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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009, later rebranded as Grand Cru)


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Grand Cru bottle, 12.9%. Pours clear deep gold with a small, fading white head. Aroma is odd with some marzipan, grapes, white wine, light vanilla, funky fruit (I guess that’s agave?), slight wood, and medicine. Flavor is pretty sweet with white chocolate, pie crust, honey, more fruity funk, slight wood, and boatloads of alcohol. Finishes with wood and earth, and a mild bitterness. Lingering honey and fruit flavors. Thick bodied, hot, boozy, and an uncreamy mouthfeel. It’s an interesting beer, decent overall and not TOO sweet by my standards, but it’s got some weird stuff going on. I’m not sure what the brewers wanted here and if they actually achieved their goal, but I’m glad the beer became available to Texas.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4789) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Some floral and citrus in the aroma. Looks great. A steady rise of bubbles from the center of the beer for a solid 20 minutes or more. A six in appearance. This is a bit sweet but very tasty and certainly hides the high alcohol very well. Pricey but good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5423) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Sampled at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria VA. Woah! This was fantastic. Smooth and enjoyable. Poured a clear golden color with a small, wispy head. Aroma was agave, sweet biscuit malts, honey notes. Touch of oak in there too. Sweet fruit notes, hop bitterness. Alcohol pretty well masked in this one, no serious "warming" feeling to it after consumption. Great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (565) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours a two finger, white head that fades quickly and leaving no lace. Clear light amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Fruity yeast nose. Flavor is sweet, spicy fruit and yeast, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey, but worth trying at $14.for a caged & corked 500ml bottle

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2011
(Bottle) Pours clear golden with an off-white head. The aroma holds sour candy, citrus, pale malts, light butter oak wood, vanilla, grain, pasta, gruel, honey, flowers, nectar, mint, lemon balm and light hops. Light vinous/white wine. This “experiment” doesn’t do it form me – too sterile and strange. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and light tart citric. Tones of grapes, mild citrus, sour candy, light wood, pale malt, honey, nectar and other things from the aroma. The mouthfeel is clean, bit soft, tart and light sticky with a light to medium carbonation. Light fiery and white wine-ish finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Sweet, fruity pour. Almost a guava type flavor in there. Not very carbonated, and not much head. Color is golden, fairly clear pour. Taste is fairly sweet, with the slightest bit of sourness in there. Toasted coconut on the finish? First time I have tasted that in a beer. Overall an excellent beer. I enjoyed it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Complex estery nose with a light acidity and lots of spice. Vague fruit sweetness. Clear gold with active carbonation to a thin head. Nice and dry with some sharp spiciness against a fairly thick and syrupy texture. Flavors are classic Belgian yeast characteristics: pepper, clove, banana, apple, and a little bit of dried fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml corked and caged bottle labeled as Grand Cru. Light orange, almost yellow pour with a decent amount of white head. Aromas of oak, pineapple, slight sweetness, and floral hops. More pineapple in the flavor with peach, raisin, agave, wood, and lots of boozy heat. Not near worth the price but worth trying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
500 ml corked bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent brass color with a big fluffy white head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with mixed fruits of papaya, apples, grapes, melons and a hit of booze. The flavor mirrors the nose, this is very fruity concoction, I get melons, papaya, green apples and a touch of vanilla. The palate is full and velvety smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2406) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pours a faded orange color with a large foamy off white head. Notes of honey, vanilla, oak, sour mash, and caramel. Slightly tangy mouthfeel. Just a n enjoyable delicious beer.


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