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RATINGS: 329   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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1584) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Ahhh, wish I could remember this one a bit better, what I do remember though is that this had an incredible fruit filled flavor running along side a very well made brown. Sugar hints of agave run through the palate through the whole beer, with mild tropical fruit flavors, brown sugar, and a touch of an oaky finish. Dominated by the agave, I definitely dug how this turned out - DRINK WARM!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
Thanks to Lunch for the pleasure of trying this one. Even better was watching Paul drink this from the official goblet. Glassware aficionado, he is. Mine served in a plain snifter. Quite shameful. Pours a moderate golden color with a quarter-finger head that falls quickly without really leaving much of anything behind. The nose brings forward a peanut character. Reminds me a bit of peanut brittle, or the solid portion of separated peanut butter. A bit of fruit there as well and some mild booze. The flavor is much the same. Some peanut character as well as grainy sweetness. Thereís a bit of alcohol in there as well. A bit of very milk vanilla character makes its way in toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I generally expect quite a bit more from North Coast. Glad to have been able to try this. Thanks again, Paui. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2010

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2011
500 ml. bottle from Bottleworks. The head faded away quickly. The beer has a hazy orange appearance. This beer doesnít look special, at all. For $23, this looks like a let down. Sweet malt and honey aroma coming through. A bit of oak is coming through, as well. Smells of spent grain, but it does have a VERY sweet aroma. Itís quite pungent, but I donít know what to make of this. Very sweet at first. This has an oak flavor that is quite noticeable. The oak mixes in well with the sweet honey flavor. The spent grain aroma and flavor is kind of annoying. This is very sweet. Subtle heat towards the end. The agave flavor is sharp, and seems to be developing more as the beer warms up. This is a little too sweet for me. For $23, itís decent, but not really worth the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6047) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
500mL bottle, pours light golden with a white head. Aroma of oak, some fruits (peaches, nectarine), and nectar/honey. Flavour is cidery, with lots of fruits (peaches, nectarine, mango), honey, a little vanilla at the end. The 12.5% is worked in exceptionally well with no heat from it, though it is very warming. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet floral nectar, candied citrus, ginger, vanilla and oak aroma and taste with an earthy floral finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16460) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a pale golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy and slightly yeasty aroma. Sweetish warming fruity spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4429) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Adding extra notes from RBWG. I got this one in trade from a very generous trader. Pours murky yellow with a white-ish head. Nose is malt, caramel, agave, citrus, and slight citrus. Flavor is similar with all manner of sweetness and slight vanilla, malt, and citrus complimented by the agave. Very unique beer. Rerate after sampling it as NC Grand Cru- Pours same color, but the nose is 10X hotter and a lot of the subtleties are gone. This one is much hotter and boozier than I remember. Interesting beer, but boozy as hell right now.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Very tripel like to me, with that tripeltypical spice and light fruits. The alcohol comes through as a throatwarming force but is as much enjoyable as disturbing. Very sweet too.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
In short: A mega-sweet, yeasty, fruity and boozy blonde ale. Nothing interesting.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed almost one year after the beer release.
The look: Clear light golden body with almost no head
In long: The yeasty nose has banana esters and a sweet hard liquor notes. Taste has banana cake, a lot honey, white wine and booze. Very very sweet. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol not well hidden at all. A big disappointment. North Coast screwed up here. And it is not because I am not an experienced professional brewer that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to beer. I have a lot of experience in porn yet I have never been filmed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours a light golden straw with a white head that lingers. Aroma of wild yeast and earth. Very dry on the finish and well-rounded. Sweet full flavor with a spike of sugar on the end. Surprised that there is not more going on here.


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