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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Inspired by nature’s untamed beauty, LaGrave (pronounced \l?-gräv\) is the first of our 12.7-oz. corked and caged bottle releases. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated, this Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The unique Belgian yeast forms the bedrock of LaGrave’s complex flavors. Strong and alluring at 8% ABV, LaGrave boasts a sweet, fruity flavor with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (728) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours a cloudy dirty yellow with a large foamy white head. Nice aroma of Belgian spices, bready dough, and yeast. Flavors don’t linger for long. Slightly dry finish. Not as good as I expected but OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. It pours a hazy orange color with an off white head. The aroma is bready with some dried apricot, banana and baking spice. The flavor is the same. Bready, bread crust, light bananas and dried apricots. Lots of nice fruitiness and more subtle spicy yeast. Strong alcohol presence and noticeable earthy, herbal bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish. Medium to high carbonation. The alcohol is a little strong, but not out of style. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4015) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from Jeremy. Aroma spot on for a tripel. Head a bit weak. Buttery consistency. Mild savory notes. Hay, grain, meadow, pepper. A bit of zing on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2016
375ml bottle pours out a hazy gold topped with a small head. Nose is nice sourdough bread spice yeast some belg candy. Taste is more of the nice bread malt yeast spice belg candy sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voyageurmike (300) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. Murky amber with medium carbonation, yeasty aroma. Spicy flavor has balance of hops and malt. Finish is moderately bitter, not lengthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beern (37) - Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Pours golden to light golden & tastes of very very mild hops, malt, yeast & lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6657) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2016
375 ml cork and caged. Pours with thin carbonation that quickly fades. Sweet with banana notes. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darwenus (904) - Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Pours very cloudy, peach/yellow with a lot of foam. This beer smells like a Belgian ought to smell; pears, bananas, strong yeast, herbs, grass. The flavor is slightly boozy and smooth, but a little medicinal on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (1411) - - APR 23, 2016
375ml corked bottle, thanks Christina! Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with apple and pear fruity esters as well as grass and straw character. Pours cloudy golden colored with a thin white head that has very little retention and decent lacing. Starts with spicy Belgian yeast flavors as well as some fruity apple and pear notes. Finishes smooth with a slightly bitter note with grass and straw flavors. Finishes a bit off, but a nice Belgian overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2016
Bottled Sept. 3, 2015, consumed in Feb. 2016: Clear, deep golden. Gentle pour generates a voluminous cap of sticky and persistent foam. Quiet but clean aroma of German noble hops, uncured hay, Russian sage, pepper and melon. Prickly carbonation. Opens with a juicy push of bright flowery hops coupled with slick fruity esters tempered by a warming alcoholic glow. Malt is nice and polished: grassy and haylike. Spicy hop bitterness stimulates saliva and underscores the clean fermentation. Quite luscious hopping, combined with ample residual sweetness, causes the lips to smack. Well balanced lilac and haylike pils malt comprise the graceful, mellow finish. It’s nearly impossible to find this style brewed to tradition and without being severely underattenuated and/or a banana bomb. But Tröegs has done very well here (same with the dubbel). If they just sprinkled in some more phenols, I wouldn’t complain. I am surprised to find that this shows no signs of oxidation and is still quite vital after seven months in the bottle. That said, I’m very much looking forward to a fresh bottle!

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