Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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701 Ratings
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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 ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of light fruits, Belgian yeast, some coriander, lemon, and some light pale malts.

T - Starts off with some sweet fruity esters with some pale malt and some lemon and other citrus flavors. Through the middle, the fruit flavors come through with some currants, alongside some Belgian yeasts, with some light spices. The finish is a mix of sweet light fruits, pale malts, yeast, and some lemon.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. There is quite a bit of fruity flavor mixed in, but the beer still stays nicely balanced and refreshing.

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 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 socon67
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by Ed at my first hosted tasting event.

A - Pours golden with a white foam. Some carbonation is visible. Slight lacing.

S - Smell was of fruit, but hard to say currants. I got more of a dried apricot scent.

T - Taste was.... kinda bland. Got some notes of fruit and a slight tangy vibe from belgian yeast. But overall I found it on the weak side.

M - Easily drinkable, but felt watery.

O - I'm usually a big fan of DFH, but this one didn't do much for me. Not bad, but so far from memorable.

Photo of vonnegut21
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown, with a thin white head. Smell is very muted, with notes of Belgian yeast, light malt and very mild piney hops. Taste is fairly muted, with light malt, nice spice notes from the yeast and a mild malt backbone. Carbonation is low, but this beer is a smooth drinker. Overall a fair offering from DHF, but not worth of its assocociation with such an excellent band.

Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Spider889
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered straw color with a tall creamy white head, very nice lace.

Smells like a muted Belgian Ale, the typical spice/pepper replaced with saffron and clove.

Tastes of honey, pilsner malts, with a juicy quality though it is not precisely fruity.

Soft elegant mouthfeel.

Overall much better than the band imo.

Photo of pmlato
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BCross
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of InsuranceGuy
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 RollBounce
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml crown capped bottle. Bottled 10/31/2011. I got it at Total Wine in Sterling, VA back around Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear yellow-gold. Decent off white head, not much retention or lacing for a Belgian style.

Smell: Very sweet, almost like Capn Crunch cereal. I wouldnt necessarily have called the aroma currant, but its clearly not the apple/pear/white grape I often get from a Belgian pale. Clean (not musty) Belgian yeast aroma. Different, but good.

Taste: Candy-sweet fruity esters and pale malt. There's some bitterness, either from hops or alcohol that keeps the sweetness in check though. Again, the fruitiness is a little strange but good. I can't get Capn Crunch out of my head.

Mouthfeel: Not as lively as a Duvel, but quite nice in the mouth.

Overall: Well, I was prepared to be let down by this brew, but was pleasantly surprised. Its different, and good.

Photo of Njstoutlover23
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with @foodsweatandbeers. Thanks!

Pour is bright golden yellow, with a decent white head. Looks like a Belgian pale. Honestly, the smell reminds me scaringly of Ta Henket. Toasted bread crumbs come to mind. I dont get much of the Currants they speak of on the label, and the Belgian yeast is the dominant flavor. I get the light part, but the fruit flavor not so much. A bit dry as well, right in line with Ta Henket. Finishes very clean.

Photo of IMS
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of BlackBeer
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of nathanb47
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Buggies
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow, plume of white frothy head, little retention and lacing. Scent is meek and mild with light hints of fresh and musty hay, as it warms, notes of sweet watery fruit come through along with moderate spice and faint bready yeast. Taste more fruit forward than scent dictates, and even though i know currants are used, I get more sweet watery fruit and light berry notes. Earthy dried hay, light bit of funkiness, moderate spice and some bready yeast. Medium bodied, bubbly and a touch on the dry side. Overall, not too bold or complex but lightly refreshing.

Photo of woodjjacct
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of detergent like head, great lacing. smells of bready yeast, black peppercorn, lemon peel. initial strong alcohol taste followed by a malty sweetness and followed up by a weird peppery zest. taste of pepper, lemongrass, belgian yeast.. has a funky aftertaste. medium bodied with a creaminess to it, light carbonation. not bad for an odd take at a belgian.. things i'd like different are less funk on the after taste, maybe more carbonation.. or a champagne like feel to it would feel more traditional. oh, and i'm not a fan of pearl jam at all, so the label art made me cringe a bit. these are all minor things though, the beer looks beautiful when poured, smells and tastes refreshing, and that's what counts.

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