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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. A light golden color with a white head. The aroma is more like a tripel with nice sweetness and light fruits (orange). A dry finish. Sweet, peppery, and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5360) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to texasjeep at August tasting. Pours a clear orange golden with small off white head. The aroma is agave and wheat crust. Medium mouthfeel with a honey and agave flavor. A decent American strong ale from North Coast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1565) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to texasjeep at the August 2011 tasting. Clear bright yellow. Nose is winey, sweet. Taste is very sweet, viscous, spicy, peppery. Itís too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2011
(Grand Cru) Draft at The Royale served in a snifter. Pours a bright, clear gold with a finger-thick, frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, cotton candy, butterscotch, apricot, tart apples, and buttered popcorn. The agave nectar gives this a ton of sweetness. Same in the flavor, which has more buttered popcorn along with apples, grapes, apricot, sweet malts, and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with a sticky, chewy mouthfeel- just a little tart in the back- with moderate carbonation. Sweet, but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
500ml bottle. Rating #75. Clear, bright orange golden color. Boozy tequila aroma, kinda sweet. Strong fruity yeast flavor, sweet and a good amount of alcohol, interesting stuff. (1872)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
(bottle) Pours a clear light gold with just a scant white head. Looks quite a bit like ginger ale. Iím really digging the aroma. The agave is present, with additional scents of ripe peaches, caramel, bourbon, and a substantial amount of booze meshing well. Some ripe banana in here too, which passingly resembles a weizenbock. Bubblegum is here and it only cements the comparison to a weizenbock. Barrel begins to show quite a bit as this warms further and this gets peppery. I need to dock it some points because the barrel begins to dominate and the peppery scent isnít all that pleasant. Flavor has a vanilla cream soda thing going on, which makes sense, but itís still surprising, and I really like it. Plenty of caramel sweetness lingers after the vanilla spike. Plenty of barrel and some bready yeast on the finish. Booze isnít as bombastic as the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel gets sticky which I didnít care for, and carbonation is pretty lively. Overall this is a unique beer, but the heavy barrel character and the sticky mouthfeel detracted from the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2011
It poured an orange color with a white head. The aroma was of sweet flowers and light oak notes. The taste was of toast or bread notes with some of that sweet vanilla oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wxman (1535) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (12498) - 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.

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