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RATINGS: 343   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wxman (1474) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
This is a very busy brew! Quite sweet, yet not cloying, mouth coating and warm. Pours as a pale golden with little head. This is an exceptional Cru with a lot of spice, yeastiness and some citrus. ABV will get you if you arenít careful! Truly good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
I really liked this one. Big flavors of banana, spice, golden raisins, and booze. It had some nice hoppy backbone. The booziest beer Iíve had in a while, but well-balanced with the other flavors. The alcohol on this one is prominent, but it is a shining feature. Awesome beer. Reminded me a lot of a trappist trippel with the fruit and spice flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11552) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a white head. S: Nose opens up with sweet toffee and candi sugar. There are some sweet fruits such as pears, oranges, and apples. A ton of bubblegum and cotton candy. T: The beer tastes primarily of cotton candy with a fair amount of bubblegum. Heavy on the sugar, plus brown sugar and toffee. There might be a bit of bread. Really, though, just very sweet. M: Almost syrupy with a medium carbonation. O: Cloying, sugary, and not something Iíd care to have again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle. Pour is lighter than expected; a deep clear yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with hints of toffee malt light vanilla and a lot of floral notes. Different than expected. Flavor is also quite a bit different than expected with notes of berry juice, light toffee malt and a light buttery note in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle with gooovikings in KC. Thanks Jetson! Clear, golden orange appearance with an off white head. Sweet honey, citrusy, golden malty, oaky nose. Slightly syrupy, honey, agave, oaky, faint bourbon, golden ale flavor. Honey, oaky aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle shared by portableparty! Honey orange color, little bit of carbonation and a sweet syrup aroma. Flavor was more sweet floral honey, a little funky yeast and warming/smooth on the aftertaste. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pours amber with a soapy white head that fades to collar. Taste is fruity yeast and bitter with some sour as well with the alcohol in the end. Palate is medium and slick with a dry warm finish. Not what I was expecting but quite interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
This was the Grand Cru version. 500ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Interesting aroma, the bourbon is subtle also some fruit. Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. A little hot. More fruit, some Belgian spice. Oak and bourbon come through a little more in the finish. I really liked this, the barrel was not overpowering and very integrated. Very easy drinking for the abv. Thereís a lot going on here.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bomber as Grand Cru from Bottle Barn. 500 ml c&c. Tough cork. Pours a light amber gold with a frothy/fizzy whie head. Aromas of fruit and mild oak. Med + body. Flavor is fruity, a little sweet, a little earthy, very mildly oaky. Usually I donít appreciate agave, but here it seems under control. The oak steps out more strongly with time. If Iíd had to guess Iíd put this down as Belgian, but apparently Iím just imagining a little yeast spice. Itís finishing mildly sweet, but rather clean, and mildly oaky, and quite tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2011
On tap at Brouwerís, billed as "Grand Cru." Pours a bold, cloudy orange-amber, with a small head. Nice nose -- caramel, citrus, and sweet scotch. Phew! Powerful flavor -- and some alcohol burn, to boot -- booze keeps this one clean, otherwise itís pretty thick and syrupy. Slightly overripe tropical fruit, and caramel -- Iím not really getting the agave. Good stuff, but itís just so damn hot...


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