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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2056) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Dark bottle with cork and wire served in a Belgian snifter. Both the aroma and the flavor are quite fruity. The lightly sweet flavor suggests golden raisins and ripe apricots, but has a good bit of tartness too. An unusual component in the taste may be the agave. Pronounced BBL influence on the aroma, with more moderate BBL effects on he flavor. Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Notable warming O: a fine, refreshing sipper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2014
Hazy dark gold. Fine-bubbled beige head. Light fruity nose, mellow with a yeasty note. Hot and slick on the palate. Medium full. Taste is vinous-fruity and quite so oxidized. Yet inviting, with a note of malt drops, cob-web and dust. Alcoholic endnotes. [Shared bottle at larsgaís, 20.08.14]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pterodiacetyl (55) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
I probably don't have the palate to enjoy this because I'm a noob and I like hella hops bro. It's like someone mixed a bottom shelf twist top Chardonnay with a splash of triple sec and let it get a tan in the Central Valley heat for an afternoon. One day I'll grows up and appreciate fusel notes and jamminess. Are those things?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
First of all, this is not the same beer as the Grand Cru (which Iím reviewing). Even North Coast say itís only "reminiscent of... [the] Twentieth Anniversary Ale." Aged 3 years (2011 vintage), this is a bold orange, clear-bodied ale. It managed to maintain a really frothy, bright white head over the years, with no trace of precipitated yeast. The nose is powerful, sweet, and fruity, with a mature, complex aroma of alcohol blending well with the sweetness. It almost smells like a white wine blended with a light liquor. A unique potency rules the aroma and infers without obstruction that this is a serious ale. Fortunately, the beer is even more classy than I expected once itís in the mouth. At first something reminds me of cough syrup, but on the lighter end, a bit like white wine, sweetened with fermented fruits. A ghostly presence of wooden barrels and bourbon character carries through the whole experience, but really surfaces in the finish. Itís so complex, and Iím in love with the alcohol presence. This could easily have been off-kilter, but because of the beerís fruity sweetness the light body and high alcohol it all pans out quite beautifully. The finish is sweet, and something about it reminds me slightly of a Belgian tripel or low-roast quad. Its still very American, though, and I do believe that this glass has topped my day. As well-balanced as it is, itís still bold and powerful, even after three years. Nothing is awkward about the beer after three years of aging, and I could see this beer easily aging into eternity without any serious negative issue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (946) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Orange pour, nice white head. Aroma of cherry, oak, flavor is very sweet, of oak, nectar and honey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1638) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2014 Consumed on 3/20/2014. Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a golden brown color with an off-white ring. Aromas of candied fruit, syrup. Tasting notes of caramel, booze, candied fruit, dark fruit, light citrus. Medium body with a warm and dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. 7/3/7/4/15

Consumed on 11/18/2014. 4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Hazy golden yellow with off-whtie head. Aromas of red wine, oak, flowery notes, syrup. Tastes of wine, oak, dark fruit, syrup, light booze. Medium body with a dry finish. 8/4/8/3/16

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into tulip. Hazy orange-blossom honey hue with a sizeable foamy white head leaving slight lacing. Earthy aroma of oak, tequila. Big flavor of peach, bourbon, wood, honey and tequila. Itís a bit on the sweet side, but I donít mind that. Nice warming alcohol quality. This was more than I generally spend on a beer, but I think it was worth it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (638) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Festival. Appearance: finger of white head, straw yellow color, cloudy. Aroma: bourbon, oak, fruit, light tequila. Palate: dry finish, average carbonation, light to medium body. Taste: bourbony sweetness to fruity sweetness. Overall, one of the more unique beers at the festival, and one I need to try again for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gschrade (769) - Collinsville, USA - MAR 3, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish-gold with a white head. Taste sweet, fruity, slightly boozy. I thought this was ok. I would skip drinking this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle. Attractive hazy orange pour with a quickly fading white head. Light tequila and oak in the aroma with a relatively clean and sweet malt profile. Taste is tequila with complimentary sweet malt and some bitter fruit notes with alcohol vapors. Coating mouthfeel. I like it.


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