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North Coast Twentieth Anniversary Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009, later rebranded as Grand Cru)


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"This one was unique right from the get go. Probably the lightest and fizziest (good head) barrled beer I’ve had. Little hint of any alcohol on the nose til it reached close to room temp. Aroma of fruit coconut and vanilla. Weird combo, but it works. In the flavor, the alcohol is a bit more prevalent, but subdued for such a strong beer. Agave, belgian spicy yeastiness, apple-like fruit notes, and bourbon (obvious without being overbearing - i think it’s a 2/3 blend). Smooth finish. Wanted more at the end."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2014
16.9 oz. bottle shared 5 ways and labeled as Grand Cru with a an ABV of 12.9 %. Pale yellow color light thin head in the snifter. Aroma is honey, agave, mild oak and a weak pear or apple note.

The flavor is nice and pretty much identical to the aroma. A larger dose of sugar and yeast hints in the flavor. The ABV is covered nicely but mostly from the sweet, sugary flavors. Overall this is a nice drink and the flavor is pretty interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy bourbon wood and fruit with an alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3602) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Massive gusher! Pours hazy gold, with thin white a head. Aromas of marzipan, light sugar. Taste is sweet, something green, must be the agave. Odd.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2838) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is toffee, funky, taste is sweet, sickly, toffee, juicy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14677) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
botttle at home ... amber ... thin white lacing ... soft sweet fruit ...soft suger yeast fruit nose ... soft sweet fruits ...oily fruits ... soft sweet toffee suger fruits .. big yeast linger.. heavy sweet fruits

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, the agave nectar is noticeable, woody, some fruity notes, even a touch herbal, has some bite to the finish, I don’t know if this would get better with age.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Never thought I’d ever see this one. Bottle given to me for a job well done of chopping wood for a local. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance had a cloudy gold with a one finger white head that dissipated within seconds (damn, that was quick). Lacing was somewhat there but kinda stringy and all over the place. The smell had some honey, Belgian yeastiness, a light tropical citrus and then a light hint of vanilla. No bourbon? Uh..okay, no worries, I guess, I was expecting it but it never showed up. The taste was really sweet through the honey with a sweet/bready yeastiness balancing it in with some light pear. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent expected carbonation that was there but nothing overbearing. Overall, decent Belgian Strong ale I think I could have again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2662) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, wood and agave. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2267) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2014
There was zero pressure released when I took the cork out of this two-year-old bottle. However there was a nice though short-lived cream-colored head and a bit of lace and the easy to cloudy medium amber color. Aroma was yeast and bread dough. Flavor has fruity sweetness come out with carbonic tang right there with it and yeast and or hoppy bitterness balancing also. Body is good. A little bit boozy but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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