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Valley Brew Decadence Grand Cru 2007

 
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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Decadence Grand Cru is a blend of 8 month old Decadence 12 Belgian Style Quadruppel and our 3 year old Pomegranate Lambic. The resulting beer is an amazing treat for the sour lover. The Lambic was fermented with a combination of lab cultured Brettanomyces lambicus as well as naturally occurring Lactobacillus from the locally harvested Pomegranates. The bottles are then bottle conditioned 6 months before release.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from KrausenJockey, drunk 5/1/2008.
From beermail sent to KrausenJockey, "just opened my first Decadence grand cru. Despite your suggestions, I cellared it at about 50 degrees for the last 6 months or so and just opened it and poured it in a champagne/lambic flute. Absolutely stunning and perfectly carbonated! The sweet/dry balance is perfect as well. No flaws whatsoever and the malt just shines through. Iím not rating right now, but Iíd probably give it a 9 aroma, 5 appearance, 9 flavor, 4 palate and 18 overall.

Hope youíre doin well, tell aspidites that I havenít forgot I owe him beer."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
I agree with the more sweet than sour comments. Nice malty character, chewy and strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<b>7/28/2007</b>: Valley Brew Decadence Grand Cru has a golden color with a pink hue to it. Mellow, soft cherry, tropical fruits, some acidic sourness, and some vinegar grace the beautiful aroma of this beer. This beer is mildly sweet with tropical fruits, some malt, and a hint of alcohol (which pops out more when the beer warms up). There is a bit of white wine flavor in the mid-palate and some bitterness in the finish. It addition to the wonderful flavor, this beer has a soft, smooth, mellow, and milky texture. This is a really, really good Grand Cru!

<i>Sample from 6.3 fl. oz. bottle shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #56 for this beer...</i>

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Stone Sourfest. Enjoyable and interesting. Honey on the finish. Malty and sweet up front. Nice for a 12% sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest. More sweet than sour, but I love a good sweet beer. Some cherry and berry flavors on the aromas. Some more on the flavor with touches of citrus too. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On-tap at Stone Sour Fest. Pours cloudy brown orange with a moderate sized head, specks of lace. Smells sour and malty with some vinegar and alcohol. Tastes sweet and alcohol malty, some sweet fruity citrus notes. Full body, subdued carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Dirty sloppy brown color with a slight orange tint and nothing on top in the way of head. Very plump peach aroma with floating soil notes. Peach flesh flavors with hotness behind it...very chewy mouthfeel, quite meaty in fact. I’m having a really hard time finding y notes of a 3 yr old pomegranate lambic. It’s a nice chewy ale though. On another note, why would the Ratebeer spell checker not recognize the word "Lambic" or even "Ratebeer" for that matter?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Sampled at the Second Anual Stone Sour Festival on 7/20/2008. One of my favorites of the afternoon. Where can I get more?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
On tap at Stone’s Sour Fest 2008. Wow. Excellent. Probably my favorite of the fest. Cloudy amber color. Sweetish. Mild sourness. Nice bite on the finish. Thicker body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2008
After sitting on a nip of this for a while from Aspidites, I got to have it on tap @ the 2nd annual stone Sour fest and this was a treta. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is super tart and funky. Taste is sweet, and tart and very very nice.


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