apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown body, with barely any carbonation/head at all. The alcohol is well-masked, and the finish is very chewy. Hints of cocoa with plenty of caramel and apples. Some roastiness in the flavor, raisins, and hints of winter abound. Quite decent, but not the best of the Grand Cruís.
notalush (5623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with no head - very low to no carbonation - aroma is malty, yet tart, with caramel, brown sugar, citrus, apples, a touch of spices - earthy and yeasty to start - orange marmalade and other fruits crop up, only to quickly make way for chocolate and toffee to arrive on the palate - abt/quad charactaristics make me think this should be reclassified - finishes with yeast and spices - a little tartness - pretty good - if you told me this was made in belgium, Iíd believe you.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge malty nose, some spice, citrus and yeast, cloudy ruby, with a tiny tan head. Flavour is full malt, lots of bready notes, soft orange too. Full bodied, very complex, well balanced, really good mouthfeel. Terrific! Thank You joey_capps.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. thanks for sharing, joey_capps. pours a hazy brown body with a small off-white head. decadent rich aroma - notes of chocolate, alcohol, yeast, and a slight cheesy funkiness. the body is rich and sweet with chocolate and warm alcohol flavours, soft malts intermingle in a wonderfully balanced concotion. yeasty texture. awesome.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle. Deep red-orange beer with a thick tan head. Absolutely gorgeous nose, oaky vanilla top notes over tart cherry/raspberry esters. Light caramel and toffee malts backing up the tart acidic fruity aromas. Underneath is a sweet, warm, spicy yeasty character. Flavour matches the aroma for delicousness. Loads of pale Belgian malts, toffee, demerara sugar. Delicious rich oaky vanilla flavour with a strong peppery heat, some spicy/minty hop flavour. Fruity yeast/malts, cherry/blackberry/plummy fruit. Spritzy body seems to dry out what would be otherwise a bit too sweet. As it warms, even more fruity and spice. Quite vineous, toasted oak and incredibly tasty. Amazing beer and a great choice for #1500.
Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy light brown with a short tan head. Nose was lovely with alcohol, fresh bread dough, and caramel. Flavour was quite nice with a good rounding of hops and sweet malt. Vanilla and caramel are in the forward palate where lots of chocolate and roasted malts pick up in the middle. Toasted dry finish. Delighted to finally get to try this gem.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, cloudy ale .Small crown on top but at 10 % plus Ö Great, refined aroma, good quality alcohol backed up by sweet, chewy, caramel nose. Fairly soft, especially if you consider (the kind off). Flavour-alcohol is there thatís a given, but itís superbly blended into the mass. This is very good example that strong ale can be smooth and drinkable. Rich fruity finish.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a syrupy sweet belgian ale. Hazy pour with a small head. Qute strong. I think this would have been much better with a few more years on it (2005 bottle).
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle,Pours a golden amber with a tiny layer of bubbles. Nose is fruity more than anything,some toffee and a dash of aromatic spice. Fruit is the dominant taste with some caramael candy notes.Like most of Alesmiths big brews,it is thick and delicious.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Re-rate: 08/18/2006 - Bottled í04
WOW. What a difference. Same color as the last bottle, but this time I got a nice layer of tan foam, even at a slow pour. It vanished quickly, but there is a never-ending ring of lace. Itís yeasty, with caramel, dark fruits, light fruits, toastiness, warming alcohol and bitter chocolate in the finish...ummm..oh hell yes. Now THIS is what I expected.
Original rating: 3.2
Bottle. Hazy brown/chestnut/amber color with NO head. This was the first sign of trouble. I could not pour this hard enough to create even a little bubble. Aroma is caramel and alcohol. Taste is woody with caramel malts and big alcohol. Minor hops in the finish. I think this bottle was bad. I canít imagine a beer with almost a 4.0 average rating being this mediocre. Luckily I have another bottle on my shelf that I bought in California (this one was part of an initial distribution to Boston liquor stores). I look forward to re-rating this.