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RATINGS: 332   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)


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1888) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2013
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1953) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Never thought I’d ever see this one. Bottle given to me for a job well done of chopping wood for a local. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance had a cloudy gold with a one finger white head that dissipated within seconds (damn, that was quick). Lacing was somewhat there but kinda stringy and all over the place. The smell had some honey, Belgian yeastiness, a light tropical citrus and then a light hint of vanilla. No bourbon? Uh..okay, no worries, I guess, I was expecting it but it never showed up. The taste was really sweet through the honey with a sweet/bready yeastiness balancing it in with some light pear. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent expected carbonation that was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, decent Belgian Strong ale I think I could have again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2570) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, wood and agave. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1325) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from Gator Bev. Pours cloudy gold with a one finger white head. Aroma of honey, Belgian yeastyness, I assume agave nectar, hint of vanilla. Not much bourbon here. Flavor is big sweet honey up front (agave nectar?), some yeasty esters, banana, pear, light spice, vanilla, and finishing with a big burn of bourbon booze. Very sweet. Medium plus bodied with medium carbonation. Not what I was expecting here. It’s no terrible, but don’t think I can get through the whole bottle alone. Like an insanely boozy saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (925) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a light golden color with some haze. The aroma is light and citrus with some of the booziness coming through. The agave comes through with nice fruit tones. The barrel is very present. Different and interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (276) - Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
A frothy off white head quickly dissipates to clusters of large bubbles encompassing a clear vibrant amber body

Creamy, juicy sweet, tannin drenched pear, apple, and floral notes reminiscent of champagne with a rounding accent of agave syrup cut by moderate levels of smooth alcohol warmth on a coating, dense, medium plus body finishing with spicy, creamy barrel notes, solid flavor intensity, decent complexity, solid transitions, fairly approachable considering the strength

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16.9oz 12.9% cork and cage served at 58º into TeKu, aged for approximately one year at 55-60º


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (216) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2014
On tap at Parry's. Pours gold with a medium white, foamy head. Not much aroma at all. Tastes crisp and clean with a bit of hops and a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
htzpah (78) - - JUN 19, 2014
Wow, a super sweet aroma. Honey amber appearance. Licorice and tangy notes

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (587) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle pour. Semi-opaque rich orange. Boozey nose, with cork and licorice. Taste replicates the olfactory notes, folding in Belgium yeast, dark fruit. Hot on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a average white head. Fruity aroma with oak, honey, vanilla and caramel. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, oak, honey, vanilla and some subtle dark fruit. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1799) - 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.


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