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Faithfull AleFaithfull Ale

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, "Ten." In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.

Added by THECPJ on 10-19-2011

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head shaped Pint.

Color: Clear gold with a white head.

Smell: Fruits (peach, mango, lemon), hops, malts and yeast.

Taste: Fruits (peach, mango, lemon), hops, malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse and dry on the palate.

Overall: Turned out to be better than I anticipated. I got a nice Fruit aroma and taste which was great. Definitely will drink another one. Cheers!

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Photo of vath
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh this is a nice session brew... raised glasses while Yield - Faithfull filled the air sound...

ONCE poured, an EVEN FLOW of nice DEEP golden ale will prove to come ALIVE with a quickly dissipating champagne head. Soon a GARDEN of berry aroma will RELEASE, undoubtedly from the BLACK currants. Mouthfeel is super clean and internal carbonation is super low which leads to an almost creamy texture & viscosity. Taste has a slight sweetness, yet currants are not at all overpowering. Hops are low obviously at 20 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) so don't expect to be bitten by bitterness... Not at all malty either... Great balance in my opinion for a PJ fanatic's beer. A Belgian style taste is more or less non existent which it fine by me, maybe it's the fine carbonation that stemmed from Belgium. The bottom of an empty glass comes too soon, i could drink OCEANS of this ale on any PORCH.

Thanks Dogfish for this PJ20 and thanks PJ for the last Twenty...

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Photo of philbertk
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. Bottle purchased in 2011 from Chuck's 85th Street Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, Washington for $15.99. "Ale Brewed With Currants--20 IBU's". Lacy lasting quarter inch bright white head. Clear pretty bright yellow gold color. Light Belgian yeast aroma with hints of Currants and mild hop notes. Tight sediment hazes brew slightly. Clean mild sweet fruit lick black currant Belgian Golden Ale body. Very nice medium texture. Clean mellow sweet smooth Belgian end. Very smooth and tasty. Aged nicely. (4.25 / 5.0).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy, golden yellow color came though immediately, but no head at all. Only the slightest broken crown around the edges and a good amount of carbonation streaking up were the only signs of life in this one, very strange occurrence indeed.

The aroma was very nice. Lots of yeast and coriander here. Almost a peppery like note bouncing around in there as well. Hints of grass, and honey as well as some light touches of wheat and lemon. The flavor was very peppery, with a pronounced zing on the tongue from the first sips. Nice and lively feel, which was good as I was afraid it was going to come off dull, but was pleasantly surprised. Coriander riddled throughout this one, which on its own, this would be an excellent Belgian ale, but with this added level of spice it just got that much better. Very dry finish, with the moisture zapped from the tongue and a nice bitter taste left behind to balance and play around

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a nice potent fruity Belgian yeast smell with a bit of berry from the currants and some sweet kinda grainy malts and maybe some earthy hop presence as well. I know it has some characteristics of a cheaper adjunct beer the appearance and somewhat the taste but it was made so that is was pleasing the band who said they liked fruity alcoholic beverages and mexican lagers. This is like a craft beer version of the 2 combined.

With that being said I get a bit of spicy fruity hop then with some cereal sweet malt ending with some fruity berry tastes from the currants and Belgian yeast and a very subtle earthy hoppiness to finish off the taste. For such a standard style its has a nice big taste to it. You can't really make a Belgian Golden Ale taste any better or "extreme" than this unless if you hop it to the hills and have a crazy alcohol percentage.

What I like best about this beer is the thicker almost creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel for it being a yellow golden beer. The body of this beer almost reminds me of some of the lower alcoholic stout beers which tells you this beer is made with quality right there. I also like that it hides the 7 percent so well its as drinkable and goes down as easy as any of those adjunct lagers.

I can understand why some people don't like this beer that much or its nothing special but for the style of it being a Golden Ale its amazing.I think the problem is that a lot of people don't like golden ales? With that being said I recommend this beer as another well made line of beers in Dogfish's music beers.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very light in color and allows a lot of light through it, much like a light beer. The head was very small.

The smell is fruity and refreshing. At 7% it smells very light and the higher alcoholic content is masked well by the fruity overtones.

The taste is great; the alcohol is not present at all while the crisp flavor is blended well with the fruity, grape-like flavor that is not overwhelming.

It is very crisp and fresh for an ale and feels light on the way down. Easy to drink!

Overall, this beer is refreshing, fruity, strong and tasty. I enjoy it (trying not to let my like of the band cloud my judgement) and would recommend it to anyone. For an ale it is light and crisp and would be suitable for the warmer months. Enjoy!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle, poured into a perfect pint, while listening to the leak of Lightning Bolt. 10/14

Pours light copper, light bottom to darker top. 1/4 inch white foam. Sits atop. Light fruity nose, must be the currants. Light malty flavor, good fruity back. Citrus in there. Really good, nicely balanced. Worked for me.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the pure white, foamy head.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, black pepper and currants float from the glass. The fruit aromas bordering on vinous really appear more as it warms and there is just a hint of sugar.

The flavor offers a more pronounced fruit profile featuring the berry-like currants and again subtle sugars and a generous pepper kick when the beer is first poured. It even becomes a touch bready at the very end.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a cloying finish.

I was rather impressed with this beer. True to DFH form it was not a pure example of the style but the ingredients used made for a tasty brew.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-1-16 - This was my 2011 bottle. I let it rest on its side for a day to get the currants in motion. Served at home into a tulip glass. Nice white head with just a slight,slight hint of purplish color in the body. Super tasty and refreshing. I'd say it held up nicely over the last few years, it was my only one so I have nothing to compare it to. Pearl Jam 25?

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Handsome clear golden. Pretty thick head on the pour that reduces quickly.
smell: That magic DFH a little sweet, a little cream, a little fruit that's in Midas as well.
taste: more goodness. smooth, tasty, clearly DFH.
overall: nice addition. Not the best DFH but kudo's...please keep em comin.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, cyrstal clear, honey-gold coloring with a very light, foamy head of about an inch that settles out quickly once you begin drinking. Aromas of toasted cereal and extremely subtle currant sweetness. That grape/currant character swings heavier in the palate, with a solid, slightly sour profile along side the toasty grain backbone and a touch of honey at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is roasty and toasty, but not much else. This helps keep it clean, with a smooth, slightly lingering finish that leaves a touch of fruit behind for a bit. Very decent beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of light fruits, Belgian yeast, some coriander, lemon, and some light pale malts.

T - Starts off with some sweet fruity esters with some pale malt and some lemon and other citrus flavors. Through the middle, the fruit flavors come through with some currants, alongside some Belgian yeasts, with some light spices. The finish is a mix of sweet light fruits, pale malts, yeast, and some lemon.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. There is quite a bit of fruity flavor mixed in, but the beer still stays nicely balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of suspect
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Pearl Jam is and always has been one of my all-time favorite bands and Dogfish Head is and always has been one of my all-time favorite breweries so when the latter released a tribute beer in honor of the former, I was very excited. Decent legs and moderate lacing.

A: Crystal clear, pale golden color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a fluffy, pure white, 1 finger head that disappears within a minute leaving a slightly elevated ring around the top and some white swirls on top.

S: Big fruity nose featuring lemons, peaches, apricots, mangoes and grapes along with some bready yeast, malty undertones and just enough hop presence to make it fun.

T: The fruity notes backed down a bit from the nose and the typical Belgian strong pale ale flavor becomes a bit more apparent. Some spicy notes such as cumin perhaps or maybe ginger but the bready yeast and malts that were noticeable but not dominant in the nose come through. I'm not sure I know what currants taste like so I'm not sure if I'm able to pick them up here but I know they are a berry and I'm quite sure they're extra tart. This beer is definitely tart but also sweet as well if that makes any sense.

M: Medium bodied beer, thick sweet and sticky aftertaste. There is some pucker at the very end of the taste and if only that were more prominent, the feel would have been a bit better.

O: A good beer. A nice beer with enough unique qualities to make me satisfied with the effort. I'm not sure the style was the right choice here (I'm not even sure this beer fits this particular style) but I'm not one to question what DFH does with their brews. They are good at what they do and I appreciate each one for its special off-centered-ness and this one is no different.

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle brewed in celebration and labeled with "Pearl Jam TWENTY" for the band's 20th anniversary. Shared with Nick for a video episode and transcribed from the footage. Served into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear with a touch of chill haze golden honey colored body. A bubbly and relatively creamy looking white head sits atop, leaving a decent retention cap after it settles out. Minor lacing on the walls though I was hoping for more. Nothing wrong with this beer's appearance at all.

S: Lots of pale malts with a very white wine and honey sweetness. White grapes, honey and a sort of fruity tartness towards the back end. Not too much in the way of a Belgian yeast strain coming out nor really any very fruit-forward flavors. As the label would suggest I'd expect quite a presence of currants but they really are a struggle to find. It smells quite good nonetheless.

T: More pale malts are up-front with a hint of a yeasty element. The semi-sweetness of the honey and white grape juice blends in mid-palate with a dry chardonnay quality. Ah ha, there are the currants at the extreme back end, barely. Something is there, it's fruity and sweet, it has to be them, right? It leads into a dry finish, somewhat dry, sweet and malty.

M: Well carbonated, quite lively and sudsy on the palate. All these tiny bubbles give the feel a nice smoothness. Finish is somewhat dry.

I have to be honest I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It certainly surprises me the negative reviews this is getting. Nothing is off in terms of the flavor profile or offensive. Yes, it may not have the most mind-blowing flavors in the world but enough of the subtleties are there to set it apart. If you like Midas Touch and Chateau then this is certainly one you'll enjoy. I happen to really like both of those beers.

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Photo of Swim424
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber

pours sort of a gold yellow. small head. smells fruity, apples banana pears. sort of fruity up front finishing pretty smooth. a little carbonation. Not much hops. very smooth thick feel to it. overall i think this is pretty good. nothing to rave about and not worth 15 bucks. but if it were cheaper it would be better.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml crown capped bottle. Bottled 10/31/2011. I got it at Total Wine in Sterling, VA back around Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear yellow-gold. Decent off white head, not much retention or lacing for a Belgian style.

Smell: Very sweet, almost like Capn Crunch cereal. I wouldnt necessarily have called the aroma currant, but its clearly not the apple/pear/white grape I often get from a Belgian pale. Clean (not musty) Belgian yeast aroma. Different, but good.

Taste: Candy-sweet fruity esters and pale malt. There's some bitterness, either from hops or alcohol that keeps the sweetness in check though. Again, the fruitiness is a little strange but good. I can't get Capn Crunch out of my head.

Mouthfeel: Not as lively as a Duvel, but quite nice in the mouth.

Overall: Well, I was prepared to be let down by this brew, but was pleasantly surprised. Its different, and good.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: currants, sweet, malts, belgian yeast

taste: some currants, sweet, belgian yeast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent beer glad I tried it. can't wait to compare bottle to draft.


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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not a fan of Pearl Jam, I still appreciate a bit of their music. Which is why I was surprised to see an ale created specifically to celebrate their 20th anniversary. I'm a big of fan of beer/music collaborations (Bitch's Brew, the Clutch and Kvelterak ales and the Robert Johnson ale by DFH) and I just had to try this.

Pours a bright golden color with a huge white head into my glass. Very nice!

The nose tastes like a standard belgian ale with spicy yeast. There's nary a hint of anything else, which is odd to me.

Flavors of apple, plum and currant are present in the mouth. They do add a bit more flavor but regardless, you're looking at a standard belgian strong pale ale.

Mouthfeel? Lingering spice from the yeast with fruit notes. Nothing spectacular.

It has several things going for it: It's drinkable, it's well-done and it certainly isn't what I expected. As for the currants? Hmm. Regardless, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Rob315
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, reviewed while listening to man of the hour.

Look: Pours crystal clear yellow orange color with massive white fluffy head that quickly fades to about a 1/2 finger head.

Smell: Sweet berries dominate the nose, wheat, figs, raisins, cloves, currants, black raspberries.

Taste / Mouthfeel: Very much like smell, sweet berries from the currants is balanced between the spiciness from yeast. Apple notes and breadiness comes through. Finishes sweet and crisp.

Overall: Great brew for an amazing band. Not my favorite DFH offering, but definitely interesting and well done. Currants work well with the spiciness of the yeast. The sweetness is controlled well and never becomes overwhelming. I would look to try this again.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing vanilla, light ginger ale and something of a cherry grape aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer, though there's a hint of hoppy bitternes in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a clean, slightly prickly, sweet finish.

While nothing extraordinary, I really don't understand some of the low scores for this beer. It's a tasty enough beer, and one I would definitely consider ordering again.

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Photo of keanex
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Clear golden color, thin white head, not much carbonation showing.

S: Slightly malty with hints of sweetness throughout. Not very strong but pleasant.

T: I actually really liked this. Very easy to drink with a nice fruity flavor to it with a sweet taste.

M: Medium carbonation with times making it near thick with low to medium carbonation.

O: I liked this beer, but then again I wasn't expecting it to blow my mind like others may have. It's a nice easy to drink beer with good flavor throughout.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Very, very yeasty and bready with more currant in the aroma than there is in the taste. More accurately, the currant is probably more forward in the aroma than it is in the flavor because of all the breadiness in the taste. Pours golden with a somewhat thin head that leaves little lacing. I expected a darker beer, probably because of the currants, so that was a surprise. Quite fruity in the nose with noticeable currant notes. Aside from the breadiness in the taste, the currants make a mid-palate appearance followed by a late hoppy bitterness. Interesting, but the slightly raw yeasty flavors contribute to a thicker mouthfeel. I actually don't mind the flavor itself, primarily since I like a yeasty note and I like currants, but I could see how this could easily hit the wrong notes for a lot of people.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faithfull Ale--brewed to celebrate Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary and their album Ten--opens with a rich, yeasty nose, smelling of fresh baked wheat breads, mixed with toast crusts and wet wheat stalks. The nose is almost entirely grain and bread, but thin threads of sugar do come through in the form of light grapefruits, touches of brown sugar, and the faintest hint of currants, the latter lending a barely perceptible currant jam overtone to the aromas. As a whole the nose is decent, but not necessarily revelatory or enticing in the way that many Dogfish Head beers are, and is perhaps overly-heavily grain-based.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same grain-based flavors as were present in the nose--fresh wheat breads, toast crust, biscuit--but a better blend of sugars comes through, providing touches of brown sugar and wildflower honey to the brew. The currants are so intricately blended into the flavor profile as to be hardly noticeable, and instead of standing out as overpowering monoliths, add a subtle berry sweet/tartness to the brew. Had I not known that currents were added, in fact, I would have attributed these flavors to the hops and malts. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer becomes more grainy, tasting like fresh wheat stalks and hay straw, though enough sweetness remains to counter the earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and lingers for a decent time, becoming more grain-based as it ages. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while this is good beer, it's just that: "good" beer. It's not "great," largely because it lacks any remarkable or distinguishing characteristics, such as many of Dogfish Head's other offerings. Even the currants, despite the fact that they were added in "10 incremental additions" during the one-hour boil, don't make a marked presence, and simply blend with everything else. This doesn't mean that the beer is not worth trying, but it does mean that you shouldn't approach this expecting the same revelatory mindbending experience that was Pearl Jam's Ten. Instead, it's just a decent brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short head. A spotty foam remains on the surface during the session.

Smell: light fruit and mild spiciness rise from the glass.

Taste: grass, cracked pepper, gold apples, currents, crackers, and a mild bitterness makes up a mellow but tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lasting on the tongue.

Overall: this beer was enjoyable based on the style. Yes it is milder in flavor, but sometimes this is exactly what I am looking for in a beer.

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Photo of hdofu
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this one while listening to the album that inspired it. I can see why the album inspired it as I find it easy to compare the 2. There was flavor there but it wasn't overwhelming, it was easy to drink but not something I'd go out of my way to get again. And perhaps slightly overrated. It poured gold, smelled wheat like and had a hint of some fruit in it. Taste was wheaty with a thin finish of the fruit. For a belgian strong ale it wasn't very strong. It was kind of thin and just not as exciting as some of dogfishes which in some ways was a good thing. Overall it was drinkable, not offensive and pleasant to sip.

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