badgerben (5215) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Gold color with a medium head. Malty aroma and a little orange. Big Munich malt taste. A little wheat and yeasty goodness. Very little sugary sweetness. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 12 oz. twist-off bottle, coded lot/bottling number (1688) on the neck of the bottle, sampled in a tulip glass.
L: Filtered clear copper golden with a fluffy, billowy white head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy layer. A good deal of splotchy curtain-like lace clings to the brim of the glass, helping to make this a good looking Belgian Pale Ale.
S: Pepper, clove, earthy nuts and spryly tart apple and pear fruitiness, with a backing of lightly toasted grainy bread and honey pilsener malts, I thought this was pretty spot on for the BPA style. Further whiffs reveals a little herbal hop spiciness. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a mellow peppery solvent scent.
F&T: I would have liked a tad more carbonation, this would benefit from a more active carbonation, giving the light body a needed crispy firmness in the mouthfeel. Sweet toasted pale malts, hints of white sugar, turning doughy towards the end, complemented by a honey pilsener crackeriness. In the middle a mildly tart fruitiness emerges, green apples and pears, that mixes with pepper and clove spiciness. The hops are properly light in the taste, lemongrass before becoming dryly spicy in the finish. Once again, the alcohol is really not that perceptible, just a very low grade peppery, spicy warmth in the palate.
Another than the inadequate level of carbonation, I thought Capital has crafted a good BPA, quite in keeping with the style, easy to drink and tasty, a welcomed new summer release from this Middleton, Wisconsin brewery.
3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Clear gold colored body. Faint sweet candy sugar dominates the nose, body is thick and oily, and flavor is mild toast/crust, with a strange note of "fresh mold", nuts, and sugar. Strange, not exactly good, and the alcohol picked up at less than 7% was unwelcome. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Clear golden yellow with a medium quickly dissipating head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruit, toasted malt and some mild spice. Taste of caramel, fruit, Belgian yeast, sugar and mild alcohol. Dry finish that has some sort of stale characteristics to it. It’s not bad but I’m probably looking elsewhere next time I crave a Belgian ale. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
With the first sip I kind of sat back in surprise as this was very flavorful and a different direction for this brewery. Poured a light oak color with some lacing. Aroma is full of rock fruit, cloves, citrus peel and hard candied sugar. Taste is like fresh fruit cake; a little spice, a little fruit, a little bready, and fairly sweet. It is spiced well as it really comes alive in your mouth as you drink it, almost a tingling sensation. I normally dont like sweet beers but this worked for me.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a clear, golden-orange color; thin off-white head. Dry yeastiness, honey, and sugar in the aroma; some graininess. Medium mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; chewy Belgian sugar, breadiness, and a basic yeast character; some mineral bitterness at the edges, balancing things out; basic, very drinkable. Medium finish: mineral bitterness, yeast, and Belgian sugars; reasonably bitter, dry end. awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Nose of yeast, pours a light golden color with a white head. Fruity and yeasty on the palate with hints of spice. Crisp finish, very refreshing. crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Standard light golden pour with a decent white head. Sweet,fruity, metallic. Pretty clean, dry finish. Decent beer. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
This was very fruity for a Belgian style ale, to the extent that when I had it I thought it was a fruit beer. Nonetheless, there is something distinctly Belgian about this beer, which I think is its spiciness (lots of coriander and clove) and its mouthfeel; both are reminiscent to me of a very spiced Hefeweizen or witbier. Appearance is clear and brilliant and lightly amber; aroma is fruity and spiced; flavor is as I’ve described above.
I would weakly recommend this beer; as it is marketed (a Belgian ale), it is interesting. If Capital had called it a fruit beer, I’d be passing on it.
I had this bottle at a friend’s house. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Crystal clear light amber, almost golden color with a white head that reduces to a small amount of foam that sticks to the edges of the glass. Smell is fairly nondescript. I get notes really sweet fruits, sugary candy, and spices. Taste is some dark fruit, sweet sugary flavors, a very dry finish that is gone very quickly, I also get the taste of dried apricots. Good refreshing beer, but nothing to write home about.