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

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RATINGS: 451   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (419) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
Nose is pine, herbs and a touch of spice. Taste is honey, spices, a touch of nut, lingers with a herbal and lightly peppered finish. Mouthfeel is full. Not as complex as might be anticipated, but a very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2013
Malt and lemon in the nose. Large pale head. Clear pale golden color. Malty and hoppy slightly sweet taste with some hints of lemon. Warming alcohol. At the end hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1092) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear, very-pale yellow, with a 1-inch foamy head. Aroma of grapes, spices, and alcohol. Taste starts off with sweet grapes and vanilla, spice, with a warm alcohol finish. Didn’t impress me too much at first but I was enjoying it quite a bit by the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2452) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow with large, fizzy white head. Aroma is quite fruity with some crackery grains and some flora/herbal notes. Flavour is bursting with pear, white grape, hints of lemon, cereal grains and herbs. Gently drying finish. Alcohol is remarkably subtle. Quite impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick layer of frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is lemon, candi sugar, a bit of citrus and roasted nut.Flavor is earthy with notes of sugar, caramel, alcohol. Body is light and creamy with a lot of carbonation. It is palate coating. Aroma 8/10 Flavor 8/10 Appear 4/5 Palate 3/5 Overall 18/20

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
330ml bottle: pours light gold hazed ale in the thistle glass with a massive white merengue cap that lasts and laces the glass. Champagne-like effervescence from bottle conditioning. Aroma is pure ambrosia – pungent bready maltiness over a dusty herbal clean note, some grape some succulent fruits. The flavour is phenomenal – a flood of flavours assault the tongue – cereals, fruits, herbs, some sweet and sour tones and earthy notes incredibly complex, and it gets more complex as it warms - then a fast dry clean finish. Not a hint of alcohol except in the after warming. Truly among the best Belgian blonde strong ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1375) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Really liked this one. Pours clear straw with a huge foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is yeast and some fruit. Aromas of yeast, fruit, biscuits, some light grassy hops and maybe a hint of horse blanket. Tastes are light sweet and very light bitter. Reasonably silky mouthfeel with decent body and lively carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 Pours pale gold with lots of small moving carbonation plus tan sediment. Gigantic foamy lacing white head. Sediment needs a little help out of the bottle and improves the drink. Nose of champagney yeast, sweet wheats/grains, traces of lemon. It has an appetizing flavour, and the mouthfeel is great. Lots of wheat and lemon. Booze is elegant for the strength but has a bit of a burn at the back of the throat. Carbonation seems to die fairly quickly. Biscuity malts. Crusty bread. Sweet sticky lemon finish with a noticeable soapiness. Not as good/complex as anticipated. However.. I still have 11 bottles to set down for a few years.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (505) - 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 (2927) - 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 .


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