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LaConner Tulip Festival Ale 2004



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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
La Conner Brewing Company--Tulip Festival Ale 2004--22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 15 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde. Hazy bright dark golden lemon color. Mild lace head. Pleasant mild Belgian floral hop front. Smooth delicate sweet banana ester mild clove cinnamon tasty Belgian body. Clean mild spicy hop end. Sampled 4/10/2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - 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?

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
Sampled with SoCal RB guys...thanks to whomever who brought this...Huge head. Sugary, sweet, mildly fruity aroma. Interesting. Pale, mildly hazy straw color with an overly large huge white head. Mild sweetness to start with candy sugar notes. Finishes bitter and hoppy. nice body. Smooth and easy drinking. Not shabby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5046) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5604) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
(Bottle) Light peachy straw color with a taller big white bubbly head. Light pale malt, light spice and lemon aroma. Rather straight foeward pale malt flavors in which the alcohol comes out and disrupts this middle quaff. Some really nice malt and hops flavors in the finish. The linger has more alcohol and odd dry spice. A few little tweaks and this will be an outstanding belgian golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Light yellow orange color, very hazy. A HUGE freakin whitish head. Aroma is yeasty, citrusy and a touch lemony. A medium bodied Belgian Golden Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Citrusy flavors, lemon, apricots, peaches and wheat grass. Fairly bright yeasts. Very lively carbonation, perhaps a bit to lively. The carbonation tends to get in the way of some of the flavor. Light and refreshing. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Poursa golden yellow hue with a big frothy white head with poor lacing. Aromas of chamomile, wheat, orange peel, and a hint of mint. MOuthfeel is medium bodied. Aromas of wheat, lemon zest, with a slight sour flavor and a hint of banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
The aroma had slight soury fermented light fruit, hints of citrus and slight pine, and flowers. THe flavor was full w/ light fruit, grapes, slight citrus and flowers. The beer poured a pale yellow color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light w/ no carbonation.

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