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

Beer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden AleBeer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 7.89%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
324
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Beer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden AleBeer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Notes: 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.
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, clear pale gold color, fairly effervescent, with a finger of bright white head. Modest lacing.

Lemon, soap and that classic Belgian yeast (banana, cloves) in the aroma.

Surprisingly clean tasting up front, largely following the nose, but much more lightly so. There are some dull, herbal hops on the backend, but the hop flavor is very muted overall. The aftertaste is a bit more bitter than to my taste for such a delicate beer, all without imparting any "wow" hop flavor or aroma.

It's light bodied with a well-carbonated, almost peppery feel.

Just my opinion, but the hop bitterness here isn't dialed in appropriately, ruining what would have been an otherwise exceptional beer. There's also none of the boldness or fun of most of the other beers in this pack. It's not awful; it's like a first-round pick performing below expectations.

Jun 20, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief impressions from a bottle:

APPEARANCE: Billowing white head of ~6 minute retention. Vibrant golden yellow body. Clear, clean, filtered.

AROMA: Lemon zest, Belgian pale malts, well-attenuated yeast, bright floral hop aromatics, some faint dry starchiness, subtly spicy Belgian yeast, clove, fruity ale yeast esters.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Subtlety is the game here, and it's played wonderfully. Subtle yeasty spiciness gives it a classic Belgian character but the attenuation is perfect. Golden malts/pale malts. Floral hop character. Clove. Some lemon.

Well-balanced, well-built. Could be more intricate if we're nitpicking, but as is it's nuanced and adequately complex.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, crisp, and refreshing in spite of its devilishly well-hidden alcohol by volume. True to style and well-executed.

OVERALL: Duvel delivers in their signature style with this drinkable yet potent ale, and diehard fans of the brewery (like myself) will find it a delightful brew. The tragedy here is this won't be year-round.

B / GOOD

Jun 13, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance
Straw. Excellent clarity. Light carbonation. 1/2 finger of white head.

Nose
Pear, golden apple, potpourri, Pilsner malt, cereal grains, and grapefruit.

Taste
Pear, golden apple, Pilsner malt, and honey coated spent grains. Potpourri, coriander, and lemon zest. Grapefruit zest and sun dried pine needles linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, silky, semi-dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Tasty and not overly hopped as I suspected. The hops blend well with what tastes like the classic Duvel. They add some grapefruit zest and dried pine needles to the overall taste profile.

Jun 12, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that sticks around for a good while

S: Lots of yeasty fruitiness up front with a touch of lemon and some bready malt notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeasty and fruity notes accompanied by the lemon peel and a touch of bitterness. Some light sweet breadiness in there as well. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and yeast undertones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very soft and smooth

O: Definitely get a lot of the Duvel yeast influence as well as the SN hop bite. Incredibly easy to drink for 8%. Nothing short of a great collab (as should be expected)

Jun 14, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a sliver of cream colored top. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cloves, a little grainy

T: Follows the nose, a little dry, a little coriander, lemon & green melon, plus juicy-fruit up front. Some green banana peel & dryness, plus cloves once warm. Finishes dry, with green banana peel

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, true to style

Jul 10, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a small white head that fades out fairly quickly. Smells of lemon, yeast, green apple. Taste is pears, apple, lemon, pilsner malts, and a finish with grapefruit. Clean, crisp, medium body beer. The beer is as they described, nicely balanced.

Jun 12, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 07, 2017
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 02, 2017
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twelveinches from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 12, 2017
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 08, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden with a nice white head and thin head of lacing.

Aroma: Fruit and spice, quite nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast from Duvel, for certain with spiciness. Drinks with a fruity body and a kick of hoppiness that balances really well here. About as ideal a Belgian IPA (though it isn’t billed as one, technically) as I’ve ever had. Solid.

Aug 07, 2017
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King8767 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 17, 2017
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 10, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only my 6th beer out of the series but have to say it's the best. Have to give it a 5 as I see nothing wrong with this beer. Poured into a wide glass goblet and color is bright gold pilsner like with hop bubbles in the body. Nice gravitation and thin lacing. Smell is fruity Belgian scents with subtle vanilla and clove. Taste is of bananas, clove, hops, malt, and very tropical. Well balanced and nicely done.

Jun 04, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 17, 2017
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 15, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 12, 2017
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Bier82 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 13, 2017
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HalfFull from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Beer Camp case poured into a large wine glass. Pour is clear and golden with a thin cap of nearly white foam. Carbonation is light. While I didn't expect a Duvel meringue cap this is a bit too light.

Nose of lemony hops jumps out from the liquid with more yeast notes evident after some agitation to draw up a lacy film. Taste belies the ABV certainly and yet doesn't show much sweetness either. Bit of biscuity white bread on the finish that rolls in to lemony close with just a hint of sweetness. A coarse spice then lingers for a few seconds and interplays with a lightly drying bitterness.

Overall a tasty brew that opens up with warming to offer more balance but still lacks in the carbonation department. Bottle conditioned with an extra volume of co2 and this might be a very different experience.

Jun 18, 2017
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 14, 2018
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually very similar base and yeast profile to Duvel itself, but with a floral and citrus pop of hops on the nose. Lemon becomes apparent on the finish adding to the Belgian yeast fruitiness and hops. Would like a bit more dryness and a lot more carbonation here.

May 31, 2017
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StoutBruin2 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 04, 2017
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2017
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DaveCash from New York

3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 30, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 28, 2017
Beer Camp Across The World: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 324 ratings