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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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LaConner Brewing Company is honored to bring you this special release Ale in celebration of the 21st Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This Belgian-style Blonde Ale is light in color and body, yet full of flavor and character.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Okay, I knew something was amiss. I saw this on tap at the Archer Ale house in Bellingham and against my better judgment I felt compelled to give the beer another shot. Finally, a carbonated batch of the stuff! This time around the beer took on a whole new character, moderately floral with the perfect amount of Belgain yeast and a very interesting grainy chracter not typical in Belgain Ales, and especially uncommon to Blonde ales. The balance was very good and all of the sour funkiness from the bottles was gone. Tasty, I had to get a second pint. 2.1 -I have encountered two seperate bottles of this, puchased in different cities at different times. Both were remarkably flat, and I was fairly disappointed, seeing as how this is one of my favorite breweries. Other than this, the beer is very much like a lager, and a plain one at that. The Belgian yeast is barely perceptible and there is little else going for the beer than the great label on the outside. I admit, the aroma is a tad intriguing, fairly aromatic with some faint hints of Trademark LaConner hoppiness and their always-fresh grains, but the flavor doesn't reflect this. I am confident they will get it right next year.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Bottle This ale pours a honey color but without hardly any noticable carbonation. Light fruit and citrus flavors. But this ale is too flat - it seems like the yeast hasn't had enough time or sugar to add carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Pours a golden color, with small head and minimal lacing. Not much aroma, but a little sour. Very light mouthfeel, not what I'd expect in a Belgian-style blonde. Overall, just not a very good beer. Too light.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3105) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2004
Has one of the best noses around full of sweet tulips and honey. It is light bodied with good balanced, but the finish is a strange malty mix that didn’t appeal to much to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Tap, at the brewpub. Light sterling/saaz hop aroma. Light pale color. Some phenolics, no tartness. Quite estery. Refreshing low alcohol beer. Impressive for a non-wit low alcohol belgian style beer. A belgian style session bitter?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Bottle pours light golden with an ever so slight pink hue.   Head is dishwater like (large bubbles), carbonation is light, lacing is minor.   Aroma is very distinct, but not sure exactly what to make of it.   Perhaps some flowers, pears, and a bit of sweet grass.   Definately not like anything I have smelled before.   Taste is again floral, with perhaps some sweet straw flavor as well.   Unsweetened pears maybe?   This is very clean and crisp, finish is smooth but lacks any umph of flavor.   Easily a thirst quencher.   Light and refreshing.   Very interesting to say the least!



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