OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
16.9 floz corked and caged bottle to a Duvel Tulip
No date, purchased early 2013
A - Dirty/cloudy burnt orange, milky off-white head, not extremely pretty but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
S - Fruit puree, bananas, oranges, apricots, pears, apple cider, creamy smelling when cold but becomes more vinous as it warms. Oak is faintly in the background throwing apple and woody aromas. Some acidity aromas become more pronounced as it warms.
T - Fruit overloads the senses, sweet and tangy, more cidery than the nose describes. Spiced apples, lemons, oranges, tangy pears, grapes, peaches. A peppery bitterness runs on the edges and is hard to tell if it’s coming from hops or alcohol. There’s actually a handful of random spices that I can’t even pick out. Oak and vanilla undertones are buried pretty deep beneath the powerful fruit esters. Alcohol bears down pretty hard creating a cloyingly sweet and boozy finish that has some spicy harshness to it.
M - Low effervescent carbonation that stings and prickles when you hold it in your mouth. Full bodied but light weight. The body changes from thick to thinner as it sets.
Smells great but the rest is a different story. Cloying gets thrown around on beer reviews quite a bit, but this...this is cloying. I don’t mind alcohol presence but it, mixed with the cloyingly sweet fruit barrage, overpowered the dainty barrel notes I was hoping for. I appreciate trying to make a big beer like this but this just doesn’t work for me.
Serving type: bottle
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and Caged. A bit of a gusher, but no real problems. Pours yellow with a little head that didn’t hang around. Aroma shows wood, alcohol, and caramel. Lovely if somewhat sweet, with a surprisingly dry finish. Very interesting beer.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle, from Party Source. Labeled "Grand Cru". Labeled 12.9%. Hazy golden amber color. Minimal white head. Some loose dots of lace. Lots of fine particles in the body. Medium to bigger body. Lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Lightly slick. Good rich lighter caramel malt aroma, light wood, lighter whiskey vanilla notes. Moderate sweet taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Good Mildly tropical fruity agave notes I think may be noticable, and work great with the whiskey barrel. Pleasant, balanced fruitiness comes out more and more as it goes.
GJF (1201) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from John’s. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Oak and honey in the nose. A thick creamy body, flavors of fruit--apple and peach--some oak and honey. Lots of belgian candi sugar flavors in it--a sweet beer with just a touch of alcohol bite at the end.
Thewade (275) - USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork almost put an eye out when opened. Funky but good. Personally, I didn’t get any bourbon on the back. Wonderful smell, and more "Belgium like" than I expected. Nice brew.
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grand Cru Version
Tasted on 12/24/13 from a corked and caged 500mL bottle purchased at Lush on Chicago quite a while ago. Pours clear, light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is quite bready and sweet with plenty of honey, a lightly fruity aroma, and tons of vanilla, toffee, honey, and brown sugar barrel treatment. The flavor is much the same, with tons of honey and bread up front with all of the same oaky characteristics dominating the back of the palate, and just a hint of roasted bitterness to balance. The body is massively full with a little more carbonation than I would like in a beer of this style, and a very long, oaky finish.
ronaldtheriot (1102) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
North Coast Grand Cru has an extremely thin, off-white head, an opaque, brilliant orange appearance, few bubble streams, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of an intense mix of bourbon, sweetness, coconut, alcohol, and fruit juice. Taste is harsh- shaved coconut, alcohol, juice, sweet, lightly-roasted malt, and a vanilla background. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, and cloying, and North Coast Grand Cru finishes rich and overly sweet and alcohilic. After sipping on it for about an hour, I did notice that the coconut faded and more of a caramel aspect presented itself. The beer is complex, but not particularly enjoyable. Just too harsh. RJT
Marheb (1749) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superbe arôme de chêne imbibé de nectar d’agave, ça s’annonçait suave. Le liquide est à cheval sur le liquoreux et le duveteux, expérience luxuriante.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
A: pale golden with little head production. No lace. Etched mirror surface. Excellent clarity.
S: pear juice, some floral notes, belgian yeast. Kinda like a tripel with a sharp edge.
T: Really sweet and cloying. Wow, this is like syrup and tripel yeast. Wow, seriously sweet. So much yeast flavor too.
M: Thick and sticky with moderate on low carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer is an embarrassment.
Serving type: bottle
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Little to no cork pop. Minimal white head. Cloudy yellow color. Nose is slightly tart/off. Taste is initially sweet with a peppery note. Finish is slightly tart and full of alcohol warming. Gotta think I got a bad bottle.