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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ciel Lumineux, our newest belgian beer to hit the tap wall! A pleasant citrus american hop aroma complements the dry and phenolic character of the Orval yeast strain. A beer as refreshing as a summer rain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Multiple snifters at Vine Street Pub and Southern Sun in 2012: Cloudy blonde. Sustained collar of foam encircles a broken center. Pleasant nose of perfumey phenols, lemon cake, dried mango, gum, tangerine pith, and scallions. Fairly resinous, as well, with hints of plastic, sulfur and lemon balm. Soft pinpricks of carbonation. Somewhat tackily resinous upfront, though a sweeping surge of plastic- and honeycomb-charged phenolics and peppery notes cleans things up. Pils malt generates a well-textured crackery brittleness as well as a sturdier cakelike dimension. Center is somewhat stark, and potent notes of scallion and resin obscure much of the delicateness, though a dab of gum partners with the softer malt textures to salvage things. Exquisite tang of lemon and brisk herbs merges with a softer splash of tangerine and soothing florals. Alcohol is nary a factor. Malt remains dry, clean and haylike. Finishes with a vivacious phenolic pizazz, though the high-alpha hops, which teeter on the edge of oppressively resinous and citric, overshadow the commendably dry and snappy pils malt. Belches beautifully with flowers and soft citrus flavors. The aroma isnít exactly characterful or rustic (to my nose at least), but as with a handful of Belgian goldens produced by this brewery, with a few minor tweaks this could be very good. While I admire the clean and refined bitterness, the hops are a little too brutish/pinesappy for my palate. Would benefit from a more prominent Brett character, but at least itís adequately phenolic. Quite sulfury, too; perhaps overly so. Would really love to see this bottled, as it would serve the brett well, while of course enhancing the mouthfeel and appearance. Purty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2014
(Draught) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of butter, florals, white grapes, and pepper. Flavor of orange, yeast, earth, minerals, and pepper with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pour on tap at the brewpub, clear golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, biscuit, bread, some yeast, touch of fruit in there as well, slight spice in there as well. Taste is a mix of earth, grass, hints of spice, nice yeast in to biscuit, bread, slight white fruit, finishing fairly bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
Tap at Vine Street. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, earthy yeast and biscuit malt. Flavor is spicy and pepper alcohol with light malt and hops with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at Southern Sun. Pours a slightly cloudy golden-straw with a medium white head. Lively carbonation. Aromas of pepper, lemon, and Belgian yeast. Taste is dry and citrusy with a floral hoppiness that doesn't dominate but lasts long into the finish. Lots of fruity and floral tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap @ Mountain Sun Boulder. Pours a bit hazy, light yellow appearance with a white head. Slight garbage note in the nose with some straw and lemon. Fairly bland, herbal/straw hoppy, a touch yeasty, light lemon flavor. Bleh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On tap at Mtn Sun. Pours a clear gold color with a finger of quickly diminishing white head, Aroma is fruity, floral, slight spice notres, bread/dough, nice belgian tones. Flavor is wet hay/grass and malt up front. Fades into mild sweet wheat flavor, with mild fruit tones, apple, peach, pear. Moderat to light carbonation with a light body. Mild, relatively clean finish. A tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Draft at Vine Street with Moreau and Andrew. Pours a bright, hazy orange body with light white lacing. Aroma is yeast, spice and pepper. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of lemon, spice, pepper, yeast, bitter grapefruit and herbal notes that seemed a bit odd. I wasnt a huge fan of this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6665) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draught at Boulder brewpub. Light yellow body. Bit of citrus and yeasty throughout. Ok but underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
This is a damn good belgian ale pours clear golden hoppy aroma and good belgian yeast notes taste is amazingly clean for a belgian but delivers on the floral and peppery spice notes that are expcted

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