Golem - Wedge Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
The beer appears slightly hazy amber in color with a couple of visible yeast chunks at the bottom of my glass, all under a light white head that tops out at about a half inch. Aroma is comprised of subtle banana, spice, apples, dough, grapefruit rind, grapes, bubblegum, noble hops, a bunch of phenols, and is generally crisp. Taste is of briskly sweet caramel, dough, spicy hops, chewy bubblegum, and cream. Interesting... Mouthfeel is ever so slightly syrupy, finely carbonated, slick and smooth. Medium body and lightly coating. Drinkable in a 9% way, meaning gradually.
I'll have this again someday I suspect.
05-22-2009 03:40:32 | More by tastybeer
4/5 rDev -0.2%
1 liter swingtop bottle, brought back from beer-fertile asheville by blackie in his passat
enjoyed on a deck in reston overlooking a public golf course
appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice, very bright orange body, light eggshell head with limited lacing
smell: aroma is a little muddy - apricot, peach, peppery yeast, some sweetness from the alcohol
taste: nice flavorful belgian, my first offering from Wedge. bright waves of fruit - pear, apricot, peach, white pepper, a touch tropical
mouthfeel: alcohol is probably a little hotter than it needs to be, leaves a slightly heavy lingering sweetness
drinkability: nice summer evening beer
06-22-2009 22:38:00 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
A- pours bright and hazy golden color with a small creamy white head, good lacing down the sides
S- earthy yeast with some musty notes, fruity esters, banana, a bit woodsy
T- lots of fruity notes up front of tangerine, banana, and melon, musty Belgian yeast kicks in to add a dryness on the finish, lingering flavors of melon rind and banana
M- medium body with lively carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish
O- lots of fruity notes meshes well with the traditional flavors of the style
11-24-2013 20:01:37 | More by Treyliff
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
Slightly hazy orange with a creamy head. Aromas of rock candi sugar, dry citrus, bubblegum, and melon. Flavors of bready grains, citrus rind, fruit...slightly tart. Spicy apples. Yeasty with some spiciness. Medium body. Not bad, but there's nothing special going on.
05-22-2009 04:11:29 | More by wedge
4.13/5 rDev +3%
murky color and a light head that is almost non existent, but still manages to produce a light bit of lacing. but the aroma starts to come up with nice touches of banana, apple, pears, light fruits mixed with hearty spices. nicely done. but as soon as you take that first sip it is over. just a wonderful mix of flavors that simply devour the palate. apples, currants, peaches, banana, clove, its all over the map but blended soo well. really just a wonderful beer. smooth finish with a light dryness
11-27-2011 06:32:15 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -0.2%
a: into a Westmalle chalice, glowing orange-amber in color with a light coating of white head
s: soft pale malt body with scents of dusty Belgian yeasts, candi sugars, mild lemon, spicy ethanol
m: light to medium bodied and carbonation
t: pale Belgian malts carry a moderate candied sweetness, dried lemon rind, some sweet-spicy alcohol
d: no issues here
liter swingtop from Bruisin' Ale in Asheville, NC post-camping, consumed with the dirtylou on the final night of this karmic extravaganza after a hike on the secluded Virginia side of Great Falls
06-22-2009 23:09:17 | More by blackie
3.35/5 rDev -16.5%
Consumed December 30th, 2013 at the brewery. Noted as 10.3% ABV on menu.
Appearance: cloudy light yellow with minimal white head.
Aroma: low amounts of sweet, floral Belgian yeast smell.
Flavor: bubblegum, hint of spice (paprika? white pepper?). Sweet. Low bitterness. Not a whole lot going on.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.
01-03-2014 17:46:24 | More by charlzm
4/5 rDev -0.2%
On tap at Barley's yesterday.
The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lots of lacing. On the nose, the beer is pretty sweet, with honey, vanilla and something of a rock candy aroma. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but I'm impressed by how light on its feet this beer is for it's abv., and how nicely balanced the sweet flavor profile is. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkaibility is good. This beer carries its alcohol very, very well; there is no way I would guess I was drinking a 9% abv. beer.
Not bad at all...
05-30-2010 12:46:36 | More by John_M
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Enjoyed on-tap @ The Wedge Brewing Co in Asheville, NC for $4. Tapped from one of the obscure/art graffitied tap handles into a 16oz Tulip Glass.
Aroma- Light spices, malts, and a good amount of fruit hits the nose palate first. Good amount of complexity and find myself coming back to find more after every drink.
Appearance- Received with a 3 finger, frothy head that stays for an incredible amount of time. Has a deep golden colored body and leaves good lacing behind.
Flavor- Light malts begin this tasting with a big time spice background. A light amount of hops come across and finishes with a light-medium bitterness level. Not so much of a dry finish like other Belgian Pale Ales.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and a soothing amount of alcohol warmth.
Overall Impression- For a brew named after the Lord of the Rings character, this one fit the description well! Nice spices blended into it and could enjoy many of these. Never noticed the ABV's in here and thats a good thing. Try and get a Growler filled with this! (See what they say).
01-16-2012 16:10:53 | More by DCon
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
A-Brilliant golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.
S-Honey, biscuit malt sweetness and a nice balancing shot of grapefruit hops.
T-Honey and candi sugar sweetness up front with hints of citrus hop notes in the background. The hops do not pop as well with this version like they do from the tap.
M-Medium-light bodied, moderately syrupy and quite smooth with a drying, spicy finish.
D-Good, but as previously stated the hops do not shine through out of the bottle as they do when on draft. A bit disappointing. This is still a drinkable brew but....if you are in Asheville do yourself a favor and drink this one FRESH on tap at Wedge!
03-30-2010 12:37:02 | More by Deuane
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
On tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.
Arrives a hazy yellow gold with a fat, immediate white head. Leaves some lace but fades fast.
At its zenith, you might sniff out honey and a tart apple ester note. Generally golden ale like, not Belgian IPA to my mind... it's got big honey notes and sweet, vaguely floral, a little grainy. Good but could be more refined. Hop nose is minimal.
Flavor is again good but there's that magic something missing... it's sweet with no real flaws other than being undefined. Oranges, sweet crisp apples, slightly "raw" tasting... a fine attempt but could be better. Accessible. Perhaps a more aggressive yeast would help things along here.
Mouthfeel is fine, wet and finishes semi-sweet with hints of spice and honey. Golem is more than acceptable and a good first offering from an exciting new brewery. Some more tweaking would help this beer.
09-23-2008 02:04:05 | More by kkipple
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours golden with little head and some scant lacing. Smells spicy and sweet with notes of mace, coriander, quite spicy cinnamon (reminds me of red hots), and finishes off with some sweet malt. Tastes pretty much the same. perhaps a little maltier. A bit sweet, but the alcohol is quite well hidden. Not bad at all, but I prefer this style a little dryer.
08-24-2010 02:38:55 | More by Georgiabeer
4.7/5 rDev +17.2%
A: Great color. Orange with golden frame... a little like the Gibson Les Paul sunburst!
S: Aromas of citrus, bananas, spices... all sorts of things going on.
T: So very flavorful. All of those citrus aromas come through on the taste buds, blended together so well. This is like drinking bananas foster down in New Orleans at Brennan's.
M: Very light and smooth for a Belgian Tripel style, but as good as the best from Belgium. Has the mouth feel of something like Triple Karmeleit.
D: One of the easiest drinking Tripel brews you will ever have. I was amazed at how very little alcohol you get as the beer finishes on your palate.
Just made a trip up to the brewery on a cold and blustery day in Asheville. I drive from Charlotte just to visit Wedge alone! This is the second visit for us, and everything we tried was fantastic. Need to get the to-go bottles back for Golem.
01-11-2010 03:27:00 | More by bdupree
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
This one came in a 750mL swing-top. I pours out a clear golden/orange color with a massive white head, which sticks around, though it doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. I just love watching the bubbles rise up through this one. The smell is mostly bready and malty. A strong sense of belgian pale ale or trippel in this one. I don't get a lot of hoppiness, but I'm definitely interested. The IPA part comes out when you taste it. It starts with a big raisiny, fruity, bready, malty taste mixed in with that candy sugar sweetness, then you feel the hops. There's a good rush of bitterness that draws you back from the belgian pale tastes. Then you start to taste those noble hops, a bit of an earthy, leafy taste (you can almost feel the leaves and dirt on this one) really shines through, followed with a quick minty, herbal taste. Then the alcohol warms on the way down. The only thing I wonder is what just a bit of American hops would do in this to push it more towards IPA status. The mouthfeel is very interesting. I really feel like little particles are coming in my mouth, maybe is the tingle of the carbonation, which isn't overly done, but its there adding to the experience. There is plenty going on here, which makes it delightful. This one should be given an opportunity if you see it. I really enjoyed it though the 8.3% ABV caught me and slowed me down as I got into it.
03-05-2009 00:30:48 | More by taylorhamrick
Golem from Wedge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.