thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle batch 20) clear rich orange/amber pour with excellent lacing. Nose of pear, orange marmalade, light citrusy hops, cherry, winter spices, alcohol and Ginger. Taste of rye, bread, spicy, Belgian yeast, cherry, and cAndied oranges. Very well carbonated finish with more spices and yeast.
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 20 thanks to thirdeye11. Deep Ruby/amber with a cream head. Nose is yeast, dried fruits, light hops, pear, lightly spiced. Nice on the palate, flavor is heavy on the pears, yeast, dried fruit skins, and more yeast.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.750->Trappist (batch #19): pours an offwhite, dim head atop a murky, orange body. A good bit of sediment is visible in the pour. Aroma of clove and concord grapes. Medium body, medium flavor duration. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter and an astringent finish. A nice beer from a good brewery.
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
batch 5 bottle shared by BBB. 7-8 years old? notes of watery sherry, fruity. doughy. seems to be fading. first time trying this, but pretty sure its past its prime. some light cardboard notes setting in. mike says spices have faded as well, which were a prominent component of the beer in its youth.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle (batch 5 estimated to be 7-8 years old)... Pours a dark rub red dark brown with a thin soapy head... Dark fruits and mild oxidation with some cola and light spice... Oxidized, papery, and pretty thin and watery with dark fruits and some very subtle spice.
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Earthy malt, sweet white wine grape. My buddy says tarragon and I agree. Spicy and sour like Orval, just not quite as epic.
jtclockwork (10313) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark muddy golden brownish pour in the glass. Nose and taste of licorice, lightly smoked wood, fruits and spices such as coriander and sage. Rated 7/2/02
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml into my large Duvel tulip glass.
A- This is an exceptional appearance for a Grand Cru or Belgian Strong Amber. Pours an opaque, very bright orange-amber, with a large 3+ finger white head. The head consistency is between foamy and creamy-which is interesting-I havenít come across many like this. The head subsides slowly to a nice 1 finger and has perfect retention from there. Lots of lacing is left behind in the glass. I turned the bottle upside-down several moments before pouring to let the yeast mis through-out. Cloudiness is opaque but lively-you can see it moving around in the glass.
S-Smell is subtle but nice. Nose is dominated by exotic fruit and a subtle yeast backbone. Floral hops accent.
T- The overall flavor is subtle and very smooth. Initial flavor is dominated by exotic fruit but has a very smooth, yeast backbone. Lots of floral hop flavor comes out for the finish but is balanced by the strengthening of the initial flavors. What lingers is a bready sweetness, and exotic fruit flavor, and a low-to-medium strength floral hop bitterness. The overall flavor is smooth, subtle, and dry.
P- Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Body is between light and medium weight and is dominated by a yeasty smoothness. Carbonation is between light and medium. Perfect for the style.
O- This is a very nice Grand Cru. ABV is fairly well hidden-but you can tell its there if this is not your first drink. This is a great, smooth, and subtle example of a Belgian Grand Cru. One I will have again. Allagash has shown to be a nice brewery for Belgians time and time again (this is my 4th of their line-up). I look forward to trying more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-28-2008 05:21:44
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #16. Aroma is scotch tape and esters. Flavor is a little sweet, but ending dry. Flavor is slightly tart, with notes of fruit and spice.
Strykzone (5352) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick tan head is almost half of the initial pour. Color is golden with a bit of amber. Moderate carbonation. Fruity aroma with a hint of must and vanilla. Flavor has a lot going on and most of it is subtle. Multiple fruits such as banana, plums, peaches, apricots, and raisin, sugar, soft spices, yeast, caramel. Subtlety is the key word here. A very well done and understated beer.