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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Grand Cru was created as a very special offering. Brewed with Belgian style characteristics but given another dimension with Honey and Blue Agave Nectar. Spiced nicely with Coriander and Orange Peel to impart an amazing experience in flavors. The Blue Agave Nectar provides a sweet but oak/bourbon cask style taste and finish. Traditional Belgian style hops are added to help balance the sweetness and enhance the complex flavors. Hints of banana, plum and clove will also join forces in the aroma bouquet. Alcohol level is deceptively smooth at 9.0%


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1398) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A finger of head on an opaque, medium straw colored body. The aroma is barnyard, hay and alcohol. The taste is malty with hardly a hint of bitterness. A little booze and muddled lemon and cinnamon. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body. A nice ale with good flavor and smell.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
February 2nd, 2013 - Voodoo’s Grand Cru is a complicated beer, in that kind of polite epithet that’s said with a slow drawl and hesitation. The smell is modelt fruity with red grapefruit, pomegranate and cranberry, painted on a canvas of a regular, deep maltiness. I’m attracted to what I find here, and secretly hope the flavor is more of the same, but it gets stranger with a sip. The palate is extraordinarily sudsy, masking quieter complexities that might be lurking around the brew. The flavor journey starts with mild berry sweetness, caramel malts, and a soily sweetness, like roasted carrots. Then the velvety soft palate tapers off, revealing more marshmallow and yam sweetness, harkening back to the clumsy American Thanksgiving culinary classics of my youth. But the aftertaste is warped, mixing sweet with butter, and developing an unpleasant off-taste. A lighter alcohol touch lets most of the flavors shine through unrestrained, but that aftertaste keeps interfering with my satisfaction. So close, yet so far.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Smells like honeyed barley malt, wet hay and Belgian candy and coriander. Hazy amber color. Sweet but in a good way. Balanced with some spice and hop bitterness. Medium body. A really good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Hazy orange color, moderate head, some lace/retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of orange, caramel, pale malt. Medium to full body, sweet, somewhat syrupy, lightly sugary. Lacks finesse.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Caramel in color, a bit dirty, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Dull spicy nose, heavy tho, but not sharp.   Seems like gingerbread.   Strong malt body up front, sweet, with an assertive yet dull ginger snap cookie like presense.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   While not very heavy, its pretty smooth.   Finishes with some fruitiness, dark pitted fruit, and the ginger snap cookie I got earlier.   Very different, yet entertaining.   Doesn’t come across as Belgian in any way, but thats okay.   As it warms it becomes a bit more dull, er flat in terms of spices.   Different, but not bad.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Church Key in San Francisco during Beer Week 2012. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a small white head that fades slowly, leaving slight lace. On the nose, there are tart notes of pear and apple paired with malts and spice. The flavour is sweet with lots of fruit, honey, pear and berries, paired up with woody, spicy notes. The finish is long and malty with fruit and a huge banana note. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice fruity Belgian style ale. It is simpler than I would like, but drinkable. 2012-02-16

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of straw, pear, citrus, honey and light coriander. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, pear, citrus, yeast and coriander with a smooth lingering yeasty citrus finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours an amber color with an off white head. Smells of honey, belgian yeast, and some cloves. Slightly dry finish with some coriander in the taste. Decent.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMan1113VR (7873) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed golden-amber hued body with a medium sized off-white head. Strong aromas of VDKs, floral, honey, marzipan, esters, buckwheat honey. Flavors are both sweet and bitter, lightly spiced, tea like chamomile notes. Diacetyl, alcohol,floral coriander, herbal. Light dried molasses notes. Hot/alcoholic with medium carbonation.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
forgetmenot123 (8) - - NOV 2, 2012 does not count
If they regard this as their Grand Cru, i’m afraid to taste anything else in their product line. Bottom line it’s just plain weak, wish washy and unsatisfying - starting with it’s thin head, right up to it’s oddly unpleasant bitter aftertaste, it’s a beer to be avoided. closest thing i can compare it to is cold tea.


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