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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Belgian-style ale, golden and hoppy. Not quite evil, yet not to be trusted, this Golden Ale is effervescent, dry, hoppy and crisp-youíll want to keep an eye out. (ABV: 8.5%, IBU: 35, SRM: 4, Format: 750 mL bottles and draft)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (708) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle. End. Golden haze. Aroma is unripe pears, touch of citrus, light grain, light funk, and some interesting spices. Similar flavor notes, grainy and clean dense bitter. Feel is unfiltered natural light. Nice and easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Duchammer (50) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle poured a cloudy light orange yellow with a very white head. Aroma was mixture of citrus hops and the Belgium phenols. Taste was a bitter sweet with a little sourness from the yeast strain. Also there was a little hotness from the abv. Very well carbonated. mmm I love hoppy belgiums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (211) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours clear gold with a huge white head that lasts and leaves chunky lacing. Aroma is grain, honey, grass, herbs, slight resin. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, with some slight citrus (sour). Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and long, bittersweet finish. It is well balanced, easy to drink for 8.5% abv, overall quite nice. Nice offering from Orange County, not normally known for high quality beer until recently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadski4 (113) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Huge white, long-lasting head. Coppery color. Wonderfully dry with peppery finish. Subtle pear and grainy malt flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1376) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
Pours clear golden medium white head. High carbonation Aromas of sweet fruits, wheat, tutti frutti godis, hints of bread, belgian yeast Quite nice estery taste with bread, hay, lemon and oranges

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8668) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Bottle in the hotel room, San Diego, from the Wine Store Laguna Beach 21/04/14. Lightly hazed golden with a moderate off white covering that retains well. Nose is light spice, candied orange peel, citric rind, straw, lihht hop notes, yeast esters, apricot jam. Taste comprises orange marmalade, spice, bubblegum, yeast esters, farmyard, straw, bitter orange, citric peel. hoppy overcoat, pineapple tang. Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light booze and spice. Decent Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
Draft at Vine and Barely. Crystal clear golden color. Aroma is very unique. Belgium spice with almost a basil like aroma. Orange peel also. Some candy sugar. Average carbonation. This is very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
[Bottle] Bright golden color with a touch of haze to it. Large cap of dense white foam on top. Once the foam receded, Belgian yeast, light perfume and floral hops were detectable in the aroma. Taste is of dried fruits, grape, more perfume, grass, citrus zest and yeasty phenols. Dry and tangy finish. Highly carbonated. Came together well for me. Tasting notes from 11/2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (318) - Bend, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2014
Beautiful golden pour, rocky white head. Spicy phenolic nose. Flavor is pear, green apple, banana, spice, some medicinal qualities, yeasty finish. Great job aping Duvel with maybe a touch more spicy hops. West coast classic for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
2013 bottle drunk late March 2014
Fantastic pour, somehow the head never goes away and thereís tons of the fluffy, off-white stuff, producing massive lacing. The body is a brilliant copper-golden, with plentiful carbonation and a good clarity.
Unfortunately, after you are impressed by the appearance, the fun ends. Instead of writing another needless rant, Iíll just say, see Ernestís review or see TARís review. They both sum it up perfectly. Tacky, sappy, piney hops with just a massive amount of acidity both from the hops and yeast. Sugarry-sweet and near-cloying. I donít get all of the eccentric off-flavors, but thereís plenty of fusels, aspirin, some metallic notes and lots of veggies. Boggles my mind how a brewer could brew this, taste it and say, Alright! Letís bottle and sell this stuff!! Undrinkable. Fortunately I was just given a sample from a friendís bottle, so I didnt have to pour it out, which I would have done had it been mine.

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