doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at PP C’Bad. Hops shortage be damned. Great brew. Pours hazy, golden yellow with a good sized creamy white head, some lace. Smells like a pilsner, crisp and light malty with some hints of spice. Tastes crisp malty with alot of piney sage flavor, very nice. Medium smooth body, good carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Very pale straw-coloured pour with a nice thick head. The nose is fresh and quite spicy. A little kiss of grassiness with an herbal sage/citrus character along with some lightly berryish esters. Fresh and wheaty with a lightly spicy finish. A nice dry flinty bitterness on the finish. It has a distinctly gruit-like spice flavour that works really well for me.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PP C-Bad. Amazingly clear straw yellow hue with a thing white head. Nose is spices galore (sage, ginger, mint), some cotton candy and crisp malts. Taste is sage and spices up front, transitions to green earthy hops and crisp malts. Light-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation. Overall, a surprisingly flavorful and spicey blond ale that is well in the session range. Light and tasty!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Honey-gold color with a white head. Fragrant and floral aroma with light spiciness and vanilla. The flavor is spicy with cinnamon and has a minty, herbal hop finish. Light bodies with medium carbonation. I was expecting a boring blonde ale (the board said nothing about it being a Belgian Blonde) but this was pretty good stuff, packing a lot of flavor into a light and drinkable beer that I could see even the casual beer drinker getting into. I thought at first that the bartender had poured some other beer, but it all makes sense now
adrosson (148) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light beer. Very fragrant with some spice. Getting some fruit and maybe some banana. Good summer beer
On tap at brewpub solana beach
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold in color with a white head. The sage really comes through on this one. Nice balance of herb and malt aromas. Sweet bread on the nose with a touch of yeast and floral hops. Some spices such as clove and coriander are also there. The flavor isn’t quite as good as the nose to me. Sage is present, as is the sweet malt. A bit less complexity in terms of the spice notes and yeast. Still good, though.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone. Hazy yellow with a creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with a crisp bready vanilla and citrus taste. Quite good.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Poured a clear yellow with a thin, white head. Fairly good lace. Big florals, rich spices, big herbal sage in the nose. Taste is orange blossom, lots of lemon zest, herbal hops, massive sage presence. Pretty yummy.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Pours with a clear yellow hued body with a large white head that lasts. Aromas are hugely spicy, phenols, coriander, clove, ginger, sage, curacao orange peel. Flavors are spicy, ginger, sage. Light initial malt sweetness. Finishes dry. Very phenolicly spicy. Lively bubbles, very dry finish.
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer shows that there is a large difference between a belgian style golden ale and an american blonde. I was expecting a blonde, this is not a light blonde. Slightly hazy orangish yellow pour. Fruit and stale funky malt in the aroma. Flavor is quite spicy with grain, fruit, banana, bread, herbal hops, and pepper. It is nothing light, not an easy drinking blonde, interesting thats how it is classified.