Prufrockstar (1092) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy straw-colored golden. White head blossoms and drops off quickly. Aroma of citrus, banana and bubblegum. Palate: Lively carbonation, medium body, moderate to long finish. Taste: Nicely balanced sweetness with some bitterness. Pepper apparent in the dry finish. Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer at a pretty tasty price. Will definitely pick this one up again.
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast, and spices. Taste is malt, yeast, coriander, cloves, citrus, and malt. Very nice beer for a very nice price.
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy lemon color, very nice. Faint, light scent of lemon, yeast, banana. Overly fizzy if too cold, but when allowed to warm a bit it drinks smoothly and pleasantly tart. Still a bit gassy, though. Mild aftertaste with a nice sweetness.
Dragonfly1 (495) - Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Happy to see a new TJs bomber by Unibrue....Pours a hazy medium yellow. Foamy white head. Aroma is definitely Belgian spicy yeast, along with lemon rind contrasting with musty banana. Very smooth first sip, with an unexpected malty richness. The banana notes come first, followed by the tart lemon, and a slightly thin finish. Some winey notes at the end as well. A little more flavor hops at the end would finish this better, it’s a touch too thin at the end. Not too complex, but good overall.
TheGB (515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a good, lasting head. Aroma of orange, lychee, yeast, and coriander. Tastes like a good bready Belgian with orange and spice.
Hartung32 (229) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really great beer! Both Trader Joes big bottles by Unibrue(sp?) are great. This is one of the best golden ales I've had; and it's a steal for the price.
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bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a big cream head. Yest and light citrus aroma with spice. Light citrus and spice flavor with yeast and backing malt. Medium bodied. Spice and light citrus lingers with yeast and backing malt.
BillKismet (3357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden brew with cascades of fine lacing. Aroma is cooly clovey and musky, crisp and with a hint of wheat. Moderately lively body and warming on the palate and gullet. Well melded clovyness does not dominate. If there is any real detracting factors, it’s that this one lacks complexity, but it redeems itself with crispness, balance, and overall execution. Excellent golden style Belgian ale.
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a clean golden body with a crisp white head. Aroma is hoppy pineapple with lots of clean yeasts. The flavor is clean and yeasty with some pineapple and apricot. Crisp clean medium light body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks, Mike and Abb! Well, Trader Joe’s "tier 2" Unibroue beers have done the job in the past. But I have to say that this one fell flat in a depressing kind of way. Cloudy gold pour, well carbonated and vigorous looking. But things were worrisome with the first deep snort, as there was a weirdly diacetyl quality in there along with a too-sweet and generically "Belgian" impression. Both too sharp and too sweet depending on the moment, it seems like an impressionistic hodgepodge more than anything else. Inoffensive, I guess, but I wish I liked it better given how sweet the price point is.