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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (987) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
July 7th, 2011 - The Lips of Faith series seems to alternate between Dogfish Head style experiments spearheaded by one of the brewery’s mad scientists, and refined interpretations of beloved classics. The Grand Cru Abbey falls into the latter category, leaving the NBB six-pack lines in the dust and ascending to a category of excellence that even the most stringent beer snobs will find to be quite good. Rich yeastiness fills the air just moments after the bottle cap is removed. The basic bouquet is identical to the regular Abbey, but it’s augmented with keener, better balanced smells of soy sauce, grapes, cedar, molasses and even a breath of juniper. A sip of the dark amber (and just a bit short of crimson) body reveals a flavor profile with clear links to the dubbels of tastings past - umami abounds, limned with a dry woody taste on one side and a subtle parmesan cheese taste on the other. These are kept in check by a strong alcohol bite - a deviation from those dubbels I mentioned earlier - to make a beautiful flavor with more flavor and punch. American style? Probably. This is a great Lips of Faith, and though the experimental beers made from cacti and ground toucan bills and amethyst are good, remixes on the classics can also be amazing.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Rated on 7-13-2011. This bottled beer has a medium sized fizzy ivory head, copper transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, caramel and fruity. The taste is sweet, malt, caramel, fruity, and lightly tart. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. This is a very tasty beer with a nice warming effect. The various flavors blend together very well thus making for an enjoyable beer to drink and rate. It is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
22 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small quickly disappearing off white head. The aroma and flavor have an overall fruity character, raisins and dark fruits, yeast, caramel and additional sweet malty notes, alcohol is pretty well hidden, but does warm slightly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 22 oz bottle. Brownish red in color with a light creammy colored head. The smell is yeasty, sugary, fruits, apples, estery. The taste is fruits, alcohol, yeast, very beligan. Good, but I was sort of expecting more.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (447) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. A- Dark fruits, molasses, roasty. A- Dark red color, clear liquid, minimal head. T- Dark fruits, coffee, nutty, raisins, spices. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, rich finish. O- Not bad. Maybe a bit heavy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by somebody after Jackie-O’s 8th Anniversary.. Mostly clear dark brown, more red color. Thin off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Smooth, soft carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger body. More sweet in the end. Dark tropical fruit, light nuttiness, some toastiness, raisins. Ok grand cru. A bit soft, and bit hot. Not complex, all dark malt, lightly hot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22 ounce bottle shared in the hotel room. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, figs, and a bit of light spice. Taste is sweet and darkly fruity. Bigger body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11099) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to a trader. Pours nice deep chestnut with a medium, frothy, white head. Aroma has nice esters, raisins, plums, hazelnuts, a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely caramel, dark Belgian sugar, liqourice, raisins, plums. Lovely elegance. Good bitterness with this soft coffee note. Warming finish. Top class.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3536) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to adnielsen: Poured a light brown with orange hints, head left a lacing off white residue to the glass. Aroma is fruity, bubblegum, yeast, and sweet malt. Taste is a bit toffee, malt, some fruit, and finished dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1607) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Refrigerated brown bomber compliments of adnielson poured into a tulip. Pours clear dark amber with medium amber bottom highlight and medium light brown head. Dark fruit aroma, medium carbonation, medium/light body, and some small bubble lacing. Taste is some dark fruit with some hops. Easy to drink, but hoped for more good flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
From a 2011 bottle. Pours almost clear reddish brown with a very thin white head. Smells like malt, raisin, and some sweetness. Smooth feel. Tastes malty, with some syrup, citrus, and light hops. Medium body and low carbonation. Thanks beerandblues2!


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