ChainGangGuy (4373) - 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. It’s not the grandest of crus, so, how about Interesting Cru?
craftycarl21 (2227) - 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.
SSSteve (3769) - - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle labeled as "grand cru", 12.9%. pours a lightly hazed pale gold with a small, fizzy, white head. nose was sweet with light fruits and marshmallows, a bit of vanilla. flavors brings out notes of graham crackers, vanilla, and tiny hint of cocoa and assorted light fruits. medium body that keeps from being syrupy and manages to hide the hefty abv well. sparkling carbonation.
pitt1014 (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2011 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden pour, small white lacing. Aroma of fruits and alcohol. Strange sweet flavor, almost a sweet and sour taste. Alcohol on the finish, and what I can only describe as bitter honey. For the most part the alcohol is well hidden. Weird beer, almost does taste like sour apple at the end, as others have said. The more I had the less I liked.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells candyish with a bit of wood. Primarily brown sugar, caramel, and sweet and lightly tart apple fruitiness. Very sweet and syrupy body with some honeyish hints and notes of slightly sour apple and lemon, more caramel notes, overall gives a honey pastry impression. Finishes spicy and rather warming. Extremely syrupy and sweet, mitigated a bit by the fruity notes and the booziness. While I am impressed that this is as drinkable as it is considering the alcohol content, I can’t see myself craving this beer again any time in the future.
badnewsbeers (2313) - 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 (4133) - 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 (2556) - 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 (3565) - 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 (1522) - 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. It’s too sweet for my taste.