Golden Chaos Golden Ale
Bootlegger's Brewery

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #170
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,130
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 13.39%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
150
From:
Bootlegger's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  37
SCORE
85
Very Good
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank at the Lab Gastropub in LA. Head was minimal. Deep orange hue. Little head or lacing, on tap. This tasted fantastic. Plum and apricot. So unique. Fruity but not sweet or weak. Complex, robust, deep, but not bitter. I could drink this endlessly.

Oct 16, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/21/16 bottling date

A: Pours a clear amber. Small tan head that fades out fast, no lacing.

S: Grassy and grainy sweetness.

T: Grassy up front with a little citrus. Sweet grains in the middle. A bit of cloves and especially white pepper in the finish and aftertaste. Another hint of grass lingers between sips.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: Pretty nondescript BSPA. Hops are pretty weak, maltiness is high. Decent chunk of belgian spices. It's all sorta muddled and meh at the same time. Not bad, not amazing though.

Nov 07, 2016
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beerbellydaddy from California

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a guy that prefers IPA's and Stouts, I've been a little slow to appreciate Belgian Ales, finding them too fizzy, and too sweet. That said, I like this beer. It pours a crisp golden hue and is filled with the expected bubbles with a mild head and no real lacing. The scent is understated, barely discernible to my nose. It leaves a refreshing bubbly clean feel in one's mouth almost like a mouthwash along with the alcohol backdrop. But taste is what we appreciate, right? And the taste of this is very pleasing to my palate. It has sort of an apple/pear taste followed by a clean dry finish, and the 8.5 ABV content is recognizable. I'm slowly coming around to the Belgian's, and this baby is helping to lead me there.

Jul 03, 2016
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crob3888 from California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orangeish brown color with a head that fades to nothing almost immediately. Pleasant aromas of overripe banana, clove, spices, Belgian candi, and yeast. Flavors are a middle mix of fruits, yeast, Belgianesque spices, and too much alcohol heat. Unbalanced with a sticky mouthfeel with too much alcohol burn. A decent beer but not great. I'll have a Duvel next.

Jun 22, 2016
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Yard House in Los Angeles.
Slightly hazed, orange yellow color. Creamy thick head, good retention, thichk sheets of lace.
Smell starts with some yeast, and sweet fruitiness. Orange, grapefruit, maybe even peach. A bit of bitter hops.
Taste has the same fruitiness, but finishes a bit spicy. Some witbier - like notes of coriander or clove, and a bit of yeast at the finish.
Medium body, light carbonation make it refreshing and clean and not too oily or slick.
A good tasting beer, didn't sense any alcohol burn, very drinkable.

Jan 19, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is very much like the smell and has flavors of pale malts with strong notes of yeast, hints of sweetness and bits of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good beer to sip. It isn't as dry as some of the other beers in the style and hides its alcohol rather well.

Nov 01, 2013
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FosterJM from California

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1571st Review on BA
Bottle to Pokal
750ml C/C

New Label Design
My prize for winning a bet with a co-worker.

App- Was a whole lot darker than I thought it would be. It was more of a brown with a bit of gold to it. Fairly dense in the glass with some good cling. Just a unique color for the style.

Smell- This was a pretty nice strong ale. Fairly boozy with a bit of citrus, cream, candy, grass and hay. A little strong but got the point across.

Taste- It was good but something just didnt sit right. It had a lot competeing in the glass and was flavorul. You got more orange fruits with orange, apricot and peach flavors melded with a bit of that aroma from the hay and grass. A little bitter and hoppy to balance it all out.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a low-medium carbonation. A lot of peach, apricot and bitter on the finish. Fairly smooth and creamy as well.

Drink- It was a nice beer to sit with. I might have not needed to open this one last night but was good none the less.

Oct 17, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a substantive lasting head. Neutral aroma. Scary bottle as moisture beads outside the cork. Average mouthfeel. Dirty blonde that degenerates into yeast and alcohol, a tad of spice and fruit and more would have been better. not great drinkability.Bottle in trade with West Coast rater.

Sep 02, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, malt, spice, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild medicinal bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I like the way it smells over the way it tastes.

Jun 19, 2012
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DM1293 from California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - Hops play in a citrusy sweet way, but its very smooth. I get notes of apricot among the hops...and the rest just tastes like a really good golden Belgian ale.

Overall - I really like this one. This is a great spring/summer beer, its very refreshing and easy drinking. I think bootleggers has a trend of making beers with high alcoholic content, but keeping them very smooth and easy drinks...

Mar 05, 2012
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Murrhey from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Taco Asylum. Reviewed from notes.

A- No real head to speak of, ruby red and orangish color.

S- Fruity and light hops. Cherry and lemon notes present.

T- Hoppy and very, very fruity! Lemon and plum maybe? Those flavors take over. Tart and citrusy.

M- Very light bodied and lightly carbonated.

O- Very drinkable and fruity. Lovely lighter beer for such a strong one.

Feb 06, 2012
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quirkzoo from Colorado

3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

first extra from my first trade, thanks ncmussell.

Pours a light amber color with an extremely fizzy, soda like, head that recedes quickly. The aroma starts out with a strong lemony smell, followed by some belgian yeast spiciness. In the background there is a fair amount of biscuity/old bread smell. The taste is more of the same but the thin body sort of washes out the taste for me. Overall it was an interesting beer and had some interesting belgian smells going on in the nose but the body just didn't properly support the beer.

Jan 26, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with some pepper and coriander as well as prominent bready yeast and subtle light fruit. Hints of crisp apple and pear.

Medium bodies  with zesty spice and subtle hops along with bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit.  Hints of pepper and coriander along with some apple, pear and biscuit. Thin and kind of average.

Jan 26, 2012
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Drinkerofales from California

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark honey, with a big off-white head.

Right off the bat, it smells like a Belgian, yeast, grassy, wheaty. Hints of spice and fruit in the background.

Tastes light, fruity, a hint of apricot and coriander. Very complex. Has some sweet malt character.

Feels super carbonated, yet smooth. Very light as it evaporates on the tongue, and doesn't even feel like 8.5%.

Overall, I didn't know what to expect until I opened and smelled the almost wheaty Belgian aspect. Great complex flavor makes this a great beer to have, and easy to drink.

DOA

Jan 08, 2012
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

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

murky amber color with a huge, two inch plus head of off white yeasty foam on top. Nice retention as it hung around for a good long while.

spicey and yeasty. Alot of nutmeg, and fruit notes were very prominent from the start. Lively aroma, you could tell there was a nice amount of yeast in hear. A touch of alcohol was also present at first, but seemed to mix out as it warmed up.
very smooth. Not even a hint of the alcohol inside this one. It was just a very spicey belgian. Made your lips tingle a bit, this one tasted alive still, very nice. It had a good earthy grain quality and a touch of some light fruit. Very nice balance.

Nov 21, 2011
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IKR from California

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: Peach-like fruity notes and some bready aromas.

Taste: The Peach-like fruity notes from the nose come through along with some bready notes. The beer finishes gracefully with the fruity notes. Another bonus for me is it's hopped true to authentic Belgian style not another variation of a DIPA.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with modest carbonation.

Overall: I can't argue with a beer I feel that tastes good and is priced well. Another one to add to my list of beers I'll buy again.

Nov 18, 2011
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Vanlingleipa from California

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Xmas in my mouth. At first sip, Golden Chaos introduces itself with the classic Belgian smoothness/sweetness and seamlessly transitions to a mellow sour tartness - your finishing note. As a lover of sour lambics, it's my favorite characteristic of this beer.

Once poured, Golden Chaos exhibits lovely yellow tones, strong carbonation and long-lasting lacing on the side of the glass. I've been drinking this one quite a bit over the summer.

BTW, this beer should come with a pair of pliers. The cork is oversized and difficult to pry off by hand.

Jul 21, 2011
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MrVonzipper from California

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler I picked up from the brewery/tasting room yesterday to a Duvel chalice.
Fairly mirky amber/caramel color with a 2cm bubbly white head. Low retention and no lacing.

Belgian candy sugar, banana and caramel malt on the nose.

Light flavor. Not alot of depth. Slight sweetness up front similar to the banana flavors in a Hef. Also orange peel and maybe bitter mango. Transitions quickly to a slight sour finish. Flavor is pleasant and fairly balanced.

Light bodied and crisp mouth feel with good carbonation.

Overall it's good but nothing special. Could be a beer for someone trying to transition into liking sours. The right time to drink this beer is now in this hot CA summer.

Jul 12, 2011
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SubpoenaDeuces from California

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bootleggers Golden Chaos Golden Ale 8.5% abv

A: It looks similar to a Duvel with the same straw colored, light orange finish with a ton of carbonation. As a sidenote, Bootleggers has always disappointed with corked and caged bottles. The corks are too big, they explode and break, just disappointing all over, much like every Maroon 5 album.

S: there's some sweetness, cooked corn, a buttered biscuit finish smell

T: A great initial sweetness with a slight tartness, almost brettanomyces in character, a mild dryness the hops are light in character like chinook hops with a type of nutmeggy finish. Pretty interesting and welldone.

M: The mouthfeel delivers a ton of small bubbles with carbonation throughout that has almost no coating but is filling on gassy hoppy notes. You cannot drink this beer quickly but it is not wanting as a result. It is just a boistrous bubbly midwestern girl who will let you know the applicability of its dance degree, whether you would like to hear about it or not.

D: This has two sides, action and romcom. On one side theres a great sweetness and hoppiness like a kind of second rate Lechoueff, but on another side there's this quick finish that leaves it relatively limited in scope. It has that sort of expansive scope of a Kafka project but ultimately becomes one note in its brevity.

Narrative: "Most people think that the Brita water cleans the water but it actually adds sodium sulfates to the hyd-" Your mind begins to wander and you look at Keith in disbelief that he would talk about water purification for 4 miles of this 12 mile hike. "Yeah I get it, brita, bottled water, so did you see Celebrity Apprentice last week?" "What? no no man you're missing it, man you are just focusing on the end product if you-" Well now you went and did it, another rant, another incline, you went and taunted the complex mind and now you must deal with his single note expression. It is like a genius with an extremely limited scope, and your hydrolysis knowledge is exponentially grown. he begins to grow on you, his affectations and the glint of his eyes when he explains the separation of nitrate sulfides, you are listening, if only superficially.

May 26, 2011
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Retsinis from Arizona

2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the local Total Wines a few days ago. Have not yet had this offering from Bootleggers, hope it helps cool me down with the heat wave.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy, but can still see through orange. A billow white head rose over two inches, but faded ridiculously fast, and left no lace. I could have sworn I had just poured a glass of soda, or orange Shasta, strange.

S: Mild orange peel, some light candy sugar, pear, and sweet malt.

T: Tangerine, orange, peach. Light esters of yeast and malt, and bit sticky.

M: Light, thin, and again sticky sugar. It's tasting nearly flat, despite the crazy carbonation upon pouring.

O: Hate to knock a local breweries beer, but this is average, barely. Not sure what happened with the carbonation, and the overall profile is light, tame, and muted, and bit sticky sweet. It is bottled condition, so maybe the yeast is to blame, and if so that's a shame, but something that surely can be fixed. No plans to revisit this one at the moment though.

May 06, 2011
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charlzm from California

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Hazy, medium-golden beer. Head is virtually non-existent: a tiny ring of lacing is all this one had.

Soft, powdery yeast aroma mingles with honeysuckle note.

Flavor follows nose: slightly sweet with honey, powdery yeast and floral notes. Low bitterness, though it can be tasted at the finish.

Medium bodied but unfortunately, not dry.

Run-of-the-mill overall but properly executed.

Mar 18, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich mellow ale with Belgian flavors.

Attractive pour in the chalice, with lacing and long-lasting fine carbonation in the mouth. Fruity flavors reminiscent of an estery Hefeweizen. Yeast and fruitcake. Slightly sweet, quite malty. Floral aroma. Lots of character.

This grows on you. One of the better American versions of the golden Belgian style. Maybe a hint of the hops that dominate Dogfish Head Aprihop would be just right here. Time for a mixer!

Mar 08, 2011
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Gobzilla from California

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow in color with a fat finger of head and left a good amount of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had quite a bit of spice with the belgian yeast aromas slight pepper notes and grainy character. The taste was pretty much the same consisting of the sweet belgian yeast flavor pepper and pear ester accents and lots of spice like the nose presented. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a yeasty, spice, peppery, and grainy finish. It actually drank really good cause it was pretty thin but enjoyed it more on tap than in bottle.

Oct 31, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this 750 up at Holiday Wine Cellar on a recent trip to San Diego. After a slight struggle with the cork, I poured some into my Duvel tulip. Bright golden color, with an inch of fluffy white foam. Aromas of juicy pear and tart apple. On the palate, this one seemed kind of thin, like some of the body was missing. Lightly sweet, a little spice; easily drinkable, but almost instantly forgettable.

Sep 13, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a firm long-lasting white head, puffy clingy lace.

S: Pear esters, yeasty, white pepper.

T: Lots of pear, yellow apple and peppery spice with some earthy hops. Somewhat bitter on the back end. Nice flavour, but not a huge complexity.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, light carbonation character.

D: A solid BSPA. Taste is really in between the 3.5 and 4, this is a nice little beer, one of the cheaper 750s around for sure.

May 16, 2010
Golden Chaos Golden Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 150 ratings