Bottleworks Van den Vern Grand Cru

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Brewed for Bottleworks of Seattle, as part of the Imagination Series.

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Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2009
Courtesy fogdog. 2004 vintage. Pours a hazy, brownish-red color with a foamy tan head. Minimal, spotty lacing marks the glass. The aroma shows figs, fermented dark fruit, caramelized tart apples, mild chocolate malt, and hints of molasses. Some bready yeast comes through as well. Flavors follow along the same lines, caramel and dark fruits being accompanied by a mild roastiness. Raisin and fig play big roles. Mostly sweet, with hints of balancing earth. Medium-plus on the palate, smooth, finishing with lingering fruity notes. Solid brew.

gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy fogdog. Dark brass pour, some frothy head and lacing. Some tart elements in the nose, cherries, chocolate, and some licorice. Flavor is full of caramel, chocolate, and delicious sweet fruits. Full-bodied, extremely good, balanced and quite drinkable.

BuckeyeBoy (8659) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle 2004 vintage Pours out a nice copper/red untill I dumped all the yeast in and then the glass got pretty cloudy. Aroma of sweet pit fruit and belg yeast. Tast was still sweet along with some fruit. No way you could pick out the 9.8% ABV.

trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Didn’t realize when I bought this that it was a 2004 vintage! Ruby bronze color, with a thick pillowy head, and great lacing. Sweet-tart aroma, with notes of caramel, balsamic vinegar, plums, dates and green grapes. Some brown sugar, as well. Tons of sweet malts in the flavor cover up the nearly 10% extremely well. Just a touch of tartness, countered by some molasses and the dark fruits from the aroma. The grapes really come through toward the end. Almost drinks like a red wine with a light carbonation. Interesting brew at a bargain price!

RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Beautiful dark copper color with great lacing. Caramel aroma with just the tiniest hint of funk. Sweet entry, preserved fruits, with a finish that dries out. No real funk in the flavor. Still, nice.

Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Picked up one of the last bottles at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Pours a semi-clear reddish amber brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of sour dough bread, raisins, powered caramel malt, and dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of powdered caramel malt, toffee, some raisins and plums. Finish has a mild sour aftertaste with a light powdered caramel malt flavor. Alcohol presence was hidden pretty good.

thewolf (12861) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]

[vintage 2004]

Pours a lovely red-brown with a super-nice, creamy, yellow-beige head. Lightly oxidized aroma, some toffe, rye bread, lots of plums and raisins. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Lovely flavours. Sweet, some Belgian sugars. A lot of dried fruits, very lightly oxidized, some subdued woody tartness and with a vinious edge. Small notes of vanilla and chocolate. Nice.

shigadeyo (3797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008

2004 Vintage

3/18/2008: Bottleworks Van den Vern Grand Cru Flemish Ale is a bargain at $3.49+tax! The aroma has a slight bit of oxidation and mostly consists of Concord grape, apple, and a hint of vinegar and mustiness. The flavor is a bit buttery at first with toffee coming through in the mid-palate along with cooked apple, grape, and other fruits. The alcohol content is well hidden and the sweetness is welcomed. There is a slight oxidation that works well with all of the other flavors. This beer has a medium-full body and a ruby-amber color with suspended sediment. There is also a frothy beige head on top. Overall it is quite good.

11.2 fl. oz. bottle (9.8% Alc. Vol.) from River’s Bend Wine and Spirits in Maineville, Ohio shared by Rob. Thanks Rob! Rating #131 for this beer.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Grabbed this 2004 vintage from bottleworks. Pours clear amber with off white head. The aroma is full with bold cherry, plum, sugar stewed raisins, some sweet and roasty malts. The notes are smooth and blended. The taste begins malty sweet. Yum. Much like the nose the flavor is smooth and blended with pure goodness bringing up notes of cherries, plums, prunes, sugar coated and then stewed raisins. This is very smooth, as noted above, and tasty with plenty of yum.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. This one was interesting. A light brown/red color with faint head. Bread and a faint sourness to the aroma. A water body with bread, light caramel malts, and the remnents of pitted dark fruits. And a light sourness that left me wanting. I thought this might have been a sour but it seems more like an infected bottle.

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