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Bottleworks Van den Vern Grand Cru

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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Brewed for Bottleworks of Seattle, as part of the Imagination Series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Purchased at Sam’s WIne, Chicago. Brownish-red with a massive, pillowy tan head with nice staying power. Sweet, deliciously musty aroma: brown sugar, molasses, plums, dates, ginger, alcohol, and a bit of weathered leather. Fruity mustiness follows through into the flavor - sweet malts, raisins, and brown sugar flavor is thick and complex with a gentle warming thanks to the alcohol. Full mouthfeel, pillowy soft and moderately carbonated. Finish is peppery with a nice burnt sugar and molasses send off. Deserving of as much praise as Westvleteren Abt 12 or Rochefort 10, in my opinion, and grossly underrated on this site.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Lightly hazed burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Decent retention. Robust, malty aroma offers a plethora of sweet dried dates with wonderful undertones of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, wood, sorghum molasses and yeasty bread. Full-bodied and chewy with medium carbonation. Sweet, but not cloyingly so; the breadsy, fruity flavor boasts caramel and dates alongside whispers of other dark, dried fruits and a rumor of sorghum molasses. Finishes lightly sweet. Thanks go out to explosivebeer for shipping this incredible beer all the way from Washington state!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy fogdog. Dark brass pour, some frothy head and lacing. Some tart elements in the nose, cherries, chocolate, and some licorice. Flavor is full of caramel, chocolate, and delicious sweet fruits. Full-bodied, extremely good, balanced and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Yeasty bread dough nose with notes of spice and dark fruits- some chocolate and pepper. Nice clear dark crimson color with a rocky white head and great coating lace. Spice, chocolate, dough, thick and fruity body. Very creamy texture and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2004
330 ml, 2004 bottle (fresh): garnet-auburn body with a fluffy light brown cream. Sharp fruity-alcohol aroma with plenty of dark purple grapes, green apples and pine. Smooth, creamy palate with rounded peppery anise and grainy pear flavours. Fleshy fruits fill my mouth as a slight alcoholic bitterness tingles my tongue and a sugary sweetness draws a long finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Dark brown with long lasting, thick tan head. Malty nose is nutty and has hints of tobacco and wood. Superbly soft palate and texture, silky smooth. Sweet, sugary, malty and some funky yeast notes. Finishes with a dryness which reminds me of ashy firewood. Sugary aftertaste long after the the beer is gone. Alcohol is wonderfully masked. This is a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
2004. Beautiful, glowing rubies crowned by luscious, fluffly clouds. The fruity, sweet and spicy aroma greets the nose and brings about a smile. The strong spice is complimented by sweet cherries, oranges, mangoes, alcohol, sweet apples and candi sugar. The body is surprisingly light despite the strong nose and high alcohol. The flavors are great and amazingly well-combined. The fruit takes the fore-front of the flavors despite the strong spices in the nose. The spices come in to balance the sweet fruit and to effectively deliver the alcohol. The finish is long, warm, sweet and pleasing. Another winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
2004 bottle: Dark cloudy red color with a big rocky beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and a little alcohol. Starts sweet and malty, then becomes sour and caramel, then has bitter chocolate at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2004
An amber/red color with low CO2 and a full off-white head. The aroma is of caramel, hops, spices, alcohol, fruity esters and some astringency. The flavor has a sweet start with a peppery astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy and syrupy. I gave this one a short per the suggestion of one of the guys at Bottleworks. A good beer for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, soapy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, yeast, and some spices. Taste of caramel malts, green apples, sour cherries, dried fruits, and light alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel.

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