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


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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is malt, spicy yeast and fruits. Flavor is malt, spices, mild hops, a hint of alcohol, some bitterness and fruitiness. Medium body, slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2012
Poured light with a slight haze with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and fruit. Lively medium bodyfeel with a fruity malty flavour. Minimal sweet/dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABS (731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2012
Hazy golden/straw colour. Yeasty nose. Yeast, grass and winous aromas. A bit sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2477) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2012
Hazy yellow body, white head. Harsh, yeasty. Alcohol and grainy malt. Honey. Quite ok, but something bad also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1214) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2012
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Traverse, Utrecht. Hazy golden with white head. Hoppy, fruity nose with some yeast. Yeasty taste with considerable but delicate hops. Long hopbitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2012
In short: A nourishing yeasty/bready belgian blond ale with grassy hops and a spicy character. Good beer
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 4 months after receiving the bottle through private importation, probably fresh enough
The look: Glowing blond body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is quite yeasty, some fruity esters and a mild-moderate spiciness that feels both grassy hops spicness but also fermentation spiciness by-product. Taste has a smooth full beady maltiness, a nourishing yeast soup, young fresh bananas, honeyed soft cereals, grassy and herbal spiciness. Generous amount of dry grassy hops leading to a finish that is moderately dry despite the initial sweetness. All in all a pretty decent beer but nonetheless one of my least favorite St Feuillien. I like that brewery so much that I could not have respect for someone who says he doesn’t enjoy to drink a St Feuillien beer after robbing an elderly couple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (607) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2012
A clear yellow color, a thin head that fades away quickly. Aroma of grass, herbs, fruits and yeast. Taste is quite dry and crisp; flavours of grass and citrus dominate. Hops add sharpness and bring balance. Taste is satisfyingly long, and it ends with a slightly bitter finish. Medium to full body, surprisingly lively carbonation. Not very soft, but very rich and balanced. Easy to drink despite strength, alcohol is skillfully hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (874) - FINLAND - SEP 19, 2012
Good light-bodied Belgian ale. Gets better in every sip and gets more character when warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2012
Big white coarseish lasting head. Slightly hazy yellow body. Tropical fruit aroma with earthy herbal resiny notes. Dry-sweet herbal banana taste with chalky earthy honey notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish fruity earthy taste with herbal grassy notes. Nice, drinkable, interesting, and certainly has character. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly, web order.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8873) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
330 ml bottle. L4168. BB 18/03/2014. (Alko) Kuopio, Finland.
Cloudy pale golden colour with big white head. Aroma is deliciously Belgian yeasty with hops, fruits, rubber and citrus. Flavour is malt, Belgian yeast, spices, mild hops, hints of bitterness and caramel sweetness. Tasty and enjoyable blond ale. Very nice!

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