This was poured into chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking dark golden murky yellow to orange color. The foamy white head softly dissipated to barely leave any lace.
The aroma had a very nice combination of "iced pears," red delicious apples, light clove, bubblegum, banana and sweet Belgian yeasty/breadiness.
The flavor yields to an attractive yeasty sweetness with some banana, red delicious apples and Belgian breadiness meshing in finely. Slight woody clean sweetness along with clove and apples in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. There's a soft stickiness coating my tongue but the clove is also making a good play to smooth out this stickiness. The same in the finish which I really liked.
Overall, a very nicely done Belgian Strong ale, wonderful to have this time of year.
Attractive clear golden brew with wisps of foam in the Kasteel chalice. Medium body with a modest carbonation. Aromatic with wheaty, yeasty notes. Fruity with more than a hint of bubblegum. Rather sweet and malty like a small-scale Tripel.
Lots of Belgian yeasty character with the dry finish. It's a Belgian banana. Extremely sippable and mellow. Hard to stop sipping long enough to write a review. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery restaurant in Poulsbo.
Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is golden orange with a slightly off white head. Smells like a typical belgian yeast ale with fruity properties. Tastes much the same with a heavy banana undertaste. Not bad mouthfeel but not great either. Still enjoyable on a hot summer day. Prost!
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with banana, spice, earth, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of spice, yeast, and banana characteristics in the taste.
From a 22oz bottle as well came out a nice golden color and has a aroma of almost a sour (at least for mine). Tasted great with that belgian banana linger on the tongue and sweet finish overall. I'm not good with describing all the fancy tones and hints of stuff so I'll just leave it as if you have a chance to get a bottle or draft, try one and you won't be disappointed. Enjoy.
22oz bottle. Calling something 'bombshell', when it involves both German and Belgian ingredients amuses me, even though I know it simply refers to the cartoonish blonde babe and fuse-lit cannonball on the label.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, frothy, and certainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some freaky Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things move slowly southwards.
It smells of pungent banana cream wafers, phenolic yeast, understated lemon/lime citrus rind, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, and a tame clove and black pepper spiced character. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, Belgian yeast, weak citrus notes, muddled spices - clove, sure, but the pepper seems to morph at will into nutmeg - green apple, banana chips, further indistinct orchard fruity notes, and a subtle sidling alcohol warmth.
The bubbles are quite prevalent in their swirling, palate-tickling chicanery, the body a sturdy medium-full weight for the style, and not particularly smooth, the yeast, hops, and burgeoning alcohol the proverbial big-ass fly in the ointment. It finishes well off-dry, the doughy blonde ale malt showing off a heady stamina, while the chimera Belgian yeast runs circles around the musty fruitiness of the German hops.
I know that there's no 'Belgian Blonde Ale' classification here, but this sure tastes just like what it is - a well-made American Blonde Ale, all gussied up with foreign yeast and hops, no harm done, though the former and its boozy codependent push this over the top into old-world territory. Worthy of checking out, for all its multicultural goodness.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and light, slippery lacing. Aroma of bready malt, stone fruit, Belgian yeast and cloves. Flavor of stone fruit, light orange family citrus, bready malt, Belgian yeast, clove; finishes with a nice clove bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Belgian ales are Sound's strength and this one is a good example. I'm not sure if I could spot this in a blind taste test of the big Belgian strongs. The finish may be a bit subdued on fruit flavor, but has a nice spicy bitter finish. A slight buttery flavor in the finish makes this close to a Belgian blonde (not a category here) and the name indicates that this is the goal. Spot on. I think Sound makes the best Belgian ales in the Northwest and really enjoy their offerings.