TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 24, 2006
"Chili" beers or pepper beers ,have always been a bit of a gimmick, but there has always been a small, but loyal audience of beer lovers, who really enjoy a bit of spicy heat in their beer. I happen to be one of them, so I knew Jolie Blond was going to be a beer I wanted to try. I enjoyed this one at the New Hope, PA location, and it is pouring as a seasonal at the moment. Jolie Blond pours to a deep golden color, with a nice, white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is subtle, with light aromas of pale and biscuit malt, and a hint of cracked black pepper aroma. The palate is firm, with good pale and biscuit malt flavors, that leads into a very interesting finish. It is here that you get some flavor and heat of chili pepper, that lingers on the tongue, and then comes back and gives a slight burn to the back of the throat. Chili heads will enjoy this one, and will really like the spicy burn in the finish of this beer. I’m a fan of chili beers, so I loved this one, but clearly this style isn’t for everyone, so buyer beware. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
Part of the sampler at the New Hope, Pa brewery. Peppers in a beer just don’t work for me. This was like drinking liquid red peppers. Had a very bog burn in the back of the throat. It did go good with my pepper cheesesteak however, Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Tap at Princeton. Kind of a standard deep amber color, enticinglooking but hiding the awesome hiding within. Took a sip, tasted "normal". Took second sip, and the this beer,cried out to the individual sips like Captain Planet: "with your powers combined...i am Captain Jolie!" Spices and pepper and awesome came out and whelmed my taste buds. Not overwhelmed, whelmed. Respect tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Starts off mild with just a bit of spiciness. But soon the chiles and black pepper come to the fore. Near the end, it was downright spicy. A good beer in many ways. Unique as well. Not unlike Angelina in Gone in 60 Seconds or Life or Something Like It. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2-12-05 Princeton Pub.... Burnt amber in color with a BIG head and lacing. Very fruity aroma.... Big on the spice flavor... almost a bit herbal. Very peppery in the flavor. The good thing is the maltiness balances the blend out well.. puts the fire out. Great beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2005
02.06.05 Princeton. Copper pour with ample head leaving islands of foam and plenty of lace - quite a sight. Wow! 1st sniff is mysterious: tomato, mineral, grainy, savory herbs. A strong chile flavor comes through right away and actually burns a bit - wow again! What an exciting and unexpected brew. The pepper burn lingers and yet the underlying maltiness balances it all to a tasty and very quaffable brew. After a few pints, it began to taste like chips and salsa. In many ways, it reminds of a gruit or the old Triumph Gothic ale. I brought home a growler. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
One of the few brews from Triumph that was not to my liking. The spice didnt match well with the beer, just two tastes that werent meant to be together. fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2002
the use of sage and peppercorn and ginger blend together well. Good change of pace but not an everyday beer. jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2002
A seasonal offering. Nice spicy mouthfeel which closes with a smooth and light finish Spices are used as opposed to hops, much like their Gothic Ale.