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Grimbergen Optimo Bruno - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
84
good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2003

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel Chalice.

A: Dark mahogany, thick looking, one finger head, decent retention, lots of lacing.

S: Lots of cranberry, molasses.

T: Cranberry, brown sugar, hints of cocoa like bitterness towards the end.

M: Surprisingly light, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: Gets points for the crisp body and well hidden booze, but lacked depth of other Quads.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Radome
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 33 cl bottle bought in Spain.

A - Perfectly clear. Deep amber/medium brown but with red highlights and lets lots of light through. Off-white head started out about 1 cm thick, then faded to a thin layer with thick ring at the edge and lots of lacing. Very pretty beer.

S - Aromas are very muted and hard to pick out. Just a little wet malt, a little brown sugar, a faint grassy note that could be hops, and a hint of vinegar that always jumps out at me in Oud Bruin ales. That vinegar note seems to indicate some aging, maybe in wood. Nothing smells bad or off, it just doesn't have enough good aroma to be rated higher.

T - Again I get some hints of an Oud Bruin, but without any depth or complexity. There is very little malt. No hops flavor. There is a lot of caramel/brown sugar flavor, followed by a slight vinegar tang. A hint of alcohol in the moderately sweet finish. No overt oak or wood flavor to go with the "aged" impression.

M - Medium mouthfeel--seems appropriate. Some hops bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn. Light carbonation.

O - A beautiful looking beer that disappoints on the nose and tongue. Some nice flavor hints, but lacking in malt background and depth.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut with rocky taupe foam that instantly rims and leaves intricate trailers. So toasted malts and cranberry sauce but also lots of phenols and a whiff of booze - not the best nose.
Juicy red berries, some clove and woody spice, Balsamic oakiness, gingerbread, prunes and raisin toast plus just a hint of herbal hops.
Big sour cherry finish and root beer linger. Medium, some chew, but crisp and hot.

Serve chilled, says the label to my surprise.

The "other" site has this as a Quad, so not sure what to make of it. Fruit and clove, almost like a Christmas fruit cake, and lots going on but complex without being deep, if you know what I meant - flavors hit one at a time. Overall, too sweet, thin and boozy.

Grimbergen Optimo Bruno from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.