HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Thanks to Randy at Archer Liquors for a sample of this. Pours with a ton of small bubbled carbonation that produced a huge dense beige head that was quite impressive, even in an open ended plastic cup. Light brown in color with an aroma similar to other Grand Cru’s that I’ve had (I can’t describe the aroma of these beers other than that of a Belgian Ale). The flavor was a dry malty one with raisin and horsehair including a spiciness to it. I thought this smelled and tasted like many other Belgian brews without much too distinguish itself. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2005
750ml bottle bought at World of Beer, Clearwater FL. Other than "best before 2007", there’s no other mention of a year produced on the bottle. Pours a dark orangish-brown with a medium tan head that dissipates fast. Very fruity aroma with apples and oranges. Lotsa debris floating too. Taste is fruity, sweet caramel malts with light spices. After the goodt aroma the flavors were a bit underwhelming and it was surprisingly thin. This is a nice ale and I’m glad I tried it, but it doesn’t strike my taste as a top 50, but my opinion is just another data point! Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark garnet with a dense beige head. LOTS of floaties. Gingerbread, brown sugar nose. Flavor-toasty, malty, roasted malts, lively CO2, molasses, brown sugar. A true grand cru. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2005
pours a dark bloody brown with a tan head that is very fat. lots of chunks floating in this. sweet cidery yeast aroma with some chocolate and alcohol also present. fruity taste with a strong alcohol bite that mellows as it warms up. notes of straw and a strong earthy plowed field taste. a nice silky mouthfeel with the same earthy finish. i enjoyed the spice notes in this. rauchbier (3925) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Amber bronze, moderate pale beige head and gentle condition. Excellent spiced sweetness in the nose with a touch of roastiness. Sweet fruity forest fruit in the mouth with a gentle dry spiciness. Long dry finish with hints of cinnamon and curacao.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2005
This beer left me a bit underwhelmed. A nice nose with pleasant fruit notes was not well matched by the carbonated look and thin head. Flavor was nice, but not spectacular. A good beer, but probably not a great one, in my opinion. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2005
dark brown color, the second brew i have had from this brewer. quite an amazing beer if i do say so. smells malty and rich with fruity and sweet smells too. smooth and rich taste that has more hop presence than the brune does. (this one is not as good as the brune either). an awesome beer in every way, if you have never had one of these, try to get yourself one. or 12. fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Magnum bottle, 4 years old00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Amber color. Wonderful beer, perfect maltiness and balance, a lovely Strong Ale, with harmony, no need to say more (caramel, spices, malt…).
pours a dark amber color and a nice head with a nice fruity aroma. Flavor is wonderful with a nice warming effect. Over all a very good brew indeed. MMMMMMMMM Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Pours a semi-dark coffee like color with a nice tan head. Fruit aroma is fantastic, a plethora of aromas to hit the senses. Sweet warm intriging flavor, rich almost to the point of overwhelming but in a good sense, indulgence. A very nice finish, like just finishing off a great dessert. I will try to take this beer with me when I pass away.