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RATINGS: 338   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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1984) - 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 (1911) - 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 (11097) - 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 (1305) - 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...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
16.9 oz. corked and caged bottle. Clear honey gold with only a little carbonation visible. A two finger off white head doesnít last long. The aroma is funky and a bit sour with grain and fruit. Alcohol is the first thing tasted and it is felt on the way down. There is also some grain, fruit, and malt tasted. There is a lot of sweetness. Something different is tasted and perhaps that is agave nectar as per the commercial description. I usually like a Grand Cru but this one doesnít work for me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
decent little diddy here. very hot all around, even after two years. light golden pour with some white head, more than expected, but still sparse. the flavor is lots of heat, tons of hot sweetness and sugar from the agave and barrles, a tad bit of sweet malty base in the finish. this seema almost liek a mead, maynbe like 5 more years and this might smooth out. tastes nice, but damn its hot. yum.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4362) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bright, clear, golden pour, slight orange tinge, from a bottle I purchased from the brewery, enjoyed today. Small creamy off-white head. Caramel soaked bread, agave nectar, spicy, sweetness, alcohol burn in the finish. Very pungent, heavy sweetness, and warming alcohol. Enjoyable in small quantities.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Somebody shared this at a huge tasting. I would remember who if it hadnít been utter pandemonium. Clear golden-reddish in color with a small off-white head. Aroma has light fruits, sweet malts with agave and sugar notes, and oak barrel. The flavor has candied light fruits, booze, agave, oak, nuttiness, and vanilla. Pretty tasty if a bit on the sweet side. Medium-full bodied and not too boozy considering what a heavy-hitter this bad boy is. Overall, hey, itís no 5-year-aged BA Old Stock, but itíll do in a pinch (or a tick).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1716) - 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!


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