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style
RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber in color, Pleasant spicy aroma and malty taste with fruit notes.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5865) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Hazed amber color with a moderate, stable light cream colored head. Cream malt, orange blossom, and light citric fruit scents. Hints of tropical fruit in the backdrop. Sweet and buttery malts in the front. Middle adds some caramel and stewed light fruit that carry into the finish. Really quite sweet and any hops or balance from a bitter standpoint seems to be lost. Melon and apple peel start to come out and my lower throat and stomach are starting to warm-up significantly. Pears and alcohol start to come to mind. Strong and able, but lacking refinement.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Banana fruit aroma. Golden coloured a little hazy in appearance and very strong in alcohol. A little bitterness in a yeasty crisp malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
12 oz bottle. Cloudy orange brown with a smooth off-white head. Nose is toffee, yeasty peach and white pepper. Medium body, a touch syrupy, with buzzy carb. Taste is toffee, almond, spices then bitter citrus and vanilla. Good complexity; very true to form for a Grand Cru.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2009
courtesy of BA trader. pours cloudy gold, thick white head. Aroma very Belgian abbey like, yeasty, fruity, some sweetness and orange zest. Flavor, light bittersweet, light floral, citrus hops, hints of grapefruit in the finish with some orange. Belgian yeast, some dark sugar and spices in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
10 oz tulip at kuhnhenn. hazy golden body with a pure white head. nose of a yeasty belgian blonde. banana, clove and yeast. some tropical fruit as well. scary easy to drink. pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4380) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010 12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry! This beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head leaving swirls on the beer. Aroma is lemony with a little sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters. Not too much to it. Flavor is decent - pale malt and Belgian yeast, lemon, green apple, spice, and a little tartness. Slightly tart on the palate with medium-full body. I disagree with Kuhnhenns dubbing of this one as their Grand Cru. Its simply nowhere near one of their better beers. Its somewhat drinkable, but overall not terribly impressive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Pours cloudy, burnt orange with a thin ring of offwhite head. Smells sweet and spicy malty with clove and nutmeg and other spices I dont know. Bread and yeast as well. Tastes spicy and sweet malty as well. Complex. I dont know all the spices. Warms as it hits the throat. Very nice, syrupy body, good carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Poured at 2009 GABF, orange-yellow and cloudy. Palate is smooth, supporting sweet fruit flavors (including pinneaple) and easters. Tastes like a cross between an aged Barley Wine (perhaps Old Inventory by Valley) and a Belgian ale. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: Hazed dark yellow with a thin sheet of suds. Sweet yeasty nose with fruity notes, like apricot. Yeasty flavors with some grassy straw hop notes. Not as sweet as the nose led on..seems quite hoppy for the style but the yeast here is quite nice, not my usual opinion of similar belgian yeast strains.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
GABF2009 - starts out with a crisp and intense spiciness, but this is quickly replaced by a very strong honey sweetness and fruity esters - the sweetness persists throughout, even though some herbal and floral bitterness try to balance it out - a bit hot and sweet, but fairly tasty.


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