Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ brewpub. Pours a gorgeous luminescent orange, but glass filled too high so not much head. Or lace for that matter...Anyway the aroma is apricot, and flavors include apricot kernel, laurel leaf, and some leafy hop bitterness but not nearly as much as I remember. Tastes almost under fermented compared to the sample I had at the GABF, which was transcendent! I mean, several of the Belgians (Damnation, Defenestration, and Salvation too) all seemed really sweet and yeasty and oily at the brewpub...like they were just begging to be bottle conditioned. But the character of the beer is still yum. The hops just aren’t shining in it right now, as they were when I first tried it but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewpub. A bit yeasty and thick in the mouth, with a little sugary sweetness balancing a firm herbal an floral hop flavor finishing with a lasting bitterness. Some fruitiness that is more the yeast than hops, and shows a but of banana. Quite hazy. good but not as good of a hop and yeast combo as the last hoppy Belgian style ale I had from them. This one might be a touch too bitter as well.
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onceblind (6111) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2011. Clear brilliant gold with a lingering small head. Spicy blonde malt aroma with a touch of herbal hops and slight oak. Spicy aroma full of Belgian yeast. Flavor featured a nice spicy herbal hop with light fruit tones, a bit floral hoppy, some light sweet toffee, balanced, on a big body. Just the slightest bit sour, really expected more.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GABF, poured hazy orange-yellow with nice white head, aroma brought notes of grass, pine, some slight orange and grapefruit notes, which went into the fruity apricot and pear of the belgian yeast, spice throughout as well. Taste was nice grass, pine, and citrus notes leading into some other fruit and spice notes from the yeast including some pear, finished a touch bitter but not overwhelming. This was nicely done, good version of the style.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at GABF on 10/1/11. deep golden pour with a small white head. light spice and lingering citrus hops. big mouth with spices, banana and citrus bitterness. clean bitter finish.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour. Hazy yellow color with a medium white head. Very drinkable and refreshing. Citrus.
dnstone (2396) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent golden ale...golden in color with off white head. A nice hopped golden ale.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of my sampler. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Nice citrus flavor. Belgian yeast. Clean and refreshing.
robertjm (817) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at RRBC - Slight head. No visible bubbles. Orange body. Aroma of grapefruit. Flavors of kiwi and grapefruit at first. Folllowed by spices of clove and oranges.
BeerandBlues2 (11055) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2011. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is grassy and pine hops, honey and citrus with light biscuit malt. Flavor is malt with heavy fresh hops, dry and crisp with a medium-high bitterness, honey and farmhouse notes. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation.