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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Baseball and beer. Few things are more ingrained in America’s psyche than baseball and beer. The histories of both are laden with traditions and transcendence. Rascals and radicals. Celebration and shared experience. Treasured summertime moments with sun on our faces and a beer in our hands. The timeless game defines our past and guides our future.

Lightly golden-straw hue with a lasting thick, white head. Aromas of sweet malt, floral with slight citrus are followed by delicate herbal notes. Faintly sweet giving way to mellow, lightly floral hop flavor and notes of banana and pears from our signature house yeast. Nicely balanced with a clean herbal-hopped finish makes this an enjoyably, quaffable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2015
I think this was my first blonde if the summer and if they were like this one, I'd have more. Lightly sweet aroma with a little Belgian spice. Fruity aroma with a bit of banana. The flavor is subtle with little bits of flavor popping out. Nice refreshingly dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
2 finger dark head. golden orange appearance. smells nice, a lot of citrus, grapefruit the finish cleans up nicely with a little dankness. Juicy without being over the top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4342) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2015
March 2015 bottle drunk 8/13/15.
Bright blonde body shows plentiful carbonation, high clarity and a large white head that steadily recedes to cover.
Very soft herbal notes mix with peppery yeast phenols to provide dryness, while the very light, honey notes from the malts are soft, well-extracted and provide a good maltiness without being too sweet. Esters are reserved and while there’s some light banana, there is indeed the dry nectarine/pear-like quality that is pleasant. No clove or tangy peach and the banana isn’t out of control. No alcohol or flaws.
Sweet pale malts give off pleasantly extracted, yet not-too-sweet-honey and bread dough flavors, in the mouth. Pleasant spicy phenols and touches of hop bitterness provide ample balance but remain delicate and nowhere near overdone/aggressive. Fruity esters remain elegant throughout and the beer goes down nicely. I really like Ommegang’s yeast at cooler temperatures (I assume that’s what’s going on here, because the beer still has enough remaining malt sweetness that it dosent seem like they fermented it really warm, not to mention the lower presence of esters). Though I still may prefer it just a touch more dry, this is really well done. When you’re rating a Belgian ale and you’re continuously using terms like "graceful", "reserved", "soft" and "gentle", that’s a good thing. Or so I think, anyways.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Edward104 (41) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Head laces the glass. nose is breast and lager. Tastes a little tart, a little orange pith, some nice hops. Finished with a nice bitterness. Fairly well balanced. Overall OK. Not my type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1079) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Poured from bottle. A bit of gas at first in aroma, but vanilla cake and fruity citrus aroma. Lovely lookin cloudy gold with white lacing head. The spice (pepper and banana) hits the taste buds first, followed by vanilla, bread, yeast and assorted fruit. My only complaint is that it has a slightly oily feel. Other than that, this beer reminds me why I have to go to Belgium someday.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of earthy and dusty hay, straw, lemon. Taste is earthy, peppery citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, gum, sulfur, hay. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Shockingly good, or at least this sample is. Very peppery, zesty, herbal, saison-ish nose with great flavor balance...when I first smelled it I was immediately reminded of Saison Dupont, believe it or not. Very dry/crisp finish with nice yeasty tartness, and a fluffy mouthfeel. And look at that head! Geez...enormous meringue thing that lasts til the very last traces of liquid remain in the glass. Best new (to me) beer from Ommegang since that first batch of Hop House rolled into Colorado a couple years ago (which was also a 4.1 for me, but subsequent batches didn’t measure up). To reference the theme of the beer, they certainly knocked this one out of the park. Gonna have to give this the 4-pack test for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1896) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Pours gold with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is floral, pear, grass and yeast. Taste is sweet with some tartness. Light bodied, smooth with some drying on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2748) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Tap at Draught 55 heading up to inlaws lake house in Cooperstown in a few weeks so cheers to that. Golden pour. Nose is yeast and tropical fruit. Tastes of banana, cloves, coriander, yeast, papaya, herbal, and lemongrass. Soft palate. Lovely post gym beer this afternoon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (937) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready and wheat malt, wheat and some floral hops and pears. Body is medium and creamy. Herbal hops, funky yeast, wheat malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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