corkyrory66 (2400) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2014
Etiquette très classe avec ce loup doré sur fond noir, comme la capsule aussi.
Et au niveau du titrage, c’est en fait une bière de 7,4 % abv, pour être précis, et donc au-dessus
de son nom sur étiquette comme une Rochefort par exemple.
Grande vivacité au décapsulage.
Couleur blond moyen. Apparence avec un léger voile.
Bulles fines partout et très vives.
Mousse blanche épaisse, avec en haut la fameuse texture de blanc d’oeufs battus, et un super
cratère qui se forme au centre.
Arômes de houblon aromatique magnifique, amertume fine, malt clair, levure.
1ère bouche souple avec une très belle entame sur un houblon hyperfin et complexe.
Arrière-bouche avec un très bel équilibre malt/houblon.
2ème à la superbe harmonie malt/houblon avec d’autres nuances et une amertume magique.
3ème où le malt passe un peu en avant, tès beau.
Arrière-bouche d’une grande mélodie.
La longueur est l’amertume et le blé, avec des fruits blancs, et une pointe d’écorce de bouleau.
La texture est toujours souple et le goût ample.
La levure est fine, d’un beau caractère, fleurie et fruitée.
L’alcool est bien dans la ligne d’une blonde de base et soutient à l’aise le sujet.
La finale est quasi veloutée, fine, montre encore d’autres valeurs comme une herbe des bois,
et quelques touches de tabac blond. Les fruits sont en pelure, et il y a une pointe d’agrumes.
CONCLUSION : une vraiment digne introduction à cette gamme de classe, qui a fini par
donner son nom à la brasserie Lupus, quoique les deux noms apparaissent encore sur l’étiquette.
Heureux brasseur de faire ainsi un pareil brassin initial ! Bravo pour tout : l’étiquette classe,
l’honnêteté sur la force abv, et surtout ce breuvage magnifique.
Cybercat (6334) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a clear, bubbly golden with a skimpy eggshell head. Strong, fruity aroma has firm apple,pear and banana notes plus hints of sweet malt and butterscotch. Flavor does not quite live up to the aroma, but is still tasty, fruity and malty with snips of hops and butterscotch. Firm, fizzy texture leaves a fruity and somewhat hoppy finish. This will get you howling! superspak (6207) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/13/2013. Pours slight hazy deep golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellence Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Lode (13) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
33 cl bottle at home. Nice golden color, big head. Very refreshing taste, mildly bitter. Excellent beer. It’s winter now, but this beer has such a nice refreshing taste, I’ll definitely drink some more of them this summer. Ernest (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pepper and alcohol, lighter notes of gum, dried pineapple, confectioner’s sugar.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Wow, I quite like this...this fills a niche I enjoy but rarely find a good example of, a Belgian golden that’s cleanly made (the alcohol odor is especially clean EtOH to my nose, like that in good vodka, no higher/fusel alcohols whatsoever), very well balanced (quite dry but not at all too dry), yeasty in a good way, and pleasantly aromatic. This has all the outward characters of a great tripel without being weighed down like most 9%+ examples. Dry, yeasty (more cobwebby-peppery than fruity-estery), fluffy mouthfeel, and an eternally lasting head. It’s not the sort of beer that leaps up and begs for your attention (like an eager puppy?), but rather one that hangs back and gains your admiration by its restrained elegance (like the distant lone wolf suggested by the brewery name, ha). This is what I wish more Belgian golden ales in general were like (regardless of ABV), especially tripels.
huineman (734) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 10, 2015
75 cl. bottle, bought at the brewery in Aarschot.
Hazy pale golden with abundant and thick white froth.
Aroma is mostly secondary: wild yeast, bread dough, cookie. Citrus fruit and coriander as well.
Taste is dry, fresh, round and long-lasting. Very nice, asks for a second pint. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2013
750mL: Golden peach in color. Fat, rocky white head clings to the glass after each gulp. Perfumey, characterful nose entices with notes of potpourri, lilac, pastry cream, oven-fresh sponge cake, pineapple sherbet, cracker dough, honey-drizzled hay, lemon balm, dried apricot, cotton candy, and anise-tinged hops. Plenty of minerals, musty cellar and peppery phenols, as well. Expansive carbonation. Dry crackery malt initially accompanies the airy, well-attenuated body which paves the way for slicker honeydew and a cleansing ripe-peach twang interlaced with a succulent floral hop burst. Intricate yeast-derived nuances deliver considerable depth while enhancing body. Dry as a bone, yet far from stark or hollow, as dabs of cotton candy gel with a twist of juicy hops and bright fruity esters to fill out the body’s core. Bountiful apricot and delicate flavorsome tropical accents supplement the body with a supple slickness, while a pillowy banana cream pie effect results from the yeast and piecrusty malt interplay. Some springy lemon balm notes are buried within, to boot. Nuanced sulfury sharpness lends a metallic zing and dovetails with the puttylike yeast signature which imparts rusticity and fends off the sweetness. Well-textured malt aids the body with an abundance of palate-hugging starches. Pillowy and oh so soft. Dry and graceful finish is beautifully balanced with a juggling of juicy hop sophistication, starchy Pils malt, and musty yeast. So quaffable yet equally contemplative. The predominant character of musty cellar draws instant parallels to Castelain Blond Biere and Bière des Sans, although this exhibits significantly more depth and less hollowness than those examples (and of course is much more a strong golden than biere de garde). Delicate beers like this generally fare poorly on RateBeer, which is unfortunate because this is a fine-tuned beer of tremendous balance, complexity and glamor, and is just begging the drinker to spend some time with it and explore the deep innerness of its soul. Mothroy (91) - - APR 11, 2014
Bottle at home. The most distinctive of the Wolf range. Slightly cloudy but smooth and creamy. For the strength, very refreshing with lots of light fruit and vanilla with a crisp, fresh quality which sets it apart. Very good blonde beer.