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Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 180 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 241 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

JohneHoodlum, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

DrFunkenstein, May 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

BCross, May 08, 2012
Photo of InsuranceGuy
3/5  rDev -11.2%

InsuranceGuy, May 07, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, May 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

RollBounce, May 06, 2012
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.

rapidsequence, May 05, 2012
Photo of Njstoutlover23
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Njstoutlover23, May 04, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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.

VncentLIFE, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

IMS, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

BlackBeer, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

yaksurf, Apr 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

nathanb47, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Buggies, Apr 26, 2012
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.

rfgetz, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

woodjjacct, Apr 24, 2012
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.

facundoCNB, Apr 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the pure white, foamy head.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, black pepper and currants float from the glass. The fruit aromas bordering on vinous really appear more as it warms and there is just a hint of sugar.

The flavor offers a more pronounced fruit profile featuring the berry-like currants and again subtle sugars and a generous pepper kick when the beer is first poured. It even becomes a touch bready at the very end.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a cloying finish.

I was rather impressed with this beer. True to DFH form it was not a pure example of the style but the ingredients used made for a tasty brew.

CHADMC3, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

bluelynbrewing, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Novanglus, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

norm36, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

RyanGoodman, Apr 18, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

tln13, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

nuggetlover, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light golden color with a thinnish white head with minimal retention. Smells a bit fruity with a bit of pepper mostly. A light bit of non descript dark fruits with a Belgian yeasty twang. Taste is a bit sweet with dark fruits, candied sugar, pepper, and clove. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, I enjoyed it, but it really didn't wow me.

johnnnniee, Apr 13, 2012
Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.