hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at GTMW. Aroma of honey, clove, celery, sweet and buttery. Pale, cloudy yellow without much of a head. Sweet flavor, lots of clove and black pepper then hint of corn and a grassy finish. Light body, dry texture, again very crisp. I am liking Jolly Pumpkin so far.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle RBESG. Way too alcoholic. It burns my throat. Thin, dry, unbalanced. Sharp, even sour flavor.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Goldenís out there. More character than a Duvel and enough carbonation to fool you into thinking itís really a belgian made beer. Iím not sure why they call it a BDG on this site, since the label calls it a Golden. They must have mixed it up with the Rioja.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 05. Pours a deep golden color with an initial large head and high carbonation. Spicy aroma along with wood and earthiness. A fair amount of barnyard as well. Lots of earth in the flavor along with some light caramelized malts. Medium bodied despite the high carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Golden with decent head and lacing. Spicy notes at first, much smoother than I expected. I love how simple and complex this beer is. Small amount of hops make this beer very enjoyable. Very drinkable and refreshing.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 i must agree with the commercial description.its not often I do,Medium bodies with some spiciness to it.Tastes of Nuts and some slight orange,Quite good.I will be getting more from this brewer.
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange gold with a medium sized small bubbly head. Sweet tangerinces and honey. Plain icing sugar and lemon cake. Mild funky finish with a little salty dryness. I have to agree that this was lacking luster.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at RBSG 05 and I think I was well sick of Bretta by the time I had this.
Light golden brown color with lots of farm and bretta in the nose. Light bodied with cheese and cobwebs. Light warming finish. Not really that interesting.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, but rich gold in color with a thick, mousse-like, white head. Spicy, phenolic, belgianesque nose with sweet, honeyed malt. Aroma and flavor are one...I like that. There is a mellow bitterness the smacks at mid palate then relinquishes itself to allow the honeyed malt and spicy, yeasty flavor to finish this appetizing beer. I completely disagree that this is described as a Biere de Garde though. Biere de Gardes are typically fermented with a clean lager yeast at warmer temps or a clean ale yeast at cooler temps to eliminate the ester/phenolic character, often contain an hebal and/or anise hop flavor, and are more rustic with an earthy, dead yeast aroma. This is an Artisan Belgian Golden ale (though it has too much aroma and flavor impact to be a Belg Strong Golden like Duvel). That said, this is still damn good. I woner if he uses Anchors yeast.
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Orange gold color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grapey, oakey and spicy. In other word there is a lot of aroma stuff going on in this beer. Medium bodied Biere de Garde. Malts are fruity (apricots, orange and grapes). Hints of oak, coriander and clove. Light and refreshing with very lively carbonation. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp, dry and tart. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Thanks to Pailhead for this one.