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

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RATINGS: 406   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rgfellow (100) - - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours pale golden with sizable, finely bubbled head and lacing. Aroma is all Belgian - fruity esters and unmistakable yeast profile. Taste is fruity - booze is well masked. Dry finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (890) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pour from 11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-12-14. Strong, fresh, yeasty aroma features scents of orange, vanilla, salt, green apple, apple juice, white wine, lemon, and minerals. Pours a milky, effervescent, pale straw with a moderate amount of cream-colored to beige head. Produces light lacing. Sweet, juicy flavor features caramel and golden raisin elements. Also lemon, soy sauce, french fries, and apple cider. Surprisingly umami taste. Dry finish. Frothy and medium body in a nondescript but pleasant enough palate. Overall, decent but boring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (1892) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
0,33 l bottle BB 09.12.15 dough, basement aromas, floral, alcohol, caramel, hay, golden, hazy, frothy, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, full body, oily feel, lively,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2014
Blond yellow colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Very good tripel beer. Yeasty aroma with hoppy notes and fruity character. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stef73 (176) - - APR 5, 2014
de couleur dore avec beaucoup mousse blanche on sens en bouche c est des notes de fruit avec un cote malte typiquement blege avev une note de fruit bonne biere

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 1, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Belle couleur dorée avec ue mousse blanche aérienne. Notes épicées au nez. Bel équilibre en bouche, alcool et CO2 bien dosés. Top !

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erasmus_ro (1188) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Aroma is some lemon, quite a bit of dried fruit. Some soapiness, plasticy Belgian hops. Taste is dried fruit, pear, some spiciness and yeast, light sweet. Fruity and plastic Belgian hops as well. Good aftertaste. Strong carbonation, too strong, fairly full. Fairly unimpressive, didn’t finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calisky (234) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
Belle couleur dorée, bcp de mousse blanche. Nez leger de malt et fruit. Gout leger de fruits avec fortes notes acides et epices..longue en bouche . Bonne petillance

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4715) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2014
Bottled, BB 10/2015, large sample. Slight hazy golden color, big rocky white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, high fusels, bit flowery and earthy hop. Almost Duvel like. Soft bitterness in taste, bit dry, fruity, hint of grainy malt. Quite typical strong belgian blonde, but very well balanced and without metallic oxidation notes or overfuselly high alcohols. Good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkie (426) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a hazed yellow with a fat head of fizzy off white foam that pops noisily and slowly leaving a thin layer of loose bubbles on top. A we sheet of lace falls back into the beer with each sip. The nose is heavenly with a strong yeast funk, a deep fruitiness like sweetened apricot and a bit of pepper and spice. Taste is sparkling. The carbonation sparkles, the fruits glow softly and sweetly and the malt is a touch of light brown sugar. A bit of lemon shows up as the beer warms. There is a mild peppery bite to finish this one off dry and with an aftertaste that is like from a sweet pastry. Right before the swallow the yest imparts a bit of sour or crushed aspirin but it’s not too strong or forceful and it really heightens the finish of the beer.

The warmth you feel from drinking this beer is not from alcohol but rather from the baked fruit sweetness and from the complexity in the yeast. This yeast is bit funky, a bit dry, a bit earthy and imparts that sour dough rising smell to the beer that I just love. A bit of wood too and I just did a paragraph on the yeast alone! The fruits and their complexity along with a delicate yet present mouthfeel are the reward to the palate and this beer is an instant favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (1544) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2014
@ A Taste of Belgium / Cincinnati OH --- Cloudy glowin g golden amber with a 3" white head, streaks and bits of lace. Taste is strong wheat and malt with citrus and coriander. Light fizz and bitters join in at the finish to bring things into a beautiful balance. Strong, clean, well-balanced, excellent brew. High recommendations.


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