Faithfull Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
722
Reviews:
245
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
17.16%
 
 
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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 acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -26%

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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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 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.

C

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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 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 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 largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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 dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 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 XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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