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RATINGS: 1083   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Tasted right after Westy 12, which I had expected was going to blow this beer out of the water, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not. Not only did I find this fruity, slighlty sour, complexly malty beer delicious, but it legitimately competed with Westy as to which was the better beer. Dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is of yeast esters -- lots of spice, clove, nutmeg, banana, dried cherries, raisins, etc. Malty, bready flavor with a slight roast to it. Incredible yeast ester profile. Everything that’s in big trappists is there. Banana, clove, citrus, raisin, dates, figs, dried cherries. In addition, there is a good amount of chocolate malt and some serious roast to it. There is a slight background sourness that helps balance the beer very nicely. Dry finish. Solid beer, even without the Westy hype.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (2006) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Ölföreningens julölsprovning 2014. Smak och doft av torkad frukt, malt, brunt socker, honung. Fruktig, rund och len, välbalanserad, komplexa smaker, fin beska. Gott!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1313) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours a transparent amber with a thin layer of light tan head. Aroma of caramel, sugar, dark fruits. Taste is very smooth, caramel, some vanilla, slight booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (983) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2015
medium dark red brown. Aroma cherries markers, brown sugar. Tastes raisins grapes light grains. Creamy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (683) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
0.75 bottle with 10.0% ABV. Clear, crimson color and a medium, off-white head leaving no lacing. Sweet, complex aroma of toast, nuts, yeasts, butter, caramel, fruits, and a delicate vanilla. Taste is full of malts, spices, again vanilla, some Belgian yeasts, subtle hints of alcohol, candied fruits - complex and ravishing. Medium body, oily texture, and average carbonation. Finish is still sweet although drier, introduces chocolate, more malts, esters lose potency but also become more refined, alcohol can be felt only delicately. All things considered, this is a phenomenal beer - certainly worth recommendation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3851) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3 shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, yeast esters, sweet caramel malt, and light vanilla. Alcohol burn hits you at first with caramel malts and toasty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1373) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 4, 2015
dark brown colour with reddish notes, 1 inch slightly yellowish off-white head; aroma of herbal notes, raisin, belgian yeast, caramel, hints of apple, spicy and slight alcoholic notes; taste of syrupy sweetness which is perfectly ballanced by bitterness, and supported by raisin and herbal notes as well as spicy alcohol;full bodied Belgian Strong Ale

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1391) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
31.12.2014. Clear dark amber or cherry color. Aroma of yeast, dried fruits, cherry, alcohol. Taste is smoorh, soft carbonation, sophisticated, cherry, bittersweet, malts.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (74) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Best gran cru poured reddish brown, notes of caramel and yeast dough, rich dark fruits, and some very little wine Cabernet notes. Flavor is perfect balance of richness and dryness. Excellent mouthfeel with a finish if complex Belgian characteristics! Perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (622) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 23, 2015
At Mad for Beer pub in Rome - Italy. Bottle. Courtesy of mortlach. Pours cloudy dark amber, frothy ivory head. Nose: syrup, caramel, honey. Mouth: big character, consistent, honey forward, medium-low carbonation. Far too sweet but lovely. Thank you mortlach. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
langeveld12 (277) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
Very fine brew with full body. Caramels, vanilla, vineous notes and sweet fruits like grape, raisin and plum. Mostly sweet but not overly, quite balanced and complex. I can drink this any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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