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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This strong golden ale showcases a variety of the ingredients and brewing methods that help differentiate Triangle beers. The Strong Golden is fermented at a higher temperature than our other beers adding an undercurrent of fruitiness (although there is no fruit in the beer). Very lightly filtered the Golden exhibits complex mouthfeel, strong malt flavors, a spicy hop presence and soothing alcohol warmth, followed by a clean, dry finish. It is excellent with food as well as served by itself. Malts: Two row pale, Cara Pils, White Wheat, Accidulated malt, and Belgian Candi Sugar Hops: Magnum, Styrian Golding, and Saaz


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2529) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2009
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
For a beer geek, the best gift is always beer, specifically beer we havenít 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. Iíll 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 isnít 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2009
(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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle with Butters at the First Cellar Reduction. Smells of bread and yeast. Taste bread, bananas, and alcohol. Good body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Clear golden pour with fair white head that fades. Aroma of sweet vanilla, and malt. Banana bready flavors, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells of bananas, cloves. Tastes sweet and sugary with some citrussy hints.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2008
22 oz. bottle on 10/08/2008. Clear gold pour with a healthy and long lasting white head, reasonable lace. Fruity, floral aroma of banana and peach, some light honey, and a subtle spiciness. The sweet fruity flavors come on quickly and linger, but a welcome gentle bitterness makes its presence known in time to leave a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, nice crispness, clean finish. I really liked this, and it seems under appreciated in the ratings. Good malt flavors and a pretty good balance are a testament to the efforts of this small Durham brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2008
650 ml. Mostly clear, burnt orange-amber with a big creamy head that lasts for the duration. Aromas of pear baked with brown sugar and a dash of earthy spice and banana. Flavor is initially sweet caramel apple and banana, turns to tingly orange, nutmeg, and light oak in the finish. Near-medium body is dry, extremely smooth and slightly chest-warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Thanks to JCB for the bomber. Clear amber color with a large head. Aroma of pears, apricots and biscuit with a little banana and yeast. Spicy cloves, especially at the finidh. Yeastier as you get near the bottom of the bottle.


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