Grimbergen Cuvée de l’Ermitage Union

RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The Vintage of the Hermitage is brewed starting from three kinds of hops and special malts. After its fermentation, the beer rests for three months out of special tanks in order to deposit its sediment and fully develope its specific flavour. The exceptional richness of its ingredients as well as the attention given to its mixing make this original Cuvée a "must" for the experts. It is besides the only Belgian beer having received with three recoveries the gold medal allotted by "World selection" (Institute for the selection of quality). It is for these reasons that the Vintage of the Hermitage is a national success in the best establishments of Belgium. A beer red-brown, dark, consistent, pleasant and with the bitter after-taste, of type "Armagnac". In Christmas, taste also Christmas de Cuvée of the Hermitage.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2017
UPDATED: APR 11, 2017 Cuvée de l’Ermitage belongs to that gallery of classic 20th-century Belgian ales which are now a thing from a near-forgotten past, but it was the beer that basically supported the Union brewery from the fifties onwards, when individualistic ’specialty’ beers were not yet commonplace in this country. Alken-Maes took over in 1978 and eventually put it under their own Grimbergen range in a sweeter, brighter coloured and less strong version, but even that could not prevent it from going extinct and this classic Belgian kicked the bucket in 2010. I had this Union version back in the early nineties in young condition, must have been one of the very first beers I took a brief note of, so the name kind of fills me with nostalgia... It was a clear brownish-tinged bronze coloured beer with foamy head and smooth caramelly malt character with dried fruit and spicy notes, in the end developing a noteworthy toasted bitterness supported by hops; my palate not being educated yet at the time, I even remember finding it too bitter for my liking... This demonstrates how beer education is very strongly a matter of opening your mind and acquiring tastes, as I am convinced I would probably find it rather bland if I could taste it young and in exactly the same form now, a quarter of a century later. This rating is therefore not to be taken too literally, as it is hugely anachronistic, but I thought it would be interesting to have a piece of nostalgia among all those ratings, a tribute to one of the first idiosyncratic Belgians and a contemplation on how drastically the beer palate evolves among dedicated beer afficionados...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emdejes (64) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2016
25 cl bottle - Vintage 1987 Exceptional beer, after almost thirty years this was still very well drinkable. I could easily drink a whole botlle without problems. First impression: aromas of caramel, candy syrup, bread. Minimal head. Do try this, if you come across.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (9181) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2015
14/XI/15 - 25cl bottle @ De Brouwerij / Oude Maalderij (Izegem) - BB: n/a (2015-1561)

Clear mentioning of "Union" on the label, which the beer from De Heeren did not have. Clear dark brown beer, small irregular off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. aroma: very oxidized, honey, spicy, dusty, some cocoa powder, orange peel. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: spicy, dusty, cloves, ginger bread, some chocolate, little roasted. Aftertaste: caramel, toast, dusty, some chocolate, card board. Still pretty drinkable, after +20 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (5805) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2011
Kaki brown, rocky small head. Grapes, cornflakes, tamarind, wood and light sourness. Light sweet with a lingering faint sourness running through. Strange beer. (On tap at Kafe België)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (5645) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle. Nougat brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma is disappointingly weak, with hints of ale yeast and raisins only. Taste is honey melon, caramel and hints of raspberry. Palate is quite watery, severely affecting the overall feel of this beer. An OK beer, but lacking anything that would put it anywhere near the big league.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47592) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle 25cl. [ Vintage 1997 ].
Clear medium amber color with a fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, vintage malt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090320]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of over-ripe fruits as well as a light note of oxidation. The flavor is sweet matly with notes of over ripe fruits and caramel leading to a dry and slightly oxidiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27245) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle. Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white ehad. Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with oxidized notes. Sweet flavour of caramel and dried fruits with oxidized notes. Finish of dried fruits.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
MiP (15452) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle, 8.5%. BB 1997, 12 years ago. OK fruity aroma, some raisin, a bit old-smelling, but not too bad. Muddy red brown colour. The flavour is very bready. Quite old-tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43039) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
33 cL bottle from DHVL. Pours hazy brown with no head and no carbonation. Wineous and malty aroma. Fruity and malty flavoured with a nice roasted note and lasting dense caramel malty impression. Sweet and malty flavoured finish. Mild bitter and smooth dense caramel to light chocolate malty flavoured with a light vanilla note. Nice stuff.

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