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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Award winning golden Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with light notes of banana, clove, honey and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Surprisingly disappointing. Very mild aroma with mostly the usual suspects for a Belgian golden, with a bland flavor profile which that mildness portended. Weak mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
Sampled at 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer pours a clear, light-gold color with an average-sized, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma was pretty uneventful: malty with trace notes of husky toasted grain; trace hop notes of flowers and herbs; trace miscellaneous notes of banana, clove, peach and honey. The flavor was moderately sweet, trace bitter with a long, lightly bitter finish. The body was light-to-medium, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. The combination of the flat-line flavor and the palate netted out to be something like breathing stale air.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
2006 Boulder Strong Ale Fest: Light yellow hue. Big bouquet of banana, clove and light herbs. Sweet malts were cakey, doughy and honey-like. Aromas of vanilla in the background. Little nip of bitterness. Curious and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2006
Draught at Pizza Port Carlsbad
Lightly hazy yellow color with thin head and lacing. The nose is ripe with fruity esters of banana and clove, lots of alcohol and bubble gum. Creamy light funky fresh beer. Odd; a bit overwhelmed with esters and other funky weird belgian things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
On tap at Mug’s. Cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. Sweet aroma of coriander, banana, wet straw. Flavor wasn’t as sweet as I thought, and had the same witbier characteristics as the aroma. Lots of banana, coriander, yeast. I thought this was a wit until I read the description in the bar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Hazy blonde with a thin white head. Light orange and orange peels in aroma, with some funky barnyard notes. In mouth, smooth sweet malt with nice orage peels, and rich and pleasant body. At EBF 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Mild doughy aroma with plenty of grainy sweetness and banana esters. Opaque yellow body with a low but lasting, white, fine bubbled head. Very sweet flavour with plenty of herbal hops , banana esters and doughy malt character. Medium light body with moderate, large bubbled, somewhat prickly carbonation. On tap at the Extreme Brewers Fest 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Highly cloudy pale golden hue beer with a tall, moderately lasting frothy white head. Emerging yeastiness betrays a young age that borders the unfinished domain with undeveloped estery nature as of yet that seems pretty limited to meringue-like airy, foamy bananas and lemon pie touches. Pinches of hops offer a soft underlying dryness, but dough dominates to the point that it dulls the malt out. Quite heavy on the carbonation, rather expanding big bubbles, yet pretty sweet. Like trying to make a great sandwich with factory sliced white bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
(Draft: Liars’ Club in San Diego, CA) and (Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA) The aroma is predominantly sweet, ripe banana with some wheat. Moderately sweet flavor shows plenty of wheat and yeast, banana, candy, with a light bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied, soft and creamy texture, ample carbonation is still gentle on the palate. Golden in color and fairly cloudy. Half an inch of tightly-knit, whitish foam atop the beer is short lived, quickly settling to a small ring. Tasty and enjoyable strong Belgian golden, but it didn’t knock my socks off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
EBF ’06 draught on 2/11/2006.
Flattering enough pour is a moderately hazy honey-gold with light touches of amber and a medium-sized, fluffy white head that recedes rather quickly to cover, with marginal lacing left on the glass. The nose is full of heavy yeast, with dry hay and dry grass (nearly grainy at first), but the yeast creates a rather dull sensation on the nose, quite doughy, while some mild wit-beer like esters are noticeable in small amounts (banana, bubble gum). A rather unfocused aroma, though if this is 8.3 abv, it isnt noticeable thus far. The flavor really takes off on the yeast doughiness. Heavy America-does-Belgium yeastiness, just too much of it present and a very doughy (white dough), blanding flavor on the end. Medium to heavily sweet (a rather uninspiring honeyish flavor), with notes of creamy oatmeal, just the slightest touch of dry peaches and starfruit on the end, with some dusty and hay-like hops. Body could benefit from less yeast thickness, but is otherwise fairly creamy, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is kept well-concealed in my sample.

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