williamherbert (1198) - 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 (6921) - , 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 (1068) - 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 (4401) - 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.
Sledutah (4068) - Utah, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 20 - 750ml bottle
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a nice off white head that lasts and some lacing
Aroma: Belgian yeast and spices
Taste: Spices at first then fruits, finishes with a light grapefruit flavor
Well balanced and easy drinkability. Clean and crisp, very tasty.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 20-750 bottle. Hazy orange color. Nose is yeasty, spicy, citrusy-interesting for a grand cru. Taste is citrusy, spicy, alcohol is evident but not overwhelming, yeasty. Lively carbonated, light body. Unlike the description, I would find this to be a good summer beer. Very drinkable.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. from Macís on West Peachtree. Poured well. Brown in color with some hints of orange. A nice small fluffy head accompanies the the upper (top) portion of the beer. Doesnít have that dark cola appearance, but still aesthetically pleasing. Some dark fruits are coming through and hitting my nostrils. Some raisin, dough, yeast, fig, and grapes. That doughy characteristic is certainly dominating, in my opinion. Slight sugar and date aroma as well. Nothing really POPS out, but surely it is there. Some lovely nuances in the aroma, but again it isnít really popping out at me. Wow, not astringent at all. Very smooth Belgian ale. I must say this is how I like the texture to be. Although, now that I am sipping it more and more, I find it to be a bit incisive. Wow, a wood/smoke characteristic is there. Some roast as well. The above description does not mislead in that regard. Fruits are there i.e. raisins and dark grapes, but that subtle roast is very cutting. Yeast and dough are evident, but not as pungent as they were in the aroma. I find this added wood/roast/smoke flavor to add a tremendous complexity to the brew, and for that I enjoy it a lot more.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: "Batch 19". Poured with a large, off-white, frothy, rocky head that was lasting... and I mean LASTING. Nice, sticky lacing. Body is a dark copper color, and hazy.
S: Nice aroma that is yeasty and bready, with clove and pepper coming through. Some fruitiness is present as well.
T: The yeast and fruitiness is what hits you first, then the spices attack. Luckily, theyíre not overwhelming at all, but provide a nice balance to the other flavors.
M: Medium-bodied, very creamy, with average-to-lively carbonation.
D: This is a very nice beer, which is no surprise coming from Maineís best brewery. A fantastic sipping beer.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle batch #7 (cellared 7yrs). Poured a cloudy amber brown color with a big head of beige foam that leaves lots of lace. The smell is full of spices and orangey citrus with some grassiness in the background. Great flavor with a good amount of malt sweetness, spicy cloves and some orange fruitiness with a little yeast. A slight alcohol taste shows as the beer warms. A crisp medium body with nice carbonation. This is a very solid Belgian ale.