Golden Chaos Golden Ale | Bootlegger's Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dbONE on 08-20-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
139
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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7
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 139
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a quickly fading and thin white head. Nothing special in the looks department.

Nose is very assertive sweet cooked malty bananas, carmel and light sweetened coffee with almost a maple character. Nice nose, a hint of whiskey and very Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium, with some nice body, light creamy character and good rich feel.

Flavors follow the nose. Flavors are bold and assertive. Very banana malty with sweet ripe apricots, carmel and some light sweet creamed coffee with toffee undertones and lots of Belgian candi sugar character. Flavors are pleasant and bright although there is a sweetness that may be detracting to some.

Finish is light grapefruit bitter hop with hints of coffee and light espresso. Nice effort.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tried this at the LA county fair a couple weeks ago.

Golden, clear, minimal head, no retention, little lacing.

Smell and taste were the same: alcohol. Sweet but boozy. Not very inviting. If there was any spice from the hops or yeast it wasn't noticeable over the abv.

Body was thin, like a good belgian pale should be. Low CO2 levels didn't help.

Too boozy to drink much of. Gave the rest away to some lady at the bar. My guess is that either too much sugar was added or it fermented too hot. Possibly both.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a minimal white head.

S: Very, very spicy and yeasty. I know they were going for the Belgian thing here, but it's a bit overdone.

T: As with the nose, this one was a bit of a let down. Way too intense in terms of the spice and yeast character, almost completely washing out the malt. Also, there is a fair amount of alcohol presence, which is a bit surprising

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

D: This one is a bit too hot and way too spicy for me. I suppose it might work for some, but I won't be having this one again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled Old World Hefeweizen two months ago, which was my first taste of this new OC brewery. Now its beers are available in bottles, and this is what I grabbed during my trip to Vendome. On to the beer:

Impressive golden color and full of carbonation. Unfortuntely, this head fizzes away like a soda; no head to speak of. The aroma is soft and pleasant, Belgain sugar, candied fruits, bread dough, powdey yeast. The taste features more of the same aromas in the mouth as the nose. Good balance of flavors, not too sweet and not too carbonated. Pears and dough upfront with a tickle of spice. The carbonation cleans it up, then in the semi-dry aftertaste is apple and bread dough.

Good, good, good. Apart from having no head whatsoever, this suceeds in every aspect.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a dingy and mysterious orange in color with a good head.

Smell - The rich yeast hits first followed by the complex sugars. The fruits are amazing and I can't even begin to pick them all out. There is definitely a strong apricot aroma along with some good citrus but not orange. I get something else like grapefruit but without the rind-like bitter smell imparted from most hops.

There's some good spicing in here as well. The coriander which somehow in most American efforts at the style turns into a medicine cabinet here is very pure and freshly piqued. I just made some lettuce wraps the other day spicing the turkey with coriander and this very much reminds me of it.

Taste - The spices come on big at the taste but manage to stay smooth and in perfect harmony with the yeast. The fruits stay true to form and now I'm getting some light cherries and maybe some darker things such as plums. The fruit flavor is so intense that I found myself just staring into the glass.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with some light carbonation that didn't quite live up to the "chaos" namesake.

Drinkability - This was one of the best-flavored American efforts at a BSPA that I've had in a long time. It doesn't quite measure up to my all-time American classic favorites - Pranqster & Symposium - but is running close with a few other beauty shops like Spring Fever and Demolition 1800.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1571st Review on BA
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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.

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Photo of crob3888
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky enough to try this at Hollingshead.

Pours with a golden, elixir-ish appearance. Normally I'm not a big fan of brews that pour with little head and not much carbonation, but the rich golden hue was very attractive.

Smells sweet, yeasty, and Belgian candi-y. Taste is nice, with a rich sweet background, some dark/sweet fruits in there, and a nice complicated yeast profile. Let it simmer on the tongue. Don't know how drinkable it is over the long haul, but very impressed with the glass I had. Nice chewy/thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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

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Photo of IKR
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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