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Spinnakers 30th Anniversary Grand Cru

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Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
GRAND CRU. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we present our Grand Cru as a token of thanks. Brewed with UK Marris Otter Pale malt, Belgian yeast and dark candi sugar, our Grand Cru is a medium-dark, malt-forward, complex ale best enjoyed with friends. Cheers to the next 30!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy reddish chestnut brown with a small beige head. Aroma brings out toasted nuts, Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Flavour is quite well-balanced and interesting, with candied sugar, Belgian sugar, dark fruits and bready malt. Quite full-bodied, not too sweet and fairly complex. I didn’t have this fresh, but at 1 year of age, this has turned out pretty good (especially for Spinnakers). Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Draught at the brewpub
Hazy dark amber color with creamy head. Chestnut honey aroma. Sweet, with round mouthfeel; caramel flavor, candy, and chestnut honey; low bitterness.
Easily cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Large frothy off-white head atop a deep mahogany body. Head dissipates rather quickly. Nose of a wino in an alley, dirty, venous, and sweat. Flavour is somewhat low on malt, minor Belgian yeast, even tart. I don’t know what this new beer would do after cellaring. The 8% abv seems overstated, the grand cru is suffering from a slight watery base. Seems to have missed the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
On tap. Pours an orange brown with light foamy head. Aromas of raisins, figs, oranges, sweet malts, and brown sugar. Flavors of raisins, spice, light resin and brown sugar. Maybe a bit of tobacco. Lots going on although somewhat thin. Hot finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Draft - Ketchup and dark malts. Cloudy brown with a decent brown head,slightly sour, chocolate malts and candied sugar. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5731) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
Sampled during VCBW 2014 pours a deep copper color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel and woody with fruity notes. Taste is malty sweet with caramel and fruits with a woody and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (1253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 En fût à la brasserie pour leurs célébrations du 30ème anniversaire. Un couleur marron/rouge avec une petite mousse marron. L’arôme du malt, les fruits noir un peu sucré, et du levure belge. Le goût est du malt, un peu de fruit noir, du sucre candi. Une finition très peu amer et pas trop sucré. Carbonization moyenne, et corsé. La meilleure bière de Spinnakers, selon moi!

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