Waldman | Georgetown Brewing Company

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3.79 w/ 6 ratings

Brewed by:
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stakem on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by flagmantho:
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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked & caged bottle into a snifter taster glass at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in Seattle.

Appearance: medium gold hue with a very light haze and a very light effervescence. Very little head, but most pours at the Belgianfest were like this. Not too bad.

Smell: farmhouse aroma with lots of breadiness and grassiness. Not terribly complex, but well-composed and well-balanced. Quite nice.

Taste: malt flavor walks the line between sweet and dry. Like the aroma, bready and grassy with a little bit of Brett funk. A mild tartness is present, which brings in a good balance. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a drinkable, approachable Brettanomyces pale ale. It's definitely got a lot in common with saisons, though, and if you like saisons this beer might work for you.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jconrick1 for this 375mL corked and caged bottle. Served in a cervoise. Pours a somewhat-cloudy light golden color with a large, foamy white head. Sheet of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some really nice hop aroma with floral, herbal, and light citrus qualities. Some fruit and earth notes behind that. The Brett plays in well there. The flavor is quite nice as well. Brett notes are pretty strong along with moderate hop flavor and a good dose of dry Brett through the finish. A bit of horse blanket along with a touch of hay and light fruit. A bit of melon (honeydew, specifically) as it warms. Body is light-medium with moderate carbonation. Quite nice.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the label: "Waldman is modeled after an English Ordinary Bitter with a few decidedly Belgian stylings. It is brewed with Northern Brewer hops and 36 lbs of Belgian Candi Sugar then fermented with a Belgian Ale yeast. We finish with Brettanomyces "Wild" Yeast Strain and a heavy dose of dry hops. The Brett is carried over to the bottles where Waldman continues to develop complex flavors throughout bottle conditioning."

Thanks are owed to jconrick1 for the chance to try this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a perfectly clear color of light golden yellow to mild copper. 2 fingers worth of off-white froth sit atop the brew and produce some spotty lacework on the glass. The cap displays decent retention. When held to the light, the brew looks more of a pale yellow.

The aroma is quite fruity and floral with hints of funk that are almost like must more than anything. Cork and cardboard also come to mind mixed with some leather. Hints of citrus like grapefruit are pretty dominant with some aspect like pulp/zest and rinds. As the brew warms up and is swirled, a bit of cheesy aspect evolves.

The taste is all about the base bitter. The bottle has a paper sticker affixed to the neck that states this is "soured." I think that is a bit of a stretch and falsely advertising. This is not sour, it is hardly even tart until the finish. The taste is fairly fruity and rindy like grapefruit juice with hints of earthy brett quality. Cork, must and cardboard are the flavors most prevalent when ignoring the hop inclusion of fruity rinds. The aftertaste is bitter and somewhat oily.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated but overall this was a bit of a letdown. The brett inclusion is obvious with its musty and earthy notes of barnyard quality and funk. However, it doesn't deliver on the advertised sourness. It does carry the bitterness with an extra kick of tropical quality that might either be the brett showing through or maybe just the dry hopping, I am not sure. Sour fans will be disappointed with this. however, for what it is (ordinary bitter with belgian influence) it is pretty decent. If you remove the "soured" label from this, I would rate it much higher.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Waldman from Georgetown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 6 ratings
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