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Hinterland Grand Cru

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Hinterland Grand Cru is a very fun beer. It amplifies the caramel notes you'd expect in a Belgian Strong into something bigger, bolder and more complex. The low, dense, persistent, beige head is supported by a brilliantly clear copper body. The aroma offers a complex blend of caramel, honey, bread, toast, very light lemon, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, a hint of woody hops, and a low-to-medium alcohol note. The balance ever so slightly biases the rich, bready, toasty malt over both the prominent woody hops and the prominent grape Kool-Aid-esque fruitiness. It has a sweet finish, honey-like, approaching syrupy, with an alcohol warmth and spiciness reminiscent of cinnamon. 

 

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