czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle from stepdad - thanks. clear brown without a head. loads of spices, coca-cola, booze, metal, caramel, hint of roastiness, cloying molassed malts. average to soft carbonation, light body, grassy-metal finish, booze. awkward brew - not because it is a gruyt.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a murky brown almost purplish hue to the body with a rocky short lived cola colored head. Spicy ginger tones, a malty body with a caramelized malt tones, light fruit dark ones plum more so raisins, almost a bit of oxidation with the dark fruit tones being rather drying and slightly bland. Overall it was pretty dam good.
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours a translucent, nearly opaque brown with a creamy, ringing white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, root vegetables, a little floral. Flavor is sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, root vegetables, some candy sugar. Some light spice. Sweet, sticky and a little astringent on the finish. Doesn’t have that extra dimension. Makes you wonder, where are the hops?
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Small beige head atop hazy dark red-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/chocolate, some roast, juniper, light molasses. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a barely transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel and bready yeast with some notes of allspice and nutmeg. Starts with decent fullness and chewy caramel malts with some decent spice balance and berry flavors before a smooth semi-sweet finish A pretty interesting and enjoyable brew.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 25.4 oz. bottle. What the hell kind of serving is that?
Appearance: Cloudy, dark brown with chunks floating towards the bottom of my glass. Guess I stirred up something I shouldn’t have. Foamy tan head. Not the most impressive visually.
Aroma: Tart, floral note, a little wet paper, very yeasty, almost dry smelling if you can imagine it. Not very inspiring.
Taste: Candy sweet with notes of molasses, mint, honey, earth, and brown sugar. The mint note was different and actually made it rather enjoyable in my mind. No real hop prescience to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Medium, sweet finish.
Overall: This beer wasn’t that impressive in several ways, but the flavor profile was unique and helped give this beer a lift.
Would I buy it again: No. Worth trying once, but it isn’t a beer I would go back to. There are just too many more interesting beers out there to try.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 11/30/2008 Source:Mekong) Clear deep ruby brown. Medium body and mouthfeel. Bottle conditioned with high carbonation. Lightly spicy and quite floral with some malty dark fruit notes. Finish is perceptably dry, spicy with a touch of sourness. Really tasty and excellent.
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Specialist. Very carbonated. Gushed slowly. Probably live yeast. Translucent dark brown with a huge tan head. Leaves lots of lace. Aromas mostly of darkish fruit - like raisin. Medium body with significant carbonation. Flavor is caramel and raisin with some spice bits. Finishes somewhere between sweet and dry. Not so Gruytie as other Gruyts I’ve had! It heads more towards sweet with the passage of time. Unique.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mekong on 11/30/2008. Hazy dark brown body with ruby highlights. Big molassas, caramel and raisin aroma with belgian spice. Very sweet sugary caramel flavor with molassas, raisin and belgian spice. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.4 oz Bottle. A bit overcarbonated, once opened it foamed badly. In the glass the beer is a deep mahogany with a bit of haze and a moderate tan head. Nose is strongly organic and herbal with notes of juniper. Some sugary malt and nutty character in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but not watery or thin. Several odd flavors in this one, like someone rummaging in the forest and throwing all of it into the brew kettle. Reminiscent in some ways of a Belgian Noel style beer. Unique and worth a try.