mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2008
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours flat, opaque orange, with no head at all. I don’t know if this bottle is bad, or if it’s brewed that way. Bourbon aging, honey and alcohol are very evident in the aroma, along with little of the spiciness. Starts with a sweet bite. A little spicy, but fruity, alcohol, and barrel aging are overpowering. The spiciness and bourbon give it a complexity, but not in an interesting way. The more i drank, the more I got a dirty apple peel taste. If I ever doubted what the word ’’cloying’’ meant, I don’t anymore.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this kinda sucks, it reminds me of my childhood. it smells like a shoe store and tastes like and old boot full of apples beer and god knows what. thick and cloying and rough.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grand Cru 10th Anniversary-750ml bottle@Joe’s NYC Gathering that I brought courtesy of Tim–pours a disappearing white head with copper color. Aroma is very sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum, alcohol. Taste is very sweet medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-plum, alcohol. Nice, a bit oversweet.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep garnet-orange beer. Thin head. Aroma is very sweet and chewy. Honey and toasted almonds and barley. A touch of treacly honeyish sweetness. Peachy and tropical but way underattenuated. Sticky and sugary. It’s not good, but I’ve had worse.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at JoeMcPhee’s. Pours a amber body with an off white head. A/F very bozzy, with a sweet malty sugar backbone. Some ginger spice. Not for me.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Headless copper beer. Sweet nose with lots of honey and diacetyl. Slick alcoholic feel. Very sweet with honey, ginger cookie and candi-sugar. Too sweet.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
My understanding of Grand Cru means best. I’ve been to Tun Tavern and although the beers are close to solid, this beer shouldn’t be in the same room with anything named Grand. The apple flavor dominates followed with Belgian sugar.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/2 gallon growler. Radiant yellowed copper. Small, dense off white head. Specks of carbonation. Honeyed aroma, toasty malts, pineapple syrup and a touch of juniper. Rich, smooth and faintly carbonated with a layered fruity, honeyed sweetness melding with a toasty malt base and Belgian yeast overlay. Medium thick body. Rich sweetness, even ice cold. Mild spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, with a soft, savory edge. Hint of cherry, atop the dominant Munich malt base, late. Finishes lighter in body but not in flavor with a surge of spicy alcohol and fruity sweetness. A very respectable, and downright quaffable, version.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crimson in color with a dissapearing thin, almost soapy looking off-white head. Aromas of candy sugar and pepper. Strong peppery flavors and some fruity characteristics as well. One of Tun’s more complex brews, Bravo!