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

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RATINGS: 499   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (845) - - JUL 17, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a huge head and tons of bubbles. Faint smell of fruits and yeast, slightly acidic. Taste - starts with fruity sweetness, bitter-sweet medicinal finish, not balanced flavors, did not really work for me.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. I forget where I bought this, but it’s been inadvertently aging in the back of my fridge for a couple of years. pours golden with a half inch of white foam. leaves a lot of lacing in my glass. has a bit of champagne yeast thing on the nose along with some grassy hoppiness. Really soft carbonation on the tongue. hides it’s alcohol well. Fairly smooth on the tongue at this point ut with some nice hop notes on the finish to keep things interesting. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peter_L (994) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Flaska @ NK Ölbaren. Ljus kristallklar vätska med luftigt vitt skum. Örtig och pepprig doft. Smakar lätt av jäst och gröna örter. Inte direkt jätte upphetsande men funkar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fxschaeffer (10) - FRANCE - MAR 22, 2015
Une blonde grand cru subtile mais a mon goût pas exceptionnelle. De fines bulles et une saveur houblonnée agréable. Elle titre 9.5 degrés mais ça ne se remarque pas alors ne vous laissez pas surprendre. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emek (41) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Świetne piwo, taki balans przy wysokiej alkoholowości piwa mogą uzyskać tylko Belgowie! :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (455) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Pale cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head that fades slowly leaving minimal lace. Nose is yeast, banana and dried fruit with lighter hints of piney hops and some spice. Medium spicy with some tartness with light bitterness and lighter sweetness in the front. Bitterness builds in the long finish. Light creamy mouth with prickly carbonation. Quite complex and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
16.7.2014. Golden, pale, clear. Sophisticated aroma has wineish elements. Yeast, some kind of fruits and even grapes, bitterish hops. Taste is light and intriguing. Smooth, soft carbonation, fruits, some sourness and bitterness, herbs and subtle spices. Medium sweet. On the better side of strong belgi ales.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (983) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Hazy yellow-gold with substantial effervescence. 2 inches of yellowing sea-foam head, frothy, moderate coarseness. Aroma is peach muffin with some barnyard and tart hay. Flavor is apricot, light phenolic notes, dry, slightly chalky grain, hint of minerals, moderate candy sweetness, a smooth bitterness that is fairly neutral (that is, it does not evoke herbs, trees, flowers, fruit). Body is oily, slightly gritty, medium heavy weight, moderate-intense carbonation, moderate burn, moderate coarseness. A bit too heavy and sweet for the style / yeast in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (80) - - MAR 5, 2015
Pours cloudy amber gold with off-white head,small-medium that reduces quickly but leaves persistent, attractive skim and lacing. Nose is lager-like, yeasty but clean with hop notes. Palate is bread and honey balanced by hop bitterness. Interesting to see the references to spices here, since the brewery makes the point that this is deliberately not spiced. Banana notes come through with aeration, but even more than flavor, the pronounced impression is creaminess. The mild sweetness followed by mild bitterness resembles a second-rate chardonnay, but the smooth, filling texture takes this to a better place. This is an excellent example of the traditional use of hops to enliven what otherwise could be an overly sweet beverage. They make an excellent counterpoint without brutalizing the palate;

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (455) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
Golden and clear as day with a head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is dried fruit. Taste is quite foresty, with flowers and pine needles. Well-hopped.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AtronSeige (810) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 1, 2015
Aroma: Medium spicy, clove, pepper. Light banana. Medium-light citrus, lemon. Light hot alcohols. Appearance: Clear, golden body. Large white head, fair/low retention. Lacing. Flavour: Medium-high spicy. Medium beady, banana. Light apricot. Dry finish with lingering lemon Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Medium body. Overall: A good beer. Slight fusels. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 18D. Belgian Golden Strong Ale


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