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Golden Chaos Golden Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of quirkzoo
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

first extra from my first trade, thanks ncmussell.

Pours a light amber color with an extremely fizzy, soda like, head that recedes quickly. The aroma starts out with a strong lemony smell, followed by some belgian yeast spiciness. In the background there is a fair amount of biscuity/old bread smell. The taste is more of the same but the thin body sort of washes out the taste for me. Overall it was an interesting beer and had some interesting belgian smells going on in the nose but the body just didn't properly support the beer.

quirkzoo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with some pepper and coriander as well as prominent bready yeast and subtle light fruit. Hints of crisp apple and pear.

Medium bodies  with zesty spice and subtle hops along with bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit.  Hints of pepper and coriander along with some apple, pear and biscuit. Thin and kind of average.

corby112, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of GAlcaraz1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

GAlcaraz1, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Jstark5150
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jstark5150, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -21.1%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +31.6%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Parke
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Parke, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%

murky amber color with a huge, two inch plus head of off white yeasty foam on top. Nice retention as it hung around for a good long while.

spicey and yeasty. Alot of nutmeg, and fruit notes were very prominent from the start. Lively aroma, you could tell there was a nice amount of yeast in hear. A touch of alcohol was also present at first, but seemed to mix out as it warmed up.
very smooth. Not even a hint of the alcohol inside this one. It was just a very spicey belgian. Made your lips tingle a bit, this one tasted alive still, very nice. It had a good earthy grain quality and a touch of some light fruit. Very nice balance.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: Peach-like fruity notes and some bready aromas.

Taste: The Peach-like fruity notes from the nose come through along with some bready notes. The beer finishes gracefully with the fruity notes. Another bonus for me is it's hopped true to authentic Belgian style not another variation of a DIPA.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with modest carbonation.

Overall: I can't argue with a beer I feel that tastes good and is priced well. Another one to add to my list of beers I'll buy again.

IKR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +31.6%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a growler I picked up from the brewery/tasting room yesterday to a Duvel chalice.
Fairly mirky amber/caramel color with a 2cm bubbly white head. Low retention and no lacing.

Belgian candy sugar, banana and caramel malt on the nose.

Light flavor. Not alot of depth. Slight sweetness up front similar to the banana flavors in a Hef. Also orange peel and maybe bitter mango. Transitions quickly to a slight sour finish. Flavor is pleasant and fairly balanced.

Light bodied and crisp mouth feel with good carbonation.

Overall it's good but nothing special. Could be a beer for someone trying to transition into liking sours. The right time to drink this beer is now in this hot CA summer.

MrVonzipper, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Bootleggers Golden Chaos Golden Ale 8.5% abv

A: It looks similar to a Duvel with the same straw colored, light orange finish with a ton of carbonation. As a sidenote, Bootleggers has always disappointed with corked and caged bottles. The corks are too big, they explode and break, just disappointing all over, much like every Maroon 5 album.

S: there's some sweetness, cooked corn, a buttered biscuit finish smell

T: A great initial sweetness with a slight tartness, almost brettanomyces in character, a mild dryness the hops are light in character like chinook hops with a type of nutmeggy finish. Pretty interesting and welldone.

M: The mouthfeel delivers a ton of small bubbles with carbonation throughout that has almost no coating but is filling on gassy hoppy notes. You cannot drink this beer quickly but it is not wanting as a result. It is just a boistrous bubbly midwestern girl who will let you know the applicability of its dance degree, whether you would like to hear about it or not.

D: This has two sides, action and romcom. On one side theres a great sweetness and hoppiness like a kind of second rate Lechoueff, but on another side there's this quick finish that leaves it relatively limited in scope. It has that sort of expansive scope of a Kafka project but ultimately becomes one note in its brevity.

Narrative: "Most people think that the Brita water cleans the water but it actually adds sodium sulfates to the hyd-" Your mind begins to wander and you look at Keith in disbelief that he would talk about water purification for 4 miles of this 12 mile hike. "Yeah I get it, brita, bottled water, so did you see Celebrity Apprentice last week?" "What? no no man you're missing it, man you are just focusing on the end product if you-" Well now you went and did it, another rant, another incline, you went and taunted the complex mind and now you must deal with his single note expression. It is like a genius with an extremely limited scope, and your hydrolysis knowledge is exponentially grown. he begins to grow on you, his affectations and the glint of his eyes when he explains the separation of nitrate sulfides, you are listening, if only superficially.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 26, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Picked up at the local Total Wines a few days ago. Have not yet had this offering from Bootleggers, hope it helps cool me down with the heat wave.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy, but can still see through orange. A billow white head rose over two inches, but faded ridiculously fast, and left no lace. I could have sworn I had just poured a glass of soda, or orange Shasta, strange.

S: Mild orange peel, some light candy sugar, pear, and sweet malt.

T: Tangerine, orange, peach. Light esters of yeast and malt, and bit sticky.

M: Light, thin, and again sticky sugar. It's tasting nearly flat, despite the crazy carbonation upon pouring.

O: Hate to knock a local breweries beer, but this is average, barely. Not sure what happened with the carbonation, and the overall profile is light, tame, and muted, and bit sticky sweet. It is bottled condition, so maybe the yeast is to blame, and if so that's a shame, but something that surely can be fixed. No plans to revisit this one at the moment though.

Retsinis, May 06, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Hazy, medium-golden beer. Head is virtually non-existent: a tiny ring of lacing is all this one had.

Soft, powdery yeast aroma mingles with honeysuckle note.

Flavor follows nose: slightly sweet with honey, powdery yeast and floral notes. Low bitterness, though it can be tasted at the finish.

Medium bodied but unfortunately, not dry.

Run-of-the-mill overall but properly executed.

charlzm, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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
Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a hazy golden yellow in color with a fat finger of head and left a good amount of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had quite a bit of spice with the belgian yeast aromas slight pepper notes and grainy character. The taste was pretty much the same consisting of the sweet belgian yeast flavor pepper and pear ester accents and lots of spice like the nose presented. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a yeasty, spice, peppery, and grainy finish. It actually drank really good cause it was pretty thin but enjoyed it more on tap than in bottle.

Gobzilla, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Picked this 750 up at Holiday Wine Cellar on a recent trip to San Diego. After a slight struggle with the cork, I poured some into my Duvel tulip. Bright golden color, with an inch of fluffy white foam. Aromas of juicy pear and tart apple. On the palate, this one seemed kind of thin, like some of the body was missing. Lightly sweet, a little spice; easily drinkable, but almost instantly forgettable.

emmasdad, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a firm long-lasting white head, puffy clingy lace.

S: Pear esters, yeasty, white pepper.

T: Lots of pear, yellow apple and peppery spice with some earthy hops. Somewhat bitter on the back end. Nice flavour, but not a huge complexity.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, light carbonation character.

D: A solid BSPA. Taste is really in between the 3.5 and 4, this is a nice little beer, one of the cheaper 750s around for sure.

Halcyondays, May 16, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

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 womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -25%

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a minimal white head.

S: Very, very spicy and yeasty. I know they were going for the Belgian thing here, but it's a bit overdone.

T: As with the nose, this one was a bit of a let down. Way too intense in terms of the spice and yeast character, almost completely washing out the malt. Also, there is a fair amount of alcohol presence, which is a bit surprising

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

D: This one is a bit too hot and way too spicy for me. I suppose it might work for some, but I won't be having this one again.

womencantsail, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours dark amber with a quickly fading and thin white head. Nothing special in the looks department.

Nose is very assertive sweet cooked malty bananas, carmel and light sweetened coffee with almost a maple character. Nice nose, a hint of whiskey and very Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium, with some nice body, light creamy character and good rich feel.

Flavors follow the nose. Flavors are bold and assertive. Very banana malty with sweet ripe apricots, carmel and some light sweet creamed coffee with toffee undertones and lots of Belgian candi sugar character. Flavors are pleasant and bright although there is a sweetness that may be detracting to some.

Finish is light grapefruit bitter hop with hints of coffee and light espresso. Nice effort.

GRG1313, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%

Tried this at the LA county fair a couple weeks ago.

Golden, clear, minimal head, no retention, little lacing.

Smell and taste were the same: alcohol. Sweet but boozy. Not very inviting. If there was any spice from the hops or yeast it wasn't noticeable over the abv.

Body was thin, like a good belgian pale should be. Low CO2 levels didn't help.

Too boozy to drink much of. Gave the rest away to some lady at the bar. My guess is that either too much sugar was added or it fermented too hot. Possibly both.

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Lucky enough to try this at Hollingshead.

Pours with a golden, elixir-ish appearance. Normally I'm not a big fan of brews that pour with little head and not much carbonation, but the rich golden hue was very attractive.

Smells sweet, yeasty, and Belgian candi-y. Taste is nice, with a rich sweet background, some dark/sweet fruits in there, and a nice complicated yeast profile. Let it simmer on the tongue. Don't know how drinkable it is over the long haul, but very impressed with the glass I had. Nice chewy/thick mouthfeel.

Overlord, Sep 06, 2008
Golden Chaos Golden Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.