Belgian Golden Ale
Double Nickel Brewing Company

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #293
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,860
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
21
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Double Nickel Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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84
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Not completely clear gold body, medium size white head and good lacing.
Aroma: Yeast and spices with a hint of the sweetness to come.
Taste: Sweetness is front and center followed by spiciness and, to a lesser extent, soft fruit.
Feel: Medium bodied, decently carbonated, Finishes drier than anticipated.
Overall: Not an easy style to nail and this one is no exception. But it's been around for a few years now so it must have its fans. Too sweet for me; spices help but linger too long. .

Jun 17, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There is delicate nuance to an authentic Belgian Golden Ale, and this knockoff was too heavy handed. Nice golden color and a decent white, foamy head. But the coriander, spice and yeast hit you with a clove hammer. Flavor-wise this almost played like a hefe-weizen. Good ol' American try.

Dec 03, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: On the paler side, but has good color to it. Head is lastingly long slightly off-white and both super fine and big bubbles. Not hazy, but some suspended solids float completely still. Laces the glass.
S: Aroma is strong off the pour, with sweetness from banana and alcohol... Sweetness and caramel-y malts remind me of roasted peanuts.
T: Persistent soft bitterness, but very flavorful. Definitely fruity and spicy. Bright hops and nice caramel malt profile. It does taste pretty boozy at 8%. It's also slightly grassy and floral.
F: Body feels on the heavier side. Especially at 8%, it warms the throat and dries the tongue. But, you could drink a lot of these if you had the tolerance.

This beer has a lot of depth and flavor to it. Really good brew.

Mar 31, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Handsome clear golden amber brew with a nice pile of foam in the wine glass. Smooth, warm, and rich with the Belgian flavors. Huge nose of the yeasty esters. Flavors of straw, cereal, dried pear, and grapefruit hard candy. Slightly bitter with some astringency in the aftertaste.

Powerfully flavored and a little hot with alcohol. The sweetness yields to the usual dry finish. A little overpowering but a decent American version of the style. From the 12 oz can, a nice size for a strong beer, purchased at a beer store in San Francisco.

Jan 31, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, 09/23/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: clear, amber-gold liquid, slight haze; off-white, bubbly, short foam cap, which crumbles quick... random streaks of lace

S: banana, coriander; hint of floral-scented soap... subtle toasty edge to the mellow grain foundation... immediate impression/comparison is that of a Golden Monkey or Tripel Karmeliet... soft spice does emerge, but more coriander-derived than clove-like... overall potent and inviting

T: spice and fruit up front, poppin'; finish has a bit of sugar cookie maltiness, but its altogether relatively dry; aftertaste is caramelized banana and a soft peppery spice... not a distinctive or complex flavor, but its relative intensity hits the mark; spiced Belgian malt liquor

F: relatively light, but not thin; body has a delicate rich oily viscosity, though a soft prickle up front delays its approach and backslide... by the end, it's almost as if little has happened - soft, creeping warmth and a legs-y dusting across the palate is about it

O: tastes a good bit like Golden Monkey... been wanting to try this for a lil while now; certainly something I could see getting a sixer of, as I do enjoy this particular execution of the style, especially an example featuring coriander (1630)

Dec 18, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love discovering nj craft and being 4th review of this well-priced indie belgique dubbel.
a/ puts up nice 1 finger head that laces and lasts only a little over a clear darker golden ale body.
s / not as complex or large an aroma as the belgian dubbels, but still on par.
t / leaning sweet. also fresh bread baked, dripped with caramel, some of the bread toasted. not quite enough peppery bitters to balance.
f / excellent scrubbing bubbles and finish, mid weight.
o / excellent try at a golden dubbel.

Jul 22, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full finger’s worth of creamy off-white, good density and retention, better length in the lacing than expected. Gold to amber hued liquid, clean but not especially shiny, steady flow of random, large bubbles, no beads. Powerful nose of clove, Indian mukhwas, caramel, honey dripped challah bread, lightly peppery, the banana scents trump but don’t overpower the poached apricot, pear accents. Full-bodied, muscular and relentless to the finish. This aspect accentuated by the weak carbonation. Finishes on the dry side, even with the relative richness of the whole. The banana, bubblegum draw out whipped cream, scone notes. Offers green melon, pear flavors in support. Through the mid-palate becomes metallic, minerally with elevating pepperiness. Could be considered as herbaceous as this style could get. This sort of bitterness enlivens it and probably helps it from getting too sweet. Overall, its heaviness makes it a candidate for “dessert beer” rather than for pounding on its own. Well done, not fully traditional, follows its own path.

Jan 31, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of candi sugar,yeast,malt, grain,malt, Clove and spices. Taste is very similar, seems to have a stronger bitter taste and finish than the aroma suggests. Very easy to drink considering the high abv

May 27, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Nickel Brewing Company "Belgian Golden Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 10/18/17" and sampled on 12/15/17
$1.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Look: A hazy amber body with gold and orange highlights is topped by a finger-thick head of creamy off-white.
Smell: Belgian yeast phenols with clove, a mild spiciness, and soft fruity notes of banana and sweet apples over grainy malt.
Taste: As the aroma suggests, but with some additional plum added in, its grainy, bready, and very lightly caramelish and toasty malt acts as the springboard for the Belgian yeast to come alive. It's sweetish but not sweet, and the spiciness of the yeast and drying alcohol help its median bitterness to ground it. It's perfectly balanced with a pleasant combination of fruit and spice against the sweetish bready malt followed by a dry, spicy, and somewhat herbal lingering finish.
Feel: Medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge and a fine-bubbled, crisp carbonation that gently bristles the tongue before warming to become smoother.
Overall: A slightly darker-in-color take on the Belgian golden strong ale style (not that there are really styles in Belgium) with a little more depth of character to the malt. Interesting and quite drinkable despite it's strength.

Dec 15, 2017
Belgian Golden Ale from Double Nickel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 21 ratings