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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A golden colored monster of an ale. Complex with fruit and spice flavors derived from a special Belgian Yeast

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4.3
bhensonb (15858) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Great tawny color. An aroma of mysterious spice. Apricot in mid-taste. Sugar candy in the beginning, followed by a generous amount of hop. Finish hints of tropical fruit. The finish is somewhat astringent. Just excellent.

4.3
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Must be a newer run as the label is a darker color and the font totally differs.

Really impressive and multi-layered aroma and flavor in this beer. Like 3 different types of Belgian ale were slammed together in a particle accelerator. Aroma is full of esters, clove, fruit, some alcohol sweet notes, citrus and even slightly grassy. The taste is even better in that regard. Almost hints of cherry along with everything else I described for the aroma. And warming to boot. Very good beer.

4.1
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
This version is a new batch and was not brewed on February 27th, 2002 as the commercial description denotes. It was brewed special for the Marin Brewing Co's 15th anniversary (it is printed on the bottle) so this may be a different recipe and therefore a different beer but I'll enter it here for now. Pours a nice light amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt and spice including banana and clove. Flavor is a quite sweet, fruity and malt. Spice and malt dominate the taste along with currant and plum notes. Body is semi-syrupy with a nice long finish. I liked this beer and would buy it again. Good job MBC!

4.1
SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
2005 bottle: The 16th anniversary for Marin brewing. Might i add that they have become one of my top brewers and could possibly be in my top ten category. The aroma boast a sweet fruity banana smell as well as a spicey use of yeast. Had a quick white head created but left in a instant. Blonde gold for its hue and can leave behind a small trace of lace. The banana plays a major role in the flavor throughout the drink, but it will also be shared with a consistent spice/ yeast zing. A notice of coriander or perhaps tangy orange peel making this an appealing abbey tripel to be reckoned with. Will have to buy a couple bombers more of because i wonder how a year or so could transform this. Excellent Drink.

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Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Nice golden orange color,small white head that faded quickly leaving a slight lace behind.Very nice fruity and mild hop aroma with maybe a mild hint of spice coming through as it warms up.Fruity flavor with a mild hop presence and the alcohol manages to stay fairly well hidden with the exception of a mild hint in the middle and warming effect at the end of the tasting.Very nice brew that i wish i had much more of and it definately doesn’t deserve thelow rating it has.Thanks to Flipbrewer for sending this fine rbew my way.

3.9
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Orange.

Interesting nose of sweet malts, flowers, msotly hops, pungent alcohol, pear and banana.

Notes of papaya, deep sweet malt, strawberry, melon, pineapple and orange are present in its flavor profile. The finish is fairly complex with hints of spices and yeast.

3.9
robertjm (896) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Pours hazy. Looks almost like a hefe, though it certainly isn’t one. Fine white head which disappears quickly. First taste is awesome. Trully up with some of the goldens I’ve tried before. Aroma is light, but typical clovey scent of a belgian ale. Dollar for dollar it makes sense to buy this if you’re going to have a "belgian" party so you don’t empty your wallet with true Belgian beers. Now if you’re a purist take that last comment with a grain of salt. :-) Aftertaste has light belgian flavor on the palate. Not unpleasant at all.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bomber pours hazy copper with gold hues and off white head. The aroma is spicy with Belgian yeast and it also has light notes of sugary sweet malts, pears, peach and apples. The taste has a bold punch of yeasty Belgian spices along with pears apples and peach skins. Midway and into the finish it picks up a sort of sweet tangerine citrus note to go along with everything else. It is bold in the right places and doesn’t seem to expose its ABV. Nice brew.

3.8
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Sampled out of a 22 oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a very nice golden dark brown, with lots of carbonation. Aroma is semisweet with heavy malts from the yeast strains. Flavor is packed, and leaves a nice taste on the palate.. Overall a very good brew.

3.8
FROTHINGSLOSH (8184) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very hazy apricot color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered. The aroma was sweet and tangy peach, pear, sugar and sourdough bread. The flavor was sweet cherry, sourdough bread, honey, pear, peach and sugar. Medium length tangy bread, pear and sugar finish. Moderately full bodied. Nice.


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