Jow (4169) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy golden color. The head is a rocky three finger white shade. It really has the texture I look for in the style, but perhaps not the retention. A decent amount of splotchy lacing is left on the glass.
S: There’s a definite apple presence here, to the point where it seems like a dry cider at times. Other noteable aspects include bubblegum, phenols, earthy hops, and some subtle spicing. Decently complex, a lot more than I expected from a canned BSPA.
T: It opens with both a pleasant touch of phenol and distinct breadiness. Touches of spice and fruit esters appear mainly near the cidery, apple-laden finish, though it should be said there isn’t a significant presence of Belgian yeast here. A faint hoppy bite sometimes appears. Perhaps a little sweet, as well, but certainly refreshing.
M: This is where the lack of bottle conditioning lets it down. The back end is a bit syrupy, and it doesn’t feel that lively on the palate. Or maybe it’s not much of a letdown - there’s no annoying astringency some in the style feature, either. It slides down the tongue without any friction: in layman’s terms, it’s every bit as dangerously drinkable as the best in the style.
O: I’m always skeptical of any Belgian-style ale in a can - they always seem syrupy and strange. This, however, really does a deft job of skating around the fact that it’s not bottle conditioned by successfully pulling off a sweeter, more cidery bend. Even better, it keeps the epic drinkability I look for from the style. It’s not quite Duvel, but I reckon it’s as good as a canned BSPA can get.
Can at in laws watching Christmas things. Richer golden pour. Nose is fruity and strong yeast. Tastes of florals, banana, coriander, Belgian yeast. Medium bodied. Nice change of pace. djd07 (16298) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2017
On tap at The Brewer’s Art. Pours a clear yellow gold with small white head that lasts. The aroma is clove, banana, yeast. Medium body, spice, clove, banana, pure sugar, dry finish, good. Evolutionary (540) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Can from Greg g. Nose is grass and spicy hop. Golden body is smooth. A good strong ale with hip acridness at end. Cereal and sugars smooth it out a bit. Pretty tasty. Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Best by May 8th 2017.
It pours a pale gold with an inch and receding head of foam.
Smells of kind of spicy hops, sweet and grainy malt.
The taste is nice. Grain with an ample off setting spicy hop character and some sweet notes. A very tasty Golden Ale that’s very easy to drink and doesn’t suffer from a thin body.
hershiser2 (3825) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Can from total wine. Clear golden with tiny white head. Aroma of grasses, glue, floral hops. Taste is lavender, grasses, hibiscus. Decent.
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commonshawn (1339) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Tap at brewers art in Baltimore with commonmac and rosskyle and samadouche. Gold with small white head, served in goblet. Light grain sweet nose, some funk. Light and sweet flavor, crisp, alcohol well hidden. Thin, medium body. rosskyle (797) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Served on tap at Brewers Art. Slight haze golden color with a white head. Citrus grain Belgium yeast. Citrus Belgium yeast flavor. Medium body.
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Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a dark yellow-gold color with a small off-white head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was dryish, perfumey and a bit chalky. The flavor was dry, bitter, perfumey and medicinal. Long finish. Medium body. Disappointing. jsquire (4666) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Yellow color with a sticky white head. Candy sugar, pear and a hint of earth. Fruity esters, lemon, bitter orange peel, candi sugar sweetness, and a light, almost wheaty malt profile. The alcohol is well hidden. Decent Belgian golden. jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Rich copper coloured body with a golden glow and a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, alcohol, grain and a bit of yeast - not too much going on. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavours throughout with a lot of grain, alcohol and sweetness near the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of yeast, grain, dry malt and even some light sugars, but a relatively complex flavour. Overall, a nice beer with a good profile, but nothing great, still, well worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 05-July-2015 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on 22-October-2015.