tmoreau (2563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer off white, gradually diminishing head froth, with light waves of lacing rising from the thin, persistent ring of foam. The nose offered tartness, pit fruit as peach & apricot, a touch of sweetness, and a subtle, but lurking alcohol presence at this point. Medium to full bodied, with good effervescence, the flavor became quite nectar sweet, but was held in check from becoming too cloying by the now strong & warming alcohol, decent carbonation, tartness, and touch of finishing dryness. Missed any barrel notes of consequence, but enjoyed the warmth and sipable nature. Pricey pour, though.
superspak (2830) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, agave, clove, oak, pepper, light bourbon, light toffee, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and light-moderate barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, clear orange pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of some sweet sugar, agave, hints of honey into some vanilla, toffee, slight grass in there with a hint of brown sugar, slight oaky notes as well. Taste is a big mix of sugar, some vanilla, caramel, honey, and agave into some slight oak, brown sugary notes, some biscuit, finishing fairly sweet, slightly boozy. Interesting, but no balance on this one.
VsXsV (2451) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with small white head. Aroma of dried fruit, port wine, bread, toffee, cachaca and wood. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of dried fruit, port wine and raw sugar. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Quite nice.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
16.9 floz corked and caged bottle to a Duvel Tulip
No date, purchased early 2013
A - Dirty/cloudy burnt orange, milky off-white head, not extremely pretty but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
S - Fruit puree, bananas, oranges, apricots, pears, apple cider, creamy smelling when cold but becomes more vinous as it warms. Oak is faintly in the background throwing apple and woody aromas. Some acidity aromas become more pronounced as it warms.
T - Fruit overloads the senses, sweet and tangy, more cidery than the nose describes. Spiced apples, lemons, oranges, tangy pears, grapes, peaches. A peppery bitterness runs on the edges and is hard to tell if itís coming from hops or alcohol. Thereís actually a handful of random spices that I canít even pick out. Oak and vanilla undertones are buried pretty deep beneath the powerful fruit esters. Alcohol bears down pretty hard creating a cloyingly sweet and boozy finish that has some spicy harshness to it.
M - Low effervescent carbonation that stings and prickles when you hold it in your mouth. Full bodied but light weight. The body changes from thick to thinner as it sets.
Smells great but the rest is a different story. Cloying gets thrown around on beer reviews quite a bit, but this...this is cloying. I donít mind alcohol presence but it, mixed with the cloyingly sweet fruit barrage, overpowered the dainty barrel notes I was hoping for. I appreciate trying to make a big beer like this but this just doesnít work for me.
Serving type: bottle
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and Caged. A bit of a gusher, but no real problems. Pours yellow with a little head that didnít hang around. Aroma shows wood, alcohol, and caramel. Lovely if somewhat sweet, with a surprisingly dry finish. Very interesting beer.
DrSilverworm (6943) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle, from Party Source. Labeled "Grand Cru". Labeled 12.9%. Hazy golden amber color. Minimal white head. Some loose dots of lace. Lots of fine particles in the body. Medium to bigger body. Lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Lightly slick. Good rich lighter caramel malt aroma, light wood, lighter whiskey vanilla notes. Moderate sweet taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Good Mildly tropical fruity agave notes I think may be noticable, and work great with the whiskey barrel. Pleasant, balanced fruitiness comes out more and more as it goes.
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Johnís. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Oak and honey in the nose. A thick creamy body, flavors of fruit--apple and peach--some oak and honey. Lots of belgian candi sugar flavors in it--a sweet beer with just a touch of alcohol bite at the end.
Thewade (328) - USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork almost put an eye out when opened. Funky but good. Personally, I didnít get any bourbon on the back. Wonderful smell, and more "Belgium like" than I expected. Nice brew.
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grand Cru Version
Tasted on 12/24/13 from a corked and caged 500mL bottle purchased at Lush on Chicago quite a while ago. Pours clear, light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is quite bready and sweet with plenty of honey, a lightly fruity aroma, and tons of vanilla, toffee, honey, and brown sugar barrel treatment. The flavor is much the same, with tons of honey and bread up front with all of the same oaky characteristics dominating the back of the palate, and just a hint of roasted bitterness to balance. The body is massively full with a little more carbonation than I would like in a beer of this style, and a very long, oaky finish.