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Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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693 Ratings
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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, "Ten." In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 10-19-2011)
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Reviews by negroobserver:
Photo of negroobserver
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle in a Duvel Tulip Glass.

Appearance... Light orange/yellow color. Hazy. Pours with large thick bubbles which settle around the ends of the glass and linger for quite a bit of time. Light lacing on the glass.

Smell... Light Vanilla. Sweet

Taste... Light/Medium Sweetness. Light fruity aroma, although it's not pronounced enough to recognize easily. Those two aspects shine at the front end, but then fall flat a bit. There is light sweetness at the back end. Little or no bitterness here, so the hops are not really shining here.

Mouthfeel... good body. not too thin or thick, however, I wish there was a bit more going on here.

Overall... Dogfish has done PJ justice. Not sure how Currants (or beer) relate to Pearl Jam, but they certainly work well in the beer. It's easy and enjoyable to drink. Would make a great drink for a warm summer night.

FINAL SCORE = A-/B+

negroobserver, Jan 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricksrealm
2.5/5  rDev -26%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was a light gold color with a tiny white head.

It had a fresh, outdoors aroma. Some sweet malt and a little bit of fruit.

It tasted fruity (I think currant, because that's what the label said) with a kiss of citrus hops.

On the light side, but kind of refreshing.

Not a beer I would want to drink a lot of.

lordofthewiens, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet honey wheaty malts with some earthy yeast and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet honey malts and fruits with an earthy dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice belgian with honey and fruit (currants, I assume).

Beaver13, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

generallee, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

iemailjack, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of BrandonDZ
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

BrandonDZ, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faithfull Ale--brewed to celebrate Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary and their album Ten--opens with a rich, yeasty nose, smelling of fresh baked wheat breads, mixed with toast crusts and wet wheat stalks. The nose is almost entirely grain and bread, but thin threads of sugar do come through in the form of light grapefruits, touches of brown sugar, and the faintest hint of currants, the latter lending a barely perceptible currant jam overtone to the aromas. As a whole the nose is decent, but not necessarily revelatory or enticing in the way that many Dogfish Head beers are, and is perhaps overly-heavily grain-based.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same grain-based flavors as were present in the nose--fresh wheat breads, toast crust, biscuit--but a better blend of sugars comes through, providing touches of brown sugar and wildflower honey to the brew. The currants are so intricately blended into the flavor profile as to be hardly noticeable, and instead of standing out as overpowering monoliths, add a subtle berry sweet/tartness to the brew. Had I not known that currents were added, in fact, I would have attributed these flavors to the hops and malts. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer becomes more grainy, tasting like fresh wheat stalks and hay straw, though enough sweetness remains to counter the earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and lingers for a decent time, becoming more grain-based as it ages. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while this is good beer, it's just that: "good" beer. It's not "great," largely because it lacks any remarkable or distinguishing characteristics, such as many of Dogfish Head's other offerings. Even the currants, despite the fact that they were added in "10 incremental additions" during the one-hour boil, don't make a marked presence, and simply blend with everything else. This doesn't mean that the beer is not worth trying, but it does mean that you shouldn't approach this expecting the same revelatory mindbending experience that was Pearl Jam's Ten. Instead, it's just a decent brew.

jondeelee, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear golden, small white head, that doesn't leave much behind in the way of stick. This appears rather ordinary.

Bread, yeast, and very mild, interesting funk are present, along with the sweet, juicy aroma of black currants. Mild overall, but pleasant.

The flavor is quite nice, and the fruit is able to shine through, as there is hardly much bitterness to get in the way. There's also some grass and bread and a very mild, farmhouse funk.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

Much better than I was anticipating.

ehammond1, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +18.3%

RyanPS, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bluelynbrewing
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

bluelynbrewing, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Clandestinex
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Clandestinex, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the story of how this beer came to be: DFH asked Pearl Jam what they usually drink and the answers they got back were cheap mexican beer and sweet pinot nior. What do you do with that? I was always confused how a belgian golden with currants would represent Pearl Jam, I would expect something with aggressive hops, but the backstory helps.

This is a nicely made beer with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing quality from the nice belgian malts and sweet fruit. Its very drinkable and doesn't seem like 7% abv which is a compliment.

The price tag on this one, and availablity, do not make it a frequent drinker but I'm glad I tried it.

alexkeil, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +18.3%

rwilde, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big glowing apricot bright orange body with an off white creamy colored head with a fluffy billowing texture. The body was slightly clouded and the head formed fine even lacing as it dwindled. I remember Au Courant never quite taking off, and all of a sudden we have a new 7% abv currant beer. The nose has a dry powdered yeast note that falls flat, a bit of a mineral character with some mild earthiness. The nose isn't very expressive with the currant fruitiness/tartness I was expecting. Flavor is actually pretty nice with a mix of sweet malt and tart fruit currants mixing together, with a wave of warmth in the alcohol and a dry Belgian yeast finish. Not much in the way of spices or yeast spiciness. There is a texture/flavor that I just don't care for amongst the currant jam sweetness that almost has a milky powdered crushed calcium tablet note about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation, something in texture weighs on the palate between each sip making it more and more difficult to quaff on. Overall this beer lacks cohesive flavors that would be expressive of such a great and timeless band like Pearl Jam. Maybe they were going for a currant jam, but I feel this beer was a rehash of an old release with less creativity behind than their other album releases like Bitches Brew or Hellhound on my Ale.

WVbeergeek, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mocktm
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

mocktm, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -26%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of riotinmyskull
4/5  rDev +18.3%

riotinmyskull, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ste5venla, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Aberration
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, don't quite know what to say about this one!

usually i start by going down the list appearance, smell, taste, etc. but this one i think i'll review it a little differently

i like the smell of this ale nothing screams out belgian strong pale to me though....the fruitiness from the currant is a little forward in the nose....now the taste is where i'm stumped on where to place this beer...the currants hit you a little at the front but the back is very light, not much flavor...and salty!...yes salty. now thats not saying i won't like drinking the whole bottle...because it is an extremely drinkable beer....ESPECIALLY for a 7 percent abv beer...i'm really impressed by that. excellent body to this beer too!....very creamy and smooth in the mouth....so i guess overall i really like this beer...but to grade it as a Belgian Strong Pale....now thats a little hard to do!

nickthegun12, Jan 09, 2012
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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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