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Golem - Wedge Brewing Company

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very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 09-20-2008)
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Photo of bdupree
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

bdupree, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

juicebox, Nov 13, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

SFTBLMOSS2, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

TNGabe, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

pjsikorsky, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of greencovesteve
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

greencovesteve, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had and really enjoyed this once before, this time was able to take some notes. Pours a golden amber with medium white head. Pretty good retention and rings of lacing down the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this one. Juicy, honey glazed fruits. A delicate sweetness with a noticeable hop character that is somewhat green. Some candy sugar type scents and yeast. Taste is thirst quenching. The fruits are great. Some apricot, cantaloupe, orange, and a splash of grapefruit. There is a lot going on. Perfect amount of sweetness matched by the hops. Again, there is a distinct greenness to them, reminiscent of some West coast IPA's but definitely not on such a grand scale. With the yeast and candy sugar this still has a very Belgian vibe to it. Quite the drinkable beer in my book. I would certainly have had another if time permitted and maybe one more after that. One that should not be passed up if you have the chance.

ncvbc, Nov 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Gatordaddy, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

kylehay2004, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

DCon, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

king75, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Jun 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Curloftheburl, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

blackie, Jun 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

wshell1, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

TimP2115, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

John_M, May 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

qcghost, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

heelsn02, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Axnjxn, Feb 10, 2014
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Golem from Wedge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.