unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
25April07 on tap @ Russian River.
Golden yellow. crisp belgian yeasty smell. lemons and bananas. Lots of malt creaminess. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 Bottle: Hazy yellow pour with a dense creamy white head. The aroma is extremely Belgian-like. Yeasty, esters, citrus (lemon), almost a floral like hint. The flavor is bright and clean. Creamy body with almost sweet dough like hints. Also has citrus in the flavor with evident orange peel, a peppery coriander spiciness in the middle and a late smooth bitterness. A nice Belgian Ale. hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Definitely one of the better strong Belgian goldens I have had. Russian River has their s*** together. I gave appearance a 5 due to a massive pillowy head that lasted pretty much all the way through the first glass, with great lacing. Fruity aroma of pear, bit of mango, packed with banana and light malts. I was expecting a bit more on the flavor after experiencing the aroma. Dominated mostly by Belgian yeast flavors, pear, orange peel, lemon and finishing in bready & earthy malts. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the end too. Medium palate, lots of carbonation. Kind of acidic ending, didnt like that part. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Sweet aroma of pears and spices. Smooth lively palate. Taste of malt, citrus, and something that reminds me of tobacco. Finishes smooth, dry, and slightly bitter with a lasting perfumy spiceness. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big, fluffy, white head. Smells of orange citrus, coriander, slight acidity, and other spices. Alot going on flavor-wise. Alot more cinnamon than I expected. Very spicy. Big coriander flavor as well, with that small hint of sourness in true Russian River fashion. Really easy drinking with nice flavor. I like this brew.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
Nice appearence with golen yellow color and nice white head. I did taste the bananas and lots of yeast. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle poured a clear yellow/gold color with a bright white head and great lacing. Aroma was yeast with some banana and sweet caramel. The flavor was clean with a dry finish and some lingering spices. A little more age might drop out some of the alcohol notes, but still a great Belgian. kegoguinness (46) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2007
Hellfire and Damnation!! Ye hast surely Sinned, making such a fine brew! What debaucherous lacing! What lecherous carbonation! And the flavor, my beloved congregation, is pure SIN! Thou hast tempted us greatly, wicked evildoer of well-balanced beer that, surprisingly, goes really well with Spicy Chicken Stirfry. I am powerless against you... padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Hillcrest. The smell, and taste remind me of yeasty doughy uncooked bread. Im not a fan of this style yet. One of my favorite breweries, but this style just isnt for my palate. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from the Brewpub in Santa Rosa and consumed just two days later. So much for aging. Bottle conditioned so you have to decant it fairly carefully it poured a slightly hazy golden to orange color with a big foamy head that settled fairly fast and left moderate lacing. Nose is first banana, and then a swirl of the glass brings forth citrus, spices, and flowers. Mouthfeel is very smooth and the flavors mirror the nose, only a little more muted than you might expect. Finish shows a hint of the hops and brings a nice bitterness, and again the fruits come into play. A very good Belgian Ale and remarkably easy to drink.