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Grimbergen Optimo Bruno

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Brewed by Brouwerijen Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Alken, Belgium

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
French version brewed by Kronenbourg.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nathanvc (220) - Brugge, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2016
Pours brown/dark red with a frothy off-white head. The aroma contains malt, caramel, spices, dark fruits and alcohol. It tastes medium to heavy sweet towards the finish, light sour and light bitter. Full body and oily texture. Very alcoholic finish. A bit off-balance. Definitely a dessert beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a clearish ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, hazelnut, burnt. Flavor is chocolate, roast, hazelnut. Finish is roast, ash. Lingering chocolate and roast. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inoven (290) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2016
Donkerbruin, helder bier met matig schuim. Aroma van chocolade, pruimen en koffie. Volle smaak. Drop, fruit en een beetje zoet. Bier om rustig van te genieten.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (684) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2016
The beer has a lovely look. The color of the beer is a rather dark amber. The beer is quite clear. On top there is a nice layer of rather rough white foam. The smell is nice. I smell some sour hints of yeast. They suit the dark character of the beer perfectly. The beer has a little metal hint. I also smell some caramel and licorice. It’s nice in balance I think. It’s a blend between wild teased beers and nice Belgian brown ales. The taste is nice. I taste a strong flavor of licorice, caramel, sweet syrup and a strong alcohol finish. It’s in very good balance. There are lovely sweets, bitters and a sour touch. A lovely blend between deliciousness. It’s a pity this isn’t widely on sale. It’s only available for the restaurants and cafes. Reminds me a lot of most Belgian abbey beers. Great beer, easy drinkable and high on alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ardeo (155) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2016
Belle brune acajou en bouteille 33 cl. Nez de fruits noirs, candi, caramel, alcool perceptible (porto). En bouche, petite acidité, cerises noires, prunes, sucres et étonnement une légère amertume. Finale banale. Pas mauvais mais ne "casse pas la baraque" pour une quadruple. Je préfère 2 doubles ! :-)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7711) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2016 pours almost clear burnt orange with a frothy beige-orange head, reviving and leaving nice lacing. raisiny caramel, very fruity maltiness - berries, buttery strawberries perhaps; tons of treacle with a controlled level of sweetness, spices - aniseed standing out; woody apple brandy liquor, very fruity belgian yeast. bright to moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet, warming and bitter herbal-spicy-woodsy finish. pretty solid quad from a rather large-scale brewery. quite enjoyed!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (4208) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2016
Style et résumé: Quadrupel bien faite et agréable.
Comment: Bouteille de 33cl. 13-04-16
Portrait: Une robe de couleur noisette avec une mousse beige. Un nez de noix, de sucre d’orge, cassonade, rhum brun, épices nobles. La bouche surprend par sa rondeur et sa texture fort soyeuse, ensuite les saveurs ne sont pas si vilaines avec des épices et de la cassonade, sucre brun. Une finale sans prétention. Un produit commercial qui en vaut plusieurs de micro-prétentieuses.
Note: 7+/10

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bartlebier (3401) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 12, 2016
33cl bb04/2017 (BL1). Bref: briefly caramelised supermarket raisins extinguised with jenever drowned in a Cherry Coke. Pours clear and ruby-brown like Cherry Coke, short-lived industrial fizzy cap. This Heineken instant-quad reduces abbey yeast complexity to a host of sugar- and caramel-derived aromas and flavours that feel superficial and unnecessarily boozy, leaving an abv burn in the stomache: rum-soaked raisins with a lonely cherry for appeal; misses a mid part - mainly a sugar-derived body there, seems like there is no natural malt backbone or flavour at all in this quad? A late generic hop extract bitterness with no real particular terroir stamp, an aftertaste of cheap Ruby Port and cherry cola (also in mouthfeel: fizzy sweet soda) with some lingering hop-peppered caramel in the finish. Dryish, mainly soulless oldschool boozer of the type that tends to give me an instant systemic hangover, seemingly still targeted at French/-speaking markets...for how long that sugar taxes are rising? - - Note 30mins later: merges into its own a bit more as it warms to room temp: raisins and cherry cola (sweet & Haribo sour) meet raisin burn bitterness and peppery, near-clovelike hops with a protracted bitter bite. Still quite artificial and fumey and the biographical fact remains: i have no need for unsubtle heavy hitters like these in my exiled life...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3318) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Pours a surprisingly clear dark copper/red with a small offwhite head that leaves really nice lacing. Nose is of figs and other dark fruits and candi sugar. Almost caricatural. Taste is not too sweet and offers dark fruits again with some alcohol. Lots of drying alcohol yet it doesn’t feel hot. Body is medium and carbonation moderate. A bit too light overall I think. A pretty good quadrupel!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
Bière acajou, limpide et peu mousseuse. Le nez offre un peu de caramel et de prunes fraîches. En bouche, des impressions de mélasse et de jus de pruneau se mêlent à l’alcool qui, ici, passe presque inaperçu. La bière est corpulente et sucrée, mais le style nous y préparait. Néanmoins, l’équilibre ne semble pas avoir été atteint. On est rapidement saturé. Agréable pour la découverte... mais pour la postérité, j’ai des préférences à prioriser...


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