Grumpy Old Time
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.05 | pDev: 14.81%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Dark sour Belgian ale aged in apple brandy barrels.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 141 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ncaudle:
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ncaudle from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 04, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

1.77/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Nov 09, 2016
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ystazi from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jul 12, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
Bottled on 2/20/13, release a couple weeks ago

Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed in 2011, then aged for 18 months in Apple Brand Barrels with wild yeasts added.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with some reddish hues when held to light. No real head ever builds, just some spares bubbles that are off white in color. Leaves no lacing.

S: Apple brandy, tart dark fruits, lactic acidity, oak, toffee, licorice, a hint of funk and some booze. Complex and all the components are very well integrated.

T: More sour than I anticipated, a bit funky too. Tart dark fruits and sour citrus. The apple brandy barrel notes are certainly noticeable, and the base beer comes out as well with some licorice and toffee notes. I also get some booze, and a fairly big vinous component. Very nice lingering aftertaste of oaky vanilla.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, ABV is well masked, drinkability is average.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I think the combo of the barrel and wild yeasts play well together, but are a bit dominate and not much of the base beer comes out. Thats in contrast to Rummy in which I feel the barrel played perfectly with the components of the base beer. Having tried all four in the series I would rank them as follow Rummy (by a lot)-> Grumpy -> (pretty big drop off) Brandy-> Funky. Overall, a really cool and unique series that Im glad I was able to try.

Oct 25, 2013
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jan 07, 2014
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petepiroc from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jun 12, 2014
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jsanford from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 08, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an almost purple tinted brown with a finger of tan head which dissipates rather quickly yet leaves pretty solid lacing.

S - a hefty bit of sourness and apple brandy. Vanilla wafers, dark fruits

T - Tons and tons of slur apple type funk, vanilla, booze, dark fruits and a bit of sugar peeks through the sour funk. A bit of chocolate type flavors. Finish is mostly sour and it continues through to the aftertaste. Decent bit of acidity as well.

M - Moderate carbonation yet quite smooth and drinks pretty well if the sour/tart isn't too much for you

Oct 19, 2013
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Skrypt from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Nov 12, 2013
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Crimsontider22 from Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Oct 27, 2013
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Dec 03, 2013
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twenty5 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 22, 2013
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kscaldef from Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty acetic and cidery.

Jan 21, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sep 28, 2014
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bsuedekum from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dec 28, 2013
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 03, 2016
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random846 from California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Oct 30, 2013
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mar 07, 2014
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with some friends. I must have gotten a great bottle that aged well, because looking at the ratings, this was an anomaly. Great brandy flavor. Apples, sour with some (booze) heat. Get some vanilla as well. Was hoping to try this some time and a buddy brought it.

Dec 06, 2015
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Apr 20, 2014
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kiki3drt292 from California

2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured totally flat and had an unpleasant soy sauce aroma. Upon putting it to my lips it was slightly oily and had a bit too much unbalanced tarting sharpness. Barrel was somewhat present, but this beer did not stick around in my mouth long enough for me to examine thoroughly.

Mar 20, 2015
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kbuzz from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

May 17, 2014
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Nov 18, 2014
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TomTown from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 04, 2013
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Sep 28, 2014
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