Beer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgium's Duvel are the masters of the golden ale-a beer style they helped create-so it was a natural fit for our breweries to combine the style with Sierra Nevada's hop-forward fanaticism. The resulting beer is bright golden and brimming with hop flavor with a pop of bright lemon, and perfectly accented by the fruity and complex character of Duvel's signature yeast.


Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
7.04%
 
 
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer Camp Belgian-Style Hoppy Golden Ale has a thin, white head (chalice), a clear, bubbly, golden appearance with lots of small and not-so-small white sediment, throughout. Aroma is of sweet, white bread, horse blanket, and lemon. Taste is of those elements, with a balancing, hop bitterness, at the back 3rd of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and this ale finishes crisp.

RJT

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Sierra Nevada/ Ocean Odyssey's Beer Camp Across the World tap fest. All beers were incredibly fresh. Huge thanks to Travis for allowing me to do independent quality checks on every beer.
Been so many years I had forgotten how good Duvel is. Thought the lemon hoppy additions enhanced ; did not distract. The Duvel yeast really came through/was just excellent. Having this big refreshing golden ale on tap; smooth as a baby's bottom and so fresh...felt like I was in Belgium; not Maryland. Pass the frites!

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Photo of dsshuck
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

least favorite of the 12 pack series.

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Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden, nice head.

Lemon obvious in the nose, along with clove

Subtle and clean, with notes of clove, yeast, lemon, and green apple. Not doing anything big but doing what's there quite well.

Mouthfeel bubbly and super refreshing.

This was super drinkable, with a little extra lemony hop note on top of typical Duvel, great stuff, wish I had more than one. I had no clue this was 8%, it drinks like 4%.

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Photo of user785335
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear straw with a foamy white head. Medium retention, with spots of lacing.

S: Lemon peel, pineapple, clover, cracker, straw, coriander.

T: Cracker, straw, lemon peel, clover, pineapple, and a touch of clove on the finish. Clean, crisp, and lightly dry.

F: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: A decent Belgian style golden. Not too much going on in terms of yeast or hop flavors, but it is crisp and refreshing, and dangerously drinkable for its abv.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into the Orval chalice... oops, a moth struggling in the brew. So as I was saying, I poured this into a Duvel tulip. Golden yellow and a fine-grained froth. Mouthfeel tingly and light. No real taste of alcohol. Maybe a touch of lemon scent along with the yeasty wet cardboard. Good, though.

Taste is a little sharp, definitely the lemon peel as it warms up, even to a little heat on the lips. There is a modest bitter aftertaste but I don't sense much in the way of hops. Seeds and stems. Somehow this doesn't improve on the already austere nature of the Duvel taste. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of androidm
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Bright golden yellow with a rocky lace ring
S: really faint for me. mostly just the Belgian yeastiness of banana bubble gummy with hints of lemon.
T: Hoppiness is faded, so almost no bitterness. everything comes together so its hard for me to pick it apart. Banana clove and cracked pepper with the acidity of lemon zest is not over done by any means. a piney bitterness does build as i work my way through the glass.
F: bubble and crisp. towards the dry side.
O: overall very refreshing beer. its strength is in its balance and subtleness.

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Photo of goopy
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $22.99 for a Beer Camp Variety 12-Pack
Purchased: June 30, 2017
Consumed: July 3, 2017
Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Misc.: Bottled on April 19, 2017 at 3:43 p.m. PT; Collab between Sierra Nevada and Duvel

First time I actually saw this beer camp variety 12-pack in stores. I had bought every one since 2012 at least, maybe 2011. Was hoping to find if for cheap at Costco, but couldn’t pass this one up for $22.99 at Trader Joe’s. Guessing it retails for $27.99 or so. Not really looking forward to this one too much, even though Duvel obviously puts out some good stuff. Bottle read, “Belgium's Duvel are the masters of the golden ale-a beer style they helped create-so it was a natural fit for our breweries to combine the style with Sierra Nevada's hop-forward fanaticism. The resulting beer is bright golden and brimming with hop flavor with a pop of bright lemon, and perfectly accented by the fruity and complex character of Duvel's signature yeast.”

Poured a golden, semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of white, frothy head. Lots of good looking bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow glove inside. Excellent layered lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled sharp lemon peel, floral, Czech Saaz, grapefruit, lime, dish soap, pear, green apple, hints of Circus Peanut candy, white grape, mild cloves, grass and herbal. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, but wasn’t quite as good overall. Got cloves, lemon peel, Czech Saaz, green grape, pear, green apple, lime, dish soap, Circus Peanuts, white grape, grass and herbal. Really nice balance of Belgian Ale and IPA qualities. Part of me thought this should’ve been a Belgian IPA. The 8 pct. ABV was well-hidden though. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Not sure I needed a whole bottle of this. This was intense. (Feel - 3.50)

This was really good overall. Like I just wrote, not sure I’d want to pound a 6-pack of this, but it was outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling gold with a very large dense and uniform white foam that slowly settles leaving a mosaic of spongy lace.

Smell is toasted malt, Belgian phenol more akin to cracked black pepper than clove, with lemon zest and grass.

Taste is utterly identical, with a little more sweetness from malt balancing this on the pinhead between American pale or AAL, and a Belgian pale or golden.

Crisp and tangy, a mild, round body glides down with a soft, semi-wet finish.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

clear bright yellow golden color, big foamy white head. aroma is mixture of earthy hops and belgian yeast esters. taste hasn't much malt flavor, mostly earthy, herbal yeast flavor. thin bodied.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not getting a ton of hoppiness on this. Maybe the hops have mostly faded after 3 months? Tastes like a typical strong Belgian golden ale, almost tripel-esque. What can I say - I like it better than regular Duvel so there's that.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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