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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jonathan_E (19) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Poured from a twenty-two ounce bottle into a New Belgium stemmed goblet. Builds a fluffy plateau of head that skims gracefully over worn gold pigmentation. Reminiscent of a field covered in dandelions or full cumulus clouds, which dissipate to cirrus streaks of lace too swiftly. Like many LOF entries the nose is intricate, which in this instance results in salted caramels, summer sausage and marinara sauce with the slightest tart hint of unsweetened lemonade. The palate carries citric peach juice across more intensely than the nose, but I ended up likening it to pulpy orange juice than the proper stone fruit. Flavors of wet stone, raindrops-straight-to-tongue, lentils, capers, and ravioli noodle jarringly evolve into a bitter end palate of cooked spinach and bell pepper. Its flavors of hearty Belgian Strong Pale severed by an overwhelming vegetation comes off cloying. A crisp, sprightly mouthfeel offers drinkability and would have offered more had the after taste not resembled dewy morning lawn. Worth a try for complexity gluttons like myself, but stray away anyone who wants just a simple "good beer."

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (483) - - FEB 6, 2014
Belgian style or not, it’s funnest to pronounce "Paardebloem" as though you were the Swedish chef. Maybe that alone boosts this beer in my esteem. Straw, doughy yeast, peachy and citric, mild spice, bitter tang. Bork.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2014
1/31/2014: New Belgium Paardebloem... I asked the bartender about this beer since I didn’t know what it was and all she said was that it was "lighter with some dandelion" flavor. This wasn’t really enough to go on, so I asked to taste it and discovered that the beer was delicious and unique, so I asked for a tall and I’m glad I did. While drinking it, I enjoyed the fleshy fruit flavor paired with a peppery spice; the bready maltiness paired nicely with the oddly bitter dandelion; the finish was slightly woody and dry; I could tell there was some read alcohol lurking inside, but I had no idea that it was 9% while drinking it! This is a great beer and I hope to enjoy it again sometime! 23 fl. oz. draught at Brazenhead in Mason, Ohio. Rating #192 for this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2014
On tap at Mash Tun Festival 2013. Hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of flowers, earth, fruit, bread, caramel, and yeast. Flavor is similar with a mild funk aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper color with a velvety head of white foam that dissipates down pretty quickly. The aroma is sweet and fruity. I can really pick up on the peaches. There’s also a bit of caramel coming through as well. The taste is sweet and fruity with a bit of cracker or bread kicking in about mid palate and lingering on the tongue through the finish. Medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid dark straw/orange with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, peach, mild funk, grains of paradise. Tastes malty, yeasty, with some notes of peach, grains of paradise, and hops. Solid complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft. Poured hazy yellow color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus and green straw aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a interesting good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks decent; a cloudy lemon yellow with foamy white head. Smells yeasty with grassy and citrus notes. Tastes like it smells with some bitterness and light woodiness. Nice and smooth on the palate. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Hazy golden orange color. Thin off white head, good ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, lightly slick texture. Easy to drink. Some nice citrus, orange, floral notes in the aroma. Lighter Belgian yeast, just a hint of candy sugar. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Impressive Belgian strong ale, better than expected. Ended up sessioning a few snifters of these in a row without much trouble. Much smoother than your typical Belgian Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a hazy light golden yellow color with a large fluffy white head that leaves thick lace. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, Belgian yeast, herbal notes, some mild floral notes, doughy bread, mild spices. Finishes with mild bitterness and a touch sweet, but soft.


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