BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Hazy amber hue with frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of apricot, apple, orange zest, allspice, corriander, earthy and zesty yeast esters. The taste starts with a tart fruit and sugery candy combo. Mild bitterness, spice, and flowery finish. Lively and sharp mouthfeel, slightly warming. A touch too much hops for style but still very quaffable.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice citrus spice aroma.
taste is dominated by orange and a lingering zesty yeast spiceness that has a peppery component. nice coriander & hop blend in the aftertaste
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20% darker than Holy Moses. Same general flavor, but minus the herbal notes - this one had a strong orange peel flavor - even in the head. The low bitterness and thick malty flavor have me convinced that this is really the ale to pull the macro drinkers over to our side; as evidenced by my dad, who usually prefers Carib or Dixie Crimson - he took one sip of mine and switched from the way too light Locktender. This is only my second Grand Cru, so I don’t know if this is typical of the style, I can only judge it on it’s own and compared to the lighter Holy Moses. As usual, at their pub, Great Lakes is fresh and tasty.