Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale
Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #85
Ranked #8,949
4.28 | pDev: 8.41%
Brouwerij Van den Bossche
Very Good
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s4s from California

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Kulminator Antwerp on tap in a small flute. This is one of the most unusual beers I've had and difficult to judge. Initially I thought "this is a 5", but after a while I grew tired of it. It might be due to the fruit/wine essence. I'm glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't drink it every day (though I would need to live in Belgium to do so). A steal at 3 Eur.

Jan 09, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with milk coffee head. Aroma has some nice barrel notes, dark malts and some tart cherries. Taste is balanced, you get the wine and barrel notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall it's a really well made and enjoyable beer.

Nov 14, 2015
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Bung from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much more quad characteristics, but it is a really nice brew if looked at classification aside.

Originally had this under the assumption it was an imperial stout as listed at Taphouse in Copenhagen. As a dark or quad this is solid A material.

Jun 16, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.
Seems to be the Belgian Stout aged in oak wine barrels, not a lot of info on the bottle/wraping.
Pours black with glimmers of red, small head, sticking to the glass.
Really big "barrel aged" smell, with woody, musty notes. Some dark malts also and dark fruit. Slight spice also.
A big acidity in the beginning, with apple and citrus peel, and some sour lemon zest, but also sweet. A big red wine characteristic, with lots of red grapes, plums, berries and slightly tart red cherries, with a nice vinegary note. Dry sugared dark figs and raisins also. Malts are light, with a toast coming through, also caramel. Decently spiced, with nice vanilla in the front. The barrel is strongly present, oaky, reminding of a nice cognac (especially considering the warm, somewhat boozy alcohol). Hops are bitter in the finish, but the aftertaste is mixed with some sugars and, of course, the alcohol. Could have been hidden better.
Mouthfeel is not so creamy, it pours down pretty fast, and given quite a decent amount of sour fizzy carbonation, the beer is clearly not a sipper.
A bit unbalanced in the end, on the sweet side, but with top-notch BA characteristics, this is surely one to try. Maybe giving it a few years also helps.

Nov 19, 2013
Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged Ale from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 17 ratings