JFGrind (1800) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darker golden color and smoothier taste than I expected.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was disappointing. Pours almost a rusty brown. The bottle I had was NOT "deep golden". The head was light brown to off-white in color and was generous. The initial smell was bitter and reeked of bitter hops and overdone spice. The taste was soapy and a little metallic but it could have been from the hops. Finished also with a bitter kick. Not horrible but nothing worth seeking out. Stick with the Allagash Triple.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Leather colored; Head had meduim retention; Raisin and plum in the nose. Slightly astringent. Medicinal, but not too bad. Spices are evident, but hard to pinpoint.
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 donít like this.
It looks pretty, but thatís 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 doesnít 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...)
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - OCT 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
cloudy amber w/ off white head. sweet fruity aroma w/ a hint of citrus. bitter sweet, full bodied.
joergen (19345) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of fruits, spices and celery.
Flavour of fruits, spices, celery and rubber.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Re-rated 12/5/2006. I decided to buy another bottle at another store to see if perhaps the first bottle was not up to par given my first rating of 2.6. Pour was identical to first bottle. This bottle was a bit more aromatic with notes of apple, citrus and sweet malt. Not much fruit noted in the flavor. In fact, the flavor is fairly indistinct. Thin mouthfeel. I ended up adding three points on this re-rate, but I think I have to accept that I just donít care for this beer.
Original rating. 12 oz. bottle. Poured a hazy brown/gold with a thin off-white head. Very light aroma of malt and some grassy notes. Light flavored and light bodied with some citrus noted along with some malt sweetness. Watery, thin mouthfeel. I did not care for this one and it certainly did not strike me as a winter brew.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bland nose on this cloudy amber pour. Off white-head Wheat and yeast in the body.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The 750 ml bottle from batch 16 poured a cloudy ruby orange with a white billowy head. Aromas of Bananas and Belgium yeast along with a complement of spices filled my nose. This ale had a nice clean mouth feel with a dry finish. The flavors of this one was surely a surprise for a grand cru it was a lot more bitter than I expected for the style. The hops and citrus flavors were very pronounced with a sweetness lightly coming thru towards the finish. This is really interesting brew but I have had much better grand cruís especially in this price range .Iíll finish this one but wonít be looking for more.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Fresh, lightly citrusy nose with a touch of yeast. Light and slightly watery. Sweetish, spicy notes of both citrus and coriander. No bitterness. 061006