phaleslu (6291) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a growler shared by birchstick- thanks a ton, Jon! Pours a golden color with a copper hue and a big off-white head. Notes of honey, caramel, apricot, raisins, brown sugar, and floral notes. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and chewy mouthfeel.
falco242 (244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Hazy amber pour with a light aroma. Fruity malty flavor that is a bit bitter and malty.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a hazy dark amber color with an initially fluffy cream colored head that settles down to a thin layer.
S: A very citrus forward nose, mostly of oranges, along with some notes of stale hops and sugar. A bit of a cardboard aroma, which seems strange, and some fruitiness, I guess plums. Definitely a fair amount of alcohol along with a Windex type smell.
T: Overall, the flavor is pretty "meh". Sweet fruits, mostly plums and apples, and plenty of alcohol (again). Also, some of the same stale/cardboard type character that was present on the nose.
M: The body is medium to full with a fairly high carbonation. This is actually one of the best things about this beer.
D: I just couldn’t get into this on. Too boozy and seemingly stale/oxidized.
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off thanks to Justin for this treat. I poured the growler into a challis and it produced a short lived white head. The body of the brew was dark orange in color I got some fine aromas of dark fruit and Belgian yeasts with a slight alcohol note towards the end.
The flavor was sweet dark fruits like raisin and plums. I also got some spice bitters and alcohol warmth to keep it from being to coy. It had a medium feel to it in my mouth with almost no carbonation after the initial pour.
It was a good American stab at a Belgian grand cru, one of the better ones in my book. Drinkability suffered only in the fact that it had a big ABV. It was a fantastic desert beer and would not turn it down again
islay (1078) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-24-10. Pours bronze with a small amount of thick, beige head. Aroma of golden raisin, yellow plum, and honey. The smell is not as strong as I expected. Strong, dark sugar-candy, dark-fruit, brown sugar, sweet flavor. Also flowers and honey. Good, full, fruity, bitter, dull aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Very lively and sharp in the excellent palate. Overall, refreshing yet substantial, complex yet subtle, and quite good but not great.
Goodgrief (1770) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub (sample). Clear and light colored for the style, amber orange color. Sweet and boozy with a lot of fruity esters but also with a biscuity presence, which was odd for the style. Similar to AmeriBelg...also very yeasty.
Atom (1304) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Town Hall pours amber/orange with almost no head light lacing. Aroma of spices, coriander, caramel, vanilla. Taste strong of coriander and orange. Enjoyable.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 Merely very good as opposed to the greatness of the other Town Hall beers I tried, this Grand Cru didn’t have overly strong yeast flavors and was largely a nice sweet malty flavor blend with some of the spiced orange mentioned in the description and a clean finish. Surprisingly very drinkable, and not bad in the slightest.
Tripplebrew (775) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber/orange with thick cream-tinged frothy head. Aroma is definite vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and coriander. Flavor is caramel -definitely Belgian character - vanilla and alcohol. Body is creamy with medium carbonation.
bluemooner (600) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Deep copper color with a thin, white head. Aroma is very sweet and sugary yet with a bready yeast note to it. Sweet, complex flavor boasting malt and Belgian yeast with syrupy, sugary notes reminiscent of candy or medicine along with some caramel and spicy flavors. Medium body and soft carbonation with alcohol hidden very well. Quite good.