Swaroga (1323) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tasted the beer and wrote a big damn notice about it, then the page refreshed and it was gone ... Anyway the beer is really good. A good body and mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced and the alcohol warming.
msalsbury (26) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bear in mind that although I love Belgian style beers, I detest anything that’s hop forward in its profile. That said, AleSmith Grand Cru’s flavor begins with a touch of caramel, which almost immediately gets overwhelmed by a grapefruit-like sourness. This, in turn, gives way to a bitter, dry hoppy flavor that lingers long after you’ve swallowed the beer. Given the very high ratings, perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I’m in no hurry to ever drink this beer again.
lefossoyeur (450) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby brown with a small off white head, fading quickly. Faint spicy aromas with some nutmeg and light clove. Light carbonation, velvety palate, nutmeg, light herbal notes, caramel finale. Pretty easy drinking for the style. Alcohol very well-hidden.
Maarten1993 (289) - - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank 16-8-2014 on a tasting with Thierry, Marijn, Tijs, Rik, Lennart and Bram during our holiday in the Ardennen. Compelling, grabbing taste. Sweet, with a strong and dominating alchol taste. Nice sweet finish. Light brown color with a bit yellow foam.
mstrcrwly (267) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle dated 1/8/14 poured into a tulip..beautiful burgundy color with fluffy off-white head..taste of caramel,toffee,spices..alcohol is there but not in your face..outstanding.
Muggus69 (1181) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Champagne bottle Bottled on 04/02/14
Darker than expected with a clear amber body & medium sized creamy white head that holds.
Plenty of spicy, clovey, peppery phenolic character on the nose; pear esters, fragrant floral notes combining with toffee & toasty malts.
Full body, good creamy carbonation, doesn’t give away too much of that big abv straight away.
Yeasty character takes hold again on the palate; white pepper, ripe pear and bananas, clove & cinnamon, bread dough, herbal hops with a backbone of pale toffee sweetness. Dry finish, moderate bitterness, a touch of booze warmth lingers.
Nice enough Belgian, not amongst the top of the style, but still darn nice.
wisdomsolo (440) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at a fantastic tasting and had such a great time with great people and great beers!
fluffy (1632) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
didnt find this all that interesting, sort of forgettable after a few sips. not bad, just not very exciting.
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
carried over from untapped to try and organize my beers for syncronicity’s sake.
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottling of this brown beauty with gold highlights, creamy tan head and spare, fine carbonation. Silky texture gives up classic Belgian style dark fruits like date and raisin. Caramelly and warming. A bit of dryness, pale-fruit tang and winey acidity balance it out, quite a fully realized rendition in the aroma and taste and palate.