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Brodies Grand Cru

Formerly brewed at Brodies
Style: Weizen Bock
London, England


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Bottle conditioned - special. Originally appeared on cask as Noisome Cru.
Brodieís Grand Cru is a very special wheat beer. Its fruity flavours is balanced with delicate hints of citrus and banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle @ nieuwjaarsborrel. Aroma is banana, clove, caramel, slight liquorice, some citric notes. Flavour is nice and malty, a bit of oxidation, banana, slight vanilla, some tropical fruits. Some spice and a touch of alcohol. Holding up very well. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9003) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
Sample @nieuwjaarsborrel courtesy of Denk. Decent white head. Slightly hazy golden blond pour. Tropical fruits. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11038) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Nieuwjaarsborrel thanks to Denk. Pours clear dark golden with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of malts, earth, yeast, caramel and citrus. Flavor is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1805) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
500ml bottle. Gold with lots of white head. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and citrus notes. Drinks like an IPA with plenty of hoppy goodness above a bright wheaty base. Unfortunately thereís just something a little off about the taste, with a few strange ashy notes in the depths. Some more IPA-like bitterness in the finish. Overall a good strong wheat beer that borrows more from the Americans than the Germans, and itís held up pretty well too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 19, 2012
500ml bottle (William IV, Leyton) - BB unknown, rubbed off the lid, but bought during RBESG2011
7+ On pouring, it gave off a lovely orangy spicy aroma, and thatís condensed in the glass nicely. Plenty of wheatiness, as it warms a little thereís a bit of toffee and banana too.
4+ Clear to slightly hazy orange, deliberately tried to pour it clear. Head is glorious. Thick and creamy head, and very persistent, almost like the cream on an irish coffee. Great lacing - real lace all down the side of the glass.
7+ Clear, there was an immediate waft of alcohol, the hazier glass didnít have that, it was mellower, and with a tiny touch of liquorice. So I dropped just a tiny splash of dregs into my clear glass, and magically it mellowed. So donít drink this 100% clear, even though itís possible to do so if you like. However, only the tiniest tiniest amount of yeast is needed, you only want a slight haze, not cloudiness at all. Anyway, on to the taste. Itís a very rich taste, plenty of dry grains, serious and heavy on one hand, but crisp and biting hopiness and carbonation keep it almost light despite its strength.
4+ As I say, itís full, a little smooth from the wheaty sweetness, but not actually sweet and smooth in that way. The carbonation is pleasant for the whole pint, it helped keep the head alive for quite a long time, possibly a little moussey at times. Finish has a great bitter bite, lovely English noble hops, like a fullers vintage, and thatís high praise.
15 Quite delicious. I wasnít expecting much, I was expecting a "brave effort", as a strong wheat beer is so far outside the bounds of what English brewers are known to be competent in. But that prejudice was so misplaced, this is a world-class weizen bock. The 2 years of aging (Iíve had it 15 months) have been very good for this beer. The attenuation is great. Not the same sweet last-beer-of-the-evening weizenbock that I also love, but this is the beer I would have more than once before hitting th sweet ones! Too many plus signs on the other scores, Anna and I both want it to be 3.8, so pushing up taste to be the 8. Great beer - thank you Brodies!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle. An unclear, dark orange beer topped by a finger-thick, off-white head. The aroma is slightly milky, mostly fruity, and with some citrusy, piney hops. Some maltyness in the back. Citrusy flavor with some pale malts, then even more citrus in the flavor. A pleasant bitterness shows up, and lasts for a good while. Quite dry on the palate, full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated, with some warming notes from the alcohol. A beer I liked, but found a bit strange. Hard to put the finger on what it is, but thereís something strange going on. 111229

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14120) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, hop, fruit. Flavour is citrus, hop, grapefruit, peach, fruit, spices. medium to full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5901) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2012
500 ml bottle. Cloudy orange body with a big white head. Aroma is dominaded by citric fruit, spices and yeast. Refreshing fruity and malty flavor, some spices and yeast. Decent bitterness. Fine body and good aftertaste. Difficult to place in style, but very nice and refreshing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Cask at the Brodies Bunny Basher Festival, King William IV, 1st May 2011. Completely cloudy orange. Quite Belgian nose, fruity with a bit of wheat. Lots of warm orange in the mouth. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23461) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2012
Bottled. Cloudy pale orange, rich firm head. Fruity pear aroma. Lots of citrusy hops. Near full bodied, mid sweet with spritzy mouthfeel. Fruity and vinous. Long bitter finish. Individualitic, multi layered and tasty.

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