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RATINGS: 337   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)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
orange pour with a small white head. mid range bourbon nose with a sweetness and tart apple notes. full body with layers of bourbon, oak, raisin, figs, tart apple, grapes, lemon and a general sweetness from the agave nectar. smooth > with a soft carbonation. warm sweet finish with bright citrus notes followed by smooth bourbon and light vanilla with a touch of tart apple. the alcohol is well hidden. great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2011
On tap at G. Groppi as "Grand Cru". Poured clear honeyed golden with a creamy white head.. nice color. The aroma was very warm and sugary, showcasing honey, caramel, and darker fruit.. some oak and darker banana deeper down.. a whole lotta malt was evident. The flavor had a sweet core with darker fruits, aged caramel, and peach kernel.. peppery and warm on the edges.. just OK transitions.. lots of vanilla emerged as it warmed up.. belly-warming, peppery and fruity finish. Heavy-bodied with thick, rolling carbonation on the palate.. alcohol was held in check well, considering the ABV.. warm and satisfying, but somewhat heavy-handed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2011
(500ml cork/caged bottle labeled Grand Cru) clear deep gold/amber with a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of alcohol, gold raisins, spirits (perhaps bourbon), juicy citrus and tropical fruits (although not from hops per se), and some herbal notes reminiscent of agave. Taste of oak, agave, herbal, spices, Belgian spicy component, alcohol (but given the 12.5% ABV it’s well hidden), delicious and linger of more alcohol. A bit of a bite on the finish, some bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes linger on the palate. Not as reminiscent of an American Strong, as it is a bourbon-barrel aged tripel. Interesting beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Dissagree with this beer bering linked to the 20th; it is called grand cru and the label says that it is aged in bourbon barrels (not just oak). Golden-orange in color with nice white head. Fruity, pinapple aroma. Lightly fruity taste with vanilla bourbon notes. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Orange, mostly clear, decent head. Lots of pineapple mixed with other tropical fruits. Taste is not quite sour, but full of spices. It’s very dry and finish very crisp.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of pilsner malt, minerally, some peaches, residual sugar. Tastes of agave, tarte, chewable vitamins, molasses, slightly spicy with a buttery finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Somewhat, ...who am I kidding? Mostllt translucent. Light gollden color. Thin, white ring head. Stiff, fruit Peel and yeasty sour aroma. Sour flavor. Slightly sweetened by the agave. Starts full and finishes lean. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (508) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a gorgeous clear gold with a small head. Aroma is lovely with apple, oak and alcohol. Medium in body with minimal carbonation. Flavor is sweet and at first has a strong honey component. Once the initial sweetness subsides, there are many complex flavors working here. Oak, apple, booze, and a tartness are all present. Very interesting brew here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight marzipan, light oak, light almonds, slight pepper, and slight clove. Poured yellow/gold/slight amber in color with a small, white head as a film on top of the beer and around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Taste of pale malt, alcohol, slight butter, light apple, slight coconut, and some strange and unidentifiable flavors. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, butter, apple, coconut, wood finish. 12.5%ABV is noticeable in the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours crystal clear golden amber with a big pillowy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is very sweet with lots of candi sugar and all kinds of overripe fruits like pears and apricots. Tons of booze, especially tequila, and some spiciness from the wood. Taste is hot up front - definitely no hiding the alcohol in this one. That initial boozy spiciness gives way to the sugary fruit notes with some bananas and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is full bodied, really sticky and crazy boozy. This is a decent beer but pretty extreme on the both the sweetness and alcohol scale. Little bit of this goes a long way...


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