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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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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3.5
nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Release 55 8.7abv. Medium clear orange some white head. Smells of mainly of apples then booze, lemons and tart yeast. Some funk and dusty spice too. Tastes mostly of bready yeast. A bit too sweet/plying because of the candi. Like a wheaty sweet tripel. Tasty, but overpowering and a bit out of balance.

3.5
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
8th January 2013
8.3%. Light haze on this gold beer, little white head. Palate softish. Creamy malt with a trace of honey. A tripel like sweetness. A little peach and a touch of paper. Finishes semi dry and a fruity tang in the aftertaste. Not bad.

3.3
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Sweet and slightly boozy, but still quite easy to drink. A little bit light on flavor however.

3.3
drjay44 (3832) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 651 ml. bottle. Release #55. 8.7% ABV. Pours a medium, poorly retained, white head over a clear dark gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is pale fruits (pear, apple) light spice (clove, allspice).......taste is moderate sweet candi sugar to start, then light pear, apple, with hints of allspice, cardamom, light pepper,leading to an almost dry slightly bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation medium. This falls within the style, but would be better with more attenuation. The sweetness is a bit dominant. This style is supposed to have a huge, lasting head, with on going effervescence. This beer has neither. BJCP 8/2/14/4/7. Release #74 Den 1554 has 9.3% ABV. The sweetness is utterly overwhelming. Greater attenuation is essential.

2.9
Huhzubendah (3740) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle shared by Jayhawk 73. Thanks Jeff. The beer is mildly hazy and dark straw yellow with a half inch of white head. Lasting retention with lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma brings Belgian yeast, fruity esters, oranges, citrus. A bit sweet with some forward alcohol notes. Oranges soaked in booze with Belgian yeast. Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Decent, though best in small quantities. A good bottle for sharing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bubblegum Belgian yeast aroma; lemon, spicy, earthy. Similar flavors, with more clove spice character in the flavor--plus sweet, light biscuit-y malt, and a subtle floral flavor. On the sweet side for sure--but a nice flavor.(Release #53)

3.7
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
A hazed golden ale with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, classic fruity malt with candy sugar, coriander ,orange pulp and light peaches. In mouth, a sweet candy sugar with orange peels, coriander, nice alcohol, very classic.

3.6
marcus (10681) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange gold with a thin beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a light malt flavor dominated by Belgian yeast esters with a carbonated fruity finish and a mild alcohol trail.

3.8
bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle from France 44. Pours orange with a transient beige head. Mild fruity ester aromas. Med body. Flavor is a little earthy, and definitely has mixed fruit esters. It hints at being sweet, but I think it’s dry. Mild heat burn. Smooth with a subtle mix of Belgian flavors. Quite nice.

3.8
Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber at the brewery. Pours golden with thin head. Spicy, peppery, sugary, grainy. Finishes a bit thin, high carbonation.


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