Tmoney99 (12990) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy reddish brown with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart grape and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet & sour fruit flavor and a medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration. Good young that should be better with some age.
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5ooml bottle split with Ann. I’m pretty sure I had this on tap and rated it as well..Deep, glowing amber-brown color. Thin, frothy beige head. Has really mellowed out in the 8 months of closet life. The juice stands firmly, with some creamy, sugary dark brown chocolate notes. An odd creature certainly, but not so awkward in it’s mix...the flavors do sort of complement each other. A little light in body, somewhat fluffy and watery. Could have used some more rich Dubbel or Doppelbock tones..maybe the grape juice covers them up. Some pleasant dark fruit tones I suppose. OK.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark copper pour with a very thin white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with lots of grape and malt hints. Fruity flavor at the start with tons of grape and malt flavors. Dry and malty middle that leads to a slightly bitter and lingering fruit aftertaste.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium hazy brown red color with quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is very sweet with some earthy dark cherry notes and some belgian yeasty spice. Flavor is like a nice dubbel with a little more kick. Dark fruits and sweet caramel flavors dominate accented by some yeastiness and syrup flavors as well as an earthy hop presence and slight warmth. Overall, enjoyable.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and poor retention. Dark fruit tones and spicy belgian yeast tones. Cherry, raisin, and some grape notes, feels artificial like fructose syrup and big sweetness. Sugar y and sweet with a lighter spice tone. Etoh latent fruit, some caramel and messy as always.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample poured from a 22 oz. bottle at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a dark, cloudy plum-amber color with a small tan head. Aroma of fruitcake, raisins, caramel malts, brown sugar, and earth. Flavor of dark fruits (plums, raisins, grapes), caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, earth, and dough. Medium-bodied, with a vinous, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Interesting beer.
cfrancis (2952) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked this up because I enjoyed the previous year so much. Shouldn’t have though. Pours a dirty brown with a almost non existent white head. Aroma is grape juice and malt. Taste is like a big glass of Welch’s grape juice with sweet malt. It’s one of those combinations that should have been left alone.
ChainGangGuy (4691) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Presents a darkened amber-brown body of modest clarity and a medium-sized, beige head with fairly decent staying power.
Smell: A scent of dark bread, liberally toasted, and served up alongside varying notes smelling of packed brown sugar, concentrated grape juice, and a drop of molasses.
Taste: Toasted bread spread over with dark brown sugar and crushed rock candy for a fairly sweet taste overall. Dark fruits along with a swig of Juicy Juice. Small hint of nutmeg spice. Minor bitterness, though it sustains until the drying, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: It’s different and interesting to some degree, but the flabby sweetness throughout has me happy I’m only stuck to an eleven ounce goblet and not a twenty-two ounce bottle.
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy ruby brown color. Medium head. Aroma and taste are very dubbel to me. Grape in both aroma and taste.
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruddy and hazy deep rusty red brown. The head is thin and off white. The nose is vinous with lots of dough. There is also some roasted peanut. Spicy with a little bit of yeast. There is also some peanut shell. Hints of peaches and banana peels. Highly carbonated with a dry finish.