KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a purple hue and a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced down to a large puddle and medium collar with excellent full sheets of layered lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a sweet doughy Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, cinnamon, coriander and dark fruit (figs, dates, berries and overripe plums).
The taste was a bold malty sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit pretty much throughout, with the finish being a tad yeasty and having a mildly spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted and average duration following the swallow with a mild spicy fruity taste left lying on the taste buds along with a slow creeping alcohol warming sensation.
Mouthfeel was just a bit under medium in body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a brew with a nice bold fruitiness which melded nicely with the Belgian yeast and the mild spiciness, allowing for a smooth and easy drinkability that hid the high ABV almost totally, except for a slight warming sensation towards the end...
commonshawn (237) - - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Butcher and boar. Tulip glass. Dark. Thick bubbly head. Fruity and funky aroma. Sour, bubbly , and sharp. Finish is strong and spicy. Pretty decent.
cbfobes (2107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dexters, pours a dark brownish red with a light brown head, the aroma is really sweet, dark fruit and malt, the flavor is very sweet too, lots of Belgian candy notes with some dark fruit and yeast, abv is pretty hidden behind all the sugar like flavors, meh.
Defreni (2285) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske: Mřrk ravfarvet klar řl med et fint lille skumhoved. Duften er maltbaseret med et hint af belgisk gćr men ogsĺ portvinsnoter som en engelsk barleywine. Smagen er meget maltdomineret og en tand kedelig. Ikke meget krydderi kan smages.
Beerhunter111 (3466) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkel rötliches Bierr mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, Gewürze, röstmalzig. Geschmack süß röstmalzig, hefig fruchtig, erinnert schon fast an ein Weizenbock.
JefVerstraete (876) - BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colour, some beige foam. Medium body, medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and hops. Balance between sweet and bitter. Good but nothing special.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel with weak hints of dark fruit. Slightly sweetish malty spicy caramel bitter flavor with weak trash hints. Had a sweetish malty spicy bitter caramel finish.
danielyabu (1073) - Uniăo da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick brownish-black body. aroma: heavy malty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, dried banana, raisin, brown sugar. if: moderate sweet ilght bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter light acidic; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, light alcoholic finish. Dulçor de figo permeado por amargor lupulado tipicamente americano, que acaba se sobrepondo mais que o necessário. Dulçor traz também malte e café. Diferenciada, mas năo é “deliciosa”, principalmente pelo estranho amargor, inadequado. Bem alcoólica, năo esconde nada os 9%. 140 s
Dan269605 (202) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown, a finger of beige head, not the prettiest. More hop aromas than I would expect from a Belgian style Dark. Fruity aromas of orange and darker fruits like fig. Taste is malty sweet and hoppy bitter, better as it warms. I’m not a fan of the extra hopping, but I guess I would expect it from Green Flash, but one of the weaker beers I’ve had from them which is disappointing, especially since its called "Grand Cru".
patricks110 (1554) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice full and heavy Belgian style brew with a yeast and toffee palate. Pours a nearly pure black with a finger of beige head. The nose is sweet, malty, and fruity with notes of prune, raisin and caramel. Mild spiced notes on the finish lend a dubbel-esque style. Well balanced but heavy and rich throughout with big toasted Beglian malts.
williamstome (686) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown pour. Aroma of prunes, brown sugar and yeast. Flavor is quite hoppy: orange, resin, malt, dark fruits, and alcohol. Great. Nice mouthfeel.