Manayunk Grand Cru
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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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 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
60minuteman (1015) - 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 (5357) - 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 (929) - 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 (2387) - 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 (1859) - 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 (2145) - Newark, 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 (2944) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Reddish brown color with a t hin film of off white bubbles, light lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, light brett, vanilla, wood, and faint red wine vinegar. Taste of dried fruits, spices, sweeter caramel, a bit of alcohol and a wild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1968) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Retired?, seems alive and well. Hazy copper pour. Foamy white head that disappeared entirely after a few minutes. Gentle sugar cane malty sweetness. Feeling a little Brett funk off the top as well. Reads thin but clean. Hops and malts are well blended. May have aged a bit. Could indeed be retired and this is an aged version. Caramel tangerines. Fainting red fruits. Vanishing stawberries. Very smooth. Not what I was expecting. Almost the ghost of a dark red fruit beer. Maybe a fine Pinot Noir just past its peak.

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