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Golden Chaos Golden Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbONE on 08-20-2008)
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

ReddMoneyBrown, Aug 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

nevillejohn, Oct 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

cea1991, Nov 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

keithmichaelwong, Aug 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

paulpratt, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

rafa1213, Nov 20, 2012
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4.56/5  rDev +19.7%

Jason_Bo, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

khall, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

FutureJack, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12owls, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a dingy and mysterious orange in color with a good head.

Smell - The rich yeast hits first followed by the complex sugars. The fruits are amazing and I can't even begin to pick them all out. There is definitely a strong apricot aroma along with some good citrus but not orange. I get something else like grapefruit but without the rind-like bitter smell imparted from most hops.

There's some good spicing in here as well. The coriander which somehow in most American efforts at the style turns into a medicine cabinet here is very pure and freshly piqued. I just made some lettuce wraps the other day spicing the turkey with coriander and this very much reminds me of it.

Taste - The spices come on big at the taste but manage to stay smooth and in perfect harmony with the yeast. The fruits stay true to form and now I'm getting some light cherries and maybe some darker things such as plums. The fruit flavor is so intense that I found myself just staring into the glass.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with some light carbonation that didn't quite live up to the "chaos" namesake.

Drinkability - This was one of the best-flavored American efforts at a BSPA that I've had in a long time. It doesn't quite measure up to my all-time American classic favorites - Pranqster & Symposium - but is running close with a few other beauty shops like Spring Fever and Demolition 1800.

RoyalT, May 09, 2010
Photo of DM1293
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - Hops play in a citrusy sweet way, but its very smooth. I get notes of apricot among the hops...and the rest just tastes like a really good golden Belgian ale.

Overall - I really like this one. This is a great spring/summer beer, its very refreshing and easy drinking. I think bootleggers has a trend of making beers with high alcoholic content, but keeping them very smooth and easy drinks...

DM1293, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Beerbuddy21, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Lucasperea, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

BigLittleHokis, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

silvein, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark honey, with a big off-white head.

Right off the bat, it smells like a Belgian, yeast, grassy, wheaty. Hints of spice and fruit in the background.

Tastes light, fruity, a hint of apricot and coriander. Very complex. Has some sweet malt character.

Feels super carbonated, yet smooth. Very light as it evaporates on the tongue, and doesn't even feel like 8.5%.

Overall, I didn't know what to expect until I opened and smelled the almost wheaty Belgian aspect. Great complex flavor makes this a great beer to have, and easy to drink.


Drinkerofales, Jan 08, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Xmas in my mouth. At first sip, Golden Chaos introduces itself with the classic Belgian smoothness/sweetness and seamlessly transitions to a mellow sour tartness - your finishing note. As a lover of sour lambics, it's my favorite characteristic of this beer.

Once poured, Golden Chaos exhibits lovely yellow tones, strong carbonation and long-lasting lacing on the side of the glass. I've been drinking this one quite a bit over the summer.

BTW, this beer should come with a pair of pliers. The cork is oversized and difficult to pry off by hand.

Vanlingleipa, Jul 21, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich mellow ale with Belgian flavors.

Attractive pour in the chalice, with lacing and long-lasting fine carbonation in the mouth. Fruity flavors reminiscent of an estery Hefeweizen. Yeast and fruitcake. Slightly sweet, quite malty. Floral aroma. Lots of character.

This grows on you. One of the better American versions of the golden Belgian style. Maybe a hint of the hops that dominate Dogfish Head Aprihop would be just right here. Time for a mixer!

mactrail, Mar 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Parke, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

AlexChillton, Mar 20, 2012
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Golden Chaos Golden Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.