BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bull McCabes. Dark yellow to orange hue with thin head and big lacing. Nose is Belgian candi sugar, pears and apples, and sweet malts and wheat. Flavor follows suit with a big sweet Belgian fruit and malt profile, good hop balance, finishes quite sweet. Smooth and creamy texture with a modest alcohol presence and full-bodied goodness. A thick sweet Belgian that borders on cloying, not for mass consumption, I’m already feeling very full....
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz (unlabeled) bottle acquired in trade with emacgee (thanks!). Poured a medium golden color with a huge sized white head. AAromas of spices, citrus, yeastiness, bready, and bananas. Tastes of citrus, bananas, lighter spices, and sugary sweetness.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brought home by the wife who saw this on a shopping trip with the girls to Southern Season in Chapel Hill. From a 22oz bottle this one poured a golden color with lots of foamy white head and quite a bit of bubbles. Aroma of malts, citrus, spices with some banana scents as well. Taste of coriander, alcohol, banana and plenty of sweetness to go around. Lots of carbonation. Overall decent Belgian Golden Ale.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally rated this after trying it a few times over the past year and half. Clear golden pour with usually a pleasant if sometimes brief white head. I think it’s actually gotten better since I first tried it. Funky yeasty nose with some clove and banana and a bit of citrus. Nice dry finish, though perhaps not quite as dry and bready as I like in this style. Tasty. Glad to have it on tap at so many local establishments.
jrob21 (2934) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle back from Bruisin Ales. I was pleasantly surprised with this one but had low expectations going in. The malt and spice are well balanced and really give you a good belgian experience. Pour is a cloudy orange with a big frothy white head. Aroma is cinnamon and spice and that comes through big in the flavor. There is a bit of a wild yeast and earth flavor working in there along with a tinge of citrus. Good malt body here giving you a full mouthfeel and long lasting finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For a beer geek, the best gift is always beer, specifically beer we haven’t had before. Or, it could be a beer we have had before but it is hard to find so to have another bottle or more would be a blessing indeed. I was blessed not once but twice one Saturday afternoon by two wonderful people. I’ll be getting to the others soon, but first up to bat is the bottle-conditioned Belgian-style golden ale from Triangle Brewing Company in Durham, North Carolina. The Carolinas are a newly blossoming beer Mecca so I am really looking forward to seeing how my bomber of Belgian-style golden ale fairs.
Topped almost immediately by a softly dense head of spring-white foam, my glass fills with clear golden hay hues. Though there is no apparent lace to be seen, she does poof up nicely with a couple vigorous swirls, releasing a slightly sweet and tart nose peppered with yeast, coriander, orange zest, banana, and bubblegum. Intrigued am I, and wasting no further time, I delve greedily into the golden brew in my hands. Sweet upfront with orange nectar followed quickly by a soft and chewy mouthfeel marked by sour yeast and banana. Adding to her sweet side are notes of melon and peach as my ale warms and further opens herself to me. A heavier body than what I am used to for a bottle-conditioned Belgian golden ale, but it isn’t too much of a detriment. What it does is add more noticeable weight to her ABV, making for a heavier quaffing experience. A sticky finish coats my mouth with honey and fruit nectars. As I near the end of our time together, pleasant warmth has embraced me while soothing notes of orange, banana, sour yeast, coriander, and peppery spice offer their heartfelt condolence.
Not a bad showing I must say for my first entrant from Triangle Brewing in Durham, North Carolina. A bit heavier and sweeter than some traditional Belgian golden ales, she was still enjoyable. More effervescence, a dryer finish, and traditional spice notes are needed to perfect this Belgian-style golden ale from Triangle Brewing, but I would quaff another if offered.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a pale golden body with a small white head. Aroma of orange peel, florals, clove, banana, and toasted biscuit. Flavor of coriander, grass, candi sugar, peach, banana, and apricot.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Butters at the First Cellar Reduction. Smells of bread and yeast. Taste bread, bananas, and alcohol. Good body.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Barleys in Asheville. Pours gold with tight off-white head. The aroma is banana, light spiciness, some smooth sweet malt. The flavor is yeasty banana, some sweet bread, and very light hints of coriander. The finish is mild and earthy. Decent.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden pour with fair white head that fades. Aroma of sweet vanilla, and malt. Banana bready flavors, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Nice.