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East End Session #09 - Grisette

East End Session #09 - Grisette
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Draft at Capone’s. Hazy dark straw brownish pour with off-white head. The aroma is bready, citric, and the flavor is bready malt mixed with some citrus and spicy notes. Medium palate and refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Growler from brewery. Clear golden body with fluffy white head. Mild aroma of wheat and straw. Flavor has some mild spice along with the slightly tart wheat and straw flavor. Fine session ale but lacking some character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Draft @ Capones. Golden color with a medium white head. Aroma has some gentle wheat and assorted malt, citrus, and a bit of spice. Flavor has a light belgian wheat taste that seems more like a less hoppy Belgian pale than a citric wit or Hefe. Interesting use of malt and spice - I continue to be amazed by these East End session brews, though this is no Kvass. Highly drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draught: Aroma of spices, coriander, and lemon. Smells like a Hefeweizen. Poured orange in color with a large, foamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is fruity, with spices, orange, anise, and peach. Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5334) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grains, citrus, orange peel, coriander, and lightly earthy yeast. Taste was citrus, orange peel, lightly tart, but not sour. Light mouthfeel. Would be great in the summer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
On tap at Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Poured cloudy yellow golden with a moderate sized off-white head. Very unique aroma, with coriander, spice, grain and wheat. Flavor is as advertised in the aroma, with wheat, spice, some pepper, citrus, and grain. Complex, but still refreshing and easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aliendan (25) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Clear light orange/yellow color. Grainy (rye?) aroma and the flavor is more rye bread with a bit of sourness. It tastes a lot like East End’s Kvass they had last year but with a little more body. Easy to drink but with character, though I can’t say I’m a big fan of the bread thing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Growler. Clear orangish gold, white head. Aroma is funky, musty, tangy: dried fruit, blue cheese. Flavor is the same and palatable; grain flavor pleasantly lingers. Seems more like a saison than a belgian ale. I could swig a lot of this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
pours golden/pale yellow. Aroma was honestly hard to pick out any forefront smell. Sour wheat flavor. I’ve never had anything quite like this, but I do admit I enjoyed it.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (4051) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 East End has some of the most pleasingly unique beers I have ever tasted. You guys that live outside the local area really need to seek out these brews. I drink this beer to celebrate my 50th birthday. From a 2 week old growler, this stuff pours somewhat like a pale yellow lager with a hint of orange and has lots of rolling carbonation continuously rising from the within. Has a splendid aroma of wet straw and mild hints of fresh J&L blast furnace gravel. Such a mild impact greets the palate. Mild friendly flavors. I am really startled how well this stuff kept in a plain old clear bottle with a screw top. Much better than the cherry grisette, the absence of fruit lets the real base of this session beer shine on thru! Scott, you really know how to brew ’em. Even though there is a very mild, barely perceivable developing bitter presence on the finish of each swig, it is just enough to let you know it is a beer. Simple, facile, gentle, effortless, unhurried, and comfortable. Merry, pleasurable, sporty amusement. Trim, orderly and precise. I drank two big 22 oz mugs of this and barely caught a buzz, talk about session brew. These low alky beers really make beer drinken enjoyable. A breed someplace between a witbier and an excellent saison. As mentioned earlier, on the finish there is a mild unique fermented grass personality that manifests itself on the palate. I used to think fruit lambics were the perfect session brew, I don’t think I really knew what a session was till I come across this brew. Long live Grisette mild belgie ale! It is very tuff to find anything negative about this brew at all. A very easy beer for a lager lover to appreciate. Lacks the insulting personality that is so common in today’s genre of U.S. craft beers. Simply delicious, a refreshing regression to the basics of beer.


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