Golem - Wedge Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Juicy Sunkist orange with borders of golden honey. Several lazy streams of bubbles can be seen blipping off the bottom of the chalice and disappearing into the underside of a pretty good looking crown of manila colored foam. Wavy rings and small sheets of tattered lace are beginning to appear as the head slowly melts.
It smells like WBC succeeded in crafting an authentic BSPA nose by using an estery Belgian yeast strain, along with several varieties of noble hops (including Saaz). Zesty lemons and oranges are slightly more prominent than apricots. The brewery makes a point of saying that no fruit or spices were added.
Golem tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium, though it doesn't seriously compete with that country's best. It's missing a bit of pizzazz and is let down a little by its body and mouthfeel. Carbonation that doesn't inject enough sparkliness or silky creaminess is the major reason why.
The grain bill includes Belgian pilsner malt, Canadian wheat malt, American corn and flaked oats. Despite the use of Belgian candi sugar, the beer is neither sweet nor dry. I guess it all depends on how long the yeast are allowed to feast. No hint of alcohol is quite a feat in a 9.0% ale.
The flavor profile is cookie-like (biscuity for you Englishmen) and features ripe orchard fruit accented by a light sprinkling of ground clove. Apricots are now as prominent as sugared lemon and sweet orange. It's too bad that more hops weren't invited to the mouth party. Still, this is a pretty good version for anyone who likes tripels and BSDAs.
Golem is an interesting name for a beer. I wonder if there's a story behind it, other than the fact that the brewers are probably J.R.R. Tolkein fans. If a Belgian brewer had been allowed to work his magic with the mouthfeel, the taste and drinkability scores might have been higher. I'll be interested to see what else these guys can do.
10-08-2009 21:09:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
I'll say one thing about wedge: They'll keep you guessing! Both BA and RB has the ABV listed at 9.0%, though the printed menu at the brewery and large chalkboard both have it at 8.5%.
Appearance: Pass across the bar counter a lightly hazed, pale-looking, yellow body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Most prominent in the aroma is the Belgian pilsner malts, married with notes of sweetish honey, peppery spice, citrus, and pear-flavored gum.
Taste: Introduction of tangy-tasting pils malt followed with a sweet, toothsome taste of honey that, once picking up some alcoholic heat, develops into a flavor of honey liqueur. Minor contribution of bitterness and spice from the hops. Airy traces of pear juice, citrus, and bubble gum come and go. All the while, it's got a deepening sweetish. Sweetish, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Personally, I'd prefer a skosh more dryness, though it's still pretty good. Once the alcohol starts to kick in, it's like continuously sinking into an overstuffed leather chair. I wonder if Wedge will ever produce a light, easy-going Belgian Ale named Smeagol.
10-11-2010 16:43:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4/5 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
4/5 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
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
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
1-liter bottle into goblet on 5/6/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.
A - Poured a clear golden/amber body with a slight haze, sparse carbonation and one-finger frothy white cap that redeced to a thin veil and left some decent lacing around the glass.
S - Candi sugar sweetness with subtle perfumy hops and some citrus attributes. Malt character features fresh bready grains. Mild spicy character leaning towards cinnamon.
T - Sweet and subtly hoppy with a mild perfumy, floral hop character and a hint of citrus fruit. Heavy on Belgian candi sugar sweetness.
M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is more sweet than bitter on the palate with a slight dryness.
D - Not bad, although not very IPA-ish. I found this to be more sweet than hoppy with a mild Belgian spiciness.
05-08-2009 01:43:04 | More by ffejherb
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
3.5/5 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
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
I'm reviewing this one as the Belgian Strong Pale Ale the brewery claims it is, not the Belgian IPA it is currently listed as. 1 Liter bottle into a Duvel snifter a crisp bubbly orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops, sweet malts, yeast and a hint of spice. The taste is a nice rustic blend of sweet pale and caramel malts and citrus hops with an interesting Belgian yeast blend and slight spice. The beer is medium bodied and the labeled 9% alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is not the best beer I've had from Wedge, and not quite up to my high expectations, but it is still very enjoyable.
04-03-2009 00:22:13 | More by atsprings
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to Deuane for hauling this back from NC. Shared with psycohops. Poured from a 1L swing-top. Appears a slightly hazed golden yellow color with about a finger of quickly dissipating bubbly bone colored foam. Smells of biscuits, sweet bread like paska bread for Easter, fruits such as apple, grape, grassy hops. Taste is bitter and sweet from candi sugar, chewy oats, spicey, peppery yeast, green apple. Medium bodied with very lively, tingling carbonation. Dry and crisp with a slight alcohol burn that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.
04-10-2009 13:17:58 | More by ClockworkOrange
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
4.13/5 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
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
On-tap at the Wedge tasting room in a tulip. Cloudy golden color with fluffy white head, nice sheet of lace left behind. Smell: grassy, grainy + a little musty hay, pale malt sweetness, hints of apricot and grape, mild booze. Taste: pale malt base, fruity, apricot, spicy, grassy, with notes of clove and wheat. Mild alcohol. Active but fine creamy carbonation ends in a drying, spicy, and sweet finish. The wheat, etc made this one a little light all around, but still enjoyable.
03-19-2011 04:40:16 | More by babaracas
District of Columbia
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
On tap at the thirsty monk in Asheville, NC.
This is clearly a young beer, it needs both age and development. That said, it is a good start.
Pours a straw-yellow-dull-gold, a bit murky. Big head, nice lacing. I was impressed to see it.
Smell - citrus, golden fruit, and some honey sweetness. Light smells, not strong.
Taste - Tastes raw. Some citrus with a mix of sweet & tart green apples, apricots. Maybe they need a different yeast.
Mouthfeel - average.
Drinkability - average
11-03-2008 16:17:52 | More by craytonic
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
3.68/5 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
Golem from Wedge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.