Faithfull Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #413
Ranked #45,724
3.42 | pDev: 16.96%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Faithfull AleFaithfull Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 725
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

POured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dirty golden color with a full, white, pillowy, frothy had which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace. The nose has a light currant note, some doughy/bready yeast, light candi sugar, light peach, some light herbs, and faint sweat. The flavor is similar with more light candi sugar, peach and currant notes underneath, faint herbs, doughy yeast, and light peppery phenols. The palate is lively, medium, creamy, and slightly drying. The finish is lightly herbal and peppery, drying slightly, but ultimately still filled with light candi sugar. Not what I would call a tribute to Pearl Jam with not much going on. The beer was mostly just candi sugar notes and subtle fruit additions. Very disappointing but again I could never really associate Pearl Jam with craft beer?

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Photo of JustHarmless
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass

A- Golden yellow, somewhat turbid color with a thin white head

A- Currants up front, some tropical fruits, some malty sweetness

T- Faint currant taste and not much else, a bit peppery on the backend

M- Overly carbonated, a bit thin and watery

O- A nice beer, but not one I would purchase again. It was $12.99 here in NJ, and, to me, way overpriced given the quality of the beer. Overall, a disappointment

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. A reckless pour created only two fingers of head. Meringue colored head with a clear butterscotch body.

The smell was fruity with a moderate Belgian yeast chalkiness. 7-Up and bright currants.

The taste was reflective of the smell. Fruity, pears and currants. Mildly dank basement. Pretty clean for a Belgian Ale. Not as bold as I expected.

The mouthfeel was smooth and medium to thin in the body. Modest carbonation. Not my favorite DFH beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle. Time to spin this black circle…

A: Half expecting the bright red glow of Au courant, I was a little disappointed by the pale yellow color that sat in my glass. The ale got darker in the center of the glass, but pale and fizzy seems appropriate. A sizeable head, white and fluffy, adds to the fizzy yellow nature. Moderate lacing.

S: Fruity and yeasty, the currants are evident immediately. They have a raisiny aroma that is markedly similar to Raison d'Etre. Honey thickness is here too, adding sweetness that compliments the fruit. Pale malts add to the lighter aromas.

T: Pale biscuits, very light, support a rich currant flavor. The fruit is musty but raisiny, both darker and lighter grapes adding to the body. Honey lends thickness but the fruit is the real stand-out with its juicy finish. Carbonation is moderate, concentrating the flavors nicely. Overall though, the body is a little thin and one-dimensional - the currants do all the heavy lifting. The fruit is a good fit, bringing an unusual sweetness that buoys the ale.

M: The currants do an admirable job carrying the ale; their sweetness has a distinct Belgian appetite. It'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. There is a nice 2-finger white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice fruitiness to it. There is are some yeasty aromas, as well as some sweet honey-like scents. There is a nice clove and spice presence, and a small touch of booziness.

T - The taste starts off with some sweet malt and honey flavor. There are flavors of clove, spices and some yeasty esters. Also, there is a nice fruitiness here, as well as a little bit of booziness and a touch of hops on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering belgian yeast, clove honey sweetness, and some fruitiness behind on the palate.

M - This ha a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some nice sweetness, as well as some tingly spiciness from the belgian yeast. There a little bit of alcohol presence as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor and goes down easy. It wouldn't be a problem to have a few glasses of this in a night. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice representation of the style. It's a good beer, but I just don't really see what makes this so special to be one of their special releases. I just has a little higher hopes for this one. I do recommend checking it out though. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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 +7.3%
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 yourefragile
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle that I wasted $12 on served in a snifter.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a large white head that quickly fades to nothing, minimal lace and little carbonation. Aroma is medicinal, plum, ripe fruit, alcohol, hand sanitizer, Belgian yeast, and light spice. Flavor is much less offensive than the nose. But who cares. Overly sweet and fruity, sugar and syrup with a cloying aftertaste. Thick, syrupy body with light carbonation and a mild dry finish. Whatever, I don't care. Evenflow bros.

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Photo of Gfunk720
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, out of my DFH signature glass. Ten was one of the first CD's I ever had, so this was a must have.

A- Quite nice. Bright and golden, very clean and clear. A nice foamy white head forms immediately, and clings to the glass.

S-Belgiany yeast and spices. Some bready notes, as well as some wine/currant notes. Also, has an off metally smell.

T- Smooth initially, then the carbonation and belgian yeast hit. The spice is prevelant, but it gets watery for a second. The aftertaste has a decent currant/hop blended flavor with a touch of malt. Not as much metal flavor, but still here faintly.

M- Not bad, but jumps between watery and nice and full flavored. Not really sure about this beer, had some potential, but never really came together.

O- Overall, this strikes me like most of the DFH 750ml series beers. I keep expecting them to be something delicious, and they really are just average beers. This is your typical spicey tripple, with mediocre body. Not worth the $$


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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured this currants induced brew into a pint glass. Generated a sandstorm effect into the glass along with a fizzy white head.

S - Soft fruit and pine smells.

T - Went into this a bit pessimistic, as I had heard very little about this to excite me. And not sure I felt I've been missing out to not have Currants in my brew.

But must say, this was surprisingly clean, albeit quite dry. Liked the subtle fruit hints over a nice lager (ok, I guess it's a pale ale, tasted lagerish to me).

Reminded me a bit of a cross between a chardonney and champaigne. Seemed best at the coldest temparature.

M - Bubbly, dry

Worth trying "once" (pun intended). Do not see a need to go back.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow pour with three fingers of white head. A nice amount of bubbles keep the head around for a little bit, the lacing is decent.

S: The currants are pretty strong, cloyingly sweet, with a strange other smell I can't quite place. It's almost alcohol, but not. kind of unpleasant.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell. Ton of currants and not much else. Sort of strange, really sweet, dry finish. Just seems to be a bit off.

MF: Light body with a medium carbonation.

O: Seems like this is a miss. Loved Bitches Brew, hated everything after. Disappointing.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pale gold in color, had a one finger snow white head and was crazy carbonated. It did leave some alright lacing down the glass.
I smelled cereal, spice, and some fruit esters. I had to work the beer fairly hard to pick up these aromas after the pour.
It was a very fruity tating beer, also got a some malty sweetness. There wasn't much hop flavor to speak of.
Faithful is light bodied for sure, a little crispness up front w/ some fruit and malt sweetness. No bittering hops to balance it out.
This is an alright beer. A little lighter and no hop presence for me but it's different. At this price point, $12 I will probably pass on it the next time.

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Photo of shand
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This was the most impulse-y of impulse buys. Guy at the store says "Hey, we just got this in!" and I just snap it up. I've been kinda passing up opening it up since then, since I don't want to have to regret my purchase. It pours a golden color with tons of visible carbonation, but a fairly tiny head. Aroma is pale malts, yeast, and currants. Smells a bit too sweet, to be honest. The taste is quite sweet, with the currants, malts, and Belgian yeast all working to make something approaching cloyingly sweet. Thankfully a cuttingly dry mouthfeel at the end stops it from becoming too cloying. The drinkability is pretty good, the Belgian influence doesn't get too out of hand. Overall, it's a decent beer, but not nearly worth the twelve dollar or so price tag that it has.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL capped bottle. neck is stamped with Bottled in 2011.

appears a clear golden yellow color with fluffy white head that soon fades. mainly smells of pale malt. not much hops, maybe a little earthy.

taste is fairly standard for Belgian Pale Ale, but not too much yeast flavor. the currant flavor is very mild, even knowing that it's supposed to be there. thin to medium in body, carbonation is fairly high.

overall - a disappointment. fairly boring, and not worth the high price tag.

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Photo of Samp01
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours deep golden hue with a long lasting white head. Aroma has nice fruity bouquet, followed by some biscuit malt and some caramel flavors. Palate is a nice medium, smooth body with good carbonation almost champagne like. Finishes with some nice ripe fruit, spices, wheat, some biscuit malt and yeast notes with a long light spicy ending. A very nice and tasty brew.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours deep golden with a long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is very fruity, biscuit malt and some caramel and Champaign. Medium, smooth body. Flavors are ripe fruit, spices, wheat, biscuit malt and yeasty notes. Long, spicy finish. This brew is very tasty, as always from DFH.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into an Orval goblet at altitude in Denver. Thanks again to kojevergas for this one, although I don’t expect a “fruit-forward macro lager” to be especially enjoyable.

A: Pours a slightly darker shade of yellow than the typical macrobrew, with a minimal white head.

S: Mostly malty, with some sweet tropical fruit notes.

T: To put it concisely, it’s like a sweeter version of most American macros. Not a lot of complexity or flavor here.

M: Think of Coors or Budweiser and you’ve got it.

D: Although it’s not that impressive, Mikkel accomplished his goal of creating a fruit-forward macro with this one. If that’s what you look for in a beer, this one's for you.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 bigfnjoe
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Trying to knock out all three Dogfish big bottles I have today...

A- pours a light orange with a one finger white head. Lots of carbonation in this one, the bubbles keep on coming. Looks lovely

S- the currant smell definitely lets you know its there....I know this isn't a sour, but it gives me that sour type scent from it, which is pretty cool.

T- the flavor is....very, very mild. I'm getting a mild taste of currants in the aftertaste, and that's really it. No Belgian flavors at all. Extremely disappointing

M- pretty thick....not syrupy, just thick. With the lack of flavor coming out of this, it's a little rough to drink

O- this started off so well, then I took a sip of it. There's the base of a good beer here....but it just fell completely flat

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Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear gold with a decent, finger+ of bubbly white head.

Smell. Lightly toasted malts, honey, red apples, berries and a little belgian yeast and floral hops.

Taste. Sweet, light malts and belgian yeast. Some berry-like fruityness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Pretty easy drinking beer. I liked it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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 lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was a light gold color with a tiny white head.

It had a fresh, outdoors aroma. Some sweet malt and a little bit of fruit.

It tasted fruity (I think currant, because that's what the label said) with a kiss of citrus hops.

On the light side, but kind of refreshing.

Not a beer I would want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle that was stamped 2011 10 31 (assuming that this is the date that it was bottled):

The beer appeared a nice, clear gold color that produced a big white head, which was not retained as well as expected. No lacing to mention.

The aroma was sweet and fruity with a hint of yeast. I expected it to be less sweet and more yeasty/bready.

The taste of the beer was entirely too sweet. More fruit sweetness than from the malt. No hops to mention...maybe I could not get past the sweetness of it. Very disappointing.

The beer had a medium feel to it and appeared to have the right carbonation for the style, which is to say, very carbonated. The beer did end with a dry finish. Overall, less than average beer that I had high expectations for. I am glad that I only bought the one bottle, as I could not even finish that one.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a tasting tulip
Appearance: Golden-yellow/straw colored, with a white head, very lacey.

Nose: Golden raisins, currants, brown sugar, and honey

Taste:Light malt, figs, a slight caramel note and some light fruits, this does lack hops so for the style its a defect, but I think this benefits from that.

Mouthfeel: light body with the carbonation for support. This is a very session able beer.

Overall: Very interesting, I would love to try this again.

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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 725 ratings