wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Aroma is yeast and fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a decent hop punch. Not a flavor blast like the best Belgian Ales but it was very easy to drink, almost too much. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a pale gold with a finger or two of paper white curdled head and slow, consistent beading. Nose brings sweet bread, clove, mild citrus and some floral bits. The taste is quite similar plus a slight tart bitterness that carries the citrus. Finishes pretty dry, but refreshing. Overall, a fine beer that I’m gonna miss. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 4/29/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled 1/29/10.
A fluffy white head forms with the pour, fading gradually to a spotty film, but leaving some soft lace stick down the glass. The beer itself is moderately hazy, with a golden hay color.
Pear, white grape skin, and pale malt are the first to hit the nose. Slight spiciness, with an alcohol pop. The last thing I notice is a little spice and mustiness.
The flavor starts our crisp and strong with a sweet pale malt bringing pear and white grape flavors to mind. Belgian spices and yeast come through, bringing clove and coriander flavor as well. The finish is still sweet. Eventually the sweetness becomes slightly cloying.
Above average carbonation, which gives it a nice crispness in a medium body. Dry but sweet.
I like the moderately complex flavors that go into Demolition, but the sweetness of this detracts from my desire to really get into it. backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Bomber. Pour is hazy golden with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeast. Flavor is yeasty with hints of spice and some hops. Nice and clean version of a (US) Belgian golden ale ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
Hazy light orange body, small white foamy head. Nose is yeast, salty asparagus, sweet herbal licorice and hints of hay. Strange, but somehow it all works and this is quite delightful. Taste is citrusy orange tones, light candy sugars and herbs. Hints of spices and pale malts. Carbonation is fresh, which gives a decent mouthfeel, without going too far. Original, fresh and dangerously drinkable - I’d have this in any sunny summer spot, any day! A really cool take on the Belgian light strong ales (Duvel tradition).
olsvammel (7225) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle at Monks Café Porterhouse in Stockholm. It poured a hazy golden liquid with a fruity and yeasty taste. Nice belgo style beer. GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle: pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Delicious, slightly sour fruity taste. It’s super tasty, and refreshing. Great stuff!. Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2012
650ml bottle (bottled 04/01/11). Slightly hazy yellow with unimposing white head. Saison-like floral, herbal and yeasty notes. Relatively light body. Taste is fresh, fruity and a bit spicy from the yeast, but in every fraction not particularly pronounced. Average. ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
I tend to roll my eyes at American beers described as a "Belgian-style golden ale" since that’s such an umbrella term and few beers using that term are any good. My brother gave me a bottle of Goose Island Demolition that was bottled in July of 2010 for Christmas of 2011, and I didn’t have high hopes for it since it’s not bottle-conditioned. But as I’ve said many times, one of the best things about being a beer reviewer is when a beer catches you by surprise and that was certainly the case here. It’s a slightly fruity, somewhat refreshing, Belgian-ish beer that’s still American at the core.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
I split a 22oz bomber with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.
Appearance: Dark maize yellow, almost completely opaque. Forms a small, white, foamy head which dissipates completely and leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Authentic Belgian aroma of banana peel, coriander and an assortment of other light spices. Slight hop flowers, too.
Taste: As soon as the beer hit my tongue it was immediately lit up with zesty spice and traditional Belgian energy. It’s similar to what you might get in a Trappist tripel, but without any alcohol presence or heavy density. Orangepeel, coriander, banana, clove, and a mélange of light spices are all individually distinguishable, but also combine for a delectable palate overall. The orange taste is probably the most prominent - similar to the tangelo flavor notes that Amarillo and the "C" hops tend to impart. But here it’s just the fruit flavor without the bitterness, tartness, or acidity.
For a moment it’s a little refreshing, especially during the first half. Then the spices appear en masse and dry the palate out (but not completely). Confectionary tastes of caramel and butterscotch are subtle, but noticeable. The aftertaste is remarkably clean considering how much spice is in the palate. It’s an enjoyable for sure, but not quite wonderfully delicious.
Drinkability: The best way to describe the palate and the mouthfeel is "zesty." Plenty of spicy energy, taste, and residual dryness - but nothing extreme. Not as highly carbonated as many actual Belgian strong pale ales like this tend to be, which makes it quite smooth and easy to drink in bigger swigs. At 7.2% ABV and in 22oz bottle it’s very easy to drink it all yourself without feeling overwhelmed. Probably something I’d prefer in warmer weather, but it works well as an after-dinner brew year-round.
Bottled, this stuff is really quite basic but yet it is really nice, typical belgian flavours, thanks for the share