philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Golden Rose--1997 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Blonde.
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company--Rose--Belgian Style Tripel Ale--Batch 34--2001 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Big sediment. Tawny dunkel orange juice color. Malty rich Belgian mild floral hop yeast front. Rich textured body. Sweet caramel malty NW flavor. Chalky mellow yeast NW hop end. NW with Belgian accents. Sampled 6/6/2002. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Again huge head; I think I am liking hair of the dog!! Batch 36 and fanf%$&ingtastic. Sweet taste and dry finish. Perfect, almost. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Cloudy yellow with a big, beautiful head. Spicy, citrus and vanilla aroma. The taste was all vanilla nicely balanced with mellow yeastiness. This was fantastic. Sweet, sticky, spicy and just the right bitterness. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 31, 2002
Had a few bottles of this while watching the game. Very fruity and complex nose. Very
pleasant notes of berries, flowers, spice, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I swear it
smells exactly like Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries Cereal. Pours a cloudy honey with lots of
floaties. The massive dense white head is rocky and mostly lasting with great lacing.
Heavyweight flavor that is very warm and deep. No shortage of balance here either. The
long finish is bitter, sweet, spicy, and sour. The medium ultra creamy body is lively, and
finishes alcoholic. This is a colossal brew. Hair of the Dog brews are at the top of my
wishlist now. schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 15, 2006
12 oz. bottle of HOTD Golden Rose, batch 32. Bottle conditioned for a while I guess, since they don’t label them like this anymore. Poured a reddish oxidized bronze color with a small white head that diminished fairly quickly. Cloudy liquid with a little sediment. Guess I poured it too fast. An awesomely complex nose with big aromas of mandarin oranges and raisins and an old port. Light malty smell with some butter, vanilla, cane sugar, and vinegar. Has a lot in common with the boquete of a sur lie chardonnay. The aroma just seemed to build and build. Some initial sourness of apple cider vinegar nicely balanced with sweet sherry or brandy and some mellow buttery notes. LIvely carbonation. A nice, long, refreshing, and moderately sweet finish. I was blown away by how good this was. A fine beer and highly recommended.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
This 8% alcohol by volume beer pours with a cloudy, honey-amber color and pushes a fairly robust and fast rising light-beige colored head of foam. Previous versions of this beer have had a lower alcohol content (7.5% ABV), but Batch Number 32 is rated at a full 8%. Hair of the Dog brewing changes bottle numbers after every 5,000 bottles. So, then, in the past years, fewer than 200,000 bottles of Golden Rose ale have been produced. This is a fairly cloudy beer, with some yeast sediments from bottle conditioning, and it is fairly low in carbonation. This beer is made using whole hop flowers and the beer presents wonderful apricot and plum fruit aromas and flavors. According to the brewer: 'Rose is low in hops, pale in color and deceivingly light in body for its alcohol strength. Through the use of Belgian candy sugar and honey malts this beer achieves a fruity or floral character.' International Bitterness Units - 17 IBU / This ale is not very bitter. joet (2675) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2002
batch 33 served in a tulip at Toronado, perfect looking in the glass, golden glowing and Chimay foam, floral sweetness, malt cookie clean on alcohol vapor trails, herbal, delicious! -- some sea monkeys though few and very tiny. Orangey flavors and neroli nose notes, tangy and with citric acid feel, nectarine and rindy. This is definitely a sipping beer bordering on brutal. Lots of character and the biggest tripel-category-twister I've had. Hints of peat. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2002
rose, bless her heart, pours the color of bright golden virginia tobacco, softened by a breath of haze. a creamy smooth head resides permanently--intractably topside. aroma is a ripe candied fruit smell: a fruit half-way between peach and cantaloupe, with alpine summer meadows of warm grasses and the breezy perfume of flowers. the character evolves as it warms, and as more of that chunky cargo still floating in the bottle comes into play. (the brewer generously included a couple extra servings of yeast right in the bottle in case you feel it requires it. like a few extra buttons sewn inside a good jacket, it makes it seem classier). with just a sip, the flavor is a gorgeous medley of effects: a brassy carbonation leads, but as it yields, the sweetness melts over the palate like a buttery fruit cocktail, with yeasty bread dough flavors. finally, bitterness creeps on so slowly it actually creates suspense. mild hops are sufficient to enchant the sweetness, and to tender a graceful finish of honied cognac.