Golem | Wedge Brewing Company

54 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Deuane on 09-20-2008

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Photo of charlzm
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed December 30th, 2013 at the brewery. Noted as 10.3% ABV on menu.

Appearance: cloudy light yellow with minimal white head.

Aroma: low amounts of sweet, floral Belgian yeast smell.

Flavor: bubblegum, hint of spice (paprika? white pepper?). Sweet. Low bitterness. Not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Nothing special.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1-liter bottle into goblet on 5/6/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear golden/amber body with a slight haze, sparse carbonation and one-finger frothy white cap that redeced to a thin veil and left some decent lacing around the glass.

S - Candi sugar sweetness with subtle perfumy hops and some citrus attributes. Malt character features fresh bready grains. Mild spicy character leaning towards cinnamon.

T - Sweet and subtly hoppy with a mild perfumy, floral hop character and a hint of citrus fruit. Heavy on Belgian candi sugar sweetness.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is more sweet than bitter on the palate with a slight dryness.

D - Not bad, although not very IPA-ish. I found this to be more sweet than hoppy with a mild Belgian spiciness.

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange with a creamy head. Aromas of rock candi sugar, dry citrus, bubblegum, and melon. Flavors of bready grains, citrus rind, fruit...slightly tart. Spicy apples. Yeasty with some spiciness. Medium body. Not bad, but there's nothing special going on.

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Photo of Freeman132
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KFrank729
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Wolberjs
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of craytonic
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the thirsty monk in Asheville, NC.

This is clearly a young beer, it needs both age and development. That said, it is a good start.

Pours a straw-yellow-dull-gold, a bit murky. Big head, nice lacing. I was impressed to see it.

Smell - citrus, golden fruit, and some honey sweetness. Light smells, not strong.

Taste - Tastes raw. Some citrus with a mix of sweet & tart green apples, apricots. Maybe they need a different yeast.

Mouthfeel - average.

Drinkability - average

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Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Wedge tasting room in a tulip. Cloudy golden color with fluffy white head, nice sheet of lace left behind. Smell: grassy, grainy + a little musty hay, pale malt sweetness, hints of apricot and grape, mild booze. Taste: pale malt base, fruity, apricot, spicy, grassy, with notes of clove and wheat. Mild alcohol. Active but fine creamy carbonation ends in a drying, spicy, and sweet finish. The wheat, etc made this one a little light all around, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears slightly hazy amber in color with a couple of visible yeast chunks at the bottom of my glass, all under a light white head that tops out at about a half inch. Aroma is comprised of subtle banana, spice, apples, dough, grapefruit rind, grapes, bubblegum, noble hops, a bunch of phenols, and is generally crisp. Taste is of briskly sweet caramel, dough, spicy hops, chewy bubblegum, and cream. Interesting... Mouthfeel is ever so slightly syrupy, finely carbonated, slick and smooth. Medium body and lightly coating. Drinkable in a 9% way, meaning gradually.

I'll have this again someday I suspect.

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Photo of NCJEFF77
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll say one thing about wedge: They'll keep you guessing! Both BA and RB has the ABV listed at 9.0%, though the printed menu at the brewery and large chalkboard both have it at 8.5%.

Appearance: Pass across the bar counter a lightly hazed, pale-looking, yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Most prominent in the aroma is the Belgian pilsner malts, married with notes of sweetish honey, peppery spice, citrus, and pear-flavored gum.

Taste: Introduction of tangy-tasting pils malt followed with a sweet, toothsome taste of honey that, once picking up some alcoholic heat, develops into a flavor of honey liqueur. Minor contribution of bitterness and spice from the hops. Airy traces of pear juice, citrus, and bubble gum come and go. All the while, it's got a deepening sweetish. Sweetish, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally, I'd prefer a skosh more dryness, though it's still pretty good. Once the alcohol starts to kick in, it's like continuously sinking into an overstuffed leather chair. I wonder if Wedge will ever produce a light, easy-going Belgian Ale named Smeagol.

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Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.

Arrives a hazy yellow gold with a fat, immediate white head. Leaves some lace but fades fast.

At its zenith, you might sniff out honey and a tart apple ester note. Generally golden ale like, not Belgian IPA to my mind... it's got big honey notes and sweet, vaguely floral, a little grainy. Good but could be more refined. Hop nose is minimal.

Flavor is again good but there's that magic something missing... it's sweet with no real flaws other than being undefined. Oranges, sweet crisp apples, slightly "raw" tasting... a fine attempt but could be better. Accessible. Perhaps a more aggressive yeast would help things along here.

Mouthfeel is fine, wet and finishes semi-sweet with hints of spice and honey. Golem is more than acceptable and a good first offering from an exciting new brewery. Some more tweaking would help this beer.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of italianstallion
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came in a 750mL swing-top. I pours out a clear golden/orange color with a massive white head, which sticks around, though it doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. I just love watching the bubbles rise up through this one. The smell is mostly bready and malty. A strong sense of belgian pale ale or trippel in this one. I don't get a lot of hoppiness, but I'm definitely interested. The IPA part comes out when you taste it. It starts with a big raisiny, fruity, bready, malty taste mixed in with that candy sugar sweetness, then you feel the hops. There's a good rush of bitterness that draws you back from the belgian pale tastes. Then you start to taste those noble hops, a bit of an earthy, leafy taste (you can almost feel the leaves and dirt on this one) really shines through, followed with a quick minty, herbal taste. Then the alcohol warms on the way down. The only thing I wonder is what just a bit of American hops would do in this to push it more towards IPA status. The mouthfeel is very interesting. I really feel like little particles are coming in my mouth, maybe is the tingle of the carbonation, which isn't overly done, but its there adding to the experience. There is plenty going on here, which makes it delightful. This one should be given an opportunity if you see it. I really enjoyed it though the 8.3% ABV caught me and slowed me down as I got into it.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this one as the Belgian Strong Pale Ale the brewery claims it is, not the Belgian IPA it is currently listed as. 1 Liter bottle into a Duvel snifter a crisp bubbly orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops, sweet malts, yeast and a hint of spice. The taste is a nice rustic blend of sweet pale and caramel malts and citrus hops with an interesting Belgian yeast blend and slight spice. The beer is medium bodied and the labeled 9% alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is not the best beer I've had from Wedge, and not quite up to my high expectations, but it is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for hauling this back from NC. Shared with psycohops. Poured from a 1L swing-top. Appears a slightly hazed golden yellow color with about a finger of quickly dissipating bubbly bone colored foam. Smells of biscuits, sweet bread like paska bread for Easter, fruits such as apple, grape, grassy hops. Taste is bitter and sweet from candi sugar, chewy oats, spicey, peppery yeast, green apple. Medium bodied with very lively, tingling carbonation. Dry and crisp with a slight alcohol burn that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours bright and hazy golden color with a small creamy white head, good lacing down the sides

S- earthy yeast with some musty notes, fruity esters, banana, a bit woodsy

T- lots of fruity notes up front of tangerine, banana, and melon, musty Belgian yeast kicks in to add a dryness on the finish, lingering flavors of melon rind and banana

M- medium body with lively carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- lots of fruity notes meshes well with the traditional flavors of the style

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juicy Sunkist orange with borders of golden honey. Several lazy streams of bubbles can be seen blipping off the bottom of the chalice and disappearing into the underside of a pretty good looking crown of manila colored foam. Wavy rings and small sheets of tattered lace are beginning to appear as the head slowly melts.

It smells like WBC succeeded in crafting an authentic BSPA nose by using an estery Belgian yeast strain, along with several varieties of noble hops (including Saaz). Zesty lemons and oranges are slightly more prominent than apricots. The brewery makes a point of saying that no fruit or spices were added.

Golem tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium, though it doesn't seriously compete with that country's best. It's missing a bit of pizzazz and is let down a little by its body and mouthfeel. Carbonation that doesn't inject enough sparkliness or silky creaminess is the major reason why.

The grain bill includes Belgian pilsner malt, Canadian wheat malt, American corn and flaked oats. Despite the use of Belgian candi sugar, the beer is neither sweet nor dry. I guess it all depends on how long the yeast are allowed to feast. No hint of alcohol is quite a feat in a 9.0% ale.

The flavor profile is cookie-like (biscuity for you Englishmen) and features ripe orchard fruit accented by a light sprinkling of ground clove. Apricots are now as prominent as sugared lemon and sweet orange. It's too bad that more hops weren't invited to the mouth party. Still, this is a pretty good version for anyone who likes tripels and BSDAs.

Golem is an interesting name for a beer. I wonder if there's a story behind it, other than the fact that the brewers are probably J.R.R. Tolkein fans. If a Belgian brewer had been allowed to work his magic with the mouthfeel, the taste and drinkability scores might have been higher. I'll be interested to see what else these guys can do.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Honey, biscuit malt sweetness and a nice balancing shot of grapefruit hops.

T-Honey and candi sugar sweetness up front with hints of citrus hop notes in the background. The hops do not pop as well with this version like they do from the tap.

M-Medium-light bodied, moderately syrupy and quite smooth with a drying, spicy finish.

D-Good, but as previously stated the hops do not shine through out of the bottle as they do when on draft. A bit disappointing. This is still a drinkable brew but....if you are in Asheville do yourself a favor and drink this one FRESH on tap at Wedge!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with little head and some scant lacing. Smells spicy and sweet with notes of mace, coriander, quite spicy cinnamon (reminds me of red hots), and finishes off with some sweet malt. Tastes pretty much the same. perhaps a little maltier. A bit sweet, but the alcohol is quite well hidden. Not bad at all, but I prefer this style a little dryer.

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Photo of king75
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 liter swingtop bottle, brought back from beer-fertile asheville by blackie in his passat

enjoyed on a deck in reston overlooking a public golf course

appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice, very bright orange body, light eggshell head with limited lacing

smell: aroma is a little muddy - apricot, peach, peppery yeast, some sweetness from the alcohol

taste: nice flavorful belgian, my first offering from Wedge. bright waves of fruit - pear, apricot, peach, white pepper, a touch tropical

mouthfeel: alcohol is probably a little hotter than it needs to be, leaves a slightly heavy lingering sweetness

drinkability: nice summer evening beer

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Golem from Wedge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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