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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This golden blond Belgian-style ale is a symphony of bold and delicate wrapped into one. We took our 9.8% Belgian-style golden ale and aged it in Grgich Hill Estate Chardonnay barrels. It has a gentle warming with a light alcohol sweetness and a tantalizing fruity character full of apples, pears, and oranges. The barrel aging give it a great Chardonnay character and a dry finish that makes it dangerously easy to consume in quantity.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
A really enjoyable brew. Big time Chardonnay flavor. The aged palate on this beer is smooth and has a sharp bite. Well made. Love it.


3.6
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2017
Golden color. Tripel-ish in presentation, light musty yeast and apple nose, tart white grape, pear. A little more sweetness and sugar in the flavor. Not bad.

3.7
Desverger (11492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2017
[email protected], Copenhagen (30/03/2017) - pours hazy gold with a white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, sugar, caramel, some dried fruits, yeasty, some spices, white wine soaked wooden accents in the finish.

3.9
Ungstrup (37677) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2017
Draft. A golden beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of peaches, wood, and brettanomyces. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, lemons, peaches, brettanomyces, and a bit of wood, leading to a dry finish.

3.6
joergen (28177) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2017
Draught at Taphouse. Clear amber colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and oak. Fruity flavor of caramel, oak, white wine and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Fruity finish.

3.5
Borup (14551) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2017
From tap at Taphouse. A hazy golden coloured beer with a white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, straw, malt, fruit, oak and wineous.

3.8
Heidbummer (656) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Keg at Mondo taphouse. Aroma of honey, grass, popcorn. Tingly mouthfeel. It’s a bit like a ramped up gueze: Part cider, part ale, with the barrel ageing giving it a dessert wine vibe. Weird, but tasty and different.

3.9
jmgreenuk (9459) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 12, 2016
Tap at Hair of the Dog, Phloen Chit, Bangkok. Poured a hazy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is apple, orange citrus fruit, yeast, oaky butter Chardonnay, some light alcohol notes. The flavour is moderate to light sweet with a rich, creamy, slightly oily, fruity, vinous, light hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Pretty awesome and a whole lot better than I was expecting.

3.9
NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Pours an unusual clear yellow burnt sienna. A slim head settled nicely then completely disappeared. Remarkably heavy and still. Fragrant florals. Chardonnay. Gooseberries. Green grapes. Orange passionfruit. Coriander. Herbes de Provence. Belgium yeast. Somewhat sugary. Very slightly tart. Tannic semi-dry finish. Strikingly good but gets overly sweet as it warms.

3.8
maekchu (3917) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2016
Tap at Yellow Ape Craft 4th anniversary event. Bourbony nose, thick strong maltiness, sour fruit notes, too. Clear medium amber/yellow color. Heavy malt and bourbon initial flavor, gets tart and fruity in mid palate, quite alcoholic, and some mild hop presence in late mid palate and finish. Medium body (thin, actually, for the alcohol level). Bourbon is moderate, but alc. makes it a touch hot. Still, very good.

3.5
drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - OCT 3, 2016
9.8%ABV. Belgian Strong Ale. Tapped out deep gold. 10ºSRM. Nose has a pleasant sour fruitiness. Smells more like an aged lambic. There is a woody, lightly sour aroma. Mouthfeel is watery. Palate has a strong character of incense with wood, perfume and a bitter character. Sweet and fruity with apple cider coming to mind. Palate also has a good amount of that cement dust, mildew, dry wood, and light phenol with a bit of formic acid harshness. Hops are Woody, earthy. Palate is most reminiscent of Orval. Finish is dry, woody and white wine. Overall, pretty pleasant, but I’d still go with the boys that’ve done this sort of thing since forever, Orval would be a good start and something rom Huyghe might be a more contemporary choice. This is good, just that there are better more experienced examples out there.


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