badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet malty and spicy aroma. Tastes of honey, cloves, white pepper, and some caramel. Quite good. beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 10, 2008
Draft. Poured in appropriate glassware. Nice garnet color with slight haze. Very little head retention with minimal lacing. Aroma of plums, candied raisins, alcohol, lemon and coriander. The taste is chewy, fruity, semi-sweet in the middle. Additional notes of mild vanilla, banana and black pepper. The finish is warming but pleasant. A very nice Grand Cru that just needs some highlights to make it brilliant. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Light gold body, small white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with some banana and clove. More banana and ester in the flavor, which is very tripel-esque but overly sweet to the point of cloying. This detracts considerably from the enjoyment. Not bad, but way too sweet to drink more than a small sample. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
10 ounce sample on tap at Vacaville, CA location. Estery, banana-like aroma with some other fruity aromas. I also detect some wheat in the nose, too. I also get some pears and coriander as this warms. Murky, hazy, mostly opaque frozen-honey colored appearance. There is a small to medium fluffy off-yellow head. Starts sweet with some fruity banana esters and doughiness. Plenty of sticky, chewy, honey-sweet malts in the middle. There is a fair amount of ethanol later with a spicy pepperiness. The yeast is similar, if not identical to the yeast strain that Unibroue uses. Decent stuff. A little dry later. DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
5 oz glass part of the sampler at BJ’s. This beer was much better than expected. Upon inspection, it looked like a Hefeweizen. Full-flavored beer, sweet and sour at the same time.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
On tap at BJs, this one was orange-copper on arrival with limited head. Billed as Belgian, this one had the distinct taste of a Hefe with the full flavor of a Belgian. To say the least, it was an excellent match, great from start to finish. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at Mesa AZ BJ’s.
Generous head sits atop a cloudy brownish glass. Smells like fruit, rasins, plums, and spices.
Taste is slightly sweet and has a yeast taste that reminds me of Chimay, with some notes of spices.
Probably my favorite BJ’s brew. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
On tap at the Green Dragon in Portland, OR--Poured dark brown-amber body with a frothy and thick tan head. True to the Belgian stylistic but a little more florally hopped. Still a big malt bomb. Rich waves of complex texture and flavor. Big lacing left in glass. Mild to high carbonation. Good beer! hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival ’07. Definitely one of the standout brews away from the IS and IPA styles that were prevalent. ’06 Barrel Aged with the barnyard stank in French Syrah oak. Bomb stuff right here. Hazy copper color with mild lacing, vinous aroma with nice yeasty funk and caramel. Sweet and sour flavors ending bitter with plenty of brett bringin’ up the rear. Awesome. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at PP Strong ale Festival ’07. Listed as 2006 BJ’s Barrel Aged Grand Cru. Red amber color. A little bit of that sour aroma. No funk (I like funk). Like veritas, but not quite as good. A little harsher, younger.