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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We make beer, so we really have no reason to condemn most things. On the other hand, you are opinionated (we get it), but why be a buzz kill and express disapproval when you can loudly and enthusiastically express approval? Beer drinking is fun, exciting, and often times challenging, so let’s be Pollyannaish about the experience that each new sip provides. This Belgian Golden Strong Ale is brewed with mostly Belgian pilsner malts and a whole bunch of Belgian candi sugar. We then added lots and lots of apricots because apricots are cool and Shakespeare called them an aphrodisiac in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” We’re not sure if that’s true or not, but if you look at them a certain way, they do look like a butt.

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2.5
Flinkerz (3) - - AUG 27, 2017 does not count
The color reminds me of Bluemoon. Creamy head. Barely carbonated. Mostly sweet and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
drdisque (903) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2017
On Nitro at Binny’s Lincoln Park tasting room. Pours cloudy frothy gold with thick tight head. Sweet and light. Tastes a little wet and flat off the nitro. Very simple flavor. No alcohol burn. A touch of the apricot and candi comes through.

3.4
Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Backlog tick from the 2017 Chicago Beer Festival. Decent beer, average characteristics.

4
kaser (6471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Bright orange with white head, draft pour at Kaiser Tiger. Tropical and floral aroma. Taste is soapy, fruity, tropical, citrus. Better strong ale I've had

3.5
Strykzone (7848) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Sampled at gabf. Aroma is fruity, dugary, and gloral. An interesting and unusual fruit hits early and hard. Some sugar. Soft malts. Mthus is sweet. Mild tartness. Interesting.

3.4
commonshawn (1345) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Tap at kaseys in Chicago. Cloudy yellow with small white head. Citrus nose. Sweeter and more like a wit then most in this style. Ok.

3.3
markducommun (1232) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Light cloudy yellow, white head. Light muted citrus, banana, sweet. Earthy muted malty sweetness, light bitterness. Lighter chewy body, very understated alcohol. Quicker finish. Good.

4
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
At Gideon Welles. Quite nice Belgian, fruity and yeasty, lemon pepper, flowery. Serving: Tap

3.9
crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2015
Draft. Golden pour, beautiful apricot notes, this is truly a well-done fruit beer, the belgian strong ale aspect stays enough in the background to let the fruit flavor shine though there are some nice yeast notes as well.

3.6
tmoreau (4816) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2015
UPDATED: APR 17, 2015 On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL., and shaker served showing a hazed, golden hue, with a presentable layer of white head foam that persisted fairly well, and etched-like lacing. The nose was subtle yeast, lightly floral, notes of pit-fruit esters, light lemon, and some grassiness. Light to medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste added moderate bitterness, a little tartness on the tongue, a bit of cookie-like malt, and some like sweetness to the finale. Seemed a bit light across the board for a Golden Strong Ale to me. Lacked the noticeable Belgian yeast pleasantries and alcohol warmth that I’d expect for that style. Told Brian that I would try again, so next time at Lunar Brewing Co., served to a large tulip, a little cloudier than before, but with thick & clingy lacing, some dryness, more noticeable apricot and alcohol influence, still subdued yeast spiciness, and on the cusp of Strong status, but otherwise, very flavorful. +.3


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