (166) - - MAR 9, 2013
Musty oak flavor. Golden pour with small amount of foam. Too much oak - slightly bitter overpowers blonde. Way too much alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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