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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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)


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2877) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Cloudy to hazy orange pour almost no head ring of white head .... aroma of agave, mangos and slight oak .... taste of oak and fruits (mange and agave), caramel malts slight touch of the bourbon/vanilla in the finish with a light bitter bite ... mellow abv hidden well .. finishes dry and fruity

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (6164) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle from SB Torslanda cons 2011-12-02 (Fredrik: I brought this, ;-) ) AR: pruns, caramel, sourness AP: clear golden, wee white foamy head F: caramel, warming feeling, butter, tropical fruits, mango, sticky *3,3

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
_angst_ (4466) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Bottle sampled @ Ekstedts tasting on December 2. Courtesy of Nisse666. Pours light golden with a white head. Smell is malty, slightly sour and fruity with peaches and lemon. Taste is very sweet with wood, vanilla, red apples and alcohol. Finish is slightly dry and slightly sour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17165) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Chriso Patriks Bday tasting. Clear gold thin white. Aroma of some fruit or veg i dont know. Flavour of sweetish guava. Pretty tasty. Its ok. Quite decent fruit flavour. Ok.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ekstedt (6488) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle (50 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Hazy amber, medium white head. Fruity and spicy, slightly cloying. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, low bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Sampled at Ekstedt’s Testing 11-12-02. Pours golden with a big white head. Smells and tastes nutty, hoppy and alcohol. Bad bottle.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
50 cl, marked 12.9%, BB Jan 2015
As "North Coast Grand Cru"
Clear golden color, white head. Buttered popcorn, rancid butter, acidic scent, cheese. Acidic, dry, alcohol taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Some grape peel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
a floral spicey syrupy drink. finishes with a little bit of an alcohol bite. pours a clear yellow with no head. a fruity pear aroma. flavor also has a lot of honey in there. a more drinkable grand cru than many i have had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget, at home. October, 2011.
Sweet and flowery aromas with some sourish candy notes. Fruity and fresh with a unique note from the agave. Sugar in the end. The taste is also quite sweet with a flavour of honey, apples and a light fresh sourish vibe from the agave. Caramels in the end. Finishes dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
500ml bottle, corked and caged. The body is a lightly hazy, dark golden-orange amber color. A thin, foamy, cream tinted head settles as a slight outer ring with a patchy film at the center. Dense, soapy lacing mostly rejoins the body. The nose is unique and unexpected, showing Champagne-like white grape tendencies, with notes of young oak, vanilla, fermented agave, and perhaps some dusty apples. The grapey aroma brings forth considerable acidity, showing drier than one would expect of a 12.5% brew. Still, there is some stewed raisin sweetness to be found. Flavors are just as unique, at times showing considerable to even excessive golden fruit and vanila-laden oak sweetness, and at other times leaning more towards dry, acidic white grape, with Champagne yeast and attenuated agave. Sour mash bourbon seems distant, more oak heavy than anything. It finishes with a sharp, fruity, acidic twang that is intensified by prickly, drying carbonation. The palate is lighter than expected up front, aided by the aforementioned lively carbonation, but it does tend to dry out to a sticky, sugary finish. On the whole, this is a completely unique, one of a kind brew that needs to be tried. I’m not a huge fan due to the relative heft and high alcohol, but I’m glad to have sampled this.


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