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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
The second offering in our series of unique Belgian beers. This could just be the one that sets the standard. The many perfumes present (that’s why we serve it in a snifter) denote the several yeasts and spices used to make this special brew. Did we mention the sugar? Copious amounts of real Belgian candied sugars went into our kettle and came out sweet and high in alcohol. Enjoy it in the 10 ounce serving that brings out those great aromas while keeping you upright on your bar stool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4114) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle shared by my friend Mike, thanks! 5.9% ABV barrel aged per the label. Amber with off-white head. Aromas of funk and cheese. Tastes of slight dark fruit, funk, light oak. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5305) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2015
In my many years of drinking, this is the only bottle I ever dropped that broke, and boy did it shatter! Close to tears. At $16 a pop, it took me a while to come back around to it, but what I had cleaned up off the floor had smelled too good! Bomber, mine listed at only 5.9% abv and a cheeeeky 651mL. Nose sweet with heavy balsamic and classic fish-and-chips malt vinegar, but good brown malt character supporting the sourness and enough cherry and ethyl lactate. Fizzy tan head that didn’t last too long, body red-brown with above-average carbonation. Taste a little blander than expected, malt is dulled with the edges stripped off, all the Brett-y and Lambic-y character pushed way into the background, and not even any (?) backsweetening to give an interesting point. Relatively flabby malt, a good deal of wood (perhaps the dominant flavor) but no classic "oak" or vanillin, touch leather, some tannins but no real cherry (just a touch of skins). It’s finished as far as attenuation is concerned, dry but not brutal with no bitterness and only lightly tart. Medium-full body is ultra-smooth and drinkable, really quite pleasant, just has nothing to do with what I know of a Flanders Red (and they’re supposed to be released as finished products, so no excuse there). Hides its alcohol well. Suffers heavily in comparison, but gentle, quaffable by itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
60minuteman (1106) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Gift from the gorgeous. Thank you. Pours a merlot style red not sure if there was any lacing at all. Aroma of booze. I think tequila and vodka when I huff it. Berries, yeast, funk and oak. Flavor is unrefined and clashes. Booze, fruit, malt, tart. Sour. Weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear amber with a ruby hue. The nose is sweet and fruity with some sour cherry and caramel. The flavor is just lightly tart with some sour cherry and sweet maltiness below. Rather short on the finish. A fair amount of residual sugar in this one. Medium bodied, a little clingy, fizzy soft carbonation. Meh, I would pass on a second glass of this guy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Draft at Standard. Pours hazy brown with the most rapidly fading I’ve ever witnessed. Notes of copper, caramel, lightly tart, watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (957) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Reddish brown color with no head to speak of. Sweet aroma of cherries and very slight funk. Much more sweet than tart. Not my style of grand cru but not bad. Just prefer it more funky and less sweet. My mom hates beer but liked this so that should say something.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Sample at craft ale house. Pours clear orange with no head to speak of. The aroma Is faint with light fruity waters. The taste is carbonated water with a light sweetness. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pours reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is some funk, floral and earthy. Taste is sweet and tart. Not bad but not great, a little sweeter then expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2013
On tap at The Grey Lodge. Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of off white head. Aroma of wood, tart fruits, red wine, oak, and dark sugars. The taste was a bit light as well, white and red grapes, apple skins, oak, with just a light twinge of tartness. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (3094) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On draft at Capone’s. The beer is autumn orange and mildly hazy with a thin, white head. The aroma brings malt, various spice, yeast. Immediately lacking the depth and intrigue found in the scent of a fine Flanders red. Belgian yeast and citrus notes, with a sweetness reminiscent of apple huice. Malty with a touch of funky citrus. Eh, this was mediocre. Not even close to Rodenbach, or other notables in the genre.

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