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RATINGS: 1200   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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3.9
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 7, 2006
The aroma is a mixture of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and some earthy undertones. The beer pours a murky brown with a frothy tan head. There is no lacing and head duration is nearly fully lasting. There is at first a caramel sweetness followed by a drier vanilla and chocolate flavor. The finish is dry and crisp with a winelike finish.

3.9
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours an ambered clearish ruddy brown, with a thin soapy off-white head. Aroma of strong macerated raisings, with pears in bradny. A flow of sugars and lemon in the back. Flavor has very similiar snotes, but with more lemon and an almost herbal acidic quality over buttery yeasts. Bright cherries poured over a profusion of chocolate and raisin cake. Very slick and sugary. Lots of candy sweetness and lemon peal, with a bready waft of alcohol. Figs. Alcohol is extremely smooth, but noticeably warms the nose. Bright and fruity. Almost quad-like. Delicious and a great meal accompaniment. Thanks Andy!

2.8
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2006
750ML bottle. Brown in color with a thick white head at first pour, but thins out to a sheet, with only the outer edge staying throughout, giving it a nice lace. sweet, candi sugars, and a strong liqour bite that lingers on the tongue. This brew reminds me more of a wine, than a beer. Alcohol content comes through like a hammer, way to strong. I think that this would be better with some aging, but not by much.

4.5
marcus (10680) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
This dark brown ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity brown with a chalky slightly bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. The flavor is very complex but well-balanced with only a slight hint of the hefty alcohol content. This is a truly fine ale.

4.1
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
LCRBM: Brown with a large tan head. Lovely berries, caramel, prunes and raisins. Very vineous flavour. Warming mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.2
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2006
(Being starved for good beer, arjoseph fends off a particularly sharp withdrawl pang by retreating to his "cellar" to procure some long-saved bottle, and drinking it.) 2003 vintage. 75cl into Duvel tulip glass. Thanks to cquiroga, as always, for a generous gift. The pour produces a smallish-medium sized head of yellow brown-gray ("gray" or "grey"? I never know) bubbles, some of which are dense and small and others (mostly in the center) are largish and soapy looking. The head diminishes not instantly but quickly, leaving a ring of the soapy bubles on the edge. Said bubles pop intermittently like an unenergetic witch’s cauldron. The head will revive if the beer is swirled, but it will diminish just as quickly. Lacing is almost nonexistent, but where the foam does cling to the side, it does so in an archipelago of irregular islands of very dense, almost imperceptibly small bubbles. The sub-surface "racing" is deep at first, and mildly energetic (by which I mean it doesn’t race to the top, but doesn’t rise sluggisly either). Color is ruby brown with orange-yellow highlights, both glowing in the almost-transparent transluscency. The aroma is strong; I can smell this thing almost immediately after the pour, even though my nose is at least a foot away from the glass (and two from the bottle). The nose is burnt leaves, buttered saltine crackers, brown sugar, burnt caramel; I can smell lots of sweetness and musty malts. This reminds me of autumn, like harvested corn in silos and sugars of various colors being baked in cookies and pies. The taste is just as sweet and musty as the smell. On the medium to full body, this might be considered syrupy by some, but I don’t think it reaches that level on sweetness or thickness. Flavors of candied apple and peach prop up buttery and sugary malts. Right after the swallow, acid emerges in the form of overripe prunes and apricot, mellowing into a light meringue sweetness with a strong vanilla character. About 5 seconds after the swallow, the finish kicks in: musty, burnt, almost smoky; the harvest impression of corn comes back (maybe even Indian maize); the alcohol wafts up the nose and adds an acrid bite. Some kind of hops add to the acrid/musty bitterness, which lingers for minutes. In all, this is a great beer. I think the age might contribute to the character and potency of the finish; if it were a bit younger, the acrid and overripe qualities might not be so prevalent, which I think would make it better (but only marginally so). In the end, I have no hyperbolic remarks (not even "dope"), only deservedly high marks.

4.1
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Courtesy of Kinz. Clear dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sweet molassas. Flavor of sweet malt and molassas.

3.8
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Pours deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with nuts. Strong coffee taste on a thick body. Thanks Kinz!

4.1
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Again, thanks to Kinz for this amazing beer! Excellent reddish-brown body, with light carbonation/head. Nice malty aroma with some spices, peet is very evident. Good sugar tastes with some hops evident. Clean, yet sharp ending... almost like a cheddar cheese.

3.5
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Expected more from this one. The horny devil was way way better then this. Pour was normal for style. NO HEAD AT ALL. Coffee taste in my belgian not a fan, plus some dark fruits. Hops were there. Overall a good beer but not as high as its rated."


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