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RATINGS: 367   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)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet peaches and alcohol. The taste is so sweet almost like butterscotch, with some obvious alcohol. Freakin delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled this as Grand Cru at Autumn Brew Review. In my opinion, it was EASILY the best strong ale their. Absolutely delicious. You can really tell itís been aged in barrels for quite some time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged under the Grand Cru moniker. Label shows 12.9% ABV. Amber pour with a fizzy white head. Strong fruit notes (canned pears in syrup) in the aroma with candy, soft yeast, light spice and jam. Taste is sweet malt, ripe fruit, candied fruit, soft spice, yeast notes, herbal hops, tropical fruit and oak. Body is medium with a fizzy carbonation and a syrupy feel in spots. Mild sugary stickiness in spots, as well. Ends with more sweet malt, tropical fruit notes, ripe fruit, candy, soft oak and light yeast notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of cookie, pear, pineapple, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and alcohol. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cookie, apple, pear, pineapple and light bourbon with a crisp lingering fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Pours a clear golden color. Big, sweet, complex malty aroma. Taste is predominantly sweet, fruity, deep and complex. Alcohol is present but less than you would expect from such a strong beer. Sweet, tangy, malty flavor lingers long after the finish. Likely a good one for the cellar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. absolutely clear as fuck golden color reminiscent of apple juice but with a nice, frothy white head. Malty nose showing smooshed apple notes, touches of caramelized sugar, and a little booze around the edges. Flavors again have that apple characteristic...malty, somewhat phlegmy in the mouth, flabby, sweet, a bit syrupy, just thick old apple, but with somewhat vibrant carbonation and noticeable alcohol. A bit too sweet and phlegmy for me, maybe a bit too syrupy yet alcoholic too...itís not terrible, mind you...but itís not all that enjoyable either.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Autumn Brew Review 2011. Slightly cloudy gold color with a small head. Apple aroma. Very hot alcohol flavor right away. Rummy and generally boozy. Some oak and fruitiness, mainly apple. 6/4/7/3/14

Re-rating, 9/3/2012, 2011 Vintage: Hazy gold with a medium head. Sweet agave aroma with a little oakiness. More agave and grain flavor. Light bourbon and vanilla notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. Not sure if this is the new release (22nd anniversary?). It pours golden with a white head. The aroma has sweet notes of honeysuckle, oak, and tropical fruit. Very much like a white wine with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is the same with some pear, apple, tropical fruit and a touch of honey with some buttery barrel notes toward the finish. Pretty heavy body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8012) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2011
500 ml bottle from the Beerhive. A very odd beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. A rich heat comes into the nose with some sweet herbal notes and caramel. A very unique flavor; huge agave, some warmth, herbal, fruity berries, sticky sweet sugars. I guess this just isnít my thing, decent but not something I loved. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2011
bottle shared by TexasJeep at the August Houston RB Tasting. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is funny agave?, perfume and bread. Taste is bready and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium. not great.


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