24th Anniversary
Grand Cru

To be fair, a Belgian Strong Pale can take on a range of hues, and I would say that this is within parameters, but I’d love a Duvel clone (at least to look at). It’s a honey amber colored. Admittedly I’m not in great light at the BJ’s bar, even at lunchtime.

Head not great, but within acceptable ABV limits. Medium carbonation, and with agitation we get a decent head if somewhat induced.

Nice light esters in the nose increasing with warmth of course. Smells pretty good. Tastes bring the nose, and there’s a decent mild spice element that isn’t “Christmas”, but is definitely white pepper Belgian. It has some warmth but the ABV is not too punishing, in fact I might put it a couple of notches lower. In the taste I keep thinking honey, but it may just be a lot of residual sugary elements.

The problem here is the mouthfeel and the slightly cloying nature of the beer. It’s not horrible in that regard, but it is quite hard work, especially when I keep thinking Belgian Strong Pale with cleaner lines.

In my Belgian Strong Pales, I want something a fair bit drier, a fair bit lighter in color and just generally a lot cleaner. It’s not bad, I quite enjoyed the one glass, but in the end it’s just not quite for me and that will likely be the one sampling for me this year.

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12/09/2023
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 4.0
Overall: 3.5
Total:
Series Name: Anniversary Grand Cru
Year: 2023

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