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Triangle Belgian Golden Ale - Triangle Brewing Company

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Triangle Belgian Golden AleTriangle Belgian Golden Ale

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83
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Triangle Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2007

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a style I gravitate to often but I have wanted to try some of Triangle's wares for sometime,Iam glad I did.Poured into a tulip glass a brilliant rich golden with a large blooming white head that had great lasting power,good carbonation,great bead.Aromas are slightly spicy and phenolic but not overly so,herbal hops and green apple show thru nicely.Again the phenols are light and held just enough in check for me,light clove spice along with vanilla tinged pear flavors,quite dry in the finish with not a big alcohol sweet zing.This is a real nice Belgian stron pale for me,its not overly phenolic and its dry with light alcohol,my first Triangle beer to try is pretty damn good I gotta say.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Fair. Honestly? Tastes like a Belgian married a full flavored Budweiser... honest beautiful Belgian notes, mixed with that ugly red and white can.

I'm sorry.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Lee – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of earthy hops and lighter amounts of medium fruits – pears mostly with hints of candied apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the flavors are developed more fully. Light pilsner and pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated pear flavors. Midway through the sip very slight spices make an appearance, before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer wasn’t quite mind-blowing but it was a nice surprise, especially given that it’s a Belgian-style beer in a can. Worth a shot.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To say that the head is aggressive would be the beer understatement of the year. I've got a spits worth of beer in the glass and a fully loaded glass of head. After a little settling time I can finally make out a cloudy golden colored brew with a white hat that is still all but omnipresent. I've got to take off some style points for the over aggressive foam. I am all for some head but this is ridiculous.

The smell is a pepper spiced orange peel mixed with some some crisp apple notes. A good slice of Belgian style yeast is there with it's distinct esters and light bubble gum-ness. Wrapped up in some solid malts.

The beer starts out with some pithy lemon peel flavor and quickly flows into a spiced flavor. Kind of peppery and bready with a slow to materialize fruit flavor but it soon dominates the finish and aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel that has a slightly slick, palate coating feel to it. Despite the head that tries to climb out of the glass and fight me, this is a damn decent beer. Clean and refreshing, a nice spice balanced with the malts and fruitiness. A fine brew.

Photo of CoalPorter
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

a - deep orangey gold, tangerine color, cloudy, tall fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing

s - a little hops, Belgian yeast, banana and licorice, slightly medicinal/camphor whiff

t - initially sour, moving to sweet with a distinct honey flavor, smooth, no aftertaste to speak of

m - heavier than expected mouth-feel, light carbonation but still pretty smooth

d - very drinkable, dangerous at 8%, I enjoyed it but wouldn't make it a regular

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very fluffy, snow-white head, about two fingers thick and even as it thins, it stands firm on top of the slightly hazed and gorgeous golden color. A "golden ale" indeed, no false advertising there. Sure looks like the real Belgian article!

Aroma is a melange of fruit (pear, peach, apple), very earthy yeast notes, white pepper spiciness, and a kiss of alcohol warming the nostrils.

No surprise what you get in the taste, especially if you've just come off a big whiff of the aroma. The fruity characteristics in the spotlight are brightened by just the right amount of alcohol presence, which has a slight heat to it but is far from cloying, while the yeast is soil-like in its earthiness, and that spiciness just about seals the deal in making this cross the line over to tripel territory.

The big, bold taste is matched well by a sturdy medium-to-heavy body, somewhat chewy and with a considerable bit of smoothness and creamy heft. Carbonation remains playful, giving what could be a too-heavy, too-sticky body all kinds of buoyant life.

Impressive. Very much a facsimile of the real Belgian deal, from North Carolina, and from a can, no less!

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber/dark copper with a thin lacing of head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of white grapes and cloves. The taste is apples, cloves, white grapes, and alcohol esters. The alcohol adds significant warmth as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and a little overly carbonated.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. As a flagship beer for TBC, it was a good choice.

Photo of nickd717
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a one-finger white head that leaves a thick ring on the glass.

Subtle aroma, mildly floral and estery with sweet malts and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Not too Belgian on the flavor - less so than the IPA in fact. Pale malt and fruity esters dominate. Somewhat sweet.

Slick on the mouthfeel with average body and carbonation.

Good enough, but misses the mark a bit style-wise.

Photo of lilbug09
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a typical belgium would, this beer has a fierce head. Its white and foaming, leaving a trailing of lacing as the beer appears. The beer is a hazy golden yellow.

The smell is an orange peel and bread with some spice. The taste is very similar, light and crisp with a light spice bite. In the mouth it is a full bodied beer.

I enjoyed the beer and find it very drinkable. Its light a crisp perfect for the summer and grilling out.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is good, fruits, spices, a touch of alcohol, lots going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Photo of jstehly
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sweet with strong flavor, in a word a really good Belgian. Its dark red color is appealing. It has a nice almost thick mouth feel. It has some Banana tones to it like a Heffewizen which surprised me. It was on of my favorites at the NC Brewgaloo event.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks Trask

A- a cloudy pale gold color. I hate to say urine colored but thats what it is with cloudiness.

S- a sweet peppery nose. Very nice and the malts are hidden nicely but prominently. A vinegary tail end as well.

T- a sour yet sweet peppered spice on the tongue. It tastes like mixing apple cider vinegar with pepper and adding alcohol. Not bad either.

M- light bodied belgian that is not as smooth as you would think. The flavor is good but it can become a nuisance after a few gulps.

D- abv takes down the drinkability. not a bad beer to relax ith but more than one would put you out.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden bronze colored with intially a massive white head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing. Smells peppery and spicy but the flavor is much more sweet. It's got a bit of alcohol kick to it. Kind of a syrupy mouthfeel but not too much so. A Belgian from a can. I love it. I can pack a local Belgian brew and take it camping and hiking with me. I give this beer a 5 on packaging but I didn't let it effect my ratings.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Very persistent white head leaves excellent lacing. The beer is dark golden in color with some haze.

s: Pretty good...yeasty banana, strong fruity malts, and a slight ethanol presence. Not deep but pretty good.

m: smooth...delicate medium carbonation and a medium-full body

t: Very much like the aroma. Seems more of a Belgian Strong Pale than a Wit, for sure. Plenty of pale Belgian malts give a moderate sweetness with notes of light fruits and yeasty hints of banana.

d: easy enough

on tap at the Sawmill, Raleigh

Photo of fmccormi
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight pour from 12oz can to 12oz Ommegang flute; no freshness or canning date visible, but this was purchased in late May (so, a little under two and a half months ago) in Durham, NC.

Appearance (3.5): Moderate, ivy-colored head that reaches about one finger in thickness and fades relatively quickly with crackling, fat bubbles. The body is a slightly hazy, rich gold color. No lacing to speak of.

Smell (4.0): This has some very nice, rich, fruity esters coming up and out of the glass: the scents of apple cider, ripe pears, a bit of candy-like banana (like banana Runts), and a mild mix of clove and coriander. There’s a surprisingly not-unpleasant bandaid scent in here, too. I kind of like this.

Taste (3.0): Falls a bit short on the palate, but it’s not unpleasant. That medicinal tone in the nose translates to a more pronounced flavor on the palate, which is very chalky and feels like it’s taking a grassy hop note, pushing it towards herbal and vegetal, and finishes faintly sour. I am in NO way suggesting this beer has been soured! Let the record reflect this. Just how the flavors transition on the palate. Aside from that yeast / hop character though, the fruity esters in the nose are present here, too: apple juice, mild banana, and some clove come through on the palate.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Tame carbonation, medium-weight body that finishes slightly on the dry side . . . does not have the kind of expansive, lush, hyperactive carbonation and corresponding finish that I expect from really good examples of this style. Definitely average, here.

Overall (3.0): I wanted to like this more, and it’s not a bad beer per se, but it definitely does not bring much to the style. It is what it is, and that’s a large pale ale (8% ABV) with some Belgian yeast thrown at it.

Photo of Arborescence
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden just a little hazy. Pours a modest white head, less than a finger.

Aroma: Honey, sweetness, wheat. Fresh.

Taste: Sweetish, strong ABV quite evident. Little bit of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, some carbonation.

Overall: The beer doesn't seem quite like a typical Belgian. It's nice and fresh, and would be a decent thirst quencher if it weren't for the excessively high ABV. Ok, but not great.

Photo of clm9
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$9.95 for a six-pack of cans at a local gas station.

A: Decent size head, fades neither slowly nor quickly. Very light lacing. Body is a very attractive, light amber color.

S: That standard sweetness that comes with the style, Smell definitely does not stand out, leaves no significant impression.

T: None of the flavour is overpowering, which is both a positive and negative trait. Nothing stands out in the taste to make it stand out from other beers in the style, but it manages to not have any specific flavours too strong so as to offend any drinker with a specific spice dislike. Leaves no significant aftertaste. The abv. (8.0%) isn't particularly noticeable.

M: Pretty standard in regards to the style, not particularly light, but lacks the residual sticky-sweetness found with some belgians. Goes down quite easily, definitely sessionable.

O: Overall, this is a beer I'd love to have as one of the staple ales in a bar, it won't offend many, while also neither significantly impressing many, and encourages sessioning. This is a good go-to belgian ale that I always notice when I see it on display. Would reccomend to anyone interested in trying a local brew of belgian influence.

Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've ha this on tap at the Saucer in Raleigh and a few other times but this is the first time I've seen it canned. Attractive pour, with a transparent golden but the head does dissipate fast. Nose is outstanding, with plenty of syrupy sweetness laced with citrus and all manner of fruits, including figs and pears. Some brief hops. Unique.

Taste is a bit more reserved but still quite nice. The fruit and burnt molasses flavor is tempered by hops and kept on a short leash by a dry, compact mouthfeel. Belgian yeast and an ester quality kick in at the finish. Alcohol is present but not a major issue. This isn't an everyday drinking beer for me but it is tasty, different, and local, and you could do far, far worse.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger, who received a bottle from the brewery, for sharing this one!

Pours clouded orange/amber with a white, creamy, bubbly head that descends to a thin patch and ring.

The smell is of orange peel, clove, coriander and some bready yeast.

The taste really picks up from the nose - Orange with black pepper and sweetbread. Bitter, Continental-type hops balance the sweetness. Finishes with a balanced candy sweetness.

The body is a bit thin. There is a smooth creaminess, but bit more carbonation would give it less watery character and pump it up. Alcohol reasonably well-covered.

A very delicious "Beligian" style that with a bit of tweeking here and there could be outstanding.

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is picking up where it just left off - with another Triangle beer, thanks to WoolyB, who sent this to me, along with an article about the CAN's design. It seems that they are inspired by the old "Bull Durham" smoking tobacco and advertising campaigns. How cool is that?

From the CAN: "This [CAN] crafted version of our Belgian-Style Golden Ale has been specially prepared to showcase the variety of ingredients, brewing methods, and originality that helps differentiate the "Triangle" as a premier destination. We specially packaged our beer in this easily recyclable [CAN], to protect the beer's integrity (and your enjoyment) and for [CAN]venience for the drinker on the go. You [CAN] hit it straight from the [CAN] but we recommend pouring into your favorite glass while you kick back and relax from a hard day. Cheers, [the undersigned]."; "No Bull ... just BEER!"

The Crack introduced me to a beer that could not wait to be broken out of its CANfines, foaming up just enough to get my attention before retreating back to a more reasonable state. Down, boy! Talk about full! This one was up to the lip! Remember that the next time you see/get/have a short-fill bottle. The Glug revealed a really active beer in terms of its carbonation. I had to back off of my pour, lest I have foam and head all over everything. Allowing things to reasonably settle, I had just over a finger of foamy, french vanilla head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was definitely yeast-driven with a banana scent up front, but underlain by a mustiness as well as a generic fruit salad smell, like fruit cup. Wild. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a wild mix of fruity flavors on the tongue. You had best like a sweet beer if you are going to be drinking this one. The flavors really hid the relatively high ABV well. I just kept thinking about the mixed fruit salad we had the other day in the CAF and before long, the beer was nearly gone! Excellent drinkability! Finish was mostly sweet, but with a slight tang that seemed to linger well after the swallow. Come to think of it, I noticed that same tanginess in their White Ale. It may be something about their yeast ... Still, a good CANned beer, but not one for the cooler. This one os all about kicking back at home.

Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz (unlabeled) bottle acquired in trade with emacgee (thanks!).

Poured a medium golden color with a huge sized white head. AAromas of spices, citrus, yeastiness, bready, and bananas. Tastes of citrus, bananas, lighter spices, and sugary sweetness.

Photo of VaterRoss
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes

Served on-tap into a tumbler at Satisfaction in Durham. Appearance is a dark red/amber color with very little head. There is a persistent ring than remains. The smell very prominently features the weizen yeast's spicy fruitiness. For the taste we again have the delicious complexity of the yeast with some of the typical sweetness you find in Belgians. A second sip brings out some winter spiciness, nutmeg or some cloves perhaps? The shocking thing is the 8% abv, this beer hides its strength very well. Mouth feel is moderate to low carbonation.

I really like this beer, one of the best I've had this year. Almost reminds me of a Winter Saison. Not too sweet and nice and nice and spicy for the winter. Never had a beer that hid its alcohol so well.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into a tulip yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with orange highlights, crowned with a near-volcano that settles at three creamy fingers of white foam with stubborn retention. Subsequent pours really pump up the creamy factor and the volume of foam that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is citrus-fruity and nutty with a whiff of cake yeast.

Taste is crisply citric and nutty with flavors of ripe tangerine, dry lemon, toasted sunflower seeds, sticky brown sugar with white peppercorns, juicy honeydew melon with cloves, and crisp, cinnamon-laced Bartlett pear juice. Dry notes of freckled banana linger in the aftertaste. This is one of those wonderful beers that you can just think a good flavor and bammo!-- there it is-- so staying objective is increasingly difficult, especially given the untraceable 8% ABV.

Smooth, refreshing, and savory, Triangle's Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a surprise and a wonderful interpretation of the style. The silky feel and superb drinkability make this a new favorite from my home state, and a beer that I'm excited to have available here!

Oh, and despite what the previous reviews might intimate, there's no way in Hell this is any sort of witbier; it's a BSPA for damned sure! Get hold of one of these bottle-conditioned beauties as soon as you can. Have a nice day.

Photo of tbmurphy89
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy Yellow, thin head that dissipates quickly

S- A sweet malty aroma with a slight floral ester

T- Balanced between hops and malts, very slight bitterness

M- Very clean, dry finish.

O- A beer that i can find myself having more than one of. Very well built.

Photo of detlefchef
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Dos Perros Restaurant.

Brilliant, golden color, pure white and fine head. Aromas of fried plantain and coriander. Quite tangy but with ripe fruit and malty qualities. Honestly, about what I'd expect from a true Belgian Golden, so it's nice to know I can get this here in Durham. Not that Duvel needs to watch their back or anything, but a fine example to be sure.

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Triangle Belgian Golden Ale from Triangle Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.