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Bottleworks Van den Vern Grand Cru

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Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed for Bottleworks of Seattle, as part of the Imagination Series.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage; pours dark brown with tan head fading quickly; lots of haze and some floaties; very sweet, woody, bready and musky; caramel, dates and sugar; drinks rich and smooth with very slight oxidation; body is thin with a dry, fruity finish; very nice and syrupy sweet; i thought this was fantastic, especially given the age

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Taverner (1092) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Syrupy mess - it may have sat too long. Bottled in 2004. Lots of raisin notes, leather, and molasses. Good on palate, and finishes dry. Meh

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle shared by Taverner, pours opaque burnt caramel with a thin cream colored head. The nose is overly sweet and dried fruits. The flavor is quite the same, with some molasses, dried fruit and more sugars. Just too sweet.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Thanks to Nate for sharing! Chunky brown body with a rich beige head. The smell is woody, almost whiskey like, with soy sauce, caramel, molasses, Twizzlers (good call Nate), and doughy notes, with some oxidized, corn/cardboard. Very rich and heavy taste with big fig, plum, and date notes. Molasses, honey, chocolate, cinnamon, butter, and corn. Not bad, but not easy to drink. Kinda finishes like a headache.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
From 2004 bottle. Lots of Twizzlers and caramel, cooked corn in the nose of this one. No hops. Not bad, just Twizzlers and molasses. Copper brown, clear with major brown chunks floating in there. Topped with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with raisin, Twizzlers, molasses, and light yeasty chalky character. A bit oxidized with some cooked veggies. Light dry nutty bitter finish and smooth with light sweet chalky after. Decent, but not spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a medium amber with a fizzy carbonation and a short lived head in the glass. Aroma is oxidized a bit- some wet newspaper, light soy and some sherry - fruity with a hint of acetic acid. Yeasty doughy flavor with some caramel sweetness, more acetic acid and some wierd yeasty phenolics going on. Finish is a bit astringent and tart. Wierd stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
22oz bottle, bottled 2002. Pours translucent reddish orange with a small off white head. Aroma of green apple, white grape, and perhaps some cork. Flavor begins with toffee, apple, and fig, with some doughy yeast. Finishes with yeast and honey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
2004 bottle, sampled in april, 2008. pours a beautiful clear amber with a few giant chunks of yeast floating around, and a ton of effervescence. the head is big, cream colored, and almost seems to grow over time, but it did eventually fade to a thick film, leaving a few sheets of lacing in its wake. smell is slightly fruity, with a decent plum note to it, but dominated by a caramel malt and a slight toasted bread note. the fruitiness comes out more in the taste, and theres still some caramel/brown sugar there, but the taste seems dominated now by that toasted bread. it actually reminds me a lot of the toast i had with breakfast, but with, say, grape jam instead of marmalade. light bitterness in the end, with a very smooth lingering sweetness. no alcohol taste at all, but there is a touch of warmth. great creamy mouthfeel, velvety smooth, and a pretty full body. tons of carbonation, as evidenced by the fact that its still effervescing up through the glass. id like to drink this for breakfast! quite tasty, and id definitely drink it again if it was offered. but with so much great beer out there, i probably wont really be looking for it again.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2008
2004 bottle - Yeast flakes swirl in this light amber brew with a big white head. It has a very fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet malt and dark fruits with a little alcohol coming through, especially in the finish. This medium bodied beer is very good and IMO is underrated here. There seem to be a few bad bottles floating around, but mine was fine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusta (87) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2008
2004 bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity. Flavor is the same, ripe vinious fruits (cherries and raisens) and very sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable beer.


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