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Ambacht Golden Ale | Ambacht Brewing

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Brewed by:
Ambacht Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A Belgian Pale Ale made from organic malts with honey added to bottle condition the ale and give a slightly sweet finish."

ABV: 6.5%;
Finishing gravity 1.006.

Added by 1whiskey on 01-27-2010

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears hazy full-bodied orange with a very small white head that disappears quickly.

It smells of fruit and honey. I get a bit of a raison smell. There is a bit of a nutty smell as well as a mild yeasty peppery smell. There is a nice mild grassy smell. The honey smell to this beer is very rich.
The smell of this beer is fantastic and powerful.

It tastes like the smell suggests quite fruity. There is a grape like and raison like fruity flavor. A mild yeasty spiciness is also present. I get hints of pepper and other spices. The honey flavor of the beer comes out quite strong: it nicely balances the peppery yeasty taste. The ale is nicely balanced and is not too sweet.

The mouthfeel is quite good. It has a low natural carbonation that helps give the ale a bit of a wine like quality to it. The beer is pretty smooth in texture.

The drinkability is quite good. The beer has a great balance to it and is easy to drink.

Overall a very nice beer that has a great honey and spicy yeasty taste to it. It would pair nicely with many different kinds of food. worth picking up a bottle of this if you see it.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the brewery's stand at the Orenco farmer's market. This one is fermented with an abbey yest (Abbey II I think he said), and bottle conditioned with honey.

Poured into my Duvel tulip, Ambacht Golden Ale is honey colored, chill hazed, with a fluffy white head that slowly settles, leaving awesome, foamy lace. The steady bubbles from the etching at the bottom of the glass forms a taller island of foam in the middle of the head.

Smell is fruity, oranges, wildflowers, a bit perfume like, fairly strong, even at the ~50F serving temp. The honey comes across fairly strong, as it was only used for priming, so the aromatics weren't blown off in a primary ferment as is often the case when honey is part of the wort. I like the smell, but it's a bit on the strong, sweet side for me (even though I just recently polished off a bunch of home-brewed biere de garde with a very similar nose, which perhaps tired me of it).

Taste is pretty clean, light phenols and esters, not as sweet as the nose (which would have been cloying). This a hint of spice from the abbey yeast, but overall this is very clean and strait forward.

Mouthfeel has a nice, soft carbonation and medium body. Even though the final gravity is apparently pretty low, there is a bit of a perceived thickness to it, perhaps from the honey.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice Belgian pale. Nothing mind blowing about it, but it's well made and enjoyable, a good summer quaffer that would stand up to some BBQ.

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml champagne bottle purchased at the brewery. Gently poured into a NBB globe glass.

True to it's name, AGA pours a golden color w/ a slight chill haze. Large off-white head leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells like a summer day...very floral with pronounced grass/hay notes. Quite pleasant, really.

This is rather subdued in terms of phenols/esters (at least, as Belgian-style ales go...), more earthy than spicy, and a surprising amount of honey character.

Carbonation is a bit lower than one might prefer in a Belgian, but I'll give a new brewery time to work out the kinks. Mouthfeel is very full for a beer with a FG of 1.006, though more CO2 would probably remedy that. Finished quite clean.

Overall a pleasant and enjoyable brew. Not over the top funky or spicy but a beer that should pair well with a variety of foods (fish, especially). Damn. Now I'm craving salmon.

I look forward to trying more brews from Ambacht. Recommended.

Notes from the brewery: 1.006 FG, 6.5% ABV. ~20 IBU. Honey is used for bottle conditioning.

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Ambacht Golden Ale from Ambacht Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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