JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head, good bracing dose of hops wioth a slightly aggressive maltiness. Robust, yet not heavy. The spiciness is mild and does not dominate. This is the only Belgian ale I’ve ever had that could qualify as a good session beer. A good introduction to the Belgian styles for someone new to this end of the beer world. All around a very good, worthy beer.
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, February 2007] Orange/yellow pour. Aroma is citrusy and slight banana. Flavor is citrusy. Finish is crisp and wet.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Lighter in color than expected... orangish golden color. Aromas of dried fruit, bread, and spices. Nice flavors of similar origin with an extra touch of yeast, and a slight sweet finish. Enjoyable belgian.
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany, with a spicy, yeasty nose. Flavors of coriander, fruit, with a slight peppery smokiness. An excellent beer.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice cloudy, iced tea color.Good sized head that left behind a nice lacing. Fruity , malty , slightly alcohol aroma.Smooth, smokey, nice thick malt flavor, good fruit undertones. Altogether enjoyable
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle corked and caged from batch 18. Opens with a solid pop. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a nice foamy white head. Flavor of malts and spices with a slight caramel undertone. Not overpowering in flavor but balanced nicely. A bit of carbonation noted as well. Nice and smooth going down. No alcohol presence noted. A very good offering from Allagash once again. Well done.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmmm, this is too bad. I usually like what Allagash does, but I don’t like this.
It looks pretty, but that’s about it. Golden mead-like color, but with absolutely no head. And it smells too sweet: honey, yes, but overdone. And the taste follows suit. Overly sweet, cloying, and the spice combination (or ratio?) just doesn’t work.
Hard to see how this and the Tripel (which is just about perfect) come from under the same roof...
(Looking at a few ratings from 3, or even 2, years ago, I wonder if something significant has changed in the recipe...)
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice for a sweeter beer. Allagash rarely dissapoints and the Grand Cru is no exception. Moderately high abv makes it all the better.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #15. Poured with a camel color head, hazy golden amber, nice lacing. Nose of sweet light banana bread, yeasty with a hint of spice. Wasn’t sweet as it smelled, but had more spicy, slight smokey, buttery and malty goodness.
fozapd (33) - Burlington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a murky orangey hue with a small head. The head almost went away instantly which is typical for strong ales. The taste was a very pleasant combination of malts, coriander, and spice/clove. I enjoyed this one from Allagash.