TheBeerGod (5408) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged under the Grand Cru moniker. Label shows 12.9% ABV. Amber pour with a fizzy white head. Strong fruit notes (canned pears in syrup) in the aroma with candy, soft yeast, light spice and jam. Taste is sweet malt, ripe fruit, candied fruit, soft spice, yeast notes, herbal hops, tropical fruit and oak. Body is medium with a fizzy carbonation and a syrupy feel in spots. Mild sugary stickiness in spots, as well. Ends with more sweet malt, tropical fruit notes, ripe fruit, candy, soft oak and light yeast notes.
Ratman197 (10447) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of cookie, pear, pineapple, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and alcohol. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cookie, apple, pear, pineapple and light bourbon with a crisp lingering fruity finish.
michaelinwa (623) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden color. Big, sweet, complex malty aroma. Taste is predominantly sweet, fruity, deep and complex. Alcohol is present but less than you would expect from such a strong beer. Sweet, tangy, malty flavor lingers long after the finish. Likely a good one for the cellar.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. absolutely clear as fuck golden color reminiscent of apple juice but with a nice, frothy white head. Malty nose showing smooshed apple notes, touches of caramelized sugar, and a little booze around the edges. Flavors again have that apple characteristic...malty, somewhat phlegmy in the mouth, flabby, sweet, a bit syrupy, just thick old apple, but with somewhat vibrant carbonation and noticeable alcohol. A bit too sweet and phlegmy for me, maybe a bit too syrupy yet alcoholic too...itís not terrible, mind you...but itís not all that enjoyable either.
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Autumn Brew Review 2011. Slightly cloudy gold color with a small head. Apple aroma. Very hot alcohol flavor right away. Rummy and generally boozy. Some oak and fruitiness, mainly apple. 6/4/7/3/14
Re-rating, 9/3/2012, 2011 Vintage: Hazy gold with a medium head. Sweet agave aroma with a little oakiness. More agave and grain flavor. Light bourbon and vanilla notes.
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. Not sure if this is the new release (22nd anniversary?). It pours golden with a white head. The aroma has sweet notes of honeysuckle, oak, and tropical fruit. Very much like a white wine with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is the same with some pear, apple, tropical fruit and a touch of honey with some buttery barrel notes toward the finish. Pretty heavy body.
douglas88 (6601) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from the Beerhive. A very odd beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. A rich heat comes into the nose with some sweet herbal notes and caramel. A very unique flavor; huge agave, some warmth, herbal, fruity berries, sticky sweet sugars. I guess this just isnít my thing, decent but not something I loved. Interesting.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by TexasJeep at the August Houston RB Tasting. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is funny agave?, perfume and bread. Taste is bready and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium. not great.
ChainGangGuy (4451) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle - $12.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden body with an initially high, foaming, near white head.
Smell: Rather sweet-scented aroma evocative of sugared tequila, but with additional notes of twangy pils malt, sliced tropical fruits spilling their precious juices, and buttery oak.
Taste: Tangy pilsner malts hinting of syrup-drenched French bread, with a strong sweetness upfront and throughout of toffee and agave nectar. Fruity touches of sugar-cooked pears, banana juice, and even papaya. Low spiciness. Buttery oakiness trying to emerge from underneath the sweetness. Noted tongue-singing ethanol on the continued sweet, but mercifully crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation cutting through what otherwise you can just sense would be truly cloying. However, it seems the carbonation leaves this one quick which it so desperately needs, so, as much as I hate to say this: drink it fast. Have plenty of water and a DD on hand, though!
Overall: Starts to take on a taste of Prosecco blended with honey and agave syrup for added thickness and sweetness. Notably warm from the ABV, but not painfully hot, though not my best choice to down before going in to work, perhaps. Itís not the grandest of crus, so, how about Interesting Cru?
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a hazy peach color with quite a small head. Nose holds big peach, unripe nectarine, some sweet candied sugars, and crystallized orange. Flavor brings extreme notes of that nectar presence, though not a whole lot else. Palate is absurdly drinkable given the 12.5 percent. Reminds me a bit of de Garre, though less Belgian and bready and more straight fruity sweetness. Not awesome but still tasty.