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RATINGS: 336   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - NOV 16, 2012
Pale golden pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite aromatic. A bit of honey and some bright estery character. A touch of ethanol. Some pepper and a touch of booze. There is a lot of barrel character retronasally even though it's not all that bourbony. A light sort of peppery flavour. Very subtle sort of barrel character but it's quite lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Massive gusher! Pours hazy gold, with thin white a head. Aromas of marzipan, light sugar. Taste is sweet, something green, must be the agave. Odd.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is toffee, funky, taste is sweet, sickly, toffee, juicy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
botttle at home ... amber ... thin white lacing ... soft sweet fruit ...soft suger yeast fruit nose ... soft sweet fruits ...oily fruits ... soft sweet toffee suger fruits .. big yeast linger.. heavy sweet fruits

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, the agave nectar is noticeable, woody, some fruity notes, even a touch herbal, has some bite to the finish, I don’t know if this would get better with age.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (2078) - 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 (2615) - 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 (1363) - 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 (936) - 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 (283) - 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 (230) - 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


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