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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2004
From a growler purchased on 2/7/04. Carbonation has dissipated a bit, but still some life left in this splendid beer. Color is a deep orangish-gold. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. Carbonation and head was better a week ago. Taste is big, spicy and sweet. Lots of candi sugar sweetness. Finish is long and warming. A bit more of an alcohol burn in the throat than a week ago. Very warming. Wonderful beer from the Twin Cities best brewpub.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
I first sampled this at Winterfest 2004, 3 weeks ago and was quite enamored of the thing, choosing it as my pick of the fest. I've got a fresh growler, now that it's on tap at the pub, so how is it now?...Solid orange color, with a lively, fresh, bubbling froth above, very appealing...aroma: Wow! This is the stuff! Fruity, and alcoholic, with an ethereal quality I associate with the likes of Abbaye des Rocs or Delirium Noel...spicy, yes, and flooded with dark fruits, grapes, cherries, plums, with elevated by a sublime, otherworldly somethin' else...So, taste, already...mmmm, flavor rides high in this one, spicy, solid, sure, becomes a magical blend of malt, fruit, spice, hops, and, oh, everything nice. The alcoholic content may lend it it's certain whiskeyish feel in the flavor. This is a marvelous nightcap, an excellent guard against this ridiculous February weather, just the thing to wrap around me before I surrender to slumber. I'm sure I'll have nothing but pleasant dreams with this resting inside me. Part of me feels that this "could use a little 'this-or-that", but that would make it more like something else, and I like this one just the way it is...delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brown, no head. Aroma is very sweet. Flavors of malt and sugar, with a very little bit of hops. Strong for sure, but you can't tell from the taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2004
cloudy light brown, little head. fruity-banana belgian odor. sweet caramel flavors, plaintain. tasted very light. very sweet, well balanced and smooth on the palate, but not distinct or all too interesting. solid, sippable and thoroughly enjoyable, nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Sampled at 2004 St. Paul Winterfest. Cloudy orange, brown head with large, off-white head. Aroma not too harsh or strong. Very sweet and rich. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Color is a lovely chill hazed cherrywood with a slight plum tone within, soft puffy white head and good amounts of lace stick in thin curtains. Lovely aroma, spicy with some clove and yeast, very clean, some nice caramel candy mixed with some light dullish dark fruits of raisin and maybe some fig. Taste is nice as well, takes over from where the smell leads to, clean and pleasantly smooth character with some very nice dark caramel and toffee mixing with some dark fruits and a great touch of spice in both clove and yeast that blend and balance out. Finishes with some malty sweetness then has a calm little floral crispness and favorable spicyness lingers across the palate. Nice smooth and clean character in all aspects of smell, taste, and feel. A well balanced brew, a true keeper from Town Hall. Hopefully this will work its way into regular rotation. Many samples from Winterfest in St.Paul 2004


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