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


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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TtV (400) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Hazy yellow with a small white top that fades. Aroma is good, somewhat sour. Taste has sourness but bitterness too. Lots of Co2 on the tongue. Not the usual stuff. Like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
75cl bottle served in a De Dolle glass. Pours a straw colour with a nice (if somewhat short lived) head. Taste is extremely clean with a nice bitterness from the hops. Light mouthfeel and close to a tripel but notably better than their former effort. ABV is well hidden and feels like you could drink it for as long as the sun is out...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdb84 (557) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is very powerful, I can smell the beer from across the table after uncapping the bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden, slightly orange color. Very, very strong smell of yeast that resembles chorizo sausage mixed with cheese. Compared to other beers, it is like the limited 2014 edition of Straffe Hendrik, but more refined. When poured into a glass, the smell moves towards citrus (predominantly lime), pine and cheese. Great job. First taste is copper (overwhelmingly!). With subsequent sips, the beer moves towards its true sour nature. It even turns a little salty. I somehow get the taste of bbq-ed meats (without the smokey flavor). All the individual tastes are a little bit too much up the sour palate for me. The palate turns sweet 3/4 of the way (flowers?), but bitter in the after taste. This promised to be a great beer from the aroma, but turned out to be a little disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvilCat (106) - FRANCE - JUL 23, 2014
Bouteille. Robe blonde pale coiffée d’une belle mousse blanche. Nez fruité de levure et d’épices. En bouche, on retrouve la poire, le malt blond, le poivre et le clou de girofle emmenés par une belle amertume. Une jolie belge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a large off-white head. Aroma is of candy sugar, brown sugar, apples, pear, and malt. Taste is of pear, candy sugar, caramel, bread dough, light clove, and apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. The look is a white head, cloudy, and orange in color. The smell is fruity, yeast, orange, wheat, and spiced. The taste is the same, sweet, and ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lele (422) - Padova, ITALY - JUL 4, 2014
Ottima birra da degustazione (come scritto anche sull’etichetta), molto simile alla dupont avec le bon voeux. L’aroma è inebriante: si percepisce un chiaro floreale che invita alla bevuta, accompagnato da un più leggero fruttato. In bocca risulta molto interessante. La prima parte del sorso lascia trasparire un dolce ben fatto, tra il fruttato e il mieloso. La carbonizzazione è buona, ma assolutamente non invasiva (forse leggermente di più sarebbe stato l’ideale). Anche questa frizzantezza aiuta a stemperare un po’ il dolce per lasciar spazio a note più agrumate (tra gli ingrediente c’è la vitamina C: cosa mai vista!!!) e ad un leggerissimo amaro (che si avverte soprattutto nel retrogusto, senza mai però essere predominante). Insomma, una birra di gran classe, che offre un ottimo potenziale per gli abbinamenti gastronomici. L’unico difetto (se proprio si vuole trovarne uno) è che avrei preferito che sul finale si sentisse maggiormente l’amaro o l’agrumato. Sentivo infatti che il dolce iniziava a diventare leggermente stucchevole. Ritengo quindi il formato da 33 cl ideale: di più forse, avrebbe iniziato ad essere troppo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014
Flaske 330 fra Vinmonopolet, Tromsø Langnes. Lys gyldenbrun. Uklar. Høyt luftig skum som varer og etterlater litt lacing. Aroma av krydder & frukt. Smaken det samme. Avslutningen er tørr frukt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of pepper, cilantro, basil, and yeast. Flavor of grass, yeast, caramel, herbal, and pepper with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
suedehead288 (426) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2014
2014.06 - ’bier van de maand’-proeverij ten huize Klaas - teveel koolzuur om ten volle van te kunnen genieten

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