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


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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (85) - - MAR 5, 2015
Pours cloudy amber gold with off-white head,small-medium that reduces quickly but leaves persistent, attractive skim and lacing. Nose is lager-like, yeasty but clean with hop notes. Palate is bread and honey balanced by hop bitterness. Interesting to see the references to spices here, since the brewery makes the point that this is deliberately not spiced. Banana notes come through with aeration, but even more than flavor, the pronounced impression is creaminess. The mild sweetness followed by mild bitterness resembles a second-rate chardonnay, but the smooth, filling texture takes this to a better place. This is an excellent example of the traditional use of hops to enliven what otherwise could be an overly sweet beverage. They make an excellent counterpoint without brutalizing the palate;

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (505) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
Golden and clear as day with a head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is dried fruit. Taste is quite foresty, with flowers and pine needles. Well-hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AtronSeige (843) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 1, 2015
Aroma: Medium spicy, clove, pepper. Light banana. Medium-light citrus, lemon. Light hot alcohols. Appearance: Clear, golden body. Large white head, fair/low retention. Lacing. Flavour: Medium-high spicy. Medium beady, banana. Light apricot. Dry finish with lingering lemon Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Medium body. Overall: A good beer. Slight fusels. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 18D. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (302) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Butelka, warka do 08/02/2016. Bardzo wysoka, biala piana, ladna, ale stosunkowo szybko redukujaca sie do obraczki. Jasne, zolte. Aromaty banany, drozdze, slody, cytrusy. kwiatowosc.Taki dosc czysty ten aromat, bez tla. moze lekko przyprawowe, blizej niesprecyzowane w wydzwieku. Smak to lekka kwaskowatosc, bardzo malo slodyczy jak na belga, a ta co jest ma charakter miodowy. Goryczka w posmakach, niewysoka ale odczuwalna. alkohol dobrze zamaskowany. Wysycenie nieco a la szampan, choc nie takie wysokie. W odbiorze bardziej jak blonde a nie jak strong blonde - lekkie. fajne piwo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmaneser (33) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
33 cl. bottle @ home. Very blond, almost white beer. First sip starts light and sparkling, followed by a hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopmaestro (362) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle @ Örebro Ölcafe: Dry in the mouthfeel almost like drinking champagne. The taste is various dried fruits, a little yeasty, some spicy sensation and a mild bitter finish. Interesting to try, but not really my fave style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2630) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
Served too cold, killing all aroma. Pale yellow, white lacing foam head. Weak barley aroma, light fruity. Good taste, nice beer. Light, cripsy. Short aftertaste. (Velp 201502)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3061) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is very yeasty, white fruits, some breadyness to it and some vegetables or planty stuff in the back. Flavor is very sweet, yeasty and malty with a touch of booze and white fruit. Starts off very sweet and fruity, ends fairly bitter. Very well carbonated and fizzy mouthfeel. This is actually a not so standard Belgian Strong Ale for a change, quite ok to be fair!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tometclo (42) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2015
33 Cl, belle mousse blanche abondante, couleur très claire, de nombreuses petites bulles persistantes, belle blonde belge, ronde et sucrée

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (203) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2015
Una piacevolissima bevuta. Bionda, abbastanza torbida e con una schiuma bianca molto persistente. Eccellente aroma di lievito, frutta e agrumi, a cui si aggiunge un sapore molto equilibrato: dolce e amaro di malto (prevalente) e luppolo si fondono ottimamente, con un tocco secco nel finale. Alcool per nulla nascosto, buona carbonazione. Del tutto soddisfatto di questa birre, una ale che quasi si avvicina a una tripel.

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