marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The guy at the beer store I frequent was kind enough to give me the bottle he’d planned to take home after he told me that he was sold out. So a huge thanks to the proprietor of Vine & Brew in Okemos, MI.
The appearance of the beer is opaque golden amber with a very generous white head and significant lacing. The aroma is noble hops and fruit. The taste is similar, plus there is a slight bread taste to it. There is also a pleasant spiciness to it and possibly a little banana. Smooth, slightly crisp feel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and another strong offering from Ommegang.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice, but nothing unique. Very Ommegang in flavor. A little like a lighter, spicier Duvel.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/31/2013. Bottle. Poured an ever-so-slightly hazy, medium golden yellow with a large white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate light bread, pale malt and cracker; moderate grassy hops; moderate spicy yeast; pepper and lemon with more and more spice coming out as it warmed. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and slightly sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately bitter and lightly sweet and acidic with an average to long duration. There was pale malt, white bread, cracker, lemon, pepper, spices, spicy yeast, grassy hops and more and more lemon as it warmed. The light to medium body was dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and metallic finish.
Boutip (4779) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a very generous head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian malt with some yeasty and bready undertones. Taste is also dominated by a Belgian style malt with some bready and yeasty notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid Belgian blonde ale with nice drinkability factor.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Fairly typical belgian golden ale, though you can count on Ommegang to put together a well constructed brew. Overly carbonated, but surprisingly soft on the palate. Spices. light fruit and hops and the palate and the nose. Nothing special, save for the bottle itself, but a solid beer."
basaywhat (54) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is hay with mild banana. Flavor is very delicate, like a very dry white wine with a decent yeast presence. Clean, crisp with a light sweetness in the finish.
Oldmanriver (53) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light in body, slightly lemony/citrus. Finishes with nice bittering hop notes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Metalchopz (2327) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single from the LCBO with a best before APRIL 09 2015. Pours a hazy light-golden colour with a big white frothy-creamy head, great retention and some foamy lace. Spicy aromas with some grass, citrus notes and mild Belgian Ale yeast. Medium-full bodied, smooth, almost creamy. Wheat taste with the citrus and grassy hops all well-balanced. A nice Belgian Blonde Ale that goes down well with the American-twist on it, with stronger hops.
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Golden pour with a puffy head. Mild yeast aroma with some lightly sweet spices. Couldn’t get much hops in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty and spicy at the start with a smooth and grainy middle and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Well crafted.
robertjm (774) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(trade with OLking) - Only makes sense that I finish out this season with a bottle from the very first release of this series. Absolutely amazed the huge size of the white frothy head that poured out of the bottle. Orangey body. Lots of carbonation in the middle. Light yeast aroma. Still has a flavor of fresh yeast! This is easily the best of the three releases IMHO so far. "To Ygrette! You’ll be missed."
Ernesto987 (3794) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750, enjoyed this very much, lots of hops even though it sat for a while. The base beer is light and complex, fruity and belgiany. Not that american Belgian version.
neongolden (477) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750mL bottle from LCBO, aged ~1yr) Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a huge, densely frothy Duvel-like white head, very persistent loads of lace. Aroma has doughy combination of pilsner/wheat malts and yeast, a bit of pale malt sweetness, lemon zest, grassy hops, light spicing from yeast/additions. Flavour reasonably typical for a Belgian golden with additions, a moderately sweet and slightly doughy malt core balanced with fairly mineral crispness, lemon peel shows on the palate to lend fruitiness, along with fairly subtle spice notes. Towards the finish, some herbal/grassy hop character, more spice apparent, while it dries a bit there is still a fair bit of lingering sweetness. Average mouthfeel for the style, medium but with a creamy effervescence to the carbonation. This is a decent blonde Belgian ale, not really anything to make it stand out but certainly not bad either.