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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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We craft our Grand Cru with pilsner malt imported from Belgium and use a classic yeast from the same iconic brewing nation. A subtle malt profile compliments the fruity esters produced by this distinctive yeast. A blend of noble hops adds just a touch of aroma, nicely rounding out this deep golden, slightly tart, effervescent delight.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark orange color. The head featured is an excellent 2-finger offwhite shade with really nice retention. Given its frothy texture, though, it doesnít really leave much lacing on the glass. S: There are some really nice apple and pear notes from the yeast. Pale malts and candied sugar make a nicely subtle backing to the fruit esters. I even pick up some peach and apricot notes as it warms up. I really like how fruity the aroma is. T: ...and the flavor is just as fruity. There are tons of apple, pear, pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors from the fruit esters. I donít pick up much pale malts or hop bitterness; this is dominated by fruitiness. Hell, it even comes across as íjuicyí. For 10%, there isnít much alcohol presence at all. M: Despite the sweet flavors, this one is relatively light and crisp. No alcohol can really be felt on the palate. Iíd like about 10% more carbonation, but otherwise, I canít complain about the mouthfeel too much. O: I really like this. Iíd even suggest this deserves a bit more hype. While itís too sweet to be a proper Duvel clone, the fruit notes are too wonderful for me to care that much.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a hazy apricot color with a huge creamy-soapy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was chalky, tart and bready with notes of orange and pear. The flavor was dryish, tart and chalky with orange, pear, bread and must. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body under a one finger fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is heavy on the sweetness with a lot of Belgian yeast derived fruitiness and a moderate alcohol note. The flavor is pretty sweet as well, but itís not horrible. Some light fruitiness and light-caramel notes, minimal yeastiness. Sort of a nondescript beer, noting really stands out as unique, itís just sweet and alcoholic. Medium bodied with just a slight clinginess and a fizzy pinpoint carbonation. Meh, not a beer Iíd purchase a second time around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2014
This is a lot closer to a Belgian tripel, but still a superlative beer. Buttery sweet and smooth, hazy golden with initial high head. Slick mouthfeel, interesting finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4948) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Belgian yeast and rock candy on the nose. Sweet malt, rock candy, and Belgiain yeast with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation, really solid beer

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anthony850 (242) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2014
On tap spice taste it's ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
callmemickey (2571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Light amber colored body, medium sized off-white head, sparse lacing. Buttery biscuit, caramel, yeasty esters, pear. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, a bit sweet, muddled finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours hazy gold with off-white head. Nose was fruity, hopcitrus, with funky yeasty and floral spicy notes. Tastes hopcitric, very spicy and floral, wth hopcitrus, and a cloying finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2013
From the bottle. Aroma of play-do, bubble gum, and slight banana clove. Pours blonde with a medium head. Tastes of light banana, clove and a bready dough. Pretty solid blonde. I was expecting worse.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1203) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Spicy Belgian flavors and grain, sweet in the middle, heavy spices on the back too. A bit much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4747) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Capped 750, noisy open, but not a gusher. Very sweet nose with yeast, candis-like fruity esters, light mineral. Pours rich orange-golden with a dense beige head. Pils malt base but superheavy in beautiful honey, light spice with a lot of (fortunately rounded) alcohol, very fruity from the obv Belgian yeast. Fat body with light wisps of yeast and alcohol, warms quickly and enthusiastically but doesnít burn. Fresh and clean, very bright orange citrus spikes through the mass, but there are lighter plummy/grape tones underneath -- nowhere near as much as in a Quad, but a pleasant slight accent. Low bitterness, strong sweetness. Either needs time to settle out or a recipe tweak, I love the shading toward a Tripel but would prefer it to be much drier.


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