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RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This delectable blonde ale is a co-creation of two famed farmstead breweries: Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe. It employs five fine malts, two noble hops, and both of the distinctive Chouffe and Ommegang yeasts. You’ll enjoy the smooth drinkability, fruity aromas and flavors, and warming finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Packaged 8/15/11 at Brewery Ommegang. 750ml bottle. Poured into a 0.3L Unibroue tulip, producing a translucent honey/orange colour with a dense, but thin, white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Standard Belgian blond aroma of bubblegum yeast, clove, green apple, pear, clementine-like citrus flesh and candy sweet light malts. The flavour is a little green in my opinion, with some dusty, basement yeasty notes. Apple and bubblegum esters dominate with some heat coming from the booze mid-palate. The presence of the high abv does not linger in the finish. Slick mouthfeel and medium-bodied. The finish brings some herbal hop bitterness along with a touch of medicinal astringency. Herbal, spicy noble hops become more apparent as the initial shock from the sweetness fades. Softer carbonation compared to other great examples of strong Belgian blonde ales. I don’t even want to know how green this beer would be if brewed at Brasserie D’AChouffe, especially since they’ve started cutting tank time to 6 days for some beers!!!! To me, this beer is uninspired and nothing new for either brewery. It’s just this mellow, clovey, ester-bomb. I must say it is well-executed and tasteful, as are all beers from Ommegang, but this really did not excite me. I’d take any beer in Ommegang’s regular line-up over this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2011
750ml. bottle purchased at Mesa Liquors, San Diego, CA. Pours bright golden-yellow, with moderate off-white head that diminishes to a ring. A lot of suspended floaties. Aroma is fruit, grassy and earthy. Also malt and yeast on the nose. Taste is sweet fruit and malty, with slight hop bitterness. Finish is bitter-sweet and refreshing. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Hazy dark yellow. Aroma is strong but what is it. Strong melon some pepper and a Belgian field. Big an different. A substantial beer. Complex. Flavor of melon, nectarine and a baby powder note/mouthfeel that makes me think of band aids. In a good way. Really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft @ Cheeky Monk, Denver. Luminescent orange glow like a candle glowing from within. Scattered lacing. Fruity tripel aroma is dry and sophisticated. I would not be surprised if this was indeed named for Chouffe yeast. Tons of herbal and fruit overtones. Fennel, orange (the juice, not the peel, and a splash of Grand Marnier or Contreau. Aperitif/digestiv/liquerish feel. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15292) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Cloudy light amber. Fairly big head. The aroma is yeasty, estery, with pear notes. Big pear fruitiness. This is a fairly huge beer, quite complex. Maybe a hint of plastic, however, to take away from the good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a huge white head. Aroma of yeast , spices and light alcohol. Flavor is sour, fruit and light yeast. A very slight hint of alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours a light amber color with a white head. Slightly sour aroma with yeast and some dark fruits. Oak comes out on the flavor with some sour fruits and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Spiced belgian yeast aroma. Chalky gold white head. Tripel-esque with a sweetness and belgian yeast spiced notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7486) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Draft at elliott bay pizza. Pours a murky toffeeish medium amber. Big creamy white head that falls a bit and then sticks around. Mild caramel and butterscotch nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Sweet mid palate; caramel toffee and butterscotch. A little hot at the end. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish golden with a few fine tan bubbles. Nose is a bit tart, spicy Belgian yeast, funky, gold raisins, white pepper, quite complex. Taste of gold raisins, mild alcohol, medium sweet grain, linger of sweet grain, alcohol and more golden raisins. Nice. Reminds me of a tripel in several ways.

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