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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Our Belgian Style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest of malt flavors but with a slightly elevated hopping and increased complexity given from two different yeast strains. This malt laden ale is designed to satiate and keep your taste buds dancing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Nice brew. Pours like liquid chocolate with a fuming head that lasts. Strong banana bread and spicy gum aromas. Full nectar and luscious to the feel. Carbonation helps here as itís perfect for that creamy texture. A viscous malt body ensues carrying a loaf of banana bread gently baked with exotic spices. The finish is long and memorable. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a foamy dissipating tan head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops. Taste is sweet dark malt-anise/molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops bitterness thatís a bit raw, yeasty. Iíll rate this based on cooler serving temp, which was better than when it was at cellar temp. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2009
22 oz. bottle. I see no indication that this is called "Grand Mantis". A mahogany pour with a big, creamy dark-khaki head. Rich aroma of dark cherries, raisins, caramel, and bananas. Medium to full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Starts off very sweet with lots of caramel, raisins, cloves, bananas, plums, candied sugar, and vanilla extract. Ample spiciness too. Subtle hoppiness is apparent near the end with some drying grapefruitiness. A bit of alcohol warmth. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Grand Cru
Date: December 25, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: rich chocolate malt aroma, lots of fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness, light spicy phoenolics
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dry dark chocolate, spicy phoenolics mixes with an earthy character to produce a dry bitterness, just a hint of caramel sweetness, rich chocolate with dry spicyness just does not meld as well as hoped
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity dark caramel malt with some doughy Belgian yeasty esters. Body starts with good fullness and sweet chewy caramel malts. Has a mild bitterness toward the finish with some lingering clove and orange peel spice. Pretty true to style and hides its alcohol dangerously well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Decadent and rich for a beer on tap, and considering it is a new beer to 2008, pretty amazing at the balance. Cloves, chocolate, smoke and charred wood flavors complement the slightly ester yeast character, with a strong dark fruit, raisin and fig character. Rich, thick, dark and warm. Best beer of 2008?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Super dark red pour with an off white head. Sugary sweet aroma, with a yeasty banana undertone. Taste is slightly sweet, candy sugar, ripe fruit. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2485) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Poured a cloudy but sharp brown color. Aroma was fruity and nutty. The fruit is more on the dark red fruit side with some cherry and a hint of plum. Flavor has a tinge of wild belgian yeast with some fruit as well. A little quick on the finish. Easy to drink and relatively simple. Hard to make out many distinctive characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On tap at Jimmyís #43 in NYC on 1/7. This was one heck of a fruity, jammy abbey ale. Reminded me a lot of Rochefort 10. Mind you this was on tap and I havenít cracked any of the bottles I have in the cellar. I am hoping that the bottle can hold a candle to the draft version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared with DuffmanSW. Pours a dark hazy brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of belgian yeast and fresh dark fruits, perhaps some molasses. Flavor is a little unbalanced with spiciness and bitterness, makes it hard to recognize other flavors. Some candi sugar and fruit. Not bad, just not complex. Smooth mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation, but not too much.

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