Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of raisin, date, brown/candy sugar, overripe banana.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
The aroma is pretty much just various types of sugars...it promises to be syrupy sweet before you even put it in your mouth, and alas...it holds to that promise. A clumsy, instantly fatiguing sugar bomb. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bomber. Poured clear coppery-brown with a short, sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up a definite white grape presence over a blend of darker fruit and molasses maltage.. very sweet and candy-like with warm undertones.. Belgian yeast tied it together well. The flavor found raisins and molasses at the core, with touches of chocolate and caramel accenting.. just a little earthy bitterness on the edges.. white grape juice and Belgian yeast rolled freely through the mouth. Medium-bodied and extra sweet.. the doppelbock really came through on the finish.. OK stuff. Strykzone (7360) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Very dark with some red. almost stoutlike in appearance. Rich dark fruit in the aroma. The flavor is also defined by dark fruit. Grapes are evident, occasionally rich malts jump to the forefront. Very different, very rich. Not one for everyone. AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased @ Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. Used a lager glass. Murky brown color (Like muddy river water) Off white head that died fast. No lace. Good carbonation level. Nose smells like Welch’s Grape juice. Tastes of grapes, malt, caramel, fig and nuts. Medium body. Oily texture becomes dry in the finish. A very odd blend. It has a Bock –like quality but… I’m not telling my friends to run out and buy a bottle of this. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Lets just say that I won’t even go into how the one appears.   Going straight to the flavor.
If you were to take 51% Welches Grape Juice and mix it with say... a piss poor Dubbel... so many I cannot think
of one at the moment, well... you wouldnt be far off from what I have here.   Somewhat smells like grape juice,
necco wafers, and a really malty amber.   This seems so far off from other years... just can’t wrap my head around
it other than to say Alcoholic Grape Juice.   Ugh...
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle served in Duvel snifter: Pours a reddish brown with a surprisingly short lived head and minimal lacing. The aroma has notes of grape juice, honey, brown sugar, crystal and toasted malts, and some antiseptic vapour. The taste has some fruitiness but seemed flat and almost stale. Versus most HeBrew big beers this one is rather mundane and utterly boring, not even the malt pop on this. Washed out flavor profile and chalky medicinal finish. Heck, this is not even boozy and hot like some of its stablemates and that would have even been welcomed to excite this flabby blahness. The tepid mouth feel just adds to the ... wait I dosed off there for a second, oh yeah this is a disappointing offering to say the least. Epic fail! ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Hoboken Vine, 12/28/10
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Aroma: The nose is sweet and malty, some grape notes, as well as wood, earth, and booze
Appearance: It pours a brownish color with a slight reddish-purple hue, and almost no head
Flavor: The taste is mostly sweet, lots of grape, dark fruits, and a little earthy hop
Palate: The body is medium, well-rounded, slightly sticky, clean enough, minimal alcohol burn
I thought this stuff was pretty decent. It is mostly a sweet fruit beer, but it tastes pretty good. I wouldn’t rush out for this one or anything, but it was worth trying. Decent stuff that deserves it’s L’Chaim! -> To Life!
Pours hazy reddish copper with a small tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, ice cream malt, grapes, Belgian dubbel yeastiness, some bread, dates and cream. Medium / full body that’s very creamy with lots of flowing gentle carbonation. The flavor begins with the aroma traits, but has more of a dark breadiness, doppelbock malt and some medicinal / cough syrup traits. The finish has quite a bit of grape, both doppel and dubbel traits show through and lingering medicinal notes. Decent. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Murky reddish brown, thin ring of foam. Smells like booze, bread, grape and sugar. Very heavy, almost unappealingly so. Definite grapes in the flavor, plus some brown sugar and bourbon. Lots of prune and raisin, too. I didn’t really care for it... nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2011
5ooml bottle split with Ann. I’m pretty sure I had this on tap and rated it as well..Deep, glowing amber-brown color. Thin, frothy beige head. Has really mellowed out in the 8 months of closet life. The juice stands firmly, with some creamy, sugary dark brown chocolate notes. An odd creature certainly, but not so awkward in it’s mix...the flavors do sort of complement each other. A little light in body, somewhat fluffy and watery. Could have used some more rich Dubbel or Doppelbock tones..maybe the grape juice covers them up. Some pleasant dark fruit tones I suppose. OK.