beertholomeus (1810) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden color with a white head. Malt, yeast, spice fruit and hop aroma. Yeast, malt, clove, banana, apple, pear and hop flavors. Medium body and lively carbonation. Fruit and spice finish.
BlackHaddock (6980) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged 0.75 litre bottle: BBD 18th Feb 2018, drank in California while on holiday on 6th Feb 2017. Hazy, golden/orange pour, white head that didn’t hang around. Citrus like aroma and taste with an orange flavour lead, some mixed spices and a yeasty feel: semi-sweet in the mouth initially, slightly more hop bitter, in the finish.
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$5.99 bomber from Trader Joe’s, Charlottesville. Game 7 half hour away... pouring this into my Indians pint glass. Pours hazy golden with a giant soft white head. Aroma is yeast, yeast, and more yeast. Some floral notes as well. Flavor is banana, floral and herbal notes, yeast, hints of candied orange.
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large bottle pours hazy golden with a big sticky white head. Aroma is Belgian, very herbal, cardamom and pepper, orange zest. Flavor is quite herbal, dry, yeasty, slight bitter. Medium bodied, crisp and effervescent. Decent.
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another quality TJ beer for the money. Pours a hazy blonde with small ring of head. Aroma of bananas, candy. Very carbonated, almost a champagne effect. Seemed hoppier than most Belgians. Dry finish.
AirForceHops (6954) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Paid $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle with the best before 11-08-2017. Plenty of carbonation on a hazy golden straw colored ale. Aroma is orange zest, bananas hints, steady Belgian yeast.
The flavor reminds me of La Fin du Monde. Very, very similar to La Fin du Monde. The Brewers house yeast is obvious. Tons of fruit, candied fruit with a mild spice in the finish. Body is medium (perhaps leans on lighter). Nice effervescent mouth feel and dry texture. very nicely surprised by this.
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 BJCP Category: 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
AROMA: Classic Belgian yeast esters dominate. Strong green pear and peppercorn scents with some orangepeel. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Rusty orange/light brown hue. Very hazy. Large white foam dissipates quickly, no lacing. 1/3
FLAVOR: Some banana up front with peppercorn throughout. Lemony flavor on the finish akin to Sprite/7Up. Fairly dry bitterness. 15/20
MOUTHFEEL: Spastic carbonation never settles down. Medium/full body; consistently crisp but not smooth. Alcohol warmth is noticeable but gentle. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not as good as La Fin Du Monde, but better than Duvel as it’s fruitier and less arid. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 38/50
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow liquid with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Scents of cookies and biscuit malt, Belgian yeast spices, and mild light fruit. Flavor is malt forward with light Belgian candi , pear, light hops bitterness and a dry finish.
brownaler (620) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild malt aroma with bread body sugary flavor with a bit of bubblegum and a bubbly finish.
markas101 (2405) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle, Ann Arbor, MI via Trader Joes. Hazy pale gold, yeast and citrus aroma with spice. More mellow flavour. Semi sweet with a sharp spice citrus. Long citrus finish. A great step up from blue moon but not very complex compared to other Quebec ales.
jeffreylee (17) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joe’s is famous for it’s 2 buck chuck wine which is arguably over-priced even for those on welfare. So I was skeptical to try one of their brews. This Belgian style golden ale pours like a slightly darker lager with soft off whet foam. The aroma is spice filled with cardamom and ginger and just a tinge of hops. The initial taste is also spice and citrus and slight sting of alcohol amidst mild hops. The full taste remains spice and citrus but the ale flavor comes out, but somewhat mellowed. The aftertaste remains spicy, but with a strong and bitter taste of hops. Overall, this was pretty good, but not likely to jump in my cart again.