Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 24 Asheville trip. Golem in the gears... Apparently this batch got a little feisty, as the ABV on this one had ripped its way up to a heady 10.8%. Poured a very lightly hazy gold, nice head. Aroma of pal malts, cotton candy, and fruity esters. Flavor is a match, with notes of bubble gum, banana and just the faintest hint of clove. Full bodied, but not at all cloying. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. Exceptionally well done. And I think that this is the only beer on the entire trip where my wife tasted the sample and then promptly ordered herself a full glass. A highlight of the trip.
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in a flight at the brewpub. I appreciated this one because it was a nice and strong-flavored brew, but didn’t have the sweetness that a lot of Belgian styles have. Great bite to it.
Travlr (21445) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the source. Cloudy golden color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of bubblegum, citrus and funk. Taste is softly sour tropical fruit. Wonderful.
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Good fruity aroma, honey and sugary malt with spices and Belgian yeast. Sweet malt base with a considerable but dry despite the sweetness with light fruits and spicy hops. Smooth mouthfeel with average carbonation. Not boozy at all, actually insanely drinkable for the ABV. Very good for an American Belgian style golden ale. Not overly sweet or estery like some can be.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at wedge. Poured in a tulip glass... Appearance of a mostly transparent golden light orange hue and topped with a medium frothy white head... Belgian yeast phenols to coincide with orange peel, lemon, and a grassy backdrop... Flavors are sweet, somewhat phenolic with Belgian yeast, honey, and lighter citrus notes. Overwhelmingly sweet with a slightly earthy finish. Lighter bodied and makes a hard to drink beer a little more easy going.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden-amber body with a fading beige head. Aromas of yeast and dough. Flavors are much the same with some citrus notes. Finish is slightly dry and doughy.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewer 8.5% abv. The wife really liked this. Pours a gold with a thin white head. Scent is yeast and fruit. Taste is candy and fruit with yeast.
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma of light sweet fruits (apple, pear), citrus, and candi sugar. Flavor of alcohol, candi sugar, sweet fruits. Heavy but flavorful. Interesting tripel - not what you’d expect (less spicy/bready/yeasty and more fruity). Very enjoyable.
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewer, it pours hazy golden with a foamy head that leaves thick, chunky soap lace. The nose is citric and yeasty, with some hay accents. Flavors are of honey, yeast, Belgian Candi sugars, light phenols, spices and finishing with a touch of dry spice and tiny alcohol. The mouthfeel is round and active, with a smooth body and drinkable palate. Another Wedge winner!
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll say one thing about wedge: They’ll keep you guessing! Both BA and RB has the ABV listed at 9.0%, though the printed menu at the brewery and large chalkboard both have it at 8.5%.
Appearance: Pass across the bar counter a lightly hazed, pale-looking, yellow body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Most prominent in the aroma is the Belgian pilsner malts, married with notes of sweetish honey, peppery spice, citrus, and pear-flavored gum.
Taste: Introduction of tangy-tasting pils malt followed with a sweet, toothsome taste of honey that, once picking up some alcoholic heat, develops into a flavor of honey liqueur. Minor contribution of bitterness and spice from the hops. Airy traces of pear juice, citrus, and bubble gum come and go. All the while, it’s got a deepening sweetish. Sweetish, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Personally, I’d prefer a skosh more dryness, though it’s still pretty good. Once the alcohol starts to kick in, it’s like continuously sinking into an overstuffed leather chair. I wonder if Wedge will ever produce a light, easy-going Belgian Ale named Smeagol.