redlem (1293) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pierre Celis Signature selection.
A medium reddish brown color with a small off-white head, light lacing. Surprising spicey,citrus aroma with some caramel malts. Taste of spices, citrus, caramel. Finishes slightly dry. Different
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Deep copper, gorgeous, creamy, rocky head with perfect lacing. Aroma of muscat wine. Flavors centered around faint sour cherries, minerals, and slate, with a bone dry, bitter finish that was reminiscent of cocktail bitters. A tightly wound beer that never opens up. RERATE: 8/24/04 - I left one of these laying for about 9 months to see what would occur. The yeasty funk rose up in the profile, and the cherries went from sour to ripe, much further up in the profile, especially as it warmed. Still a dry finish, but the hop bitterness wasn't quite as astringent as before. Slight anise note present in the background as well. I think this could go for a couple of years despite the relatively low alcohol levels. Upped my rating a couple of points.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
attractive bottle and humbling price. it's a pleasure to finally be tasting a beer by the renouned pierre celis of hoegaarden fame. my beer radar pegged this as a spiced wheat beer-- tho my "radar" is not one that i'd trust to homeland security. the 'grotto' cave-aged beer colors a tumbler with a pour of deep brown, a brown that-- under inquisitive lights-- shows the beer's roots deep in murky reds and smoky twilight oranges. the head billows like castle banners in froth and curls of light beige. a few particles of yeast appeared, though they seemed to dissolve once in the glass. fresh, assertive aroma of cork, canvas, wheat, sour cherry, corriander and flan. spritzy attack that lays on stiff, dry wheat beer flavor, co-mingling with orange, musty yeasts, hop-leaf bitterness, with bay rum cologne, alcohol and woody spices. naturally, it tones down it's strident rhetoric upon warming and affable familiarization; it becomes smoother, while still full bodied, with souvinirs of fruity grains, cavernous molds, and a looooong strange bitterness of sea salts and railroad iron.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 A beer that is a bit different than anything I am used to, I like a little change though.
This Grottenbier poured this murky amber / brown colored body, lots of what some like to call floatys. This one also poured a head that was a constant and tan in color.
The flavor and aroma are very tart, notes f berrys , very acidic, spicy, but with large notes of caramel and toffee. The alcohol was apparent in the finish, a slight warming in the back of my throat, pretty good stuff, enjoyed with great company.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent aroma of a plate full of fresh cut fruit. This carries into the flavors and melds with the sweet malts that reminded me of a cola. Finish had some spice in the hops. Body was thick but also bubbly. This is great stuff.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malts spice earth nuts musty. I detected some alcohol as well but it's only 6.5% abv. The mustiness is a nice touch.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Came in a wine sized bottled for 8 bucks. Not too bad a price. It was foamy slightly sweet and spicey. A little blsck pepper nose. It had a nice alchoal bite an no bittterness. What a fine brew and Celis does it again!
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Forms a large head and has a slightly sweet and smooth flavor. The taste of alcohol is apparent along with a hint of spice.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is a half-inch of fluffly whipped milk, like that on the top of a caffe mocha. The body has an interesting color that seems to be a blend of brown and purple, forming indecipherable shapes through the light. Slightly sweet and slightly sour aroma. Dark fruits, soft apples, a little sugar, caramel and a touch of alcohol. At times it almost seems milky in flavor and texture. The finish is warming and slighty bitter. Also quite dry. An interesting beer that didn't really stick out in any way. I didn't hate it, but I could definitely see room for improvement.
TheBeerGod (5002) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a muddy brown with a decent tan head. Nose is malted but with lots of spice. Has a dry hint to it as well. Also a mustiness or funkiness to it. Tart sweet-sour taste with a carbonated feel on the tongue. Good stuff.