Larine Grand 95 | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium
martens.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MrHungryMonkey on 11-25-2008

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31
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28
Avg:
2.73
pDev:
22.71%
 
 
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Photo of bshirley
3.83/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased at a Spec's liquor store in Houston. 1 Pint, .9 Fl Oz. (half liter) green plastic bottle. Decanted into a Chimay glass, still at refrigerator temp.

Clear and golden in color. An initial weak head which dies down to sit on the surface. The carbonation is not vigorous.

Initially yeasty (i recall a previous one smelling sulphur-y from the bottle, but not this one). Slight banana.

A strong alcohol taste with hints of plum, currant and maple. (I just woke from a nap, is my palette wonky?) Sweet. The alcohol and maple increased as it warmed.

The mouthfeel is light with fine bubbles but flat.

Drinkable and refreshing even when it's telling you that it's a strong beer.

Addendum: Disparaging this beer because of plastic packaging is nearsighted in my opinion. There are many times when I can't or don't want to have glass with me. Plastic is just as reasonable solution as aluminum for beers that aren't supposed to be set aside for a while. The brewer notes a 1-year shelf life on their web site. Also, for shipping long distances, the weight savings of not using glass are substantial. An inexpensive Strong Belgian Pale Ale that is not the best but still good and prices in at $25 for 24 half-pints is a bargain!

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the least impressive belgian beer I have ever consumed. Was most definately not impressed, very high abv and you can taste it. For some odd reason this beer seemed cheap to me, almost like a bad beer, not impressed and will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.82/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mmm, nothin' says fine Belgian ale more than a 16.9 oz green plastic bottle! Pours a fairly clear light gold color with a thin, fizzy white head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Smells ok, with melon fruitiness leading the way...honeydew, watermelon and crisp green apples. Alcohol notes are strong, making me wonder if this is such a good idea. Mild hints of light grainy malt and ever so slight grassy hops. The nose is probably the best aspect of the beer.

Sweet grainy flavor and very boozy. If Belgium has homeless people under the overpasses, this is what I would imagine they drink. Alcohol is very noticeable and damn near hot running down the back of the throat. Fruity notes are mainly cidery and acidic. Not an overly enjoyable drinking experience, but was not expecting too much from a $1.50 green plastic bottle. At least I think I'll be able to finish off the bottle! Does not rate high as a Belgian Pale, but is excellent as a Malt Liquor.

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Photo of aeminter
3.87/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not just in a bottle, but a green plastic bottle.
I still don't have a snifter, tulip or wine goblet. I know I'm slacking off. I decided to use a flute, but not just any flute...a Veltins Pilsner flute.

Lovely honey-straw color with 3 fingers of billowy white head and hardly any lacing.

Smell is sweet, fruity, almost like a spumante. Very floral

The flavor is malty and a little fruity with a slight hint of petrol. Maybe I'm imagining the petrol, but there is something in the end that isn't quite right.
That being said I'm having a pretty easy time downing this beer. This could be a problem. Were it not for the ABV I would give this ale a higher drinkability.

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Photo of fishbulb
4.32/5  rDev +58.2%
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

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Larine Grand 95 from Brouwerij Martens NV
2.73 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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