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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Grand Cru is a very mysterious style brewed primarily in Belgium and a few areas of France. Some Grand Cru is sour, some fruity, some weak, and some strong. Our version is brewed with a special malt from France, authentic Trappist yeast, and traditional sugars and spices. After an extended maturation period, tremendous flavors prevail from this light orange colored ale. Look for sweet candy-like flavors that may conceal spiced orange, plum, pear and toffee with a distinctive white wine-like finish. This Grand Cru was just awarded the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival (2004) in Denver.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Sweet candy sugar aroma offers herbal and spicy hop notes and raisinlike esters. Clear copper coloured body with a fine bubbled, off white head that laces well. Strong grape and raisin character to the very sweet, short flavour with light herbal hops and spices and light finishing bitterness. Medium body is quite dry with lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Sweet and chewy malt flavors. Really nice and pleasant level of sourness -- enough to keep interest, but not enough to overwhelm. Lofty, delicate aromas. A little too sweet for me, but otherwise really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2005
(GABF05) Crystal clear light amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, peach. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Ruby colored ale covered by an eclipsing white head. Spicy yeastiness procures gentle fruit esters in the nose while spices (coriander, curacao) accentuate the vinous (grape, prune) character. Intensely tasty in mouth, alcoholic, yet not really so malty at all, barely hinting at powdered cacao and toffee oily sweetness, moreso focusing on plant-like sweetness and spicy yeastiness. Ultimately a bit sticky and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
1/2 Gallon growler, consumed in unfortunate solitary, on my 20th anniversary of romping Earth. Thanks to my main man, town hall pimper Pigfoot, for hooking me up with a beautiful birthday gift. I hope you enjoy your beer(s), my friend. Perhaps I should have taken notes upon my first taste, rather than waiting till the last eight ounces of the growler, but, well, whatever. Orange/red color. Aroma is moderately vibrant and very fruity, with hints of coriander, yeast and a variety of fruits; orange and tangerine. I find the flavor very sweet and fruity, more of a panty dropper than a typical beer I would usually enjoy. Candy like flavor, with a variety of sweetened fruits, passion, tropical, orange, pear...you name it. Light spice and a mildly vinous flavor on the finish. Pretty damn tasty, although it is a bit sweet, and it definately doesnít taste Belgian to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Sampled on tap at Town Hall. I also tried the 9.2% grand cru. It pours to a red body that is brown tinted. Fizzy white head that disapates quickly. The aroma comes off as lightly cheesy. Not really all that impressed. A touch of merlot. The flavor is very odd. Iíve had lots of Grand Cruís that I like but this surely isnít one of them. The flavor has an odd spice and wine. Butter. The palate is sharp. I hate bashing it. But this wasnít good. I didnít finish the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
TRIED THE 9.2% ABV GRAND CRU apparantly there are many many different version of this all under 1 rating. Pours an orasngish brown small white head. An odd yeast smell w/ some spice I didnít recognize some light fruits and candied sugars and alcohol. Palate was very carbonated a bit warm and well coated and creamy. Flavor is spicy and hot buttered toffee hints of honey and light fruits alcohol hints . The butter and toffee are way over done in this one. I didnít relly like it at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. The body has a light orange color with a light tan head. Teh aroma has peanuts, sweet caramel and some tropical fruit, like passion fruit. The taste is very sweet caramel and cherries. A little one dimensional with flavors, but mayeb I need a bigger glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Beautiful mahogany with a slight head. Rich dulce de leche flavor unimpeded by carbonation. Sweet, smooth caramel with a coriander and sharp cinnamon finish. Not a hint of alcohol. Amazing that this incredible beer is flowing from taps and available in growlers at our beloved Town Hall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
GABF 2004: Clear bronze golden color with a thin white head. Fresh Belgian malty and coriander citrus spiced aroma. Sweet bready caramel malty body with great yeasty spice balance. Finishes rich and somewhat dry with a touch of pepper and hides its alcohol very well. Very authentic Belgian flavor here. An awesome Minnesota brew!

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