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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 Sammy
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer itself was rather ordinary. Something funky in the aroma, and farmhouse in the taste. Clear golden bodied with a generous retained head. Wasn’t getting the current taste too strongly.Average mouthfeel.
Not super drinkable or particularly worth seeking out.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a pale golden, murky body.

S: lots of graham cracker, pale malts, honey, with a subtle musty fruitiness.

T: graham cracker, pale malts and grains up front with a dark fruit finish, mosly dried cherry and raisins and probably currants though I am unfamiliar with their smell. Nice yeast character.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice fruit notes from the currants. The base beer seems like it follows the genre well.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special Thanks to Jim at the Weyerbacher Idiot's Drool release for sharing this one with me and a few other guys there. The beer poured out as a very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The beer looks to be well carbonated with plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, and a bit on the fruity side. The taste of the beer gives off a bit of a fruity note as well, personally I feel that this beer tastes a hell of a lot like Midas Touch. The mouthfeel is light and fairly refreshing, it doesn't feel dry at all it's more of a sweet feeling you get as apposed to a bitter finish. Overall I expected a little more from this brew. I'm not really sure why but I just thought that it would have been something a little more over the top. It's not a bad beer, I just feel that it would be much better to drink in the summer time. I don't feel that this one lives up to the hype in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a very thin off white head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of honey in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of honey, which make it taste like mead.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit winey on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good sipping beer that masks its alcohol rather well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite the fruit-forward Belgiany description on the bottle, the beer puts on a display of pilsner mal and Belgianesque fruity/spicy interplay that plays like a dry and fruity full bodied Cream Ale.

The appearance paints an image of strong straw color with mild haze. Ample carbonation creates a lively beer that builds a light and fluffy head of stark white while lacing in moderate fashion as the beer falls. Fair and bubbly to the eye, the beer looks very Belgiany.

Aromas build upon a bready malt bsse of yeast and dough, but with a zesty scent of white pepper, under rippened berries or grapes, apples, and pear. Without much variant layering of aromas, the simple and clean aromas create a thrist quenching and satisfying promise.

Delicious flavors of freshly kilned barley gives a bright taste of freshly baked breads, yeasty dough, and cereal grain. Moderate Belgian influence contributes a zesty pepper quality of white pepper while the fruity esters deliver on an apple/grape/berry flavor that's partially due to yeasty esters and the additions of currant. Simple on complexity, but pleasantly full of taste when compared to simple Belgian ales or more simple German Lagers.

Medium bodied for a pilsner based beer, the carbonation offers early creaminess, but airiness at mid palate that leads to a lifting dryness of pepper and fruit. Low on bitterness, the finish is a sparkling wine feel with a fruity and spicy back.

While it's easy to expect a heavy and complex display of flavors to conjoin the fussion of Peal Jam and Dogfish, the truth is that the demands of the band are quite banal, and the quality of Dogfish Head carries the collaboration towards success. I didn't expect the notion of Pearl Jam to influence the beer a 'heavier' direction. But the beer that Dogfish Head creates is a very Cream Ale taste, but with a fruity/spicy interplay and a zesty dry finish that's much commemorated! Gread job to Dogfish Head with a limited scope.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky head that leaves dotty lacing behind

Smell: Bready, with hints of lemon and honey

Taste: Bready, up front, with a hint of honey developing by mid-palate; the honey ratchets up a notch, after the swallow, and a bit of grain arrives to drive home the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable but, honestly, there is not much going on

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of light cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a textbook light gold. Transparent.

Sm: Heavy malt. Some sugar. Some peanut butter. Bleh.

T: Adjuncts over top a generic lager foundation. Some extra sugar. Quite simple and boring. This is a damned embarassment. The apple esters are the best part, but even they are understated. It's okay. Pleasant and drinkable, but boring and comparatively bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sort of suits the flavour. A bit too thick.

Dr: Decent drinkability. I wouldn't buy it again - especially at this price. It's above average at best, but still lackluster.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head. Aroma consists of light sweet malt base with note of currants and light fruity ester. Taste is an unbalanced mix between some lightly sweet malt notes with some currant notes and some weird cough syrup notes detectable in the background. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another experience that is not a total hit.

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Photo of oline73
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We opened this up at a tasting this weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden/light amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves a small ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Light and sweet malt, this one is a bit fruity and a bit herbal.

Taste: Light and herbal with some fruit thrown in the mix. Sweet from the malt and slightly bitter in the finish. This is a weird beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really mediocre and weird beer. I hate not being specific, but it just didn't work for me. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam fades away quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with a touch of pear, honey and just a bit of fruit in the background.

T - Sweet malt with a non descript fruity character up front. Some pear and light pepper flavors in the middle which transition to a more fruity finish where the currant actually comes out as a distinctive flavor with lightly herbal hops and a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fruity and not overly complex, but I still like it. It manages to be sweet but never cloying and it has just enough variety of flavor to give it some legitimacy. I wouldn't feel the need to drink it again, but it was nice.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing his so I didn't have to crack mine.

Light fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head, light lacing, crystal clear golden almost honey color.

Nose dry bready English like earthy bready malty, light earthy almost herbal UK hops, herbal almost vegetative hops. Light oil hop, dry, hint of fruit and citrus.

Taste dry rustic bready malts, lots more herbal hops, vegetative, oily, some bitterness, phenolic, light boozey add fruity esters, hint of citrus and fruit with a bit of the currants, dry. finishes semi biter, herbal oily hops rustic bready malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, pretty lackluster, not my favorite hops, not much Belgian, etc. Not what I was expecting at all and I'm a bit disappointed. Maybe it was because I had overhyped this in my head, but either way a decent but sub-par beer for DFH standards IMO.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of rich bright-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger of sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells festive in the nose, with a mix of spice, currants, green citrus, and a honeyed sweetness, which is all propped up in the nostrils by a little alcohol thickness. The spice and currants really stick out here in the aroma.

The taste is similar, with dark currant flavor that is prominent but not overbearing, thanks to an equally strong malt backbone of honey sweetness and toasted bread. There is a decent bit of earthy bitterness present as well which in turn helps offset some of that sweetness, while a fairly lively spice presence lingers into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, possibly a touch fuller, with a firm and prickly feel on the tongue that segues into more of a rigid creaminess across the back of the palate. The overall body on this is actually pretty drinkable considering the amount of warm chewiness that is present from the alcohol.

This wasn’t bad. It might not have been the most complex beer I’ve ever had but what is here is pretty well balanced and worked well enough together. The currant flavor and spice were probably the highlights of this for me. It’s probably worth checking out if you still see it out there.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Wasn't too crazy about this one, I must say. First of all, why would they celebrate the anniversary of _Ten_ with a beer named after a song on _Yield_?

Poured into a pint glass, a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger's breadth of delicate white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma was actually pretty close to a Leffe Blonde if I remember it accurately enough. Bready malts, light sugars, and leafy hops. Taste was light and biscuity, pale malts, and light sugars, as implied by the aroma; a moderate vegetal flavor, more grassy and straw-like rather than having anything resembling "currants" or being "fruit-forward" as the bottle promised. A discerning tongue could maybe pick out some subtle white wine notes, but that's about it. Light body, with a bit of a sweet syrupy feeling left behind. Fairly drinkable, but nothing extraordinary. Closer in quality to _Yield_ than _Ten_...but that's still not entirely bad.

It's hard to criticize DFH because I still like them a lot, but this beer--released in winter time, in honor of Pearl Jam--shouldn't it have been some kind of stout called "Black"? I would have even settled for a saison called "Garden." :D

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Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like a watered-down tripel gone slightly awry. Quite carbonated on the tongue. Rather sweet but subsides into the club soda taste. Just 20 IBU so it's not meant to be hoppy, but I don't detect even enough bitterness to give it a touch more balance. The fruit is pleasing at first, but it's not a very complex or interesting flavor. More like plum skins.

From the 750 ml bottle. An amazing $14.99 somewhere in San Diego. Nowhere as good as Matilda or Hades, to name two popular versions of the style. Certainly not a bad beer, but if you're going to do the big fancy bottle and charge more than most Belgians, you're going to build expectations.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light golden body with a few inches of poorly retentive white suds.

Smell: Sweetish cereal-scented aroma with a delicate spicing and only a faint, underlying fruitiness laying in wait that, were I not expecting it, I might not've even noticed was there. However, a little warmth and patience does help to bring the fruit note out a bit more.

Taste: Delicate pale malts with a definite sugared cereal edge to it, though touches of straw and yeasty dough persist. Though currants are added, the fruitiness comes across initially as moderately tart-ish cranberry or pomegranate, then, smoothing into a sweeter taste of Luden's cherry cough drops. Finishes still rather sweetish with a lingering cereal quality and fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. There's some slight stickiness to the mouthfeel, whereas I'd prefer some more ease and effervescence.

Overall: Falling somewhere between Duvel and the next of kin, Duvel Green, but with, of course, some added currant fruitiness. A tolerable tribute. I was ultimately more excited about the 90's tunes I fired up for the review than the beer itself.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the brewery on the day of the release.

A: Pours a surprisingly light golden color with a foamy one finger white head on top. Pretty good retention with it lasting for a few minutes until reducing down to a thin white layer on top. Lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very faint fruit aroma, which I assume is the currants. There is a bit of pale malt and a good bit of bread present. Not much Belgian yeast or spice aroma at all.

T: Very similar to the aroma. There is some very light currant flavor as well as some pale/grain malt, and a little bit of bready malt. There really isn't much else to pick out here. I was hoping for a much stronger currant flavor, especially considering there were 10 currant additions during the boil.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with no sign of alcohol.

O: A bit of a disappointment, I was hoping for a much stronger currant presence. It comes off like a rather generic BSPA, with seemingly very little of the Belgian spices even shining through.

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Photo of billab914
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a golden/light amber color with a thin white head to it.

The aroma has a pale, crisp, grainy flavor mixing with a little bit of a fruity, slightly spicy, Belgian yeast profile. Not bad, but not really all that interesting either.

The taste shows a little more of a tart, fruity presence then the aroma did. I also get a good amount of the crisp, grainy, pale malts mixing with just a little of the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an easy drinking and decent beer, but not one that was overly outstanding or interesting. The currents didn't come through enough to really add anything truly interesting for me either.

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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 Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden -bottled on 10/31, only about 3 wks in the bottle. Shared with octopus87, enjoyed from a tulip.

The color is mildly hazed golden with a thick cap of white which becomes rocky, yet holds well. There is carbonation visibly streaming up in a medium fast pace to a tight bead, lace sticks pretty well. The smell is very malt focused with slight yeasty aroma which gives mild spice esters and the general malt and yeast hints at a creamy combo, very bready. The feel is slightly full with some malt body to augment the slight fruit tanginess from the belgian yeast. The body is slightly creamy with moderately high carbonation and semi-dry mid taste to finish with a slight sweet essence.

The Faithfull is a pretty malty Belgian with some mild spice and yeast hints at chalky with a somewhat doughy and bready flavor. There is light sweetness from the pils base with slight currant note which goes well with the malt. There is a light tanginess in the yeast flavor which also brings out slight earthy currant elements. The malt verges on nutty/toasted at times with more subtle sugar in the raisiny accent, the finish comes off slightly sweet with a hint of spice. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian style golden, not great but for what it is it is alright. I like the currant addition, but perhaps the sweetnes is higher in the profile than necessary. I like the fact the alcohol is low in the overall taste, but it is just good overall in drinkability for my taste, it is like a toned-down pangea -it seems that is the base without any added spices.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/19/11 notes. Was glad to see them making this as PJ is one of my favorite bands, though this particuliar song is way down on the list. Picked up a bottle of this a few weeks ago at Conn Ave Liquors but have yet to crack it. Was able to have it on tap at The Falls Church brewpub yesterday afternoon. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with no real head at all and almost no carbonation. Looks pretty average.

s - Smells of wheat, lemon, earthy notes, light spices, grains, and light citrus. Lots of wheat and grain, but not bad.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of wheat, grain, lemongrass, and light spice. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but would have liked a little more carbonation.

o - Overall a decent wheat beer. Lots of wheat and some lemon here, and pretty easy to drink, but not a ton going on and could have used some more carbonation. Unfortunately a mediocre beer (by a great brewery) named after a mediocre song (by a great band). Would have liked a great beer named after a great song though.

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened this one during the super bowl for everyone to try. I think it was from early 2010.

A - Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass. I got a bit of the dregs in mine, others where pretty clear compared to mine.

S - Smells of dry yeast, pale malts, spicy currants, honey sweetness, and light fruitiness. It was a little slow to develop but it got pretty decent toward the end.

T - Starts off with a bit of spicy current quickly giving way to hints of pale malts, doughy yeast, light fruitiness, and some honey sweetness. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering sweetness.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel that doesn't stick around for very long.

O - I actually liked this one a bit more than my rating would indicate. It had some decent flavors but it never really got to the point of being great. I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

There was more of a demand for this beer at my local store than for CBS. Damn, I gotta see what this stuff brings: It pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light corn syrup (more of a vague sweetness than anything, but this is a close enough approximation), vague berries, and light dank greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with those berries coming in even lighter and with a bit of a plastic twinge. Honestly, not much going on on my tongue at all, but what is there ain't all that appealing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty sad and boring beer. Given the greatness of "Ten", I'm not entirely sure Pearl Jam deserved a tribute beer like this (though the rest of their oeuvre kinda implies something weak being appropriate)...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared with some Pearl Jam fans. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Crystal clear yellow. Nice white head and some good lacing. But really, it looks flavorless.

Smell - Musty dry smell. Somewhat yeasty and sweet smelling. Fruits, but I couldn't possibly identify it as currants.

Taste - Sweet light malts and a slight acidic tinge to it. Mildly bitter finish and just a hint of, again, unrecognizable fruit. Apparently it's currants.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Really thick for something so light in flavor. Very musty finish.

Overall - A very average BPA, if that's really what it is. Lacking complexity and fruit. Just about nothing exciting about this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big glowing apricot bright orange body with an off white creamy colored head with a fluffy billowing texture. The body was slightly clouded and the head formed fine even lacing as it dwindled. I remember Au Courant never quite taking off, and all of a sudden we have a new 7% abv currant beer. The nose has a dry powdered yeast note that falls flat, a bit of a mineral character with some mild earthiness. The nose isn't very expressive with the currant fruitiness/tartness I was expecting. Flavor is actually pretty nice with a mix of sweet malt and tart fruit currants mixing together, with a wave of warmth in the alcohol and a dry Belgian yeast finish. Not much in the way of spices or yeast spiciness. There is a texture/flavor that I just don't care for amongst the currant jam sweetness that almost has a milky powdered crushed calcium tablet note about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation, something in texture weighs on the palate between each sip making it more and more difficult to quaff on. Overall this beer lacks cohesive flavors that would be expressive of such a great and timeless band like Pearl Jam. Maybe they were going for a currant jam, but I feel this beer was a rehash of an old release with less creativity behind than their other album releases like Bitches Brew or Hellhound on my Ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light golden color with a thinnish white head with minimal retention. Smells a bit fruity with a bit of pepper mostly. A light bit of non descript dark fruits with a Belgian yeasty twang. Taste is a bit sweet with dark fruits, candied sugar, pepper, and clove. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, I enjoyed it, but it really didn't wow me.

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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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