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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Grand Cru is our very special Belgian-style dark ale. Imported malts give it a round malty richness, and the fruity complexity and slightly spicy character come from brewing with a proprietary Belgian yeast strain. Don’t let the name fool you; while it may be a special occasion beer, this medium-bodied, elegant incarnation is anything but snobbish. Suggested food pairings: Roasted chicken with thyme, braised short ribs, oven roasted vegetables, grilled sweet potatoes, roaring 40′s blue cheese, bread pudding.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
650 mL bottle shared at an impromptu tasting at Tippins. Thanks Dom! The pour is a quite dark ruby color with a medium off white head and a pretty nice lace. The aroma is big on fruit on the front end. There is also a strong vanilla and caramel maltiness that moves in on the center of the nose and finishes with a big sweet malt bomb. It’s pretty complex and good. The flavor is more of the same. I love the fruitiness, but at the same time the malts and yeast combine blissfully. There is a great sweet, caramel-ish finish. The mouth feel is just prefect. Thin velvety, a nice carbonation but not overdone, and the aftertaste just lingers beautifully

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Jan 2011. Pours clear deep chestnut brown with a medium beige head, very fine rapidly dissipating lacing. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, cherry, peach, and grass. Medium full body, smooth and creamy, a little hot. Big malty sweetness almost cloying, a hint of citrus, and a mild bitter finish. Aged well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Had this several times, the most recently X-mas 2013. Pours hay coppery toward brown with off-white head. Nose was caramellly, dark fruity. Tasted of caramel malt, yeasty funky fruity notes, plum, prune, fig, and finishing hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (1807) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
Flaska från SB som passerat BBD med ett drygt år. Gissningsvis ca tre år gammal. Stor fruktiga och maltiga dofter och smaker. Silkeslen, krämig, fyllig och med förföriskt väl dold alkohol. Torkad och övermogen frukt Physsalis, sharon, gula hallon, aprikoser, aningen tvålig, lätt vinös, låg beska. Söt men på ett fruktigt sätt. Elegant, komplex, lättdrucken och riktigt gott.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Presentation: It was poured from a (foiled and capped) brown 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer, the abv (11%) and a freshness/born on date. ("BOTTLED ON JAN 31 2011") Appearance: The body has a deep ruby color with great clarity when held up to light. From the vigorous pour I got a small one finger cap that fades quickly. This sets up a wispy thin off white film with a ring of lace at the edge of the glass. Smell: The first sniff is a bit odd and muddled. As it warms a bit, it opens up and I can start to pick up its many layers of sweetness. First up I get the fruit with notes of raisins, prune, blackberries and black currants. Next up, honey and spicy peppery notes mixed with herbal liquor like boozy sweetness. This is all very interesting and deep. Taste/Palate: Just like the aroma, my first sip was overwhelming and cloying. As it warms up dark fruit notes begin to pop out of a cloyingly sweet maltiness with notes of maple syrup, black currants, raisins covered in honey and prunes. A peppery alcoholic warmth wraps around the palate and it finishes with a touch of spicy clove, mild herbal hops and tons of residual sweetness. The palate is full thick and sticky with light carbonation. Notes: As it warms it opens up many layers of complexity. However all of it is super sweet, unbalanced and boozy to the point of it becoming hard to finish. I am a big fan of Great Divide brewery but this one needs some work.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Ett år gammal flaska. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, belgisk jäst, brunt socker, russin, plommon med toner av marsipan och röda bär. Oljig, rund och len karaktär. Stor sötma, fin beska. Dessertöl när det är som bäst.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brewvival 2011. Clear deep copper body small tan head Sweet malt fruit and grain aroma Very sweet malt fruit and a dry bitter grainy finish Medium body mod carb

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled on January 12, 2011. Pours a deep, initially cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of dates, figs, caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, and a hint of cardboard. Flavor of caramel, raisins, dates, figs- kind of like a sweet holiday bread. A diet soda note on the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Booze has mellowed over the 2 1/2 years. Met expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

3/16/2011: Great Divide Grand Cru... Aroma: Caramel, apple fruit leather, mild tobacco. Appearance: Clear ruby-amber-brown color; frothy beige crown. Flavor: Caramel and brown sugar; good sweetness, but not over the top; dark and dried fruits; Palate: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit syrupy. Overall: Enjoyable beer; good, but nothing crazy; maybe a bit conservative.<br />
1 pt fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #270 for this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2026) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
May 2011. Bottle. Pours copper color with an off-white head. Aromas of malt, spice and caramel. The sweet flavors are hiding the alcohol, so this one will sneak up on you.


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