badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle of the grand cru. pours golden, and slightly hazy with small white head. aroma of heavy agave sugars, citrus, honey, and some trace banana and clove. flavor is more similar to a hefe...huge sugar, some earth, circus peanut, and heavy spice. not picking up much oak at all...standard
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Beer Mongers... Poured clear golden with little-to no head. Very vibrant with fruit tones, oak, candied malt sugars, and lots of yeast esters.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A light golden color with a white head. The aroma is more like a tripel with nice sweetness and light fruits (orange). A dry finish. Sweet, peppery, and spicy.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to texasjeep at August tasting. Pours a clear orange golden with small off white head. The aroma is agave and wheat crust. Medium mouthfeel with a honey and agave flavor. A decent American strong ale from North Coast.
bleeng (1463) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to texasjeep at the August 2011 tasting. Clear bright yellow. Nose is winey, sweet. Taste is very sweet, viscous, spicy, peppery. Itís too sweet for my taste.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Grand Cru) Draft at The Royale served in a snifter. Pours a bright, clear gold with a finger-thick, frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, cotton candy, butterscotch, apricot, tart apples, and buttered popcorn. The agave nectar gives this a ton of sweetness. Same in the flavor, which has more buttered popcorn along with apples, grapes, apricot, sweet malts, and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with a sticky, chewy mouthfeel- just a little tart in the back- with moderate carbonation. Sweet, but interesting.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Rating #75. Clear, bright orange golden color. Boozy tequila aroma, kinda sweet. Strong fruity yeast flavor, sweet and a good amount of alcohol, interesting stuff. (1872)
Guerde (1115) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a clear light gold with just a scant white head. Looks quite a bit like ginger ale. Iím really digging the aroma. The agave is present, with additional scents of ripe peaches, caramel, bourbon, and a substantial amount of booze meshing well. Some ripe banana in here too, which passingly resembles a weizenbock. Bubblegum is here and it only cements the comparison to a weizenbock. Barrel begins to show quite a bit as this warms further and this gets peppery. I need to dock it some points because the barrel begins to dominate and the peppery scent isnít all that pleasant. Flavor has a vanilla cream soda thing going on, which makes sense, but itís still surprising, and I really like it. Plenty of caramel sweetness lingers after the vanilla spike. Plenty of barrel and some bready yeast on the finish. Booze isnít as bombastic as the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel gets sticky which I didnít care for, and carbonation is pretty lively. Overall this is a unique beer, but the heavy barrel character and the sticky mouthfeel detracted from the experience.
jandd1983 (1911) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured an orange color with a white head. The aroma was of sweet flowers and light oak notes. The taste was of toast or bread notes with some of that sweet vanilla oak.
wxman (1280) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very busy brew! Quite sweet, yet not cloying, mouth coating and warm. Pours as a pale golden with little head. This is an exceptional Cru with a lot of spice, yeastiness and some citrus. ABV will get you if you arenít careful! Truly good.