cruik (24) - - NOV 16, 2017 ClarkVV (6940) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught chalice at Redbones on 11/15/07
Lightly hazed golden with some amber highlights. One finger of dense white head that is very well-retained and laces profusely down the glass.
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this mostly American style brewer, was envisioning too much yeast, banana, phenols, etc...but the aroma is fairly reserved, showing off light apricots and candied orange, moderate amounts of vanilla and honey sugars and a tinge of pineapple on the finish. Some alcohol warmth, true to style, dries out the finish. Hops are minimal and show no trace of high alpha acids. A lightly sweaty, cedary almost, note from the yeast adds some Belgian flair. No flaws. Not terribly complex, and not incredibly "Belgian", but well done.
Clean and well-presented are the pale malts, with honey and lightly crisp specialty malts on the finish. Banana is low as is the yeast dullness, while some peach and apricot mix with alcohol esters to give more dryness on the finish. A bit astringent by the end of the glass, on account of the alcohol and malt breadiness, but still enjoyable. No flaws. Moderate carbonation and a fluffy, soft texture (with grainiess on the end).
Clear golden pour with a quickly dissipating, frothy head. The smell is fruity and sweet. The taste is lightly bitter with a lemon and honey phenyolic taste. The finish is dry and boozy. Overall, a decent beer considering the local rarity of the style. luttonm (6953) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Another classic I'm finally getting around to rating. Frothy white head, darker richer gold body. Nose is brewing malts and a Belgian hop aroma. Doesn't quite sync. Body is lightly sticky sweet. Quite an American interpretation of the style. Seems like a Belgian fermented golden ale, a quite strong one. Hops are a bit green and raw. Not great. WVHouseofBeer (1108) - West Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2017
This really wasn't a very good tripel. Fairly weak hop presence with subdued aromas. Looks the part with a nice frothy head, however. jbruner (5448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Pours a hazy golden yellow on tap with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of mild Belgian spicy esters and a good amount of light fruit and malty sweetness. Taste follows, booze well hidden, sweet and fruity, not hoppy enough to be truly Belgian, but solid for an American version. shawnmurphy (665) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours mostly clear golden with small white head and lacing. Aroma: clove, banana, honey, lemon. Flavor: sweet malt, honey, banana, bubblegum, yeast, white pepper -- with a lingering sweet caramelized banana. Mouthfeel: full-bodied, rich. Similar in taste to Golden Monkey by Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania, yet with additional sweetness (too much for me for this style).
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Sampler 8/26/16 (Pike Brewery-SEA)-Pours hazy golden with a small head. Aroma of yeast, fruit, and malt. Taste of the same with some sweetness. This medium to full bodied brew was a surprise as I was not expecting much for this style. Heidbummer (975) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Taster at brewpub. Ugh. Thick, sweet, cloying. Not nice. Baked beans in there somewhere. Some breweries shouldn’t bother trying Belgian. Stick to the IPA please. hershiser2 (3819) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bomber from Total Wine, Gainesville. Pours hazy golden with an inch of white head. Aroma of grasses, some fruit, yeast, lager. Flavor is glue, yeast, light fruitiness, grass. Tastes more like a really strong lager to me. dlovell2 (2378) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma is fruity malt with spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet fruity malt with some citrus. Finishes citrus with peppery yeast spiciness. StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2016
On tap at Pike Brewing. Not my favourite style but a well made example with a restrained yeast spice flavour.