Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 187 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer itself was rather ordinary. Something funky in the aroma, and farmhouse in the taste. Clear golden bodied with a generous retained head. Wasn’t getting the current taste too strongly.Average mouthfeel.
Not super drinkable or particularly worth seeking out.

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a very thin off white head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of honey in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of honey, which make it taste like mead.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit winey on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good sipping beer that masks its alcohol rather well.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky head that leaves dotty lacing behind

Smell: Bready, with hints of lemon and honey

Taste: Bready, up front, with a hint of honey developing by mid-palate; the honey ratchets up a notch, after the swallow, and a bit of grain arrives to drive home the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable but, honestly, there is not much going on

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite the fruit-forward Belgiany description on the bottle, the beer puts on a display of pilsner mal and Belgianesque fruity/spicy interplay that plays like a dry and fruity full bodied Cream Ale.

The appearance paints an image of strong straw color with mild haze. Ample carbonation creates a lively beer that builds a light and fluffy head of stark white while lacing in moderate fashion as the beer falls. Fair and bubbly to the eye, the beer looks very Belgiany.

Aromas build upon a bready malt bsse of yeast and dough, but with a zesty scent of white pepper, under rippened berries or grapes, apples, and pear. Without much variant layering of aromas, the simple and clean aromas create a thrist quenching and satisfying promise.

Delicious flavors of freshly kilned barley gives a bright taste of freshly baked breads, yeasty dough, and cereal grain. Moderate Belgian influence contributes a zesty pepper quality of white pepper while the fruity esters deliver on an apple/grape/berry flavor that's partially due to yeasty esters and the additions of currant. Simple on complexity, but pleasantly full of taste when compared to simple Belgian ales or more simple German Lagers.

Medium bodied for a pilsner based beer, the carbonation offers early creaminess, but airiness at mid palate that leads to a lifting dryness of pepper and fruit. Low on bitterness, the finish is a sparkling wine feel with a fruity and spicy back.

While it's easy to expect a heavy and complex display of flavors to conjoin the fussion of Peal Jam and Dogfish, the truth is that the demands of the band are quite banal, and the quality of Dogfish Head carries the collaboration towards success. I didn't expect the notion of Pearl Jam to influence the beer a 'heavier' direction. But the beer that Dogfish Head creates is a very Cream Ale taste, but with a fruity/spicy interplay and a zesty dry finish that's much commemorated! Gread job to Dogfish Head with a limited scope.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head. Aroma consists of light sweet malt base with note of currants and light fruity ester. Taste is an unbalanced mix between some lightly sweet malt notes with some currant notes and some weird cough syrup notes detectable in the background. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another experience that is not a total hit.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a pale golden, murky body.

S: lots of graham cracker, pale malts, honey, with a subtle musty fruitiness.

T: graham cracker, pale malts and grains up front with a dark fruit finish, mosly dried cherry and raisins and probably currants though I am unfamiliar with their smell. Nice yeast character.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice fruit notes from the currants. The base beer seems like it follows the genre well.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy, golden yellow color came though immediately, but no head at all. Only the slightest broken crown around the edges and a good amount of carbonation streaking up were the only signs of life in this one, very strange occurrence indeed.

The aroma was very nice. Lots of yeast and coriander here. Almost a peppery like note bouncing around in there as well. Hints of grass, and honey as well as some light touches of wheat and lemon. The flavor was very peppery, with a pronounced zing on the tongue from the first sips. Nice and lively feel, which was good as I was afraid it was going to come off dull, but was pleasantly surprised. Coriander riddled throughout this one, which on its own, this would be an excellent Belgian ale, but with this added level of spice it just got that much better. Very dry finish, with the moisture zapped from the tongue and a nice bitter taste left behind to balance and play around

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special Thanks to Jim at the Weyerbacher Idiot's Drool release for sharing this one with me and a few other guys there. The beer poured out as a very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The beer looks to be well carbonated with plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, and a bit on the fruity side. The taste of the beer gives off a bit of a fruity note as well, personally I feel that this beer tastes a hell of a lot like Midas Touch. The mouthfeel is light and fairly refreshing, it doesn't feel dry at all it's more of a sweet feeling you get as apposed to a bitter finish. Overall I expected a little more from this brew. I'm not really sure why but I just thought that it would have been something a little more over the top. It's not a bad beer, I just feel that it would be much better to drink in the summer time. I don't feel that this one lives up to the hype in my opinion.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light golden body with a few inches of poorly retentive white suds.

Smell: Sweetish cereal-scented aroma with a delicate spicing and only a faint, underlying fruitiness laying in wait that, were I not expecting it, I might not've even noticed was there. However, a little warmth and patience does help to bring the fruit note out a bit more.

Taste: Delicate pale malts with a definite sugared cereal edge to it, though touches of straw and yeasty dough persist. Though currants are added, the fruitiness comes across initially as moderately tart-ish cranberry or pomegranate, then, smoothing into a sweeter taste of Luden's cherry cough drops. Finishes still rather sweetish with a lingering cereal quality and fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. There's some slight stickiness to the mouthfeel, whereas I'd prefer some more ease and effervescence.

Overall: Falling somewhere between Duvel and the next of kin, Duvel Green, but with, of course, some added currant fruitiness. A tolerable tribute. I was ultimately more excited about the 90's tunes I fired up for the review than the beer itself.

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

There was more of a demand for this beer at my local store than for CBS. Damn, I gotta see what this stuff brings: It pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light corn syrup (more of a vague sweetness than anything, but this is a close enough approximation), vague berries, and light dank greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with those berries coming in even lighter and with a bit of a plastic twinge. Honestly, not much going on on my tongue at all, but what is there ain't all that appealing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty sad and boring beer. Given the greatness of "Ten", I'm not entirely sure Pearl Jam deserved a tribute beer like this (though the rest of their oeuvre kinda implies something weak being appropriate)...

Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -40.8%

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam fades away quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with a touch of pear, honey and just a bit of fruit in the background.

T - Sweet malt with a non descript fruity character up front. Some pear and light pepper flavors in the middle which transition to a more fruity finish where the currant actually comes out as a distinctive flavor with lightly herbal hops and a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fruity and not overly complex, but I still like it. It manages to be sweet but never cloying and it has just enough variety of flavor to give it some legitimacy. I wouldn't feel the need to drink it again, but it was nice.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of rich bright-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger of sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells festive in the nose, with a mix of spice, currants, green citrus, and a honeyed sweetness, which is all propped up in the nostrils by a little alcohol thickness. The spice and currants really stick out here in the aroma.

The taste is similar, with dark currant flavor that is prominent but not overbearing, thanks to an equally strong malt backbone of honey sweetness and toasted bread. There is a decent bit of earthy bitterness present as well which in turn helps offset some of that sweetness, while a fairly lively spice presence lingers into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, possibly a touch fuller, with a firm and prickly feel on the tongue that segues into more of a rigid creaminess across the back of the palate. The overall body on this is actually pretty drinkable considering the amount of warm chewiness that is present from the alcohol.

This wasn’t bad. It might not have been the most complex beer I’ve ever had but what is here is pretty well balanced and worked well enough together. The currant flavor and spice were probably the highlights of this for me. It’s probably worth checking out if you still see it out there.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing his so I didn't have to crack mine.

Light fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head, light lacing, crystal clear golden almost honey color.

Nose dry bready English like earthy bready malty, light earthy almost herbal UK hops, herbal almost vegetative hops. Light oil hop, dry, hint of fruit and citrus.

Taste dry rustic bready malts, lots more herbal hops, vegetative, oily, some bitterness, phenolic, light boozey add fruity esters, hint of citrus and fruit with a bit of the currants, dry. finishes semi biter, herbal oily hops rustic bready malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, pretty lackluster, not my favorite hops, not much Belgian, etc. Not what I was expecting at all and I'm a bit disappointed. Maybe it was because I had overhyped this in my head, but either way a decent but sub-par beer for DFH standards IMO.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -bottled on 10/31, only about 3 wks in the bottle. Shared with octopus87, enjoyed from a tulip.

The color is mildly hazed golden with a thick cap of white which becomes rocky, yet holds well. There is carbonation visibly streaming up in a medium fast pace to a tight bead, lace sticks pretty well. The smell is very malt focused with slight yeasty aroma which gives mild spice esters and the general malt and yeast hints at a creamy combo, very bready. The feel is slightly full with some malt body to augment the slight fruit tanginess from the belgian yeast. The body is slightly creamy with moderately high carbonation and semi-dry mid taste to finish with a slight sweet essence.

The Faithfull is a pretty malty Belgian with some mild spice and yeast hints at chalky with a somewhat doughy and bready flavor. There is light sweetness from the pils base with slight currant note which goes well with the malt. There is a light tanginess in the yeast flavor which also brings out slight earthy currant elements. The malt verges on nutty/toasted at times with more subtle sugar in the raisiny accent, the finish comes off slightly sweet with a hint of spice. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian style golden, not great but for what it is it is alright. I like the currant addition, but perhaps the sweetnes is higher in the profile than necessary. I like the fact the alcohol is low in the overall taste, but it is just good overall in drinkability for my taste, it is like a toned-down pangea -it seems that is the base without any added spices.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.