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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Style: Spiced Grand Cru
Malts: Two-row Canadian Barley Malt, un-malted hard winter white wheat
Additions: Tremblay Apiary Wildflower Honey, La Boite’s Mishmish N.33, lemon peel, fresh kaffir, lime leaves, Espelette peppers, untold mysteries
Hops: Perle
Yeast: Our house Belgian strain
Alcohol by Volume: 8.2%
Original Gravity: 17.9 ̊
Availability: August – November Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2 gal kegs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2477) - USA - JAN 11, 2014
Growler from Whole Foods. I just read an article about Leor Serkarz’s La Boite spice company and purchased some of his spices, and then there appears a beer brewed with one of his spice blends! A bright, citrusy aroma. Cuvee La Boite is dry and balanced, with subtle notes of yeast, hot pepper, pear, ginger, cardamom, and lots of saffron - wow! Some purists might not like spiced ales, but I am very happy with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2936) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Lots of odd additions to the mix that must have a pretty subtle influence on the finished product. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, banana and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1251) - USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pale yellow with little to no head. Aroma is banana, clove with a touch of lemon. Flavor is banana and clove again with a bit of yeast. Slight citrus with some bread malts. Not bad, but a little flat. Could use a bit of pepper and some effervescence to brighten it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (7473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Hazy gold like a hefeweizen but with no head. Nose has a lot of Belgian yeast funk with barn hay and musk and straw and faint fruitiness. The flavor is big and grainy, with lots of hay and pils malt, with a saison-like yeast dough eccentricity of funk and hay and a hefty load of coriander. Very lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Draft at crunchy's. clear copper with an off white head. Mild clove aromas. Clove and hefeweizen flavors. Light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at HOTB. Sweet and malty with grape must and light alcohol. Fruity hop character. Light golden amber clear with thin white head. Medium-light body with medium carbonation and light warming. Sweet with honey, pale malt, grapes and raisins. Nice sweet finish with sweet honey after and a little warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Big belgian strong ale but too many flavors going on and i think the lime leaves were a little out of place.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
On tap at Tap East Stratford. Golden hazy thin white bubbles. Estery aroma. Some medicinal quality too. It’s a slightly Americanised version of a strong Belgian. Plus the Belgians I have are fresher than this. It’s ok at best perfumed and medicinal is not good for paying over three quid for a third of a pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Tap at surf club. Pours a light hazy golden with one finger white lace. Nose is sweet, bubblegum, light clove, lots of esters. Medium sweet flavor, similar character to that of the nose. Pretty standard Belgian golden with some slight Hefe tendencies. Medium bodied and a fairly dry finish. Solid. Enjoyed this more than I expected to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgf001 (323) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Clove astounds. Clear amber color with nice white head. Nice sour Belgium yeast taste with sweet note. Dry finish.

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