kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Belgian Golden Ale
Source: Barley’s, NC
Appearance: clear dark gold, fine dirty white head, solid lace except for the Jesus toast,
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with lots of fruity esters and light balancing spicyness,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of orange and apricot, light growing spicyness adds complexity plus a bit of balance, fleeting hint of fusel alcohol,
Overall: rootie tootie, sweet and fruity
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
NachlamSie (2907) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a clear, light copper with a small head. The aroma sports heavy esters with strong hints at apples and lighter spiced notes. The carbonation is medium on this and it shifts to the sticky side after a few sips. Lots of sweet fruit are here with suggestions of apples and bananas. The finish brings out a bit of wooden hoppiness. Decent.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. small white fizzy head into clear golden body (decent lacing present). aromas of yeast, light hops, a touch of grass, and a slight alcohol burn. flavors are moderately sweet into a light bitter. moderate finish length. watery texture. pretty good stuff.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled in the presentation tent at WBF Raleigh. Pale straw color w/ medium head. Fruity bubblegum aroma. Very similar taste. Nicely balanced.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft in Hillsborough...not my favorite Belgian-style ale...watery in flavor and mouthfeel was flat. Pale in color, not fizzy. Also a bit sweeter than I like.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is yeast-some banana, some spice. Taste is clean-yeast-some banana, some spice, sweet medium malt. Dry, good effervescence.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at new Irish pub in Durham that I forget the name of. Poured a clear darkish straw color with a thin white head. Nice sweet, clean aroma with a tad of spice. Taste is sweet as well, but not cloying nor overly syrupy in the mouth. A short, crisp finish with some light spice. Sometimes tripels from smaller brewies can taste like candy, but this is a decent effort.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Players Retreat near NC State in Raleigh. Pours golden, little too clear, small white head. Aroma is yeasty with banana. Flavor is sort of typical, yeasty, banana flavor, little spicy. Taste is a little thin. All of the punch is in the aroma. Reminds me of North Coast Pranqster without the floaties.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the WBF. Pour: golden. Head: thin, white. Aroma: light, some malt. Flavor: light, some hops and malt. Palate: thin. Flavor: clean.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma began with a nice caramel malt presence coupled to a spicy hop and yeast presence. The aroma was estery and fruity to accompany the spice and malt. The beer arrived crystal clear pale golden with a low lasting head which laced the glass. The flavor was fruity with a light bit of spice through the strong esters and some presence of alcohol. Caramel presence was fairly low. The flavor presented as herbal and quite nice. The finish was dry with some lasting spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a very low level of carbonation. Alcohol warming was notable post consumption. A good beer, but in need of a carbonation boost. Pint at VDH.