ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
williamstome (1265) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour, nice white head. Aroma of cherry, oak, flavor is very sweet, of oak, nectar and honey.
GenDV138 (2977) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HIGHB4LL (825) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gschrade (805) - Collinsville, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tmoreau (2844) - 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 (3239) - 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 (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.