Ange D'Or | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 04-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had two tastings of this brew and my conclusion is thanks.

I asked for a sample and was given a sample glass filled with the murky yellowish concoction. It had a medium citrusy smell and a small amount of white foam.

The taste took a few seconds to hit with a heavy citric feeling, slightly acidic, in the center of my tongue. It was an odd sweet/sour combo that was just a bit off-setting. Going down it had the same feeling.

It looks nice but just isn't to my tasting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry lemon peel that gradually faded to freshly-squeezed lemonade as the eye traveled downward. The one finger, sponge-like cap was darker than pure white and brighter than ivory. As the beer fell with drinking, the glass became coated with thin rings separated by gauzy sheets of lace.

As soon as nose approached pint glass, it was apparent that Ange D'Or was good beer. It was also obvious that it was authentic in the way that only the best Belgian-style ales are. I'll give credit to the yeast and to the brewer's skill... not necessarily in that order. Each sniff delivered a combination of untoasted pale malt and herbal-fruity hops. Lemon and pineapple were especially prominent.

The chalkboard just inside the front door identified this offering as a 'Belgian-Style Golden Ale' and listed some of its ingredients as pilsener malt, corn sugar, Czech Saaz hops and Tettnang hops. I've had a few cream ales that were brewed with corn sugar (dextrose) and/or flaked corn and they were pretty damn tasty.

Ange D'Or was fantastic from the first sip. Truthfully, though, it wasn't until mid-pint that I increased the flavor score to its current lofty perch. My favorite things about this ale were the boldness of its flavor and the fascinating interplay between sweetness and bitterness. Each mouthful started as the former, then became beautifully balanced, and finished as the latter.

Flavors included sugar cookies, candied lemon zest, chunks of fresh hop cone, ripe banana and pineapple. I approve of the fact that it was sweeter and more tropical fruity than most Belgian pales. There was also some amount of tanginess, as if wheat and/or wheat malt was used (unconfirmed). The slightest hint of alcohol was welcome because it added a certain purposefulness to the proceedings.

Though the mouthfeel was decidedly more American than Belgian, it wasn't disappointing in the least. It was roughly medium in heft, with a moderate amount of superfine carbonation that made the beer soft and almost creamy. No letdown here at all.

Ange D'Or translates as 'Golden Angel', which refers to the honey bees that were so vital to the operations at a combination brewery-meadery that wdmrock used to run out in California years ago. He's done himself proud with this delicious Belgian pale ale.

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Ange D'Or from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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