AirForceHops (3777) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Hazy orange amber color with lasting head retention. Aroma is damn fine. Belgian candy sugar, dried fruits, raisins, figs and yeast.
The flavor is Just and nice as the aroma. Tons of dried fruits and candy sugar up front followed by a nice thick yeasty character. Shows some raisin and dates in the finish. The alcohol is not found much in the flavor but does after the nice warming sensation after the swallow. Overall, for and American made Belgian brew this is really impressive.
rejtable (1503) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great beer. 1300! Pours brown, clear lots of head minimal lacing. Nose is vanilla and toffee. Flavours of same plus maybe some tobacco, some fruit plums plums some tangyness. Taste is med/light sweet light bitter. Medium somewhat creamy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, dangerously drinkable for strength.
bwa5879 (759) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from 750mL, 2-3 years old
Really cloudy brown red pour with very little beige head. Deep but smooth sour scent; cherry, apple, and dark fruits. Tar-y molasses, carmel and cinnamon as well. Soft carbonation, mouthfeel is slightly acidic but thick, astringent finish. Boozy flavor, some peat and brown sugar or molasses, yeast wheatiness, banana esters. Very strong, malt-forward belgian with wine scotch/scottish ale elements. A little watery, may have been better with less age.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown pour, sour malt scent. Taste of scotch malt with caramel and chocolate.
Swaroga (1582) - 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 (28) - 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 thatís hop forward in its profile. That said, AleSmith Grand Cruís 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 youíve swallowed the beer. Given the very high ratings, perhaps I got a bad bottle, but Iím in no hurry to ever drink this beer again.
lefossoyeur (486) - 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 (413) - - 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 (386) - 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 (1348) - 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, doesnít 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.