Larine Grand 95 - Brouwerij Martens NV

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70
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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 30
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 11-25-2008

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4.32/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I gotta say I was impressed with this

Bought it at a local Spec's (booze superstore...awesome beer selection)

Bought it on a whim. Thought it looked kinda crazy. Came in a green plastic bottle, like Sprite. Or the plastic bottles of Bud or Miller Lite beer you see at a sporting events to prevent glass breakage.

I figured, what the heck, they were selling it in singles to promote it. So why not, no need to buy a sixer and end up with 5 undrunk bottles in the fridge. 1 bottle was $1.35...I'm in.

Plus it's a half liter, although it is American-ized...says 16.9 oz

Plus I generally like Belgian Ales..and this was 9.5% alcohol...thus the name" Grand 95. A pretty heavy beer.

Poured it in a Chimay glass and let it sit for a few. And man, what a surprise. Rich sweet aroma, full body, kinda sweet on the back end. Not exactly a Chimay or a Duvel but it was WAY more than I expected from a plastic bottle of beer.

Definitely goes toe to toe with the New Begian stuff like Abbey or the seasonal 2 Below.

Plus at 8 bucks for a six pack of half liters...can't beat that. 3 liters of Belgian beer goodness that packs a bit of a wallop. This one is sweet and smooth...so be careful. You might end up a bit tipsy (1,214 characters)

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2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is certainly be the largest-ABV beer I've consumed from a plastic bottle.

Nose is slightly grainy, mostly clean and dry. Kind of bread-like with minor roast beef notes. Smells marginal.

Pours a medium gold color, good clarity, mild head with minimal retention. Looks uninteresting.

Moderate malty flavor - mostly grainy with bread and corn notes. Some fruit - grape-like with a generic apple vibe. Mild alcohol grows with warmth. Thick body is fairly flat. Finishes fairly clean. Tastes kind of unpleasant.

Tastes like the beer-equivalent to a cheap frozen dinner and the bottle holds 16.9 fluid ounces! I guess I was expecting something along the lines of a Tripel. This is more like a Belgian Malt Liquor. How odd. (726 characters)

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Larine Grand 95 from Brouwerij Martens NV
70 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.