Deceit Belgian-Style Golden Ale – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

TL:DR – “Mostly sweet alcoholic barley malt, finished 750ml solo but forgettable. Just okay.”

Deceit Belgian-Style Golden Ale – Funkwerks, Inc., 8.5% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

on the front-right label:

“This gold medal-winning beer is inspired by Belgian Tripels and Golden Strong ales. Deceit is a Belgian-Style Golden Ale that is deceptively palatable as the alcohol percentage is masked by complex characteristics introduced by our unique Belgian yeast strain. It pours with an alluring golden color and shimmering white head. Aromas of pineapple, pear, and citrus will give you and idea of the surge of flavors that await. Your first sip will introduce a slight spice that compliments the citrus notes carrying the beer to a dry and rewarding finish. Deceit is full of pleasant surprises that will leave you begging for more.”

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  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: coriander yeasty resiny compounding sweet grainy barley malt slight pineapple pear
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: finishable solo

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Unfiltered. Pours translucent golden orange with a large dissipating bubbly head, very active soda-like fast streams, a thin layer of retention, large suspended bits of sediment.

Nose: yeasty grain barley malt, pineapple-pear overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: bubbly full-crisp

Mid-palate: yeasty-resiny, coriander, grainy-pineapple barley malt, slowly compounding (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tangy-zingy, alcohol detection

Finish: slight dry apple-pear exhale, residual barley maltish

Summary: An all-around balanced Belgian strong ale with enough body, mouthfeel, and nuanced complexity. I didn’t find any trait particularly noteworthy. Good, but not exceptional.

Son of the Morning – Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Son of the Morning Strong Golden Ale – Driftwood Brewery, 10% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“Devilishly named in the tradition of Belgian Strong Golden Ales. Feel the pull of the underworld as you enjoy this drinkable treat, but beware, the Dark Prince will exact his price…””

Ingredients: (unfiltered) – malt, hops, yeast, water, candi sugar, coriander, black magic

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Heavy boozy honey chamomile clove barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not as good as a Belgian

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours frosty golden orange with a small dissipating head, ringed retention with an island, very tight clusters of cascading steady streams.

Nose: chamomile-honey barley malt, boozy. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: slightly thicker viscosity, micro-tingly soft crisp, boozy dense barley malt impression

Mid-palate: honey, numbing-BOOZY HEAVY barley malt, candi sugar (lvl-7-sweetness), chamomile

Finish: mild coriander, lingering sweet heavy barley malt

Summary: Heavy and weighs on the palate. It has the core characteristics of a Belgian strong, but lacks the balance and refinement of a made in Belgium. The richness of flavour is lacking in the finish allowing the alcohol to dominate.

Kapittel Watou Prior – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Kapittel Watou Prior – Brouwerij Van Eecke, 9% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale (9%)
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.60 CAD (after 10% off), December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Pours dirty reddish brown with a 1cm head, 2mm super foamy retention, clusters upon clusters of fast active micro streams. Delectable.

Nose: brown sugar+candi sugar, date barley malt, prune. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: thick-crisp, creamy

Mid-palate: alcoholic heavy, (lvl-8-sweetness), dates, molasses-bready barley malt

Finish: nutmeg exhale, off dry woody hops, residual toasted barley malt

Summary: The barley malt-date flavour is decently interesting with some spice notes to that travel alongside it. The alcoholic heaviness detracts from the experience, but in the end you get a creeper buzz. The quality and richness are there although I’d rather try something else next session.

Bon Secours Blonde de Noël – Brasserie Caulier (Peruwelz, Belgium)

Bon Secours Blonde de Noël – Brasserie Caulier, 10% ABV, 330ml, (Péruwelz, Belgium)

  • Style: (Blonde) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Structured easy-drinking sweet toffee barley malt apple honey biscuity
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.20 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable but definitely drinkable

Visual: Resealable bailer-top. Pours dirty muddy yellow-orange with no real head, a thin ring and a big island of retention, singular scatter steady micro streams.

Nose: sweet apple-barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: thicker-slick crisp, subdued alcohol

Mid-palate: low tingly CO2, (lvl-6-sweetness), toffee barley malt, alcohol heaviness, red apple, hints of apricot

Finish: very subtle bitter hops, biscuity malt, light alcohol heat, chamomile-honey-clove exhale, lingering hopped bittersweet

Summary: This one is more about structure, texture and transitions than it’s rather mild flavour profile – No particular flavours grab your attention, but the ease of which the 10% ABV goes down is surprising.

Don de Dieu – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada)


Don de Dieu – Unibroue, 9% ABV, 330ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.


printed on the back label:

“Triple White Ale – The Don de Dieu in Tadoussac, June 3, 1608, under the command of Samuel de Champlain de Brouage, commissioned by the King of France to pursue the exploration of this vast and inhospitable land called America.”


  • Style: (Triple White Ale) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Crisp creamy full-bodied banana wheat malt pineapple alcoholic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x330ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a decent sized micro-fine bubbly 1cm head w/ retention, clusters of active streams.

Nose: banana wheat malt-honey-chamomile (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro bubbly,

Mid-palate: citrus tangy (lvl-5-sweetness), banana wheat malt, pineapple, chamomile-honey, alcohol zingy

Finish: wheat malt dry-rough, banana exhale.

Summary: Full on banana wheat malt and alcoholic. A bit astringent in the mids and finish but overall solid and enjoyable.

Waterloo Double 8 – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)


Waterloo Double 8 Dark (aka Strong Dark) – Brasserie Du Bocq, 8.5% ABV, 33cl., (Purnode, Belgium)

-bought this the same time as the triple 7 in 2012 (B). Also brewed at John Martin brewery in Genval, Belgium.


on the back label:

“This 100% natural craft beer originated in one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, the ‘Brasserie du Marché’ in Braine-L’Alleud (Waterloo), which was founded in 1456. In 1815, during the battle of Waterloo, the allied troops drank this beer, which was recognised for giving ‘Strength’ and ‘Courage’ …. Waterloo, the Beer of Victory!”


  • Style: (Belgian Strong Ale) Dubbel
  • Taste: Balanced rich chocolate barley malt sweet alcoholic
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes


Visual: (cellared for 3 years) Pours dark beer bottle brown with large suspended sediment, a decent sized foamy head, 2mm layer of creamy retention, lots of tight singular streams.

Nose: brown sugar, molasses, caramel barley malt. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, creamy-tingly

Mid-palate: background bitter dark chocolate, light sticky (lvl-6-sweetness), chocolate barley malt, hints of dark fruit, light roast

Finish: alcohol zingy, molasses malt exhale, almost woody almost dry.

Summary: A very nice rounded mouthfeel with just enough sweetness and good rich chocolate malty backbone. Drinks very smooth for a 8.5%. The chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass is a bit unsightly however. I prefer this to the tripel 7 blond.

Cookie Beer – Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes (Belgium)


Cookie Beer – Brasserie d’Ecaussinnes, 8% ABV, 33cl., (Ecaussinnes, Belgium)

  • Style: (flavoured – Speculoos) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Sickly sweetened ginger star anise creamy light toffee malt
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $5 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl, January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, acquired taste

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours muddy brownish orange with a large super foamy lasting head, 5mm layer of retention, dense clusters of very active streams.

Nose: nutmeg, clove, white pepper (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy-crisp, incoming sharp sweetness

Mid-palate: sickly escalating (lvl-8-sweetness), cinnamon, ginger, star anise, toffee malt, zingy alcohol

Finish: star anise exhale, sugar rush headache.

Summary: Likable creamy texture but very heavy on the sugars, ginger, and star anise flavours. Difficult to sip without starchy food. Unbalanced – too sweet, too spiced.