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RATINGS: 742   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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Draft @ Alembic during The Brueryís SF Beer Week event. POurs a cloudy, yellow-golden color; white head with excellent, fine-bubbled lacing; good looking, pulpy beer. A very pleasant grapefruit / citrus dry-hop nose; nicely bitter, with a citrus peel core; a touch of warmth. Medium-to-full body: very pleasant citrus and grapefruit bitterness coupled to a creamy, citrus-centered core of Belgian breadiness, pulpy yellow fruit and very murky, almost chalky presentation; messy stuff, and much like the Melange this probably didnít have much time to settle in the keg. Lasting finish of citrus, grapefruit, pleasant lasting bitterness, but ultimately sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
On tap at the Midway which has a surprisingly good beer list. Pours a hazy yellow, bright. Fruity, citrus aroma, slightly skewed due to the smoke in this place. Flavor is unusually tangy and a bit sour. Citrusy with some tangerine and lemon. Belgian yeast adds a bit of wild character to the flavor. Full bodied and slightly bitter on the finish. God these guys keep me really entertained with their beers. That tanginess totally befuddled and captivated me for most of the drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kimo (1) - USA - FEB 12, 2010 does not count
Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total Wine & More in Tampa, FL. Pours a cloudy golden amber. Hop aroma, but not overpowering. Hop taste slides in after the initial taste. Just think belgian ale with a light hop kicker. I would buy and drink this again, but probably wouldnít drive too far out my way to find it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy bright glowing orange, a slight bit murky, with a big frothy white head. Aroma is a wonderful blend of oranges, tangerine, pine, sweet resin, apple pie, nutmeg, seemingly tart. Flavor follows, nice yeast character, a bit doughy, weirdly tangy, tangerine, mildly biscuity sweet, piney, resinous, finishes quick and a bit flat. Medium bodied, nice sizzling carbonation that disappears too quickly leaving it flat. Nice lasting doughy chalky bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours with a slightly cloudy, golden body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís sweet and malty with notes of wine and yeast with a little bitterness. Light bodied, highly carbonated and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle: Pours fairly muddy, unfiltered dirty orange. The head atop is off white and meringue-like, fairly lacey, and emitting a pretty nice nose of floral-like citrus fumes, some mandarin orange, maybe a bit of bubblegum but gladly the hops are in full control here and the belgian yeast doesnít really get in the way as it usually does in similarly-styled ales. Flavors are full-on ipa hops characteristics...citrusy, orange-like, dry, bitter grapefruit rind...the yeast here isnít making much of an appearance in the flavors either though i feel a unique richness behind the hop flavors that could be a product of the yeast Who knows...the alcohol is both tasted and felt here...but not too overly hot, i can deal. To me, this is more straight up IPA than belgian-styled IPA...the yeast is so light on belgian-like esters, that I donít even see the point of stressing the fact that its "belgian-styled"...other than I guess the fact that the Bruery likes to make most everything "belgian-inspired" or something, maybe...maybe not. Who cares. Decent, clean IPA...Thatís what i say.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4647) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
750 mL bottle from Luekenís Dunedin, FL. Pours hazy yellow with a frothy, off-white head. Nose is caramel, honey, apricot, peach, booze, malt, and misc citrus. Flavor is malt, wheat, citrus, and apricot up front, white grapefruit, grass, lemon, and some citrus rind with floral hoppiness behind. Balanced with the Belgian yeast and the bitterness. Medium bodied and lingering lemon/ grapefruit bitterness. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1552) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2010
750ml bottle picked up at Stateline. I hope this is the right mischief... Poured into a snifter nice orange color, big head. Nice nose of hops and a perfumey note. Taste is a mix between an ipa and a belgian...duh... Intially the hops come through, with a yeasty apple taste towards the end. Not sweet or dry, well balanced. Not bad at all. Light in texture, easy to drink. Overall: good stuff but probably wouldnt buy it again

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2010
750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Pours clear golden yellow which gets cloudier with each pour, with a big creamy white head that recedes to a small cap leaving very little lacing. The aroma is light and fruity with some green apples and pears alongside a light citrus hop sweetness. Lemon zest and bready malts in the background. Early hop kick in the taste with some grassy hops and lemons. The biscuity malts and spicy yeast form a solid backbone with sweet light fruits on top. The finish is dry but sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely refreshing with a dry, lightly spicy finish. A refreshing and fruity Belgian ale with a hefty hop profile, this is another winner from the Bruery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 opaque dark yellow body with an off-white head. light floral and citrus with an appreciable bitterness. enjoyable light mouthfeel.


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