hawthorne00 (3949) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
7/2015 bottle, 12C. Clear mid brown with a off white head that doesn’t last. 3 Aroma of light dough, spices, dried fruit. Quite La Trappe Quad-like. Although it has a dark sugary note that weighs it down a little, the taste follows - sweet and yeasty with dried fruit and and mace. Alcohol is fairly prominent and helps it feel like it dries out a bit at the gently bitter finish. Rather less ambitious than expected, but it’s a cheerful strong beer with a lot going for it. GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2017
750 ml bottle shared at Old Town Pizza and Tap House. 2015 vintage. Clear amber with beige head. Aromas of biscuit, toffee, light booze, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, slight dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2017
AleSmith Grand Cru seems a bit overrated. Reddish translucent pour with zero head. Some malt aroma. Taste is flat with some sweet caramel balanced by some maltiness and booziness. Not very complex. Either I got a bad bottle or Grand Cru’s gold wrapper is fooling people. User134089 (1644) - - JAN 2, 2017
Type: 32-oz. growler
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: AleSmith in San Diego, Calif.
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Apparently hadn’t had this before purchasing on a trip to AleSmith for Emily’s birthday. Grabbed a 32-oz. growler for the festivities later, hoping I would get to review it. Liked it at first sip, giving it a 4.00 on Untappd. Reviewed it roughly six hours later.
Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head, which thinned out quickly. Decent amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled dark cherry candy, cloves, banana, purple grape, herbal, cherry cough medicine, raspberry and hints of wintry spices. (Smell - 4.00)
Lots of fruits on the tongue. Got cherry candy, followed by a splash of booze, feeling the warmth. Also cloves, plum and purple grape, ending with an abrupt finish. More prodding got me cherry jelly, a touch of banana, dark raisins, wintry spices (nutmeg, touch of cinnamon), Red Vine candy and peppery spices. (Taste - 4.25)
Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, fruity finish (Feel - 4.25)
This was a good beer for any style. I highly recommend it. (Overall - 4.25)
4.16 93 A-
ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottled 4/22/2015. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, booze, caramel, toffee, wood, great. Appearance is brown red, light tan head, not clear. Taste is smooth, raisins, booze, dark fruit, wood, caramel, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dark fruit and booze aftertaste. Overall, solid.
ganache (5899) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2016
A 750, foiled only, bottling date smudged off (it’s at least new to this market). Nose fills the room with fruity esters, very Belgian, with searing phenols and a few burning fusels and dark caramel and plum. Really a gorgeous aroma. Pour a light chestnut that acquires fiery orange and scarlet tones under light, supports a foamy-rocky beige head with lace. Hot in the mouth but not too bad, much stronger are the black pepper and spice that scratch the tongue from front to back. Low bitterness a bit more medium after acclimation, bubblegum on the rise but still only to medium, little flits of pear and cherry, much more orange peel, lots of red berry, ester profile reminds of fresh Rochefort, bright and clear. Fine-grained light-medium carbonation. Light-medium caramel, lightly sticky lips, fumes are appreciated and help conform to this catch-all ’style’, overall medium body with a bit of fruitcake fullness now and then, and really pleasant burn that even picks up some mint. I’d like to try one with some age on it, because this is too hot, but the Rochefort comparisons are an earned compliment. [2016.12.25: 4.3] adster (817) - HUNGARY - DEC 22, 2016
Mindig különleges élmény, amikor egy alapvetően belga karakterű ital más nemzetek mestereinek a keze között is autentikus élmény formálója lesz; nem csak a nyomába ér, de az ízhatás terén akár meg is előz néhány eredeti belga produktumot. Illatai parádésak, a rubinos árnyalatokat csillogtató gesztenyeszín test körül tapinthatók a rágógumis, szivárványos élesztős, színes cukorkás aromafelhők, vegytiszta ’belgian strong ale’ vonások. A sziporkázó malátás-élesztős tengely mentén ezt követően jegesteás, őszibarackos, süteménytésztás; édeskés, karakteres élesztős jegyek rajzolódnak ki tökéletes rendben, a szerkezet pedig ideális terepnek bizonyul az ízvilág kiteljesedéséhez. Visszafogottabb szénsavtartalom jellemzi ugyanis, mint a hagyományos belga darabokat, ez azonban a legkevésbé sem válik kárára az italnak, számomra így lesz még szimpatikusabb az egyébként is rendkívül megnyerő főzet. hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2016
It pours brown with a light tan head. The overall clarity is rather hazy. It has deep aromas from the malts and esters. The malt is bready. There is a deep dried cherry aroma as well. It has some spices in the aroma that are perfume like. There are flavors of bready and some chocolate. There are flavors of dried cherries, plums, and floral elements. The overall flavor presentation is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It has a moderate boyd with some noticeable alcohol warmth. It also has fairly high carbonation. The finish is also somewhat dry. Overall, there is a complex combinations of flavors and aromas provided by the malt and esters. The overall presentation starts moderately sweet with moderate bitterness and finishes dry with a slight bit of tartness. katrinaez (2019) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Transferring from old rating system. I think I had on tap. That’s why maybe my notes were on a low level. SirLimpsalot (4243) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2016
@ Eddan 16-12-3: en lätt och len öl med små toner av kola. Annars lite blek tycker jag.