on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1110   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.

fidelis83's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours mahogany brown with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is interesting for a BSA, lots of vanilla and chocolate, nutty note, buttery oak, toast and hints of dark fruit and booziness. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, some caramel, woody malt, vanilla, white and milk chocolate, alcohol, hints of bananas foster, sauteed pears, floral hops, and mild dark fruit esters. Medium off dry slightly boozy body with a light carbonation. This is a very nice beer, it is really interesting in that it is a beer with high alcohol content and it is a Belgian Strong Ale, but while it is unmistakably both of those things it doesn’t beat you senseless with either in any way. The alcohol, while noticeable, blends very well with other sensory aspects in the Aroma, Taste and Palate, and while the Belgian yeast leaves behind enough esters and phenolics to make it’s presence unmistakable, both chemical groups are mild enough to not overpower the surprisingly delicate balance of this masterfully brewed beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a dark golden brown color with tangerine edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with prominent dark fruit esters and dark malt sweetness. Slightly herbal and medicinal with a touch of cough syrup, pepper and clove. Vinous fruit sweetness with grape, fig and raisin. Some Belgian candi sugar in there with caramel malt sweetness, toffee and toast. Fuller end of medium body with a more complex flavor profile than the nose hinted at. Soft carbonation with a nice balance of peppery spice, herbal/syrupy flavor, vinous fruit and dark malt sweetness. Peppery with some clove and faint piney hops. Very sweet and vinous with prominent fruity esters, notably grape, fig, raisin and other dark berries. Also, there’s some dark malt sweetness with hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nicely balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked making beer a bit too easy to drink. Would never have guessed it was 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cagou007 (618) - FRANCE - NOV 28, 2015
Pours clear copper with thin tan head. Nose is fruits, caramel, honey. Aromas are toasted malts, dark fruits, nuts, some butter and whisky notes. Average carbonation, medium body. Long bitter butterish finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2915) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Maroon body, white head, not much retention. Poured into chalice. dried fruit, raisin, sweet yeast aroma. Taste is sweet, malty. Similar to a quad. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
A little sour with raisin flavor. Not the best. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kosmokrator (677) - ITALY - NOV 16, 2015
Limpido color ambrato con un bel cappello di schiuma beige. Aroma fruttato e fortemente caramellato, note pungenti e un po’ fenoliche; gusto mediamente rotondo, dolciastro, note di zucchero caramellato e un lieve tocco metallico nel finale. Meno corposa dell’atteso, frizzante, non eccessivamente morbida. Sinceramente mi aspettavo di più.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2015
sample, notes. dark copper amber colour slight hazy with a tanned head. nose of caramel malts, raisins, bread, and caramel biscuits. cloves and some dark forrest fruits in the back. fudgie, with some vanilla notice. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hallstein (356) - Skogn, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
Aroma of dark fruits, spicy dark bread, toffee, caramel. Flavors has much of the same. Spicy sweet malt, slight coffee, caramel, toffee and nice dark fruits. Quite good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1569) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Nearly clear amber copper. Smells malty. Loads and loads of banana in a great way. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4734) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Backlog rating. Keg at BD Shoreditch, London. It pours a dark copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy. Light roasted notes, dark fruits, caramel, prunes, dates and toffee. Taste has more roasted malts, cocoa, toffee, dark fruits and burnt sugar. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, bold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1721) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Aromas of plum, alcohol, clove, apple, caramel. Clear red-bronze with a mostly lasting off-white head. A little sweet, fruity, raisiny, pretty clean. Full bodied, warming.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 111

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50