Ferris (1245) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Fruity and sweet, apple and rhubarb. Golden with a thin head. Nice and fruity without any bitterness and a little sour. Nice and rich on the tongue with just enough alcohol. Great strong ale.
jookos (1304) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(3/2012) bottle, as north coast gran cru. Interesting belgian style golden strong ale. Overripe fruit, candi on the nose. Some sake like characters. Full and smooth.
mnoud (231) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013.05.06 - North Coast Grand Cru - 500ml bottle in goblet glass.
Aroma: a bit of fruit, like apple or presumably the agave, a bit grainy like wheat or a saison.
Appearance: Pours around 10 or 11 on SRM scale. Not a lot of carbonation or head but it’s a bit old, and ther is still a decent small amount.
Taste: Very nice. Starts off a bit like a saison like Weyerbacher Seventeen, even some hint of pepper... Fades to tasty fruits with no citrus or tang. Nice dry-ish ending.
Palate/Mouthfeel: mostly light but a bit sugary or creamy.
Aroma 7/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma has honey and apples. Flavor follows suit...very cidery...adds a touch of earthy/grassy notes. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is appley/champagney and warming...very tasty.
gyllenbock (3686) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light brown with a small white head. This was quite a special one. Sweet with dried fruit, toffee, malt and some alcohol. Not a bad beer but on the heavy side.
SirLimpsalot (1829) - SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Gyllenbock: en ganska söt och fruktig doft och smak. En mycket distinkt karaktär. Mycket speciell.
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DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Awesome Belgian beer super strong but smooth as a whistle, lemon pepper flavor with some caramel, good!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Sahara Mart, Bloomington. Was stoked to find this one, pricey though it was. North Coast does these strong ales very well, and this one was flavorful and fairly dangerously drinkable, but a bit too much overall. Oily brown pour with medium carbonation. Palate was a bit slick and waxy in places, hot elsewhere. Flavors were generally heavily on the sweet side (though not especially boozy somehow). The fruity notes cut against the mellowed complexity of the base beer perhaps, making it come across a bit disjointed.
stumpyiliz (210) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing too special about this one. Cork blew off and I almost lost the whole dang thing. Spontaneous fermentation going on? anyway the pour looks amazing. Garnet orange with a crystal clear look. Head fades fast and leaves minor lacing. Nose is interesting, mainly just light tree fruits. Taste is nothing I would have expected. Sweet, strong alcohol, but no real bourbon or wood, or vanilla notes.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Gold with an average sized white head. Aroma is apple, malt, sugar and caramel. Taste is apple and marshmallow.