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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Gteborg. From a trade with claspada in NYC. Pale golden beer with a small white head. Fruity vinous bready aroma, cereal, caramel, floral, citrus, dandelion, hay, some grapefruit and grass. Sweetish floral flavor, marcipan, alcohol, spicy notes, woody notes, apples, notes of perfume.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (8398) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2890) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3607) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (1044) - SINGAPORE - OCT 3, 2016
9.8%ABV. Belgian Strong Ale. Tapped out deep gold. 10SRM. 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 Id still go with the boys thatve 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2016
On tap at prefunk boise. Pours out a golden topped with a small head. Nose is wine barrel notes light vinegar tartness and some grape. Taste is more of the wine barrel notes oak and tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1363) - ESTONIA - SEP 3, 2016
Nice clear, white foam, not much. Sweetish caramel in the nose, barleywine-ish. Taste is sweet, alcohol there, warming, and leaves some hop tingle in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5372) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2016
Light blonde color. Tons of bread, crackers sour funky nose. Very body very malty sweet lemons and oranges. So smooth and lovely with oak at thtree end. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9634) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2016
Tap at Hathor. Slightly boozy nose, some vinegar, wine, wood, orange and grapefruit. Orange color, hazy, with lace. Woody flavor, vanilla, grapefruit, wine. soft, oily, and silky. Nice tartness. Good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3631) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Pours a clear straw yellow color with a white soapy head. Aroma of white grape, fruit, and wine. Chardonnay flavor with apple, pears, and some orange. Flavorful and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (1708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2015
oamy white head dies pretty quickly.. decent lacing.. slightly hazed golden brew. Nose shows plenty of oak with pears and sweet apple essence.. a bit spicy.. light clove Flavor is dry fruitiness with some heavy pale malt essence that doesnt actually add to the sweetness.. White grape and chardonnay notes really open up with warmth.. great barrel presence... Surprising body for such a dry finish... good carbonation and fairly long finish.


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