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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
Cask handpull at William IV Leyton. Cloudy orange gold colour with lasting ivory head. Its lovely. A hopy Belgian ale. Yes some esters but I am guessing this was dry hopped as it really is hoppy. Wow I cant remember drinking anything that hoppy from Belgium and not many from the UK either. Top beer, top pub, top day. Touch of earthyness on finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Bottle at home - bottled Oct 2012. Gusher. Murky orange, fizzy quick going head. Huge sweet hop aroma, and stewed fruit. Barley wine meets a quad? Taste is brief malts followed by boozy sunkissed funky fruit moving into medicinal herbal with overripe banana. Lovely zingy palate with dryness coming though and a great warming boozy hit from the ageing. Top drawer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
Cask at Brodies BF. Pours a cloudy, rich gold with a foamy, white head. Lightly tart fruits in the nose, yeast, wafts of booze, some grass and lemon. Sweet, full flavor, plenty of grass, florals, lemon zest, light caramel and wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, with zesty citrus, some sugars and pine. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2011
bottle at home ... hazy amber ... thin white head ... big sweet citrus orange hop nose ... juicy front ... light bitter hop ... again big orange ... light sweet oily body ... deep fruit tones ... hint of clove .. rich complex and tasty ... im really liking this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Cask (handpump) at Brodies Bunny Basher Festival at King William IV, Leyton on 1 May 2011. Cloudy orange colour. Big, tart orange peel aroma. Strong hop rush in the flavour two - orange fruit and tangy marmalade prominent again. Some sweetness but good balancing bitterness too. Rich, powerful and very tasty. Sometimes I can blather on waxing lyrical about a good beer for ages. Other times Iím enjoying the beer too much to write a lot. It would appear this was in the latter category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
On tap at Bunny Basher (Brodies Beer Festival) King William IV, Leyton, London, Friday 18th April 2014 Amber murky brown white rim, sour edgy nose. Lovely tart, tangy beer. Lovely with some sour citrus, perhaps grapefruit. Great, beer of the day so far. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2012
(Bottle) Pours cloudy with a foamy off-whiter head. The aroma holds hops, wheat, honey, white bread, white flowers, sweet plums, over ripe pears, touch of banana, apricot, incense, clove and vanilla. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Citric, herbal, spicy, fruity, bready, light wheaty and phenolic. The mouthfeel is round, soft, smooth and light tart with a light to medium carbonation. Citric, spicy, phenolic and light fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14155) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1833) - 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.

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