outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750mL bottle slightly hazy and golden in colour. Smells lovely with a pretty traditional nose of banana, bread, and a hint of lemon zest. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with an abundance of tight but not overwhelming bubbles and a sharp prickle of hops. This is truly an exceptional American interpretation of a Belgian Golden though I donít know that Iíd call it a Strong Ale. Quite drinkable.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, straw yellow color with a medium soapy white head. Light banana, lemon, yeasty aroma with a bit of a tartness as well. Very banana-bready flavors with a touch of freshly ground nutmeg. Sugary yeasty sweetness coats the tongue in a gently lingering finish. Pleasing overall, but the level of complexitiy leaves a bit to be desired.
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice golden straw color with medium head and lasting lace. The aroma is classically Belgian with bread yeast, bannana and honeyed sweetness. The flavor is complex with strong sour and bitter finish. Very drinkable and quite good representation of a Belgian.
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing this bottle. Batch 003: Lightly hazy straw color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates quickly. Small particles floating freely, and thin sheets of lacing. The aroma is potent fruit (banana and melon) and yeast. Medium-bodied and tart with fruit and peppery spices, along with some hops and malt. The finish is spicy and short with a lingering sweet aftertaste of banana and clove. Very drinkable, and the cacophany of flavors seem to be on the verge of chaos. However, the complexity is restrained enough to be rather enjoyable.
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Yellow color with a fizzy head. Sour wheat aroma with a balance of sweet honey. Dry malt and wheat taste and some sourness to the finish, along with a mix and match of fruit. Pretty good, but more of a gueuze than golden ale.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy pale yellow body. Belgian yeast like flavours. Banannas, and what I have come to find is corriander. Sweet fruity aroma and taste. A bit on the thin side. Iím just not feeling the belgian thing with this beer.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold in color with a fluffy medium white head that quickly diminishes to thin. Initial aromas of grain, bananas, corriander and dare I say a little mustard in the background. Flavors are apple, pear and some spice. Pretty mild tasting. Carbonated and fairly thin mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Overall not bad tasting but a little too carbonated.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cloudy phenolic brew. alcohol heat with a rich nose. Easy going palate very fruity and decent fuity phenol finish
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a murky, light-diffusing medium gold color with a large, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. Itís quite attractive. The aroma is complex, dry and earthy: Malty and heavy with delicate roasted-grain notes; lightly hoppy with the aroma of clean, dry straw and green apple; moderately weighty esters of banana and under-ripe pear and a moderately heavy note of coriander and pepper. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length, lightly bittersweet finish. The palate is luxurious. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is watery, the carbonation is soft and thereís a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. Damn :)
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. It poured hazy dark straw with a medium white head. The aroma was bready malty, with honey, hopcit, sour pear and apple, fruit. The flavor was on the dry side, and very fruity, with a big mid-palate coriander/floral/spicy element. I got a lot of Bartlett pear and Granny Smith apple aroma and flavor from this one. Wonderful complexity.