Atomium Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by flannelman808:
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
A: hazy orange yellow pale amber with a thin white foam decent lacing.
S: green banana, corn husk, wet earthy suggestions
T: Almost a soft almond sweetness blending into sweet tree fruit and melon. All of this backed with a subtle tall grassy herbal bitter snap along with drying carbonation.
O: Just a bit of butterscotch makes this one a good, but underwhelming brew.
02-08-2012 09:43:09 | More by flannelman808
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -21.7%
On tap at Maduro. $3 for a massive Chalice. I hear there are 6 grains in here .interesting
I immediately notice how fast the head dissipates and that the beer appears to be flat. This is somewhat misleading as there are plenty of minute, champagne like bubbles in there. They are just difficult to see. Unfortunately this will play out later giving the mouthfeel a deceptively flattish and overly light body. Its not flat really just dead feeling. Head is initially two fingers thick but it disperses and shrinks to nothing quickly, no lace, no clinging, nada. The aroma is spicy and confused: fruity esters, bananas, coriander, pepper, powdery yeast, and honey. The flavor is dominated by yeast and booze. Very dry feel from the yeast. Granny smith apples and grapes, peaches and pineapple in the flavor. Muddled. Drinkability is low. I dont find this beer cohesive and remember it being much better in the bottle.
02-07-2007 13:31:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a light golden color with a bit of haziness, but overall nice clarity. The beer is incredibly volatile, it overflowed and went everywhere upon opening the bottle and created a gigantic head, even with a relatively modest pour. The initial smells are most fruity, mainly apple, banana, and some white grape. The taste follows through with the same fruit, banana being the most prominent, with slight grape and apple skins in the background. Lots of wheat and grain flavors come through as the beer warms up. Spices are there, as well, namely clove, although it's more laid back than it is in traditional Belgian beers. The alcohol is slightly warming but not invasive. Carbonation is huge, as it is with most of these styles. Medium body with a crisp overall feeling on the mouth.
Pretty good brew, it's hard to go wrong with a Grand Cru straight from Belgium. Nice addition of apple and grape to the traditional "banana & clove". Very drinkable at 8% ABV, also.
10-15-2012 11:52:30 | More by tectactoe
3.1/5 rDev -19.1%
Appearance: hazy, golden, with a medium head/medium carbonation
Smell: bread, yeast, belgian spices
Taste: It mimics the smell.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, although it is smooth..slightly sour
Drinkability: This was probably my least favorite offering at the bar that I was tasting. To me this tasted like a slightly more complex and carbonated Blue Moon...I have had better and will not be trying this one again.
03-28-2009 17:00:49 | More by tigg924
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a transparent yellow, slightly hazy, with a huge huge thick ivory head that stays for several minutes before falling to a heavy foam with substantial lacing.
Nose is grainy and sweet, lots of malt, wheat, orange, and yeast. Most enjoyable aroma.
Taste is wheat at first, followed by a citrus orange and lemon with a distinct yeast characteristic, finishing with a warming alcohol flavor. A bit of earthy hop balance present.
The liquid itself has a thinner mouthfeel, but its balanced with the active carbonation. Drinkability is good for the ABV.
10-05-2005 05:22:27 | More by dwvarner77
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a hazy murky dark orange body with a thick creamy off-white head that last and last. It actually sticks to the sides of the glass as the head sinks in the middle of the glass. There is a good bit of lacing throughout the glass. There is no sign of carbonation in the dense body.
S- The smell of perfume and yeast has a faint apple hint to it. The smell is light and faint rather than mysterious.
T- The light spice note is dry with a faint apple finish. There are notes of green peppercorns and bitterness from hops in the finish. The taste is also light but there is not much depth. There are some faint hints of wheat and bread notes that have a slight earthiness as it warms.
M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a high tight fizz that adds more body very nicely. It has the mouthfeel of a Hefe Weizen.
D- This beer reminds me of a wheat beer in appearance and mouthfeel but the taste and smell are much lighter and there is no banana, clove or coriander spices noted. Interesting but not the complexity I had hoped for with all the grains.
10-27-2006 18:11:46 | More by rhoadsrage
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
A - A massive four-finger honeycomb head rises above a cloudy honey-hued brew turbid with chunks of yeast. The head sticks around for quite a while, and then settles at a thick cap. Loads of off-white lace are left on the sides of the glass.
S - Honey, clover, heather, and confectioner's sugar. Yeasty honey-drizzled warm home-made bread. Some banana, caramel apple, and peach are noticeable behind the yeasty goodness. Smells outdoorsy and fresh like laundry dried outside on a line....but also honeyed, bready, and yeasty.
T - Fresh warm homemade bread yeasty malt with baked apples drizzled in honey. Extremely fruity and honey-sweet. Banana and peach add a spritz of slightly tart balancing vibrancy to a very yeasty and sweet brew.
M - Ridiculously full bodied and thick with sugar. The thick syrupy viscosity of this brew is a continuation of the honey themed appearance, nose, and flavor. Chewy and solid with a bit of alcohol heat.
D - This is outstanding beer, but it's hindered a bit by the overwhelming sweetness. More of a dessert beer than something you would have two or three of.
07-23-2007 17:13:42 | More by pmcadamis
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
32cl stubby bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.
Appearance - Very full white head. Laces and fades
Smell - Full of citrus and belgian yeast notes.
Taste - Sweet malts with bitter hop bill. Spices.
Mouthfeel - Medium and almost cloying sweetness.
Overall - A decent beer, not worth going out seeking.
04-04-2011 00:24:14 | More by TheSupremeAJ
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
11.2oz single, Riley's $2.99. Purchased because it was new and had a unique bottle
appearance: poured into la chouffe tulip...huge white foam attack that ends up looking like a bubble bath...body underneath is a cloudy orange-blonde shade...interesting
smell: strongly spiced - especially clove, herbal yeast, banana, peach, pear...decent
taste: not the best of the style i have had but a good beer nonetheless...banana and clove combo is strong, big yeast presence...fruit cocktail, pineapple, peach, pear, grape
mouthfeel: active yeast, foamy and clinging
01-07-2007 00:23:07 | More by dirtylou
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
On-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Served in a red wine glass, it appears slighty hazy and amber with a tall, fluffy white head. It's funny, I'm used to finding beers that have great flavor but are a little dull in the aroma department. This was the opposite. It was bursting with coriander, cinnamon, and peppermint (unusual, but interesting). The flavor follows the coriander with a hint of orange peel - sort of like a wit, but without wheat character - and then a subtle but delicious candied apple malt flavor slides in before the beer finishes. Still, the beer's taste is too mild for a beer of this strength. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fresh take on this style.
03-12-2010 03:18:46 | More by tempest
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours with a huge, white rocky, meringue-like head that's very slow to settle down. This effervescent, blonde ale has a delicate orange zest aroma. Despite the high carbonation, this beer is smooth and rather full-bodied. The bottle states that this ale is brewed with sixtypes of grain. If so, it's rather hard to detect them. I would guess that at least one of these malts is wheat, along some type dextrin malt and maybe some flaked or puffed grains of some sort, contributing to the head retention and body. This ale seems to lack complexity, despite the advertised use of six different grains, but what it lacks in complexity it makes for up for (at least somewhat) in it's aroma and smooth character. The taste is of sweet malt with bready, wheat overtones and a flurry of sweet fruit flavors towards the finish. The finish is short, sweet and fruity with some orange showing up (as advertised), but lacking any appreciable bitterness. Not a bad brew and similar to Leffe, just a bit sweeter. A little too sweet in the finish for me. Overall, a pretty drinkable Belgian strong ale, but there are other examples of the style that I find more interesting.
08-26-2005 01:54:48 | More by marcobrau
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Pours a clear golden orange colr with a light white head.
S: The nose has a great malting complexity with a touch of zesty spiciness from the hops and 6 different grains.
T: For flavor the 6 different grains blend well together combining for a well balanced malt palate with some different grain characteristics coming through producing a beautiful and crisp nature with a touch of toasted honey malt sweetness. There is a slight yeasty bite and lemongrass notes along with some herbal hopping. Also there is some fresh fruit, dried apples and a slight sourness along with warm baked bread notes upon warming of the tongue. Some Belgian spicing as well, coriander, sweet orange peel is detected.
M: full, complex.
D: very nice drinkability.
03-15-2008 18:21:50 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that fizzes quickly leaving chunks of lacing.
Smells of bready malt and light fruits.
Tastes of a good dose of pale malt with some yeast coming through as well. Notes of pears and apples along with some bread. Sweetness is at a good level, not too much. Some yeasty spice notes show up in the end and add some pepper to the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy amount of carbonation.
Overall, a solid example of the style, but some things could be amped up and the mouthfeel could be tweaked.
04-10-2011 00:09:20 | More by ocelot2500
Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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