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RATINGS: 223   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (579) - - 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 (3124) - 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 (1700) - 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 (3408) - 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 (8309) - 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 (11545) - 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 (6209) - Indiana, 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 (7922) - 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 (6539) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Tap at Clips of Faith 2013. An interesting beer. Sort of delicate in a way, but still has that hefty New Belgium malt backbone. Relatively mild cask-like carbonation. Nice citrus, spices, sour undertones. Not really capturing many Belgian Blonde characteristics, some fruity yeast tones I guess. The brett is mild, but there. Peach is most prevalent, which smooths the whole thing out. OK, but inauthentic feel.


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