Lode (13) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle at home. Nice golden color, big head. Very refreshing taste, mildly bitter. Excellent beer. It’s winter now, but this beer has such a nice refreshing taste, I’ll definitely drink some more of them this summer.
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper and alcohol, lighter notes of gum, dried pineapple, confectioner’s sugar.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Wow, I quite like this...this fills a niche I enjoy but rarely find a good example of, a Belgian golden that’s cleanly made (the alcohol odor is especially clean EtOH to my nose, like that in good vodka, no higher/fusel alcohols whatsoever), very well balanced (quite dry but not at all too dry), yeasty in a good way, and pleasantly aromatic. This has all the outward characters of a great tripel without being weighed down like most 9%+ examples. Dry, yeasty (more cobwebby-peppery than fruity-estery), fluffy mouthfeel, and an eternally lasting head. It’s not the sort of beer that leaps up and begs for your attention (like an eager puppy?), but rather one that hangs back and gains your admiration by its restrained elegance (like the distant lone wolf suggested by the brewery name, ha). This is what I wish more Belgian golden ales in general were like (regardless of ABV), especially tripels.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL: Golden peach in color. Fat, rocky white head clings to the glass after each gulp. Perfumey, characterful nose entices with notes of potpourri, lilac, pastry cream, oven-fresh sponge cake, pineapple sherbet, cracker dough, honey-drizzled hay, lemon balm, dried apricot, cotton candy, and anise-tinged hops. Plenty of minerals, musty cellar and peppery phenols, as well. Expansive carbonation. Dry crackery malt initially accompanies the airy, well-attenuated body which paves the way for slicker honeydew and a cleansing ripe-peach twang interlaced with a succulent floral hop burst. Intricate yeast-derived nuances deliver considerable depth while enhancing body. Dry as a bone, yet far from stark or hollow, as dabs of cotton candy gel with a twist of juicy hops and bright fruity esters to fill out the body’s core. Bountiful apricot and delicate flavorsome tropical accents supplement the body with a supple slickness, while a pillowy banana cream pie effect results from the yeast and piecrusty malt interplay. Some springy lemon balm notes are buried within, to boot. Nuanced sulfury sharpness lends a metallic zing and dovetails with the puttylike yeast signature which imparts rusticity and fends off the sweetness. Well-textured malt aids the body with an abundance of palate-hugging starches. Pillowy and oh so soft. Dry and graceful finish is beautifully balanced with a juggling of juicy hop sophistication, starchy Pils malt, and musty yeast. So quaffable yet equally contemplative. The predominant character of musty cellar draws instant parallels to Castelain Blond Biere and Bière des Sans, although this exhibits significantly more depth and less hollowness than those examples (and of course is much more a strong golden than biere de garde). Delicate beers like this generally fare poorly on RateBeer, which is unfortunate because this is a fine-tuned beer of tremendous balance, complexity and glamor, and is just begging the drinker to spend some time with it and explore the deep innerness of its soul.
omhper (18749) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Hazy pale golden. Distinct citric nose with some floral buckwheat. Dry and slender, soft and attractive. Nicely drinkable with notes of lime juicy and tangerine. Some late bitterness. Not muchn depth, but wonderful drinkability and relaxed character.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After the beer was served in the glass there was found a lasting quantity wall adhesive white foam collar which was fine and even of structure. The beer also contained much carbonic acid in the glass. The beer has a thick blond and a sweet taste. The after tast of the beer is hoppy bitter with a fruity touch . This beer smells to fruit.
Grzesiek79 (2903) - Radom, POLAND - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dobre i przede wszystkim ladnie wygladajace zwlaszcza piana mocna, trwala i wielka. Zmetnienie umiarkowane, a wysycenie mocne. Lekki nieporzadany przezemnie finisz alkoholowy.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent tripel. Sweet and smooth with a taste dominated by vanilla. Cloudy orange coloration with a thich and creamy head.
Countbeer (3882) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium vast and pretty slow disappearing white head on top of a hazy darker yellow to light orange colored beer. The white head changes slowly into an almost closed thin white lacing.
Smell lot of malts, honey, creamy, light alcoholic and overripe fruit like abricot and peach, a hint of marzepin, some light sweet and creamed spicy notes. Mostly a well balanced malty honey mix hits the nose.
Taste is a nice mix of ingredients with a very nice malty character: marzepin, yellow fruit, sweets, some alcohol and spice tints, light honey tints, light dry, a sprinkle of yeast and a very light bitterness.
Nice hoppy herbs come through in the aftertaste, as well as some malts and light honey yellow sweetness.
Low carbo, soft smooth mouthfeel, good medium bodied and a creamy texture.
Not much beers have a nice malty taste, though this one is delicious with it’s malts. Maybe a bit on the sweet side while it is that in the beginning it is rather dry and bitter in the end. Good beer.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle. Hazy thick unfiltered yellow-tan body. Yeast forward, a very pleasant fruity taste full on through. A straightforward Belgian Ale, elegant and fluffy champagne effervescence. A real pleasure to drink at. Straightforward in a rich Belgian way.
ekstedt (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Shady deep golden, large white head. Bready malt aroma, slightly earthy, some almond paste, some floral hops. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.