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

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2012
Lightly hazy, straw golden body with mainly lasting head. Fruit in the aroma, more again in the taste along with soft pepper, medium body and easily drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11472) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden with big white head. Aroma is malt, yeast and fruit. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, yeast, fruit, hops, spices and a little bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Bouteille 33 cl du Grain d’Orge - Crissier (CH). Blonde trouble, superbe mousse blanche, fine et pure, collant un peu au verre. Pétillement tranquille. Parfum doux-amer, épicé, levuré, citron et herbes. La bouche est savoureuse, douce avec un fruité de levure, aromatique de houblons et épices. Tendance Triple. Equilibre idéal, amertume adonf herbacée, rondeur discrète mais présente de l’alcool.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Ar: Grassy, pears, and orange rind - spicy pepper. Ap: Straw gold, clear - large white head with good retention, fine bubbles, and a thick ring of lacing. T: Very fruity up front, lots of orange and a bit of pear - mixture of black pepper, hay, and spicy hops - minerally and fairly bitter and hoppy. P: Medium-light body with high carbonation - very dry finish. O: Really digestible beer - strong, fruity, and with a complex mixture of mineral and hop flavors - has a rustic and somewhat austere quality to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Slightly cloudy yellow pour with a thick white head. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a touch of noble hops. Good flavor of yeast, fruits and hops with a gentle bitter finish and lingering dryness. The body is light to medium with a vinous texture and medium carbonation. Interesting, but not a favorite from this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2035) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Clear golden yellow with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma of bubblegum, banana, white wine, grass and citrus. The taste is slightly sweet and yeasty and a bit metallic with a strange, somewhat unpleasant bitterness. It’s medium-full bodied, a touch oily, and a little bubbly with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4089) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2012
(bottle) pours a shiny hazy yellow colour with a frothy white head. aroma of herbal hops and lemons, earth, grass, lots of perfume, honey and cashew nuts. flavour is heavy cactus juice, marzipan and alcohol, with a light-bitter chalky finish. medium to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9479) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle @ hotel room, Ithaca. Clear, golden appearance with a big fluffy, white head. Straw, grassy hoppy, light lemon citrusy, somewhat spicy yeasty aroma. Tangy, lemon/tangerine citrusy, somewhat spicy, farmhouse/wild yeasty, dry grassy hoppy flavor with a dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2012
330ml, chilled. Lager-gold streaming beneath a piled, bleached mousse of foam. Bright, citrus-zested scent with fine hop notes suggesting G+T, wine gums, mosquito repellent and urinal over a slight farmyard yeastiness and clean, crisp pale malts. The flavour is pretty much perfect; fresh, zesty, botanical... suggestive of white peppered marmalade, lemon and lime jelly. Duvelesque without the fizz, cardboard and alcohol. Stunning, actually- I’m tempted to award a 10 but that would be to acknowledge perfection, and the end of the adventure. Finishes with a warm, affectionate smack of juicy hop bitterness to counter the perfume and mellow heat. Superbly balanced, zesty tripel drinking insanely like a golden ale half the strength. 4.3 is harsh. Would love to re-rate from a bigger bottle to see how the freshness of flavour on display here translates. Exceptional.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3371) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
(33 cl) Une mousse blanche qui flotte sur un liquide jaune et légèrement troublé. Des parfums houblonnés et épicés à travers des céréales pâles. Une présence plutôt discrète d’épices qui proviennent de la levure. Un alcool complètement dissimulé. Des saveurs de houblons épicés avec des fleurs. Une base maltée blonde, légèrement mielleuse. Une bouche bien vivante. Une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale sèche qui combine la levure et les houblons. Une bonne bière proposée par cette grande maison.


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