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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 316   ABV: 10.54%
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This is our favorite beer to drink. We like to call it our "LIGHT BEER" because it is so drinkable for its size; weighing in at 10.54% ABV (Alcohol by volume). This is a Belgian Blonde Ale, brewed with a CrAzY amount of malt and little Belgian candi syrup to give it that rich Belgian flavor. Hopped with just enough earthy Sterling hops to leave a little sweet rich malt flavor, which makes this beer go down so smooth. We work hard to get our yeast to attenuate, keeping the body down, so it seems much lighter than it really is.

OG: 1.084
FG: 1.004
IBU: 28
SRM: 4.50į


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, very well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a hazy light gold (SRM 4) body.....nose is candi sugar, treacle, light toasted malts with biscuit, toast, minimal hops......taste is sweet with light honey tones, candi lsugar, hints of cereal, finishing sweet, light pepper, with a terminal mild bitterness.....mouth feel, light body, high alcohol burn, sticky, light acidity, low carbonation. This misses the style of Belgian Golden Strong, which the brewery indicated was the goal. It is too simply sweet, without the appropriate, phenolics, esters, and finishing balancing dryness and bitterness. Higher fermentation temperature, perhaps a change of yeast and perhaps lowering the candidate sugar would make a difference. BJCP 6/3/12/3/6

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
shared by AFHops and Adrien-22oz bottle-white ting-hazy gold. A-soft grain. As it warms, some lt fruit. T-lt fruit, grain, some spice. Warming on the way down.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
$6.29/22 oz. bottle. It poured a golden blonde, and yes, it does have an appearance of a "light beer." The aroma has some black pepper and other spice like yeast esters. Maybe even some banana. The taste has some banana with more black pepper and spices. Itís followed by some sweetness with an unpleasing finish. Enough so that Iíll have a hard time finishing a single glass of this. Itís has a touch of a syrup feel but not as much as youíd expect from such a big blonde beer. The palate is slightly sticky. This brewery seems to portray that BIG BRASH LOUD Texan that most people find obnoxious. You know the kind in the movies. Fortunately itís not the norm here, but I commend them for being who they are and being proud about it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22 oz. bottle. The nose starts off with a light malts, followed by some subtle yeast esters. Taste is light breadiness to begin. Prominent fruity Belgian yeast with large amounts of pale malt character to this beer overall. The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation. The only reason I could recognize the ABV was by the warming sensation after the sip. No alcohol flavor at all. Very well made brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Yellow-tan and just a touch of haze, white head is about a half finger and lasted a bit, leaving a sheen of white and sparse lacing. Aroma is a bit different from what I expected, kinda like a blonde mixed with a saison, mixed with just a splash of tripel. Thereís just a touch of fruitiness too. Taste wise, I think they really kind of nailed with the name. Itís very blonde ale-ish, even though the alcohol is so high that few would consider it to be an actual blonde ale. But it does somewhat have the blonde ale taste. Itís not real heavy on the flavor, just like a blonde, but does have a fair bit of lemony citrus, graininess, and some of the yeasty character of tripels and Belgian pales. Thereís enough slightly spicy hops to make it a well balanced beer. Drink is amazing, medium bodied, but with a well hidden alcohol that packs quite a punch. Itís very different and innovative. Iím going to pick up another bomber of this one again. After trying all four of the Texas Big Beers available so far, I like the ESB best, but itís close with the Porter. The blonde and the Scotch ale are also pretty darn tasty. I love the innovation of this brewery, and love that itís pretty local. Great job!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours apricot color with a cool, thin body and no head which for me, was surprising for a Belgian style. Continuing on the aroma is sweet candied malt. The flavor is like a medium, light sugary syrup. The alcohol is noticeble on the finish and burns a little. Its watery on the palate. The label and description are unconvincing. It even smells a little metallic as it warms.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
soupy (30) - - APR 14, 2013
I am not a fan of Blonde ales. That said, this one of my favorite. Bronze pour, creamy head. Poured from a bomber. Strong and smooth. It does not hit you until you move. Top notch.!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
bottled, thanks to mora2ooo, clear yellow pour with aroma malty sweet fruits, flavor of almond, sweet sugar, honey, malty sweet finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear gold, wispy fine white bubbles. Nose of sweet belgian candi sugar, corn, light alcohol, wheat, not very good. Taste is very sweet, corny, alcohol, not complex at all, not much to it. Alcohol linger, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle:   Dirty orangish straw, fine sediment about, thin frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Semi-sweet doughy and bready aroma.   Faint floral and fruity notes.   Seems more citrusy, doughy, with some dank barnish notes on the tongue.   Not heavy in the bready sense, which so many American brewers do.   This was a bit of a surprise to me.   Backside is a bit musty, faint floral and citrusy, doughy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Th 10.5% ABV is very well hidden.   Better than expected.   Thanks Bill!



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