Reinaert Grand Cru | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reinaert Grand CruReinaert Grand Cru

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Suds on 08-13-2003

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Paddez:
Photo of Paddez
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is amber-ish brown with a big head. Coca-cola clear. nice lacing & retention.
Smells of malts, figs and caramels. Some metalic alcohol notes are floating around somewhere in the back.
Taste is quite rich and full. the heavy malts and caramels are still there but so is an odd metalic flavour. Though it's tasty, it's not jaw-dropping.
Medium to fuil bodied. Gentle carbonation that seems to fit the beer. The alcohol warms the throat magnificently. Would be very suitable as a winterwarmer!

Overall quite a nice beer. Recommended, although there are arguably much better beers available in the style.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Gorgeous cloudy dark orange color with a giant head that settled slowly and laced the glass quite well.

Smell – Heavy malt and sugar aroma along with some starfruit and maybe a twist of lime.

Taste – This syrup is heavy on the orange peel. The malt is there as well, but then the alcohol comes along and beats it down (too bad). The finish is again filled with orange and other citrus fruit. There’s a bit of hops for balancing as well.

Mouthfeel – Silky smooth on the tongue. No carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability – This one is not bad. The orange flavor takes it down smooth and the syrupy texture (like licking smooth glass) helps it along.

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Photo of MaevaS
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Antyk
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast and medium sweet Belgian malt with unrefined grain ester. Taste is a weird mix between some sweet malt and unrefined stale grain notes with a spicy and as well bready yeast completing the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Not bad though mix of flavor is somewhat strange and not completely balanced.

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Photo of desint
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squelch
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. Tan billowy 1 fingered head. Nice lacing. Opaque

Smell: Honey and raison smell. Apples and bananas. Most complex aroma beer I've ever smelled. Can't wait to taste!

Taste: Sweet. not as complex as the aroma. Roasted apple flavors in the finish. Fruity up front.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat dry. Not alcoholic

Overall: Extremely complex. Wonderful balance. will buy again! (if I can find it)

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, best before 25 Nov 2011, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' badged stemmed tulip glass on 17 May 2011.

No sediment left the bottle, so my glass was full of a dirty, dull orangey brown liquid and a large tan coloured head of big bubbles. The body was clear but not bright.

Treacle and malt molasses filled the nose, some rich plum and date aromas too.

The taste wasn't as sweet as the smells suggested, this isn't a sweet malty tasting beer at all. The alcohol gives it a peppery bite, hops adding to a slingering bitterness as the mouth drys.

Very drinkable and far to easy for such a strong brew, I had to stop myself taking large gulps, reminding myself to sip it slowly and savour the flavour: rather than wanging it down my throat.

One of the best Grand Cru's I've had and certainly one of the better, well balanced Belgian Strong Dark Ales out there in the market.

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Photo of parintele
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of nafnikufesin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kmo1030
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazed orangey brown with a good sized tan head.
the aroma is pungent and filled with what can definitely be best described as a fruit cake type smell. earthy candied dark fruits, molasses, cinnamon, cake-y yeast character, sweet red apple, caramel, and maybe a little lime make up the nose. the alcohol shows up with warmth.
the taste has similar components to the aroma, but toned down, with a more dominating caramel and dark fruit presence. loses complexity when compared to the nose. orangey flavors pick up in the back with a herbal bitterness. sweet, but not sugary.
the body is fuller medium, with active carbonation. drier than it seems at first. the carbonation is smooth.
decent drinkability, due in part at least to the percieved dryness. an interesting, but not perfect belgian strong dark.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've had. Very good, creamy pour of a dark amber. Delicious fruit mixed with roasted malt, and an almost candy-like finish. Hints of honey and apple. Very balanced taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a goblet in Poperinge, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Creamy head. Brilliant. Good thickness and decent retention, especially considering the high ABV.

Sm: Very nutty hops. Brilliant. A bit like Orval. Strength is average.

T: Very complex. Hoppy chocolate is the best of the notes. Some nuts on the fringe and even in the body help to balance against underlying cream. Built pretty well for the style, but not without its flaws.

Mf: Standard smoothness and wetness supporting the style, but not quite complementing the beer and its flavours. Improvement could easily be done in this area.

Dr: Brilliant for four euro, but not the best beer in this style I've had. Too high ABV to drink repeatedly. Best enjoyed perhaps on a winter's night indoors.

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Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is a solidly good beer. It has a fantastically tall head, firm, stable, and nearly solid....lasts forever. The color the liquid is a deep brown. Spice and fruit aromas dominate the smell, with some lightly caramelized character. Not a overly complex aroma, but very appealing and incredibly good. The taste is all about malt...multiple shades of roasted, toasted degrees...incredible. Spice and a little alcohol fall in line behind the malt, along with a slightly buttery quality that provides an interesting creaminess to the taste. Full and very robust mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer that has a lot of character and engaging complexity.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB1-12-06. Brown beercolor with orange hint and a nice and lasting head. Nose is lots of apricot, sweet candy and carramelic maltnotes, lots of alcohol and some hoppiness makes nose fine. Taste is overall sweetbitter with lots of alcohol and sopme cherrynote also comming through. Overall a malty brew with thick and creamy mouthfeel and good carbonisation. Enjoyable craftbrew, that's even with the lardge amount of alcohol well drinkable.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown enlivened with ruby hues. On top rests a bountifully creamy head colored a soft tan. Retains well, settling into an inviting froth atop the beer.

Smell: Musty yeast and a sweet malty aroma of dates lead off. Noticeably earthy in the nose, with hints of peat. Following up are some spicy scents, with ginger predominating.

Taste: Rather earthy on the palate, evoking flavors of softly bitter herb. Almost deliberately lacking in sweetness, with flavors of squash and sweet corn present more than anything resembling fruit. Finishes with a residual maltiness that conjures thoughts of floury bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice creaminess, spruced up with some subtle carbonation. Gently and gracefully makes its way down the throat.

Drinkability: The 9.5% ABV announces itself around 3/4 of a bottle. Being a highly inebriating beer, and one whose flavor is less than extraordinary, Reinaert (which I believe is Dutch or Flemish for fox...somebody correct me) limits itself to one-a-sitting.

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Photo of Bauchet
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Euroglot
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Grand Cru i had bought in Belgium. Reinaert has also one of my favorite tripels. This grand cru is as good as its opponents in the Grand Cru business.

It has a soft smooth taste with a very nice head. I'm not sure if the cabonation was ok. Drank it in my Westmalle glass where i always drink this types of beer in. Well worth to buy this one.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : brown/orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeast and very fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with fruity notes, well hoped, alcohol presence, dry and spicy finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Belgian Strong dark ale.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rcklein
1/5  rDev -73.4%

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Reinaert Grand Cru from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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