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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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)


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is agave, honey and biscuit malt, light oak notes, farmhouse notes, and moderate fruity esters. Flavor is medium malt, faint hops and bitterness, spicy alcohol, tropical fruity esters with oak, vanilla, and coconut notes, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2195) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Complex estery nose with a light acidity and lots of spice. Vague fruit sweetness. Clear gold with active carbonation to a thin head. Nice and dry with some sharp spiciness against a fairly thick and syrupy texture. Flavors are classic Belgian yeast characteristics: pepper, clove, banana, apple, and a little bit of dried fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pours a faded orange color with a large foamy off white head. Notes of honey, vanilla, oak, sour mash, and caramel. Slightly tangy mouthfeel. Just a n enjoyable delicious beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Tap. Bright clear orange pour with a foamy white head. Aroma is nectarine, tropical fruit, and booze. Medium slick palate. Syrupy. Taste is fruity, grape, and a touch of bourbon. Interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml corked and caged bottle labeled as Grand Cru. Light orange, almost yellow pour with a decent amount of white head. Aromas of oak, pineapple, slight sweetness, and floral hops. More pineapple in the flavor with peach, raisin, agave, wood, and lots of boozy heat. Not near worth the price but worth trying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Corked bottle. Pours a decent but average cheddar orange with a semi-lively body and frothy white head. Aroma is peach marmalde, light nectarine butter, and a touch of papaya. Flavor is a lemony raisin orange jam with a nice boozy burn in the finish. Light sweet bread and plumb in there as well. Tingly mouthfeel. Very interesting; fruity but not cloying. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7184) - 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 (5635) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
500 ml corked bottle from bevmo. Pours a translucent brass color with a big fluffy white head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with mixed fruits of papaya, apples, grapes, melons and a hit of booze. The flavor mirrors the nose, this is very fruity concoction, I get melons, papaya, green apples and a touch of vanilla. The palate is full and velvety smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty brew.


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