Golden Doom
21st Amendment Brewery

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.74 | pDev: 13.37%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of musicman575
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love the glorious golden color. Despite the viscosity, the head dissipated pretty quickly. Bright citrus front with european maltiness and slight banana. Hoppy finish made my arm hair stand. Lots of alcohol. Does this beer not come in bottles? No? What an honor to have had it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Head foams down somewhat quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing behind. Nose is nice with apricot, citrus, lemon, and other unspecified stone fruits. A bit of residual sugars come through, but are more apparent in the flavor, which also adds in a bit more yeasty esters. Mouhfeel is moderate with pretty good carbonation. A fairly good American example of the style.

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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised to see this on tap at amsterdam ale house in manhattan. It was very refreshing for a beer of this strength. Great golden color. Perfect carbonation. Great Belgian character. Overall another great one from twenty one a and another great Belgian style ale.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into pint glass. I got the growler poured on tap from Superstar Beverage in North Babylon, NY

Appearance: Golden colour, nice thin white head.

Smell: Sweet & hoppy.

Taste: Like the smell, very sweet with some hops. The aftertaste has some bitterness and bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Nice and velvety. Some carbonation but not much.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Not too much carbonation, goes down easy. Considering the ABV of the beer, it's taste is not as strong as I thought it would be. A very good beer, almost too good, especially after having a whole growler of this. Definitely a must have!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. growler into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Aggravated pour yields a frothy, bubbly 2 finger white head with rather poor retention, dissipating into a thin white wisp quickly. True to its name, beer is a delicious clear golden color. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick and nice patterns.

S: Belgian yeast, cane sugar, apricot, lemon, and pineapple. Huge fruity bouquet and spiciness makes me doubt I'll get any type of bitterness in this one. Sweet and very appetizing.

T: Belgian yeast tang, sweet citrus, coriander and other floral esthers. Slight bitterness far off in the background probably from the yeast. Bready at points and spicy. Citrus is present throughout. Leaves a chewy, resiny sweet aftertaste that lingers just for a bit.

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, coarse, and lively in the mouth. Finish is slightly messy with a slightly dry and lingering aftertaste.

D: I don't think I've ever come across a beer with a better and more suitable name than this one. Great color, good complexity, and an appropriate mouthfeel. This one suffers a little from being a style that just has an abundance of similar tasting beers and this doesn't really set itself apart. A solid offer nonetheless and in my opinion, one of the few winners from 21st Amendment.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Waterfrony, Brooklyn, NY.

Poured a pale copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malt and robust yeast ester.

The taste featured a sweet apple juice like malt with an earthy hop subtle ester. Finished sweet and a touch herbal.

The mouthfeel was full and coating.

Overall a flavorful ale. A bit unrefined in it's sweetness however.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

This is why I've grown to love ChurchKey: the bar "stools" are fully padded with armrests, and they always have some random awesome beers to try. Having never even heard of this guy, I quickly ordered a glass. It poured a clear golden yellow with about a thumb of thick white foam on top. Some very good lacing would soon be evident. The nose held notes of light citrus (with a decidedly hoppy character), decorative soap, coriander, yeast, and flowers. A generous amount of farmhouse-like funk (or some offshoot genre) came across on the tongue, along with some clove, banana, sweetgrass, and a light touch of peach. The body was lightly medium, with a light kiss of carbonation and a watery feel. Nicely, done, if I may say so (and I'm sure I may).

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Photo of popery
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, City Beer Store. Not bad exactly, but a fairly disappointing beer. This beer pours a relatively pale, translucent gold with an okay white head. The aroma started out mostly grassy, minerally hops (noble?) with a healthy dash of earth, which was fairly simple but ok. The flavor was mostly simple malt with some Belgian yeastiness. Not much going on and what was there didn't seem quite right. As the beer warmed, a lot of booziness came out and the beer really started smelling and tasting like a bit of a mess. The thin, almost watery body certainly didn't help things. Again, this wasn't terrible. There were no glaring problems, but it just didn't work for me.

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Photo of CrossFitAlex
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with slight straw color. Little head / carbonation. Looks like an appealing golden Belgian pale.
N- Not a lot
T-Caramel and malty. Very strong malt backbone as expected. Slight hint of apple. rolls around tongue nicely. Minor bitterness
M-filling and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce growler pour from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pour very clear, with bubbles lazily continuing to rise to the top. Moderate near white head that stays, goes to a minor film and leaves better the average sticky fine sheeting and well developed lace. I get a whiff of apple juice, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper and spiced up phenolic notes. Love the style, so deal with my bias. Clean, crisp and tasty, more coriander, bananas, Belgian yeast, light pepper, honey, light lime and quite drying and (again) crisp hops in the finish. Yum, yes simply yum. Bring on the BBQ, Indian food, Thai food, cheese, bread and salads. This went well with some stinky blue cheese, cutting right through the flavor onslaught and cleansing the palate. Glad to be able to get a nice sample of this one, hope/wish/pray it stays around for a while.

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Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear gold with a 1 finger white head that lasted and leaves good lacing.

Smells of yeast, sweet malt, lemon, coriander, honey, light spices and caramel. Pretty nice nose, but not a strong aroma.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, lemon, coriander, grass, honey, light spices, pepper, floral hops, caramel and skunky grains, that are funky yet delicious. Very complex, with a nice balance of sweet malt, spices and potent hops; very tasty brew that's light and crisp.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with very little to no carbonation and a dry sweet pucker to finish.

Very drinkable and refreshing, will seek this out again. This beer was very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised the crap out of me...Oh My God it is GOOD! Forget what everyone else on this site is saying, I had this on tap and its excellent. Probably the best beer from this brewery I've ever had -- and I like this brewery.

Beer i bright yellow and completely clear. Thin white head that leaves some lacing and the carbonation is steady but low.

Yeasty / bready aroma with some nice estery spice to the whole thing. Medium body and an appropriate dry finish to this beer. Low carbonation was a good choice (although that might be the bar's fault) and wow, just a nice connectivity. I could drink this all night long. Check it out on draft if you have the chance.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden with good carbonation and a small white head.Nose is sweet, belgian yeast, floral. Taste is very sweet, foral, fresh honey perhaps, belgian yeast, tinge of booze. Felt really good. Hops, sweetness and goes down very smooth, easy with booze. Not overbearing but I thought it was very tasty and probably one of my favorites of the style.

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Photo of Lunch
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz.fluted pint glass at the appropriate temperature (03/05/10)

A: Pours a glowing, golden amber capped with a 2 finger creamy and frothy off-white head leaving decent retention.

S: Spicy with some alcohol soaked grains along with some citrus and quite phenolic.

T: Similar to the nose, but a bit more vibrant. Layers of citrus and grains along with a considerable phenolic character. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through as well.

M: Pretty standard and nothing to complain about for the style. Well carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Decent drinkablity, but the alcohol in the nose and on the palate are a little too noticeable.

Overall this was a decent BSPA from 21st Amendment, but one of their lesser offerings. Worth a look.

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Photo of ccrida
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served on draught at the Collins Pub in a Biere du Buccaneer snifter, Golden Doom is a clear brassy gold with a white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is a bit spicy, very phenolic, a bit nutty, with the alcohol really gaining force as it warms.

Taste is overly phenolic, kind of hot, very biting, and just not too good. A soft sweetness from the cereals opens up as it warms, but it's not enough to salvage this beer...doomed indeed!

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, medium bodied.

Drinkability is not good. Harsh and generally unpleasant, it was a struggle to finish...golden doom, a fitting name.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of 1,000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Clean pale gold with a finger of soft, pillowy head. Stray, slow bubbles, attractive spiderweb lacing.

Smell is interesting: strong pepper with some lighter citrus, lemon & orange. Clean.

Honey-like sweetness up front, with a tang like orange zest. Coolness reminiscent of menthol without actually tasting minty. Toasty leafiness like tobacco, some dryness from booze.

Feels smooth, cool, just a little sticky in the aftertaste.

Very easy-drinking for its strength. A unique smell & taste that made me want to come back for more. Some things I'd not really tasted before in a beer, pretty interesting overall, as well as being enjoyable.

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Photo of saccro
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Hulmeville Inn. Light gold. A little too sweet as most American Belgians are. Picked up some subtle ethyl acetate (nail polish remover) flavors at the end. It had all the typical Belgian phenolics as well. If it were a little more dry, it would be easier to drink.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly evaporated, and no lacing of note. Body was a well-carbonated bright yellow color.

S- Biscuity malts and lots of candy sugar, with lesser notes of honey, and a faint hint of corriander. Almost a cloyingly sweet nose.

T- A good replicate of the nose. Finishes sweet with some lingering booziness. Not my bag for the style. Underwhelming and too sweet.

M- A thin to medium body with a little slickness to it... and a moderately aggressive carbonation.

D- Despite the excessive sweetness, this goes down pretty smooth, and the booziness never becomes overwhelming.

NOTE: This was listed on the menu at Sunset Grill as a Tripel, and the review was conducted against that style. Although, in retrospect, I still find this to be a sub-par representative of the Belgian Strong Pale style as well.

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Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Kettle in SF.

Pours clear golden color with a decent white head and some lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast, light fruits, and floral notes.

Flavor is somewhat sweet and floral, slightly hoppy, with lavender, Belgian yeast, and banana.

Medium body with low carbonation. 8.7% ABV well-hidden.

Overall, pretty good, but really not a standout. Drinkable. Don't think I'd get this again unless options were limited.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pale golden color, capped with a layer of white head, average retention

s: big apple juice nose with undertones of phenols on an extra pale malt structure, moderate yeast esters with a lightly spicy hop nose

m: softly carbonated with a light-medium body

t: clean pale malt body holds crisp apple juice and honeydew melon, very crisp and herbal finish

d: pretty easy for the somewhat elevated abv

pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the pour farm in new bedford

served in a pint glass. average golden clear color with a small. Head that quickly settles. great spicy nose. cloves and coriander take up most of the nose. flavor is pretty spicy up front with a nice kick of hops.

a pretty good stab at the style, but i'll stick to duvel (unless they put this in cans)

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, slightly cloudy, bright yellow in color, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, sugar, apple, and banana

Taste: The banana is the dominant flavor, but there are some nice spices going on here as well. I can detect cinnamon among others that I cannot place. Alcohol is present and a slight bit of hops on the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, very sweet with a bitter finish, medium-light bodied, minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: While not my favorite from the brewery this is a good beer. I like the lightness of it. I couple sip a couple glasses.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at RedBones in Somerville 1/20

A: This beer pours a murky straw/light yellow color. No head to speak of and minimal spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of banana, a touch of apple, and beglian yeast and grain.

T: Taste is a quick, sharp bite of alcohol before the corriander kicks in and really dominates. Some pale malts and grain fill out the middle. Finish is rich with banana and a hint of apple.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, with a somewhat slick and resiny body.

D: The first sip caught me off guard a bit, but a few sips in and this is a nicely flavored brew that is worth sitting with for a couple of glasses.

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Photo of tjd25
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice velvety head, fading slowly on a slightly hazed golden body. The smell is greatly tripelish: frersh and broad, sweet and slightly dry, smoothly yeasty with notes of citrus. The taste also is classic tripel with a dry-hopped American twist in the ned. Nicely yeasty. The mouthfeel is more round and less direct than for most triples I've had. Less dry, and a little more oily and hoppy in the end. I enjoyed that, as it increased the brew's drinkability.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from the tap at the 21st Amendment pub during the 2004 Strong Ale month.

This is the 21st's Belgian golden ale for the strong ale festival.

Beer arrives in the tulip a dull yellow with virtually no head and a light powdery haze.

Aroma is a good grassy european hop with a bridge of a continential malt as slightly husky grain.

Flavor is sweet and corny that leads into a suprisingly watery and bland finish. For a beer that has 40 IBUs and 8.2% alcohol, there should be more character it seems to this intrepid observer.

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