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


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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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.

podey's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
33cl bottle at local Belgian bar. Pours cloudy straw yellow. Beautiful bright aroma of fruit and yeast. Wonderfully complex taste with brightness/hippiness that's well balanced. Fruit/citrus notes. Alcohol is not at all overwhelming at 9.5 percent. A very smooth finish. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (370) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2015
33cl bottle at home (28 XI 2015). A bit pale, clear yellow, even golden beer with huge white, vivid and vast foam. Nicely hopped Belgian strong blonde with medium carbonation. The new bottles say "dry hopping" - only to cover its lovely bitter character? The brew has a beautiful body, with a medium spirit feeling and very archetype Belgian yeast and malts. The mouthfeel is rich, yet not that complex. This is a good bitter-malt strong ale for sure. A pleasant drinker. Yet I’m afraid it is a bit hidden between Haacht Keizer Karel, Vander Ghinste Omer and other strong regional chains which are better commercialised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyhallmanti (80) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pours a clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma of yeast, malts, bread, banana, pineapple and hops. Taste is bitter with notes of fruity hops, apple, raisins. Bittersweet finish, oily texture with high xarbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2015
Drank with Rik at my place 18-11-2015. Lots of carbonation on the beer, almost a gusher. Taste like a tripel, but with a little more complexity and subtler body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ffaoe (369) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
very faint malt aroma. light gold in color with a nice head, taste is very malty, medium body, smooth but slight alcohol finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle from Beer:Shop St Albans. Colour is bright cloudy amber, medium soft creamy foam head. Lovely looking beer. Nose is stunning. Fruity brett yeast, like aged Orval. Fruity yeast, fresh plum, apple, then some crispy meringue like saison yeast notes, caramel, funk, sugar. It’s like saison dupont. Taste is fruity, apple, plum, raisin, fig, date, then some green hoppiness, slight bitter hop tangyness, meringue, crispy saison yeast, funk, grassy, straw. Really really good beer. These Belgians never cease to amaze me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (281) - ITALY - NOV 14, 2015
75 cl. 2015 Dorata, schiuma bianca fine di media persistenza. Aroma molto volatile di brettanomyces, leggerissimi chiodi di garofano, erbaceo in primo piano misto a zucchero candito. Al palato sempre erbaceo (paglia) e caramello con una bella nota etilica alla quale si accoda un elegante erbaceo. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2744) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy, surprisingly hop forward aroma with bread, pale malt and Belgian yeast notes. Grassy, floral hops with subtle pine needle character along with peppery spice, biscuit apple and pear. Faint alcohol as well. Smells somewhat like a hoppy witbier. Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation and a strong spicy hop bite that lingers over the estery yeast, bread and pale malt notes into a dry finish. Spicy hops up front provide some dry bitterness which is complimented by peppery/clove like spice before biscuit malt, light fruit and alcohol flavors come in toward the finish. Some bread, banana and apple along with some straw and sweet booze, yet the high ABV is well masked. Not the most exciting beer but well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (171) - - NOV 10, 2015
Practically clean light gold. Large head with medium to high retention. Strong pineapple aroma with notes of melon and banana. Good bitter/sweet balance, with a little bias towards sweet. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (6249) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2015
*Old rating. Best before 30/03/13. Nettes, rund-weiches Bier. Leichte alkoholische Züge, reife Früchte. Etwas süßlich aber süffig. Nett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6659) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -from E.Leclerc Ljubljana. Unclear yellow/golden coloured, medium sized white head, yeast and alcohol in the nose. Moderate malty, yeasty, spicy and alcoholic with fruity notes in rather spicy finish. High carbonation as well. BSA by the book.

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