Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20% darker than Holy Moses. Same general flavor, but minus the herbal notes - this one had a strong orange peel flavor - even in the head. The low bitterness and thick malty flavor have me convinced that this is really the ale to pull the macro drinkers over to our side; as evidenced by my dad, who usually prefers Carib or Dixie Crimson - he took one sip of mine and switched from the way too light Locktender. This is only my second Grand Cru, so I don’t know if this is typical of the style, I can only judge it on it’s own and compared to the lighter Holy Moses. As usual, at their pub, Great Lakes is fresh and tasty.
jsquire (3614) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy golden amber color with a candi sugar and coriander nose. Nice head that left good lacing. Pleasant warming alcohol sensation as you drink it. Nice body and nice balance between the sweet and spice. Bitter orange peel and coriander are noticable, as is a real hop presence in the finish. Nice beer.
BBB63 (6297) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Hazy amber hue with frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of apricot, apple, orange zest, allspice, corriander, earthy and zesty yeast esters. The taste starts with a tart fruit and sugery candy combo. Mild bitterness, spice, and flowery finish. Lively and sharp mouthfeel, slightly warming. A touch too much hops for style but still very quaffable.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice citrus spice aroma.
taste is dominated by orange and a lingering zesty yeast spiceness that has a peppery component. nice coriander & hop blend in the aftertaste