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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

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3.4
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
Yellow with a white head. Aroma is full of grain and wheat with some grass thrown in. Flavor is bready with some grass and orange citrus notes. A little bit of spice from the yeast. Alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.8
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
In short: A strangely fruity IPA. Not fun.
How: Tap at Delaney’s Tap Room, New Haven, CT
The look: Cloudy orangy-blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is rather fruity for an IPA going in more directions than the usual citrus, tropical fruits and friends. Taste is more of the same with a bunch of fruits including peaches, grapefruits, fresh green bananas, pears, ripe apples and more. Mild bitterness. Finish lacks definition and the beer leaves a ripe fruits after-taste. In was on tap at a “ratebeer approved” pub so I’m assuming the beer was relatively fresh. But it tasted tired and past due-date. Weird. You might think it would be maddening to be the next door neighbor of The Beast with the screaming and heavy hoofing. But think about 566, the downstairs neighbour of the beast.

3.4
snoworsummer (6076) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy hold with a thin creamy head. Tastes bready, like wheat, nuts, tobacco, and alcohol. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells musky.

3.8
thornecb (6062) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours hazy gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing to coat surface. Tropical fruit, caramel and resin aromas. Thick with sweet yeast and caramel upfront turning to biscuit before the lasting tropical fruit and citrus finish.

3.5
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2012
some wheaty flavors, this one rolled around in a car for a week so taking the booziness to that. decent, especially from CT.

4
superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and yeast spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
DiarmaidBHK (5919) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Plan B West Hartford. Pours yellow with a thin white head that leaves trace lacing. Slight bitter spice note on the nose. Tastes like perfumed saison on the tongue. It’s got some bitterness on the finish. Eh!

3.2
Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2017
Can directly from the States, a gift from Ster, thanks! Apparently a ’Belgian (strong) golden ale’ so doubtlessly a beer trying to fit into the old Duvel family. Does not quite look like one, though: fairly thin, bubbly, relatively loose head (instead of the tower of foam normally expected on this beer style), quickly dissolving in the middle but retaining on the edges, with some modest dots of lacing here and there, and a lightly hazy, warm and pure, very literally ’old gold’ colour with strings of visible fizz rising up from the bottom, misty and more peachy with sediment. Aroma of banana-flavored bubblegum, old cake, hint of butterscotch, very lightly toasted white bread, zucchini, pear brandy, rainwater, artisanal sweet honey, wodka, melon, Granny Smith apple, white port, wet hay, very old cloves. Fruity onset, mildly estery with most of all strong isoamylacetate (banana), next to hints of pineapple, melon, unripe pear and green apple, sweet with a sourish edge, spritzy carbonation, bit minerally but not exagerrated for the intended style, still coarsening the mouthfeel a bit though. Full, slick, bit oily body, cereally malt sweetishness with both a sweeter caramelly accent and a sharper grainy edge while the fruity esters linger a bit along with some spicy, clove-like phenols; a honeyish, but fortunately not (too) cloying sweetness also comes from residual white candi sugar, it seems, as is indeed the case in many strong Belgian blondes as well. Sweet and boozy finish: there is the caramelly and honeyish malt and sugar sweetness on the one hand, and a strong, long-stretched glow of warming, wodka-like alcohol on the other hand, barely managing to avoid unpleasant wryness - but just barely. Some floral hops in the background provide a whiff of extra bitterness, but it goes lost into the sweetness, as is so often the case in the beers that served as an example here. Alcohol heat is almost physically tangible in the throat; yeast bitterness is left behind in the back of the mouth as well. If the aim was to make a strong, boozy Belgian blonde as faithfully as possible: mission accomplished, if I were having this blind without knowing it comes from Connecticut, I would swear this is some or other tripel- or Duvel-like concoction from an established Belgian family brewery. It has all the right esters and phenols, the mouthfeel, the white sugar sweetness and the booziness of many a Belgian in this family, which includes things like Duvel, Hapkin, Judas or Delirium Tremens. Not my personal taste: I think I had one too many of this kind, but I do find it remarkable that a New England brewery is capable of making a beer so convincingly Belgian - once again proving that the American craft brewers are capable of mimicking nearly every traditional European beer style they want, apart from having succesfully developed their own interpretations (and hybrids) of them. Kudos for that, but otherwise this is not my preferred American craft beer by any means, I can have beers of exactly the same profile at home - and lots of them, anywhere...

3.4
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2011
16oz can in a Trappist glass. Pours opaque golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of Belgian spicy yeast, some caramel and bread malts, hints of banana, and some floral hops. Flavor has a little too much alcohol and bread. It seems like a Duvel-wannabe that’s just not as good. Still not a bad beer.

3.2
mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2011
can thanks to ericandersnavy. poured gold with a white head. nose is heavy clove, yeast, and florals. easy on the palate, thick honey flavor, along with clove, yeast, and a fruity finish.


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