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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #54
Ranked #11,501
3.96 | pDev: 11.87%
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Notes: We brew our Strong Golden Ale all-grain, giving it a deep and complex taste.

Belgian aromatic malts add hints of dried fruit, while generous Noble and West Coast hops deliver an earthy spiciness. It finishes semi-dry with lingering tropical fruits and spicy notes from Belgian yeast.
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of Wild Heaven's two launch beers, Invocation is brewed in the Belgian Strong Golden Ale Style. According to the label, "Inspired by the great golden ales of Belgium, Invocation is fermented with a Trappist yeast for an earthy spiciness, made more complex by Noble and West Coast hops. We brew Invocation all-grain with no adjunct sugars, creating huge flavor without excess alcohol." This beer is currently contract brewed by Thomas Creek in South Carolina. There is no date on the bottle, however this beer is estimated to be at least 6 months, from a purchase I made quite a while back.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served in the mid 40'sÂș Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An abundant golden cream tone head of a sudsy texture covers an orange copper body with medium haze and abundant, busy carbonation. Head retention is of very good quality. There's lots of substance here. Great appearance overall. 4.5

(Smell) A nice balance of spices and tart sourness on a belgian bready profile. Potency is medium-high. Some slight murkiness roughs up the palate and a tiny bit of booze is evident. The aroma is quite nice. 4

(Taste) Mildly tart bready yeast front with a sharp lasting spiced alcohol finish. Flavors are nice although not quite as pleasingly blended as in the aroma. The alcohol and spice creates a striking dryness on the finish. Balance is nice- I expected a slightly more prevalent malt body for those spices but overall its not a disappointing drink. There's a lot of character in here to make it a memorable Belgian-Style ale. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy, crisp with a cracker dryness associated with the spice, yeast and alcohol. Body is medium amongst Belgian Strong Pale Ales and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is medium. A decent pairing. 3.5

(Overall) Quite a tasty beverage. Wild Heaven's Invocation shows the Georgia Crowd that we shouldn't be afraid to make- and drink- highly suitable Belgian Strong Ales. Alcohol is a bit sharp on this one and some mild tartness is to be expected but if the complexity is in your favor, consider enjoying a bottle of this! 4

Wild Heaven Craft Beer's
Invocation Belgian-Style Golden Ale

Oct 01, 2012
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BeerBrotherJaymo from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this bad boy in downtown Atlanta. Wonderful woman at restaurant recommended this to me as I was without direction at the time of the transaction. She almost got the hard pipe cause it was a great tasting beer. Guys grab yourself one of these!!!

Nov 02, 2018
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ceejmeister12 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 18, 2015
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jhutt from Kentucky

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

Sep 14, 2015
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pacollier from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 20, 2016
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JordanlikesAles from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour with clean & sweet Hefeweizen aromas. The flavor is a similar spicy, sweet, fruity, and ever so slightly hoppy. Very smooth and well hidden ABV. This is one of those beers that only gets better as it warms, and leaves you wanting more towards the end of the glass. Excellent!

May 01, 2016
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Invocation is currently my favorite beer. It has a great smooth taste and smell, and it goes well with most meals including chicken and beef. I believe I had a bottle of this before Wild Heaven had moved to Avodale Estates.

May 07, 2016
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jstanaland from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 03, 2017
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Chilmer from Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 26, 2018
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npendres from Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 26, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/25/12: Pours a hazy honey orange with a huge, lava mountain of slowly dissipating, off-white head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is Belgian malts and yeast; clean grainy bread, bubblegum, pear, apple and spice. Taste is semisweet malt and a bitterness that initiates early in the sip with notes of pear, coriander, banana and spicy hops appearing at mid-sip with the bitterness intensifying toward the finish and lingering long in the aftertaste.

Nov 20, 2019
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Khocolate from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This golden ale pours a yellowish with a white head, at first the taste of it is really sweet then it mellow out a bit. Just an average ale; however the ABV% is at 8.5 so it makes up the sweetness.

Oct 30, 2020
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hoponit from New York

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 12, 2017
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ElGordo from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a pint on draft at Taco Mac in CNN Center. Pours a rich golden color, topped by a thick, creamy white head, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet pale malt, candi sugar, and some light, fruity hops with tropical fruit notes.
Palate is light pale malt up front, with some bubblegum sweetness. Citrusy notes from the hops, along with more tropical fruit (pineapple) come through mid-palate. Finish is full and rich, with sweetness from the malt and a good dose of fruity esters.
Body is light and smooth, almost silky. A surprise that this comes from Georgia. The alcohol is well-integrated to the point where you'd never guess that this is above 8%.

Nov 16, 2010
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw the first offerings from Wild Heaven today, at Green's, and had to try the Invocation. This BSPA was poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looked decent. The color was a bit more orange than typical for the style, and the head was one finger thick, and long lasting, but nothing like the lemon meringue like formations seen atop others. The smell was malty, with notes of banana, orange peel, and clove. The taste was not as mellow as Duvel, because the malt sweetness, and hop bitterness were not quite as melded together. That being said, this was a very decent flavor profile. Well balanced between sweet and bitter, and with complex, earthy-floral character. I think this was actually somewhat more like a Saison, than a BSPA. The mouthfeel was medium dense, and not exactly delicate. Easy to drink the 12 oz. bottle, and very exciting to see a Georgia brewer starting up on the right note.

May 26, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this beer is #41 on the best of Belgian Strong Pale Ale list on beeradvocate. Shared by the other Matt Huhzenbendah...thanks!

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation, decent head, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is odd...very spicy, perhaps yeasty, mildly sweet.

Beer is bright on the palate, very bright, some cinnamon or something in there that draws my attention from the beer. I guess there is nothing wrong with it but not my favorite.

Jul 03, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on orange with a modest cap that leaves a few strands behind; its OK, but for a Belgian style I would expect more

Smell: Rich malt aroma of fruit and bubblegum, with some peppery spice and hop elements

Taste: Malty, up front, with stone fruit, nutmeg, allspice and bubblegum flavors; it doesn't take long, however, for the hops to assert themselves, bringing grassy and earthy bitter elements; nicely balanced, after the swallow, with big malt and hop elements creating complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With the hop profile, this leans to the Belgian IPA atyle as much as to the Golden; this is a fine offering from a brand new brewery

Aug 30, 2011
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whinton from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%

Mar 21, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

13 ounces served in a slender tulip - $6.00 at Muss & Turner's in Smyrna, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, amber-hued body akin to toasted pumpkin and topped with a full inch of thick, white foam.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, candy-hinted nose spiced with a small sprinkling of coriander, underscored with fruity notes of pear and fig, and with a hint of clean, quality alcohol.

Taste: A pleasant toasted bread character from the malted Belgian barley with poppingly sweet accents of brown sugar and candi sugar. The fruitiness carries over from the aroma. Transient touch of herbaceousness. Slight hop bitterness. Still, the beer remains fairly sweet. The Belgian yeast imparts a light, delicate spiciness coupling with some peppery alcohol tones. And still it's sweet. Semi-dry, smooth finish, with the beer finally drying out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, nearing hefty mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'll be honest, when I had heard this was a strong Belgian-style Golden Ale of 8.5% ABV, I assumed it to essentially be a Duvel clone. Not the case at all! A heftier, rounder malt profile for sure, though maybe I'd personally prefer a bit less residual sugar. Still, it's a very nice opening offering from this fledgling brewery. Best of luck, guys.

Sep 19, 2010
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BillRoth from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

Dec 15, 2013
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a thick frothy 2 finger head. Smells of flowery Belgium yeast with plenty of clove and coriander spices dominating the nose.
First sip is not a strong as the aroma but the cloves, coriander, and light pepper hit first with the Belgium yeast fighting with the spices on the finish.

Thin bodied but well carbonated with thick sticky lacing hugging the glass. Excellent mouthfeel.

Jul 18, 2011
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 25, 2015
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0tt0 from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly darker-than-staw, with a small cap of head. Micro-sized bubbles cling to the side of the glass.

The nose is of peach and apricot, and sweet. Inviting.

Wild Heaven calls this a Belgian Golden, which seems correct enough, though I wouldn't object to it being called a Belgian IPA, either. The taste suggests the nose, though the Belgian yeast adds a funky (but pleasant) zip to it. There's an almost tea-like quality in the (very long) finish that fights against the citrus-y notes. It might sound out-of-whack, but it works, honestly. A hint of alcohol booziness towards the end as well.

Mouthfeel is thin, but with a resinous quality and prickly, prickly carbonation. Could stand just a bit more body, though.

I've had this a handful of times before and liked it better then. I'm not sure how much of that is the difference in serving type (bottle then, growler now) or situation (group then, alone now) or perhaps brewing inconsistency. Nevertheless, it's a solid beer from a brewery who's vibe I like considerably. Well worth checking out.

Feb 05, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One half inch of fine white head quickly falls, leaving dense lace. The beer is opalescent amber orange (SRM 5-6).

This being the inaugural use of a PBGC Sauvin 2 tulip glass, it seemed fitting to choose a beer that should have ample aromatics.The aroma is similar to a variety of orchard fruit that had been laying on the ground for a couple of weeks. Particularly apples, with grapes and spicy funk as well as sweet bubblegum.

The flavor is distracted due to a strange, and overwhelming, astringency. With a little effort, I am able to discern coriander within other undistinguished spices. It is more fruity than even the nose suggested, though it is all rather muddy. The finish is lingering and unpleasant.

A full body with a slick, soft texture. The alcohol is as expected, while fine carbonation is well below style expectations. And that astringency is ever present.

Ok, this is a miss. However, I can imagine it would be significantly improved by simply eliminating the astringency.

Apr 05, 2020
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SuperSpy from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and golden with a huge rocky head. There is so much lively activity that you can here the head crackle as the microscopic bubbles pop. The lace is so thick that you cannot see through the glass.

Earthy and spicy yeast esters with just the slightest hint of white pepper.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. The flavor is immediately spicy and slightly bitter. It quickly transitions to sweet flavors of banana, vanilla, and cherries. Toward the end there is more banana, boozy alcohol and peppery spices. It finishes with sweet banana but the aftertaste is earthy, dry and bitter. The flavor is all over the place with mixes of peppery spice, sweet fruit, bitter earthy hops and warm boozy alcohol. It's a great tasting beer that is a bit sweeter than the usual showings in this style, but it has plenty of flavors that keep me coming back for more!

Feb 01, 2012
Invocation from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 204 ratings