OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in Santa Barbara.
Pours light golden with an abundant white head. Nose is slightly sour. The flavor is peppery with a grain alcohol thing, plenty of malt sweetness, prickly mouthfeel, not very pleasant. Simply not a very good Belgian strong.
mhille86 (5) - - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blonde strong beer brewed according to the purity law of 1516. Good taste and doesnt taste like its 7,5%
eluosiren (128) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved the bottle and the appearance of the beer, the taste and the smell were also quite good, but overall - not really interesting. Just a simple good beer
zvsn (1501) - ISRAEL - JUN 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750ml) as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru". Clear yellow golden with a nice white head. Aroma - yeasty and fruity with some light peaches and apricots notes . Sweet, with overripe fruits, some spices and yeast, quite mellow. Medium-bodied with oily texture. Drinkable.
rayaron (1268) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 750ml as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru". light golden with a huge white creamy head. Light yeasty aroma, a bit sweetish. Sour, light sweet flavor. Average sour aftertaste. Light to medium body.
Benzai (12588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Hazy almost opaque orangy color, medium sized white head. Smell malts, some fruityness, lightly sweet. Taste lightly malts, a slight fruityness, a bit more bitter in the flavor. Not bad.
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @dutchdrebus. Thnx to benzai. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Smells fresh, herbs, spices. Tastes herbs, floral
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Clear amber colour with a small to medium sized white head. Pretty active bubbles. Smells like delirium tremens.. Probably the yeast or something. Slightly sweet, malts, inflatable swimmingpool and a hint of fruits. Tastes like how I remember Delirium Tremens too. Reminds me of my younger days a bit. Itís been quite a while since Iíve had one though. Malts, yeast, sweetish, slightly herbs. Quite a bit of carbo, medium body.
Case (300) - GERMANY - MAY 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Faint aroma of coriander and spices. Taste is light sweetness, a bit of spice. Very watery, thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Little to no taste, disappointing.
GoufCustom (1471) - HONG KONG - APR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014
500ml crown-capped stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top, as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru" bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.
Cloudy hazy golden yellow colour with small amount of dirt-like yeast sediments; One and a half finger head with crumpety white foams which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation; Slightly fragrant aroma of malt, with moderate banana, vanilla, light caramel, light sugar, moderate Bel yeast, light herbs, lemon and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with light metallic, very light tartness, light orange, faint banana, light caramel, light raisins, quite strong phenolic, molasses, light bread, light Bel yeast, spices, light cloves, lemon, light grass, and moderate bitter hops; Medium body. Very slick and slightly creamy palate; Mouth feel is passing-grade Belgian Blond, light malt, thick body, low estery taste and not much sweetness, strong phenolic elements but low on cloves and spices, overall with a very clean and neat palate but you wish for more to shine. Oh dearÖ The 7.5% booze doesnít taste that strong but it wants to scream out at every opportunity. Sigh... Hoppiness is lemon, light herb and faint grass in nose. Lemony, slightly clovey and light grass in taste. Bitterness is stand-out, more on astringent side for a lasting, mid-to-low bitter finish; Slight dry after taste. Clean, easy and fairly bitter to mouth.
Comments: The stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top is impressive, but the brew itself is not: itís clinically-made, no fault and effective to be passable. All the nice Belgian taste elements are there but not enough to be shine. So Iíve paid double the price for the stone bottle and thatís the saving grace. Lesson learnt.