DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009
Banana fruit aroma. Golden coloured a little hazy in appearance and very strong in alcohol. A little bitterness in a yeasty crisp malt finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy orange brown with a smooth off-white head. Nose is toffee, yeasty peach and white pepper. Medium body, a touch syrupy, with buzzy carb. Taste is toffee, almond, spices then bitter citrus and vanilla. Good complexity; very true to form for a Grand Cru.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of BA trader.
pours cloudy gold, thick white head.
Aroma very Belgian abbey like, yeasty, fruity, some sweetness and orange zest.
Flavor, light bittersweet, light floral, citrus hops, hints of grapefruit in the finish with some orange. Belgian yeast, some dark sugar and spices in the finish.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz tulip at kuhnhenn. hazy golden body with a pure white head. nose of a yeasty belgian blonde. banana, clove and yeast. some tropical fruit as well. scary easy to drink. pretty good stuff.
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010 12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry!
This beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head leaving swirls on the beer.
Aroma is lemony with a little sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters. Not too much to it.
Flavor is decent - pale malt and Belgian yeast, lemon, green apple, spice, and a little tartness.
Slightly tart on the palate with medium-full body.
I disagree with Kuhnhennís dubbing of this one as their Grand Cru. Itís simply nowhere near one of their better beers. Itís somewhat drinkable, but overall not terribly impressive.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Pours cloudy, burnt orange with a thin ring of offwhite head. Smells sweet and spicy malty with clove and nutmeg and other spices I donít know. Bread and yeast as well. Tastes spicy and sweet malty as well. Complex. I donít know all the spices. Warms as it hits the throat. Very nice, syrupy body, good carbonation.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at 2009 GABF, orange-yellow and cloudy. Palate is smooth, supporting sweet fruit flavors (including pinneaple) and easters. Tastes like a cross between an aged Barley Wine (perhaps Old Inventory by Valley) and a Belgian ale. Great.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009: Hazed dark yellow with a thin sheet of suds. Sweet yeasty nose with fruity notes, like apricot. Yeasty flavors with some grassy straw hop notes. Not as sweet as the nose led on..seems quite hoppy for the style but the yeast here is quite nice, not my usual opinion of similar belgian yeast strains.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF2009 - starts out with a crisp and intense spiciness, but this is quickly replaced by a very strong honey sweetness and fruity esters - the sweetness persists throughout, even though some herbal and floral bitterness try to balance it out - a bit hot and sweet, but fairly tasty.
hopdog (11629) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with dmschefke (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper and slightly hazy golden color with a small size white head. Aromas of yeastiness, some fruitiness, and spices. Tastes of yeast, spices, fruitiness, and a little breadiness.Lively and fizzy body. Alcohol content overall well hidden. I probably would have guessed this one was a tripel.