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Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Grand Cru is a speciality beer carefully crafted by Belgium’s St Feuillien Brewery. This extra-blond amber nectar masterpiece undergoes refermentation in the bottle, resulting in a beer endowed with unforgettable character. The secret lies in the unique combination of the most noble hops and the finest aromatic ingredients. Grand Cru differs from other beers in the range by its absence of spices. Its full, white head is light and frothy, and when poured it creates a subtle lace effect. The very pale colour of Grand Cru lends clarity and brilliance to its body.
Grand Cru’s delicate nose is a veritable cascade of hoppy aromas with hints of fruitiness coupled with subtlety and sheer richness.
When savoured, the first sip is light and intriguing. The next impression is one of a slight bitterness full of captivating nuances. When it hits the palate, Grand Cru creates a lingering moment of hoppiness, rounded off by an intense yet pleasant bitterness.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (490) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
330 mL bottle. Pours a light straw color with a active white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Subtle hop spice on the nose, clove, candi sugar, papaya, golden raisin and a touch of alcohol. Moderately sweet with high carbonation and champagne like texture. Offset with a touch of hop bitterness. Not as complex as I anticipated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2926) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle , Lcbo . Pale yellow , lots of streaming bubbles , huge foamy white head . Hoppy aroma and booze . Fruity . Taste - pretty good . Lots of hops over rich light malt . Alcohol well hidden . Substantial beer . Not much else to say , just a really enjoyable hoppy sipper .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Bouteille 330ml, courtoisie de Félix-Antoine. De couleur dorée-jaune et semi-voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes surtout citronnées, notes de poires) et légèrement épicées (poivre doux, petites notes de coriandre), léger de houblon hebreux (herbes fraîches) et floral avec des notes de pain, de céréales et de miel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes, surtout de citron, notes de zeste, traces de poires) et légèrement épicées (poivre doux, traces de coriandre) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût de grains de céréales aux notes mielleuses et sucrées avec des notes de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume asséchante de houblon floral et légèrement herbeux avec des traces d’alcool doux. Post-goût moyen et moyennement sec, légèrement amer de houblon floral et herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées (zeste de citron).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2013
Pours a light gold with a long lasting white Lacey head. Aromas of citrus and caramel. Starts citrus and tastes of coriander and spicy. Ends with a peppery and slight hoppiness. Good spiciness from alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1159) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
33 cL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours slightly hazy golden with a huge, dense white head that remains. The nose has big notes of citrus, coriander and caramel, along with flowers and subtle Belgian lace. The flavour is quite sweet up front with honey, caramel and subtle spice. It acquires a slight bitterness through the middle with subtle herbal hops and pepper. The finish is long, peppery and spicy with a moderate malty sweetness. On the palate it is medium full in body with a milky texture and intense carbonation. Overall, this is a nice strong Belgian pale with elegant sweet malts. Spicy notes complement the peppery alcohol. 2013-04-03

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1725) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle from Save On Tobacco in Mentor, OH. Pale hazy gold with lasting white head and some lace. Bready herbal aroma with a little ripe citrus and some heat. Sweet fruity honey peach with assertive herbal grainy bitter dry finish. Lively carbonation. Medium body. Not sure why this is not a knockout. Maybe too full bodied and to herbal bitter and not soft on the palate. I love their saison and tripel. Very good, though.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2180) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
330ml bottle from the LCBO. pours clear strawyellow with a big white head that lasts and laces. stunningly beautiful bottle conditioned ale. the nose is fantastic. great fermentation character, nice pils malt, nobel hops as well. the flavour doesnt quite live up to the nose and id like it to finish dryer but overal this is a spledid belgian strong blonde ale.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Suttree (5148) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2013
Cloudy orange gold, big white head. Smells like a sweet, yeasty boozy mess. Tastes like one, too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canmoore (260) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO, this beer pours a clear straw colour with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates with great lacing on the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, crackers, alcohol, coriander, and orange peels. Tasting notes include sweet sugars, yeast, and boozy like a champagne. A very sweet Belgian, that packs a punch. Not a bad beer at all, would go excellent with cheese and crackers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Very pale straw colour with a thin white head. Lovely spicy and fruity nose - a touch of clove and some nice herbal/spicy hop character. A touch of light hoppy fruitiness and a little bit of very delicate perfumey character. Fresh and almost citrusy (lemon) with a delicate sparkling palate. There is a very clean maltiness with a touch of white pepper. Duvelesque - refreshing yet interesting and it hides it’s high alcohol very well. Tasty, tasty brew.


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