jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Complex aroma, oak, cherry and licorice. Dark ruby color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, oak, vanilla, rusty, cherry, light sour. Definitely a good beer. With flavors Iíve never tasted before. Maybe a little bit more of sour/rusty stuff and it would be a world classic.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark mahogany, mature and classy looking head. Cherry-licoriche aroma, mild but assertive. Smoky, and the oak barrels come through in the subtle flavor. Not bad but it really could be stronger for a G.C. from Belgium.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Brux 07. Pours a clear brown with an average, fizzy, off-white head. No lacing. Light sweet and bitter flavors. Light malt aromas. Average hops aromas of perfume and resin. Average earthy yeast aromas. Light fruityness of dates, pears, cassis and strawberries. Medium bodied. Kinda bland.
CapedBrewsader (266) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, case bought from The Happy Cock in De Haan: Pours a nice ruby brown with a thin but firm toffee cream head that fades away to a foam wreath. Aroma consists of sweet fruits steeped in tea with a definite maltiness, all hiding some chocolate. Wood and a slight acid and vine character peeking through upon my next visit. In the first taste there is something "green" in this beer.. as if it was not intended to be drunk yet. Flavors of some fruit, malt, and a slight acid bite that gives way to wood and not much else. Leaves you wanting something to finish off the flavor and make it more complex. This complexity never arrives. leaving you to notice how thin and simple this "grand cru" is. After tasing the regular Ichtegems Oud Bruin I was expecting more from teh Grand Cru. Still a decent beer and perhaps a good gateway beer for the uninitiated who would like to get into sour ales, but lacking for those that are already there.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brown ale poured with a modest tan head. There is a sweet malty flavor offset by a tart/sour characteristic. The taste is a bit thin for a sour brown ale, making this a mediocre brew.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13). A dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Slightly sour grape flavors with caramel, wood and light earthiness. Rating from notes. Re-Rate on 4/30/08 on tap @ Toronado (7 4 6 3 14). A dark mahogany color with a tan head. A strong tart cherry aroma with a tangy finish but less robust flavor.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Bottle: caramel, nutmeg, oak and cherry in the aroma. Oak, cookie-caramel and a very slight sourness in the flavor. Tastes OK but in no way comparable to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Lacks power, complexity, sourness and character.
( 6 3 7 3 13 = 3.2)
Tap, Cafť Morshuis Albergen. Woody, somewhat dusty aroma with some fruit in the background. Upcoming light fruity sourness (cherries, grapes) challenged by some caramel, wood and a slight bitterness. Could use a bit more authenticity, but has a tremendous drinkability. (7 3 8 4 14 = 3.6)
Jerre (2360) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
second time on tap (karakterbeerweekend june 06) and now Bottle, 33cl. Ruby red, beige head. Soft, sweetish taste. Medium at Strong body. nog bad.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Draught from Paradise Beer Weekend. Clear black cherry in colour (gorgeous!) with small off white head. Strong nose of raspberry - if I didnít know better, Iíd have guessed it was a framboise. Taste of sour berries and Lemonheads - a sharp tartness followed very quickly by a mild candy sweetness. Long sour finish. A simply great brew, further proving this to be my favourite style of beer.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ortinos Northside. Pours a translucent darker brown with some red coming through. Small off white lightly lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, tropical fruits and grapes. Flavor was vineous, lightly tart, yeast, grapes, cherry, toffee and a general sweetness. Surprised to see this on on tap at Ortinos.