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OWA Grand Cru

OWA Brewery SPRL
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Bruxelles, Belgium


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Owa Kuro (Black) aged for 10 months in red wine barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (3683) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
750 ml. bottle sampled as “OWA Merry Christmas 2011” @ Barley Legal Tasting Room. Thanks to Kraddel! Dark brown, reasonable tanned head. Lots of glue / red wine , bit thin roasted, chocolate in the nose. Huge red wine everywhere in the taste, oak & tannins are a bit lighter in the back, sour red wine finish, grainy bit thin malt, dark fruits; skins. Bit thin, way nicer than the base beer but the base beer not being all that stellar keeps this from reaching real heights despite being a big step forward & quite lovely. The price tag from what I hear for this one is ridiculous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2969) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2014
As owa christmas 2011 @ barely legal tasting room Pours very dark brown . Good fast fading white head Smell is sweet . Bit of age resulting into port . High carbo Taste is subtile , balanced . Port , bit dry , sugar . Complex , earthy fruity aftertaste .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
12th June 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy deep red - amber beer, good pale tan head. Palate is light and airy. Superfine carbonation. Light airy malts. Touch of seltzer. Mild red wine tang and fruits, very mild considering the length of time in the barrel. Light airy finish with a touch of wood. A grower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to K-Bird. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. Not bad overall, lots of dark fruits, bread, light metallic notes, some meat. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with some woody accents, more dark berries, toasty sugars. Nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8114) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Kenwold, 12/06/14. #475/500. Chestnut brown with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is ripe fruits, Belgian yeast esters, toffee, bitter shandy notes, dark fruit peel. Taste comprises caramel, dark fruit, subtle BA effect, red berry fruit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok, not overly dynamic, doesn’t deliver at lot for a BA beer or for the ABV, not unpleasant just a little whelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Ken. It pours dark ruby with a minimal beige head. The nose is roasty, sweet, earth, chocolate, dark fruits, candied, wood and sweet vanilla. The taste is sweet, roasty, cherry cola, caramel, vanilla and light alcohol in the background. Medium body, high carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Not much wine action. Plenty of cola. A bit thin and foamy. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 04/11/2014. Pours dark brown, thick foamy head, great retention. Aroma has prominent red wine, raspberries, touch tart, sweet underlying chocolate malts, some vanilla, moderate roast. Taste is chocolate, marshmallow, mildly tart dark fruits, lovely red wine finish, not much aftertaste. Medium light body, smooth drinks easy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2013) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 28, 2014
28.04.2014, 0,75l bottle (2013 vintage, bottle #480/500) @ home:
Big light brown slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish, dark malts, dark sour fruits, sorrel, caramel, oak, unripe banana, chocolate, coffee, hints of licorice. Taste is slightly sour-ish dry, dark malts, oak, dark sour fruits, hay, caramel, chocolate, coffee, paper, alcohol. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and watery mouthfeel, high carbonation. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
Bottle at TimE’s place - Tokyo Tasting. Almost black - offwhite head. Soapy, yeasty, roasted, wooden, grapes, minerals, licorice, sparkling, cheese like aroma, ok complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - MAR 27, 2014
Odd farmhouse dubbel styled beer. Lots of dark malts, pit fruits, barnyard funk with a dryish finish. Very unique but only in smaller servings as this could get really cloying.

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