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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong in flavor and alcohol yet light in color and malt character this style has the warming presence of alcohol

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3.4
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Sampled February 7th, 2010
A solid, but not overly aggressive, pour into my 25cl tulip glas produces four fingers of pale tinged froth. The beer underneath is brilliantly clear and a rich gold hue that shines brightly when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe apples, pears, hay and cracker-like grain at the first. A deeper inspection of the nose yields melon notes, some honey-like muskat grape notes, a hint of orange zest, ample clove aromatics and more of a crushed grain husk dustiness in the deep finish.

Fairly dry tasting, though the fruity fermentation notes boost the sweetness that is here. Flavors of ripe pear, bright mellon, a hint of green apple, and some floral green grape notes are balanced in the finish by a light, but firm, bitterness, some spicy phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy white ginger and maybe even a touch of white pepper. The body has a lightnes to it that makes it quaffable, but it does still have a certain viscous fullness to it.

This is not a bad interpretation of the style that is embodied by Duvel. I like that it has more fruitiness and spiciness than the standard. It does have more body and sweetness, but neither of these really detract. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer for some reason, but I find that it is quite enjoyable.

3.1
jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2010
(bottle from Weber St Liquor in Colorado Springs, sampled 2/11/10). Clear golden color. Small off white head. Aroma of light fruit esters. Light sweet candy and light fruit flavors. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.7
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2010
22oz bottle purchased for $3.50 at Davidson;s. I really like some of Full Sail’s brewmaster reserve beers so I thought "why not?". I poured this into a Chimay chalice. It was a light yellow-orange with a small white head. It was a little cloudy. The smell was slightly medicinal. The taste was a little sour but also fruity. I tasted banana and bubblegum. the alcohol was not noticeable at all. Pretty decent beer but i have no idea how it does against other beers in the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-26-2007 15:32:00

3.2
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Golden pour, small white head. Aroma is very malty, some old orange juice, coriander and yeast. Flavor continues with some overripe oranges, coriander, light caramel and some yeast. Ok.

3.3
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Sampled in a 22oz bottle. A really nice crisp drink. Not what I would think as a summer brew but drinks nice and was very nice in the winter. Pours light brown with little head. Very full bodied. Great malts.

3.4
dwyerpg (6410) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Actually smells somewhat wheaty. Clear orange but with floaties. The first thought with flavor is that this must have a lot of alcohol, as it shines through. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and definitely lots of belgian sugar, it’s okay, but seems too strong.

3.4
JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Hazy golden yellow pour not much head. Aroma was cloves, fruity spices. Taste was fruity spicy, dry, Belgian yeast. Medium pallet. Overall ok.

3
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
10th October 2008. GABF. Clear gold beer. Aromatic hops and malt. Sweet dry finish. Competant take on the Belgian style.

3.1
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
gold pour with a medium foamy and fizzy white head. Aroma is fruity lemon and apricot. Light clove spiciness. Flavour is biscuity malt. Some grainy tones, lemon and pear fruitiness.

3.4
drjay44 (3827) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Vintage 2009. Pours a thin short lived off white head, with minimal lacing, over a hazy, golden SRM 7) body.......nose is light lemon, clove, coriander......taste is pear, apple, mild pineapple, finishing with light hop tartness and spice.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation high, alcohol nicely hidden. This is a reasonable example of a Belgian Golden Strong Ale It is not as spicy as a Triple nor as sweet, and the alcohol is not as hot..


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