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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale is has a rich and complex malt flavor balanced with a little bit of spicy noble hops and strong influences of fermentation esters from the Belgian yeast used. Various Belgian like Rock Candies, hops and grains are employed to express variations within the style. Deceivingly drinkable, some liken theses ales to the Devil sneaking up on you, so consume responsibly.

Release #1: 8.3%
Release #2: 9.1%
Release #4: 9.6%
Release #5: 8.6%
Release #11: 8.8%
Release #14: 8.9%
Release #19: 8.3%

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4.1
Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Release #19. Big bright white frothy head of fine bubbles that reduces rather quickly. Light citrus and grainy aromas with some pears and spices. Color is a slightly hazy golden orange. Very, very soft malts in the flavor along with some peaches, cereal grains and some light grassy hops. Velvety smooth in the mouth. A wonderful palate. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Lingering pears and spices finish off the brew. A very good belgian.

3.8
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of banana, apple, sweet citrus, and light pepper. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with lots of fine sediment. It has a two finger white head with decent retention and leaves behind some thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with banana and some candy sugar. It finishes with some sweet citrus notes, faint orange peel, and pepper. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, much better than the cherry and peach versions.

3.5
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
Sample at the House Wine EPIC beer tasting on 04/18/2012: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma contains fruits and spices as well as a bit of yeast. Medium body with flavors of sweet fruit, mildly spiced hops, malt and yeast. The finish is fruity with a lightly hopped aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.1
RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2012
Batch #11. First half of the bottle poured surprisingly clear, light bubbly head. Nothing other than typical belgian aroma and taste here. Bananas, raisins, sugar. Second pour had a lot more sediment so was a lot more cloudy which lent to a much creamier mouthfeel.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle, batch #23 (a good batch number for American made BGSAs). Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a large and lasting white head that stays. Tight bubbles, good lace. Aromas of isoamyl acetate (banana esters), mildly musty, black pepper, apple, clove, alcohol, phenols (complex and strong). Bready and biscuity malt, macaroons, elderflower, light hops (floral and spicy), good smelling Belgian Golden Strong. Smells like fresh Duvel; pretty textbook. Flavors are a touch sweet (possibly a bit too much at the start). Bready, biscuity, mild esters, herbal hops up front, yeast notes that are mostly phenolic (peppery) and a bit musty. Tastes like a Duvel clone to me. Clove, dry pear and orange peel. Medium-lively bubbles, dry, mildly fruity, lower body. Pretty much spot on for the BJCP version of the style; tastes like Duvel.

3.4
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a clear orange/yellow. Thin white head. Apple and vanilla aroma. I can’t quite see how this became the base of so many variations on a theme. Vanilla in the flavor with some yeasty hefeweizen notes as well. Quite good.

3.1
mikem409 (2026) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Draft at union. Pouts hazy fold no head sweet aroma and very malty creamy mouth feel little stone fruit taste

3.8
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Last bottle at Dayton Ale Feat but I have no idea what release. My 1B favorite of the night. Classic and true-to-form Belgian strong ale. Nice sweet malt notes balanced with some yeast and spice. Pleasant.

3.1
notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Tap at Crank n Stein in Fort Collins - a fairly sweet Belgian, with strong banana notes, light pepper and some starchy notes - hints of pepper and boiled rice - quite sweet and strongly peppery - meh.

3.9
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Epic tap takeover at WF in Phoenix. Nice gold pour, white head. Banana, cloves, angel food cake, candy sugar, yeasty aromas. Sweet flavor, some nice spice, banana, gum, cake batter. Nice stuff.


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