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Propolis 7/13 Litha Solstice Golden Herbal Ale


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Delicate Herbal nose, golden hue, soft smooth mouth, light bread tart fruit mid-tones with moderate spicy and herbal notes, sharp dry finish


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Hazy golden color with lasting white head. Caramel, cumin, mild mint aromas with other herbal, vegetal, dry spices. Light bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Lightly sweet caramel, dry herb and spice flavors with dust__ interesting, but a bit vague

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled 07/2013 Pours a hazed gold with a solid two finger of fluffy white foam. Smells like a belgian golden ale alright - grain, sweet, yeast, soil. Flavor is solidly yeasty, some spiciness, some little grape notes, some banana. Medium bodied with a full (champagne on lees) character, really high carb and a wet, coating finish. Nice beer. I’m finding that Propolis beers are often single noted with limited complexity and fairly yeast dominant in profile - not bad, but not really what you want from a brewery constantly adding new ingredients - seems a bit DFH with lower potential.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmywit (1) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
I have tried a few of the Proplis brews. This one so far my favorite. Strong herbal notes. a bit to much carbonation for my liking carbonation and big thick head. But a very positive beer from another West coast up and comer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2013
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger, plus an extra 1-finger thick addition above the rim of the glass that threatens to overflow the glass, light an colored head. The beer is a dark concentrated amber color that shows a hazy, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an earthy, herbal, pale grain character to it. Woody, sort of rosemary notes, notes of thyme, soft lemon zest notes, as well as some musty fermentation character, and even a nice nutty note that is wrapped up in straw like, sun baked grassy note.

Light bodied, effervescent, but with a touch of palate heft. The beer is fairly dry, but has a nice fruitiness to it that adds a touch of perceived sweetness; the fruitiness has a soft pear like note to it, some green, not quite ripe fruit character. The herbal note is quite a bit reduced as compared to the nose; still there are soft rosemary like notes, as well as an herbal lemon like note, a woody thyme like note, and a peppery note in the finish that light.

This is not even close to being golden in color, and I can’t imagine it clearing being able to lighten it up that much; having said that this doesn’t effect my enjoyment of this beer one bit. All of Propolis’ beers are a bit more clean on the fermentation side of things that I would quit prefer, but they still manage to have enough complexity with the herbal notes and the fermentation character that is here. Much more subtle than the other beers from this brewery, one that took some time to grow on me, but its subtle nature is worth exploring and contemplating. The texture of this beer is quite nice actually.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle:   Dark straw, thick, hazy, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Strong herbal nose, smells like sweet sage.   Soft breadiness, bright dry grass, musty, a bit barnish.   Very rustic on the tongue.   Wheaty, dry grass, sweet sage, other spices.   Pretty tasty, and very farmhouse like.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish, lingering spicy wheatiness, musty, yeasty, soft breadiness, with some nice herbal and rustic spices.   Good stuff!



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