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


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RATINGS: 482   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (663) - NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
Blond van kleur, witte kraag die verdwijnt tot een randje schuim. Ruikt fris en citrusachtig. Smaakt wat zoetig in het begin en daarna citrusfruitig bitter. Niet veel nasmaak, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1141) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 5, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home. Carefully poured, it pours clear and shiny golden. With yest it’s hazy yellow. The head is lacy. Dealicate aroma with orangeflower, elderflower, grassy and herbal hops. Yeast brings some bready notes without masking fragrant and delicate hops. Dry, pils-malty, great hop flavor without harshly biting effect, skillfully balanced bitterness. Hops and the Belgian yeast really seem to work together in this beer. Medium body, light drinkin´, delicate. this beer is 9,5 % abv.?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3106) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 20/07/13.

App.: Murky bright golden with a large, fluffy off-white foam. Aroma: Bright, zingy, spicy lemon-lime, slightly earthy, nice floral, sweet honey, some wheat malt, some yeast, fairly bright and refreshing. Palate: Medium+ body, full, creamy effervescence. Flav.: Plenty of citrus, some grassy hops, sweet, floral honey notes, friendly, rounded malts, a little alcohol, some yeast, ginger-like zing, lemon-lime, quite nice; sweet with limited bitterness and a boozy, lemon-lime finish that is a little unrefined...like drinking cheap vodka mixed with Sprite.

Quite pleasant until the finish. More pleasing than many golden Belgian Strong Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros (2066) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2012
Pours gold with a large, lasting white head. Nose shows doughy wheat, soft peppery phenols and cloves. Reminiscent of a hefe, but with some soft light fruit added. In the way of flavours, it’s booze, doughy yeast and soft wheat. Not great, there’s nothing to distract from the alcohol. Carbonation is way over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2487) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2012
Impatiently leapt out the bottle as the cap came off. Yet another gusher for the week. Rampant audible mayhem in the glass, more head than beer. The carbonation well conditioned, minute in size and plentiful. Yellow gold body with a light haze. Aroma is typically Belgian with yeast, sweet candy and caramel, light spice, phenols, guava and doughy, overripe honeydew, and just a hint of grass, lavender (?) and sunflowers (?). Penetrating, the first sip saw more beer enter my nasal cavities than slip past my tonsils. Briefly sweet upfront, tangy and drawing otherwise. A well placed sourness in back grips in and bleeds the palate of saliva. Quite vinous, the alcohol adds a nice warmth to the finish but becomes unpleasantly solvent-like late into drinking. Lots of tart pale fruit, cotton candi and house yeast. Body begins to fill out a little but remains heightened by the effervescence. Malt in there is pleasant, grainy and dusty melding with earthy hop notes as more a feel than flavour. Overall it lacks what it almost had and that is harmony. I would have reserved my ’Grand Cru’ signature for something more complex, artisinal. (33cL, BB 20/07/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11326) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
Odense spring time specialties night at Dolle. Hazy golden with a big white head. Fruity aroma with pear, plum and pineapple, with a minerally and faint herbal note. Sweetish fruity flavour with spicy and herbal complexity. Lots of warming alcohol and a full body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14173) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Late March Tasting, 2012. Pours clear golden with a frothy white head. yeasty and fruity nose. Flavor adds a bit of alcohol warmth and spices. Well balanced. Good Belgium!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psilosophy (522) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - MAR 22, 2012
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur blond pale, très léger trouble, mousse assez abondante de tenue moyenne. Nez intense en houblons, en bouche : légers arômes fruités, céréales. Assez sucrée avec un alcool tout de même bien présent. Carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Roby - Menin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

Clear medium to dark yellow colour with a large, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate hoppy, heavy yeasty, fruity yeast, spicy yeast, honey notes (not as honey honey but this trange sweet thing). Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, peppery, saison alike yeast flavor just with out any funk, yeasty. Body is light to medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20120315]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
From Voldby,DK. Bottled, 150312. Amber with white head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Flavour with candis and fruit.

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