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RATINGS: 281   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1384) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap; pour is dark amber with a beige head. This brew is, quote and quote,"a sticky malty mess". and I concur. caramel, toffee, dates, dark cherries, chocolate. Oh. And its about 5% Belgian. Meg.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4359) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Rusty, orange-brown, clear beer with a substantial tan head. Good bomber with a foil neck and cool label. Sharp, fruity aroma that reminds me a bit of some kind of baked pie filling - sort of a cherry/mincemeat/figgy kind of affair. The mouthfeel was a bit fluffy - substantial, but seemingly low density. Edgy at first, yeast is not very Belgian-like, a little candied, a little cocoa, a bit of wood, a bit of chalk, plums, and an alcohol sting at the end. Reminds me a bit of Scottish ale. Warms the esophagus. A beer for a cool evening. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bomber pours clear deep garnet with slight deep purple hue and semi loose tan head. The aroma is pretty rich with yeasty spices mixing with ripe cherries, ripe red apples, spicy maple and molasses. The taste is pretty darn smooth softly bringing up bold notes of molasses soaked ripe cherries and red apples as well as a modest level of spicy yeastiness. By midway a mix of dates, plums, sweet sugary pears and a touch of pepperiness join in and slide this thing into the finish. Real tasty stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, spicy yeast, dark fruit, rock candy. The taste is toffee, overripe fruit, dates, caramel malt and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
A really nice beer. Solid. Belgian yeast and candi sugar dominate. Alcohol takes a back seat. Pours a nice dark orange color as well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (633) - Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Malty and sweet. Found it to be just another Belgian. Can’t hate on 12% though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, some roast, bready, and some earthy/woodiness. Tastes of dark fruits, lighter spiciness, chocolate, and bananas. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4539) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Clear amber chestnut pour, off-white head. Lots of sweet malt, brown sugar, rather generic dark fruit flavor, and a bit of toffee and spice. I am finding this quite boring, also I am not a fan of this style.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Bomber->tulip: Pours a large, frothy head atop a dark amber body. Aroma of warm sugar, cookies, and vanilla. Taste starts out metallic, going moderately sweet on the palate with a medium body and rich mouthfeel. I would be really all about this beer, minus the metallic taste that is very prominent with each sip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap at Proof, pours a deep red with a nice tan lacing, sweet cherry aroma, maybe some black currents, delicious. Very full bodied, very sweet, taking very small sips. A bit of roastiness coming on the back end, I’m loving this.


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