RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 284   ABV: 9.48%
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Beer and human life have a lot in common. For centuries, no one knew quite how either really worked. Beer fermentations were believed to begin when a magic stick was dipped into a fresh batch of wort. Without microscopes, no one knew that a tiny, sugar-eating fungus turned all that sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Biologists faced similar mysteries about human life. One widely-accepted belief was that teeny, tiny people, called homunculi, would grow into full size babies inside of a woman (thats where the label comes from!).
Homunculus is a strong, golden Belgian ale with a pronounced hop character. Were not talking bitterness, but hop flavor and aroma. The Belgian-style yeast strain contributes significant fruity esters that mix with the hop profile to create a taste thats more than the sum of its parts.

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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2341) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Light golden color, still not quite transparent. A nice finger and half of head that held nicely. A muted aroma of yeast, bread, banana, and other ripe fruit. It tastes fruity, mildly bitter in the middle and a sweet ending. Fairly standard for the style. The texture is sublime. Soft, so soft. Like drinking velvet. Low carbonation and medium body. The taste was the runner up here. It felt amazing and looked and smelled good. The taste just was not up to the same standard. Well worth trying for the texture alone.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3843) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL., as a 12 oz. serving dispensed to a narrow piece of stemware with a hazed, orange/amber color, a minimal, off white head that reduced quickly to a ring & film, and deposited some light lacing on the glass. The aroma was soft malt, fruit as apple, citrus as orange, light spice, and a touch of herbal/minty scent. The flavor was mildly sweet, with noticeable alcohol warmth, lively carbonation, some tartness, and a moderate, earthy, rind-like bitterness that carried into the finish. A presentable Golden Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14314) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bomber from Half Time. Bottled in 2011. Bottle conditioned. Pours orange tinged gold with a creamy near-white head. The aroma is fruit - neither sweet nor unsweet. Almost like a touch of toffee. Full bodied. Flavor is mild yeast spice pepper, with a dry fruitiness - like light stone fruit with a bit of citrus. It finishes very dry, almost astringent. Heat is only apparent in the throat. Strong but subtle. Nice to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11375) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
Recent bottle. A lot is going on in this. Pours unfiltered look, milky orange golden with a small retained head. Somewhat sweet slightly funky aroma. Easy mouthfeel, yeasty sweet with a hop bitter finish. A little orange juice. Brett aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluejacket74 (1882) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2011
22 ounce bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head which sticks around for a little while. Theres also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity (but also light), the brew smells like pears, apples, white grapes, bananas, citrus, and a bit of peppery spice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but theres also some bready malt and a slight herbal/medicinal flavor noticeable. Unfortunately, I think this brew starts to taste worse and worse the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I didnt care for this brew much at all, mainly because I didnt like the taste of it. I didnt think it was awful, but I didnt think it was exactly good, either. I usually like Smuttynose beers, but this one wasnt for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1553) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Nice for the style. lots of citrus anf belgian yeasts, not too alcoholic and not much pepper. Not duvel but a nice Golden ale. Small Head and no lacing

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vir4030 (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with little head. Aroma is a light fruit with banana. Flavor is slightly hoppy and slightly banana. Not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
22 oz bomber. I think they did well with this Belgian, though its clear it was made in the US. It just fails to bring out some of the subtleties that make the great Belgians, well, great. Pours with a minor layer of starch white head, little retention, and a cloudy, golden-orange body. Aroma is buttery and mildly yeasty, with some estery pears, grainy crackers, and minor herbal grass. The feel has a tripel-esque bite, a solid bitterness profile, and light booze. A variety of mixed fruits in the start. Pears, grapes, and light melon. Much more grassy-herbal comes through after, along with mixed grains and buttery crackers. Finish is spicy herbal. Overall, I dont have a lot to complain about. It just doesnt quite match other strong, blonde Belgians.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, citrus, spices, hops, slight alcohol, sugar, pepper, and apples. Poured golden/amber in color with almost no head. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of grapefruit, Belgian yeast, sugars, slight alcohol, and citrus. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Flat carbonation. Medium sweet, light to medium bitter, grapefruit, hop, Belgian yeast, citrus, sugar finish is lightly dry. 9%ABV is noticeable throughout but not too hot.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5938) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Citrus, hops and grains/bread in aroma. The flavor is citrus first then a mix of bready malts and hops that leads into a lingering bitter and alcoholic. Relatively simple BSA, effective.


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