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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009, later rebranded as Grand Cru)

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium golden orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that lasted only a short while, reducing to a light film with a large collar and having some good streaky lacing. The aroma was of a hay malt and a doughy yeast with notes of banana, apple, oak cask, white wine, apricot, agave nectar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was sweet and a bit acidic with a hint of fruity esters early on and then became rather yeasty and a bit sour with a mild sweet wine undertone and a slight oak alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for a good long while with a nice fruity sour sweet alcohol warming sensation left behind. Mouthfeel was a little past light in body with a dry oily texture and a fizzy carbonation. Overall this was a fantastic Strong Ale that had a great fruity presence, which along with the Belgian yeast hid the high ABV very nicely...


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8057) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle from Cask N Flask, San Jose. Seem to remember splitting it with Hatzer. Coppery orange fogged with bits under a brief white head. Mad squashy dried fruit, Nice biscuits dipped in bourbon nose. Elegant coconut, vanilla pod custard flavour smeared with mellow fig. Chewy sweet dessert wine blended with bourbon, less heat. Vanilla and coconut macaroon dominating. Zero alcohol. Light dusting of cocoa powder. Fine brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (370) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2016
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a hazy yellow, thin white head. Nose is yeast, light fruit, raisin, slight malt. Taste is medium bodied, sweet. Finishes silky and smooth. Great Grand Cru.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (643) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2016
(Bottle) Murky, red mud body with a minimal white head, almost flat. Strong alcohol in aroma, wood, orange, some berries, vanilla, mild spices. Light bodied, flat. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Pours copper with a quickly receding, bubbling head. Wafts of vanilla, raisin, plum, caramel, Belgian yeast and alcohol. Taste has lots of the classical Belgian characteristics: slightly spiced, sweet, crisp and effervescent. The golden raisin/plum/prune is present, with a pleasant buttery oak finish. Slightly astringent, but at 12.5% that's not really a surprise. The reviews knocking the style as inconsistent and different aren't wrong; to me it just feels like the blend works more often than it doesn't. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2361) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: hazy golden beer with small carbonation, yeast particles, small white foam effervescent as champagne when served. Smell: champagne nose at the beginning. Sweet caramel and malt domination, alcohol notes. Nice bouquet nose, lot of ester. Taste: full body with caramel domination malt. Very intensive malt presence, small effervescent on mouth. Caramel attenuation, alcohol and astringent. Very sweet. Aftertaste: caramel malt, sweet caramel and astringent alcohol. Good complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1922) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bomber. Pours a cloudy orange with a dissipating head and aroma of fruits and caramel. Taste is of fruits, hops, caramel, and oak notes into the fruity finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (2050) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Pours a light copper rusted color with a small beige head. Nose is sweet and fruity . Taste is oaky with tart fruit. Finishes on the same tasting notes, with a oaky tannin finish . Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pours a nice dark hazy brownish color. Aromas of malts, and some other hints, maybe fruit, maybe caramel, and hops. Flavor is a bitter, malty, and hoppy with a nice dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1620) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2016
Not bad, but surprisingly not especially good. Very average in appearance, cloudy gold, minimal head. Aroma of golden raisin and prune. Taste had more Belgian yeast but the appearance didnt match the taste somehow, just couldnt make heads or tails of it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (4209) - NORWAY - APR 8, 2016
Bottle, april 30th 2015. Unclear golden body, low white head. Aroma is winey with honey, mild citrus and yeast. Taste of banana, vanilla, oak and plum, with a burning whisky finish. Lasting oak and banana aftertaste. Mild alcohol notes through all.


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