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The new masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery. A very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advices to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Feb. 2007 - Beer poured dark brown, nice head and outstanding lacing. Rich strong aroma of dark fruits and spices. Flavor was predominantly dark fruits...prunes and figs noticeable. Some spiciness and lots of alcohol sweetness. Bordering on too sweet. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4697) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Much thanks to Sycamore for bringing two of these to our table! Lovely and malty with strong caramel tones. Really nice grand cru, one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Dark brown pour with a minimal beige head. Big Belgian nose with yeasty, bready notes ... very malty. Flavor is rich and malty with an interesting nearly sour tang ... almost a touch of Flanders Red. Nice body and mouthfeel. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (860) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
First off, the Winter is not the same as the Grand Cru. I’m reviewing the Winter from 2005, the last year the Winter was produced. Amber brown, lingering head. Big aroma of malt and funky fruit. Flavors include tropical fruit, cocoa, rich malts, amber malts, subtle spice, subdued alcohol, lovely. Note, putting this with a review of the Grand Cru is wrong. The Grand Cru is another creature with big, flavorful components.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2008
some almond aroma with classic belgian dusty yeast. great thick head wont go away. deep nut brown color. oak comes through right away, soft sugary sweetness, yeasty finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2008
750ml - Looked and tasted like a flat glass of Coca Cola. Really ungood. I expected much more from these people. Not their best work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2008
On tap at Belmont Station (Thanks Ezra)--Poured a hefty yet silky brown body with some hints of amber. Next to no head evident. Nose of sweet bready, biscuity brown sugars. Smooth mouth feel with a finish of caramel, nouget, toffee, and brown sugar. Strong with the booze, but wel masked in complexities. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Nice brown slight cloudy pour with scant head. Aroma is bready and sweet. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Caramel and toffee flavor with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
legion242 (2332) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Lumpfest 2008- Murky russet colored with a soapy head. Dark fruit in the nose. Heavy deep dark fruit in the mouth and not balanced very well. Feels murky and unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JAN 5, 2008
750 ml bottle, cork marked 09/08. Pours a lovely deep ruby with cola highlights, minimal offwhite head and some jagged lacing. Nose is very vinous, with a sweet cherry oakiness slightly similar to a flemish sour. Very rich on the palate, smooth and silky, large toffee character with faint hints of chocolate, raspberries, sweet bready malts, nice lingering warm finish with just the barest hint of medicinal hops. Very nice, and much better than I remember a younger bottle being.

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