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RATINGS: 1189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Grand Cru is a dark chestnut-colored Belgian-style Ale with vibrant fermentation aromas of fruity esters and spicy phenols. A sweet caramel malt, raisin, and plum-like character combines with the complex fermentation profile of our Belgian yeast strain and hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel make for a slow and satisfying drinking experience. Grand Cru is meant to be savored and will age nicely.

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3.3
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Re-rate, Dec. 2009: Stinking bottle about 2yrs old, and boy, this thing has fallen apart. So much for an ageable, beer, and like the Weizenbock and the Wee Heavy, a piece of junk from the original. Train wreck, oxidized, nasty maple-like and stale caramel malts. All bad. Re-rate: November 2006: The aroma started out some bananas during the pour, then strong cherries and then strong rum. Alcohol was really hot and strong, other caramel flavors, citrus, some oak underneath. I stand by my original ratings, bumping up only the appearance for the decent but not overly impressive head. Original rating: Hmmmm.... At the risk of being deemed a beer heretic, I gotta say, this is no where near top within the style, completely missing on multiple accounts, although not a bad beer overall. The appearance was typical in color, although the head was non-existent and the lacing lame. The aroma was somewhat vinous, a little bit of oak, and some coffee. The flavor was similar with cofee taking too large a role, especially within style. The dark fruits were lacking. The hops were too plentiful for a belgian strong ale. Additionally, the hops were of an American variety (Amarillo?) and out of line for the style. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin. I boo this beer, relative to its ratings. Boooo. (Ill take the Horny Devil over this any day.)

3.2
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 Draft at OBriens. Elegant pour, Like a dark apple juice with hints of redish amber. Minimal head and lacing. Initial aromas of apples, pears and caramel. Taste is similar with Too sweet red apples, caramel and a strong congnac. To much alcohol and caramel sweetness. Maybe i shouldnt have had this with a burger. Posibly a good desert beer, ill try it again later with some cheese or something. Hard alchohol burn and a chewy sticky finish.

3.8
kyzr (1530) - Montana, USA - JUN 4, 2006
RIch amber pour with slight head. Nice hints of roast to the nose. Flavor is dried apples, with golden raisins. Alcohol sneaks up on you. Great creamy texture to the finish.

3.7
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2006
From 750mL Bottle. Pours the color of cherry infused apple cider with a tiny layer of white bubbles on top. Vigorous swirling kicks up only a tiny amount of new foam. Aroma is dripping of spiced red apples, green raisin, and raw under-ripe fig. A very subtle layer of light, summertime pinot noir sleeps beneath the gentle cidery fruit blanket. Light, buttery feel on the palate, but some pleasing flavors lie within the greasy texture. Semi-sweet german chocolate dipped banana sprinkled with nutmeg. Final smack of dried black prune simmered in a semi-sweet sherry. Not a whole lot more going on. Decent overall, but a little bit more spice and carbonation would have livened it up a bit and added to my overall enjoyment.

4.2
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pours a nice brown color with a virtually no head.Sweet, fruit aroma witha hint of chocolate.Flavors are all over the place.This needed to be near room temp to really enjoy.Flavors of raisins and caramel.A nice full mouthfeel.As it warmed the alcohol made more of a presence.You feel the warming going down.Very good.

4
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
Brown and murky body with a small tan head with great lacing throughout. Lots going on in the nose, hazelnuts, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa, allspice and a touch of bananas. Flavour becomes more complex with tastes of anise, nuts, and plums with some oakey woody elements shining through. Whiskey-like mouthfeel and a smooth warming alcohol finish. Big, bold and warming.

4
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Rich, reddish amber color with almost no head. Alcohol is well masked at 10% but certainly apparent. Definitely let it warm up a bit - it mellows as it warms.

3.8
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006
750 ml bottle 2003 vintage. Sampled at KPs cellartasting. I forget who brought this? Pours a moslty clear with slight hazy deep amber with a nice head but fades slightly. Aroma is fruity with lots of esters, yeasty, more candied fruits- raisin and plum and lots of caramel malts. Flavor is mollasses, plum, raisin, mostly sweet, then finishes dry and highly carbonated, and slightly astringent. Pretty good overall.

2.4
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
750ml bottle poured in a tulip glass. The Grand Cru pours flat looking but suddenly a billion little bubbles rise and join into a frothy party of sensation. Such energetic little bubble burn their lives out quickly though leaving behind murky carmel colored sea of anticipation. The aroma is a gift of breath from a dough boy who ate pears. The first sip takes you by suprise: at first you think the beer is flat but a quick burst of carbonation sneaks down the middle of your tongue like a small child rushing between your feet unexpectedly. A solid taste foundation of fermented fruit occupies the middle of the wagon train of taste. Finally, bringing up the rear is a mouth-coating taste of acidic bile. The end of the beer blew this one for me.

3.8
Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
750ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a LARGE lasting amber head. Aromas of plums, raisins, molasses, hint of chocolate and vinous. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of yeast, grapes, and some faint chocolate and vanilla notes with a waming lingering sweet finish.


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