Darkside Fermentation Belgian Strong Golden

RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Also known as "#1", for the first batch of beer brewed by the brewery, and "1" for the second batch.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle says Golden Mean on it - I believe it is Batch 1. Aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of pear and red apple cider. Lighter notes of honey are also present. A very faint citrus note, but almost no malt character left. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to the edges and then lingers. Flavor starts rather sweet with quite a bit of fruit esters. More red apple character than pear, but both are still rather prevalent. Medium honey character with a light oxidation note. Medium light bitterness and medium alcohol spice in the finish. Light banana in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall a surprisingly good strong golden that actually survived the test of time. Nice balanced ester character with a bit of honey and light candi sugar note. This is definitely better than I expected it to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - SEP 8, 2013
Light copper, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: dusty, crackerlike malt, lemony acidity, light funk. Flavor: biscuity and cracker-like malt, dried orange peel, earthy spice, some acidity and light Brett funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Markus! Hazy orange-red pour with fluffy white head, aroma had sweet red fruits, some caramel, toffee, hints of biscuit, cracker, touch of clove, hints of grape in there as well. Taste was a mix of red fruits, white fruits, lots of sweet caramel, biscuit notes, finishing with some spice, fairly sweet, and dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
750 ml bottle. Listed as Golden Mean. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. A slightly sour fruity nose. The flavor is slightly tart, brett filled, dry, grape peel and apricot, some barrel, quite sweet mostly. Bottle number 6 of 13! Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle as a generous extra! Label has 1 above batch 12-23 bottled 1-5 ABV.8%. Pour has a brassy amber color and a thin coating of off white head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has belgian yeast, banana, spices, candi sugar, malt sweetness, and some herbal notes. Mouth feel is medium and there is average carbonation. Flavor starts out yeasty, banana, dark fruit, caramel, plenty of malt, gets a bit spicey and there is a some herb stems. I do not get the labeling of these beers they all are the same and it is a hunt to even find out what beer is in the bottle. I am still not sure this is the right place for the review but even my trade partner said this is the right one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (14046) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is yeast spice and pepper. Medium mouthfeel with sweet fruit and light spice in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours bright hazy gold. Nose is yeasty and skunky. Taste is toothpaste, lots of alcohol, and yeast. Not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
Soft yeasty fruitiness. Estery to an extent apricot bread. Airy carb. Apple. Golden hazy thin head ligjt lace. Green apple ligjt ester spice apple pie. Little tartness. Very carbonated. Big bubbled. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head. A mild funkiness to it. Some tart fruits, pineapple, lemon zest, and apple. Sweet malt and a touch of sugar, too. Quite nice. Theres lots of sweet fruit and a little bit of tartness, too. A bit of candi sugar and definitely some caramel malt sweetness, too. Very nice. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (9184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
GABF 2011, listed as "Golden Mean". Opaque sickly yellow, but with a lovely aroma of blonde malt grains, candy sugar, and a sweet fruity yeast-like pie. Flavor had some nice gold ale malt with lambic sweetness, peach, apricot, and indefinable maltiness. Big bodied. Fruity hoppy but not very bitter, very light sourness.

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