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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Pours dark red color w thin beige head and dense lacing. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. Body is rich, creamy. Taste is berries, caramel at the beginning. Finish is chocolate and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Great Divide Grand Cru is a super clear, brownish red ale with a dense, light khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has an estery aroma with notes of dark fruit. It’s a little faint, so it’s hard to pick apart. It’s full bodied and smooth. The finish is dry. It has a well blended flavor that’s not sweet or dry. There are notes of prune and caramel. The finish has an herbal bitterness and a hint of cola. Alcohol warmth lingers. This is tasty stuff. Something about it seems more American than Belgian to me, but I enjoy the mix of those styles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle. Poured a ruddy, midnight red with just a whisper of foam. The sweet aroma of sugar and dates carries at least a foot to my olfactory glands. The beer drinks with an utterly full plate of rich, dark fruit -- dates, overripe red grape, pineapple, even a little green apple. That all riding a wave of bunson-burner alcohol warmth. Nice winter warmer. (#4441, 1/9/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (3121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Aroma of raisins and malt and alcohol. Smells delicious. Pours a medium brown with a light frothy head. Tastes as delicious as it smells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts, raisin, prune, and other dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and spices, candi sugars, and some booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with raisin, prune, date, and other dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, the sweet candi sugars start to come through with some Belgian yeast flavors including some spices and esters. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits with some dark caramelized and candi sugars, some spice, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSDA. Good malt flavors with the sweet sugars and yeast character balancing nicely with the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2012
On draft, but keg from 2010. Amber pour with a decent head. Plenty of caramel malts..also some dark fruits and sweetness, Taste adds in some toffee and some Belgian yeast in there. Tasty, tasty, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1458) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
April 18th, 2011 - Many of my first exceptional beers (way, way back in 2007) were Grand Cru’s. The individual who introduced me to Lady Craft Brew is a refined European with a taste for excellence, and a distinctly French distaste for the plebeian. He worked his beer budget in order to afford the top shelf Belgian beers, focusing his scant currency on Grand Cru style beers. He had good reason. Drinking New Belgium’s Abbey Ale and then moving to a true grand cru makes you question New Belgian’s, well, Belgian credentials. These days a lot more American brewers are on board, and for good results. While they may not be based in Belgium, expert producers like Great Divide have no trouble concocting these Belgian treats for American audiences. Great Divide’s riff on the style pours and produces a deep, pomegranate red color, topped with a mahogany colored head - a clue that suggests heavy and deep flavors ahead. Strawberry, crisp and fresh from the CSA box dominates the nose. It’s a lovely smell to find with a bright aroma, and reminds me of my first visits to a farmers market where the vendor let me cram my face into a wooden pallet of the things and inhale like a drug addict with a fetish for fruit. The taste returns to what the color augured: dark, sticky fruits and spices and a swing dance with my palate. The flavor isn’t as dark or deep as raisins, but closer to light fig, and plenty sweet. Apple and red grapes round out the higher side of the sweet spectrum, lifted by a medium body and an electric carbonation. Now, I want to return to the beginning of my review where I applauded American efforts to brew Grand Cru’s or BSA’s on American shores. There IS a difference, at least here. Somewhere between the mouthfeel and the flavor this leans a little closer to a stout, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Great Divide’s Grand Cru isn’t a shameless copy of any number of the Belgian Strong’s I’ve had in the past. It’s a cover, and a fine one too, which everything that makes this style good, but a twist and contribution that serves this brew, and its drinker, very, very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (2785) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2011
though the mouth feel is medium the taste is rich and heavy with dark malts, sweet candied tropical fruits including pineapple and a straight finish

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