Golden Orchard
The Bruery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.63 | pDev: 12.67%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Golden OrchardGolden Orchard
Notes: Golden Orchard is a Belgian-style golden ale that was fermented with both our house yeast as well as a strain of brettanomyces. After months of bottle conditioning, the yeast lent delightful flavors of fresh cut Gala apples to the beer and inspired its name. Bright, fruity and effervescent, like a bottle of golden California sunshine.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Bruery in 2014. Was the 3rd beer in a flight.

Pours golden. Namesake checks out. 2/3" white head. Lots of clarity. Big yeast nose, they weren't lyin' about dem green apple skins, pears, they here too. Brett wasn't as noticeable in the aroma as it was in the mouth feel. The alcohol was there throughout the beer.

Taste brought the heat and yeast. Phenolic, yeasty, alcohol heat. Like, you know that bobbing for apples activity? This was like if those apples were soaking in everclear. There was a light chewiness in the mouth feel that I think was brett, but kind of hard to taste when your mouth tastes like burning. The heat alternated and really brought out a metallic bitterness that I didn't want any part of.

I don't see this one coming back. Whereas Levud's was pretty damn good, this kind of came in the opposite of that all around. Man, I think I bought a bottle of this. Shit was hot like 5 golden rings.

Apr 15, 2020
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 Bottle

A: Fruity, with lots apples, coupled with a light sweetness.

A: Golden color, clear, with a light white head that decent retention.

T: Lots of apple like phenols with moderate sweetness, light funk, faint spice and alcoholic bite with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer has an incredible amount of apple character, but it seems to overpower the rest of the beer.

Sep 11, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light gold topped by three fingers of dense white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells fruity with notes of pears and apples and some honey malt sweetness
T: Taste is spicy phenols, nice fruitiness as well with more pear like flavors. Decent amount of fruity sweetness. The swallow on this one is honey drizzled pears with a little apple as well as some lingering spicy alcohol and fruitiness
M: This one is about a medium in body and it's a little slick. Carbonation is a little light and the beer finishes on the dry side of the spectrum
O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. The brett puts a nice fruity twist on things but I don't know how well it fits the style of a belgian strong pale. It's very drinkable and enjoyable. It's also well integrated with a decent amount of complexity.

May 20, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.24/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades quickly to leave a thin blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, vegative, light funk. Light cardboard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet malts, loads of vegative, light funk. Metallic, almost corn syrup sweet. Wet cardboard too. Ugh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was a train wreck. Sweet, oddly vegative, cardboard. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 26, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split with rudzud

Light fizzy head, little creamy, decent messy lacing, clear golden honey color.

Nose brings mild tart fruity thing, little sour thing, messy sour like phenols fruity, bready doughy raw dough.

Taste is bad too, bad sticky chalky cardboard malts, gristy, strange raw vegetal syrup thing, gourd, little sour tartness, and bitter grist. Finish has bitter nasty grist and more vegetal thing, and phenolic booze.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, decent carb, little slimy.

Overall horrible!

Feb 25, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle, opened in 2015

A - Hazy golden straw body with 3 fingers of beautiful bright bone-white head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Funky wheat with banana, marigold, pear juice, and ripe golden apples.

T - Nice, light and fruity. Pear juice, red delicious apples, funky hay, black pepper, wheat, and peach jellies.

M - Bright carbonation on a medium-light frame.

O - A nice, fruit-forward and refreshing take on the style.

Nov 29, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a white cap.

The smell is sweet pear, apple and cereal grains mixed with sulfur and something almost like corn.

The taste is a little sweet like cream corn and cereal with faint barnyard quality and fruity notes. This beer is just awkward.

It is light bodied and moderately carbonated. The idea seems neat but the execution is meh. Not recommended.

Jul 09, 2015
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GSSW88 from California

4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect summer beer! Pours a very nice golden color, thin frothy head which adds to a great mouthfeel. In my opinion, almost perfect carbonation on this guy. Scents include: apples, orange, pear, grain, and weirdest of all... Syrupy canned fruit cocktail! (Reminds me of being a kid) Taste was great as well! Definitely taste the apples, citrus, grains, as someone else stated in a review below me... Wet hay! Definitely some farmhouse funk on the back end. The brettanomyces don't really appear in the taste too much, however you can get a teeny tiny lactic acid taste right as the beer hits the tongue (very very brief) but the funkiness shows up after the swallow. Very refreshing! But I'd recommend drinking this very cold, although it may mask some of the flavors, but as it warms up this beer can be slightly boozy. Overall, a great refreshing summer beer!

May 14, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +5%

From 11/19/14 notes. Got a bottle of this in the RS this year, though the bottle has a date of 03/18/13 on it. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-brown color with two fingers of off white head and high carbonation evident. Belgian style yeast, apples, wheat, brett, bananas, oranges, light citrus, spices, and pepper. I find the nose more complex than the taste. Taste has more bread and grains and dough. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall good but the brett is super light and the taste is a bit muted and one dimensional. Glad to only get 1 bottle of it.

Nov 20, 2014
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's society. Bottled 03/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, hazy, pale orange with a towering three fingers of dirty white froth. The head lingers as a partial haze across the surface and an uneven halo that deposits spotty lace.

Smells yeasty and sweet. Apples, wet hay, earthy funk and a little yeasty spice.

Taste follows the nose. Apples, pears, sugary pale malts, mild clove, vague bananna peel, grass, a modest musty funk and a hint of alcohol. This has such pronounced fruit flavors that it's hard to believe no apple or pear was added. Tasty.

The zesty carbonation perks up its full body. Apple peels, cloves, funky old hay and sugar cane linger in the dry, musty finish.

Golden Orchard has much less Brett quality than expected in a brew that has been bottle conditioned for over a year and a half. It is there but subtle and what is left very much comes across as apples.

Oct 21, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, white grape juice, honey, and slight funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a Brett presence that adds a slight amount of funk that works well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

Oct 13, 2014
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 103 ratings