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RATINGS: 1152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Grand Cru is a dark chestnut-colored Belgian-style Ale with vibrant fermentation aromas of fruity esters and spicy phenols. A sweet caramel malt, raisin, and plum-like character combines with the complex fermentation profile of our Belgian yeast strain and hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel make for a slow and satisfying drinking experience. Grand Cru is meant to be savored and will age nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (12280) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2006
LCRBM2: Vinous aroma with grapes and raisin. Sweet, vinous flavor. Raisinny hoppy finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours murky orange brown with no head what so ever (like a barley wine). The aroma is fruit, citrus, belgian yeast and spices. The flavor is caramel, citrus, fruit, spices, and a mild hoppy bitter finish. Good body, smooth tasting, great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (5240) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2006
[2nd Low Countries RateBeer meeting] (Rating No. 1500 :-) )Aroma is quite fruity and yeasty with some caramel malts. Hazy, orange-brown coloured with a lasting, medium, off-white head. Taste is moderate bitter, sweet, caramel malty, yeasty and some fruit. Good balance. Verywell brewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a medium light tan head. Aroma was yeasty, some fruits, sugary malts. Flavor, a bit of alcohol, some candy sugar, sweet and rich. Quite nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Very molassasy/barleywine-like aroma. Floaties but no head at all. Taste has a little caramel, but actually finishes a little thin. Strange. A nice, sweet, but not heavy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
2000 bottle. very tasty!!! This aged well in Odeed’s beer fridge. Smooth like applejuice. You can’t taste the alcohol, but I know it’s loaded. Sweet & smooth. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 31, 2006
pours brown, bit reddish in the light with a medium of white head. ARoma is malty, sugar, some roasted tones, belgian yeast, bit of candy sugar. Flavor is some coffee, roasted malt, bit of spice, some dark fruits, yeasty. Alcohol adds a nice warmth. Finish is medium length, maybe a bit longer. Not particularly bitter. Bit overly carbonated, not light in the mouthfeel, but not smooth like some other dark beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured an hazy dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention. Aroma of candi sugar, sweet malt and alcohol is pretty intense and reminiscent of Gouden Carolus Keizer. Taste is quite hot at first, which does not really suit my taste. The presence of candi sugar is quite evident as well as some dry figs characteristics. Yeast is totally overshadowed by the malt and the alcohol. Body is just above average but could be fuller and carbonation was appropriate. Overall, I really don’t see the big fuss over this beer and would prefer to taste a Gouden Carolus Keizer, which is similar, but more balance overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Clear brown pour with copper highlights and a ring of white lace on top. Aroma of sucre d’orge (loosely translated : barley sugar candy). Flavor of sucre d’orge, fruits, there’s bitterness in the end. There’s not much of a belgian character. The body is light with an oily texture and gentle carbonation. Previous rating : 6/3/6/3/11/2.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear brown, with an offwhite head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Some alcohol and rasins present. Taste is sweet caramel, dried fruits. A big potent beer.

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