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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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3.8
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 On tap @ the brewery. I expected more here. Good, but not great. Candy sugar, doughy malt, and alcohol heat dominate. A little flat.

4
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - DEC 30, 2005
Tap @ Alesmith. Pours a hazy tawny port color without much head. Upon smelling the glass, I was taken away by yeast, fruity esters, and a delectable sweetness. Tasting this beer was truly a pleasure. It was chewy and thick with plenty of roasted malts, bread, chocolate and maybe some figs.

4
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Murky brown body, with barely any carbonation/head at all. The alcohol is well-masked, and the finish is very chewy. Hints of cocoa with plenty of caramel and apples. Some roastiness in the flavor, raisins, and hints of winter abound. Quite decent, but not the best of the Grand Crus.

3.8
notalush (5867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Dark brown with no head - very low to no carbonation - aroma is malty, yet tart, with caramel, brown sugar, citrus, apples, a touch of spices - earthy and yeasty to start - orange marmalade and other fruits crop up, only to quickly make way for chocolate and toffee to arrive on the palate - abt/quad charactaristics make me think this should be reclassified - finishes with yeast and spices - a little tartness - pretty good - if you told me this was made in belgium, Id believe you.

3.8
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Huge malty nose, some spice, citrus and yeast, cloudy ruby, with a tiny tan head. Flavour is full malt, lots of bready notes, soft orange too. Full bodied, very complex, well balanced, really good mouthfeel. Terrific! Thank You joey_capps.

4.1
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
bottle. thanks for sharing, joey_capps. pours a hazy brown body with a small off-white head. decadent rich aroma - notes of chocolate, alcohol, yeast, and a slight cheesy funkiness. the body is rich and sweet with chocolate and warm alcohol flavours, soft malts intermingle in a wonderfully balanced concotion. yeasty texture. awesome.

4.7
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
750 ml bottle. Deep red-orange beer with a thick tan head. Absolutely gorgeous nose, oaky vanilla top notes over tart cherry/raspberry esters. Light caramel and toffee malts backing up the tart acidic fruity aromas. Underneath is a sweet, warm, spicy yeasty character. Flavour matches the aroma for delicousness. Loads of pale Belgian malts, toffee, demerara sugar. Delicious rich oaky vanilla flavour with a strong peppery heat, some spicy/minty hop flavour. Fruity yeast/malts, cherry/blackberry/plummy fruit. Spritzy body seems to dry out what would be otherwise a bit too sweet. As it warms, even more fruity and spice. Quite vineous, toasted oak and incredibly tasty. Amazing beer and a great choice for #1500.

3.9
Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours cloudy light brown with a short tan head. Nose was lovely with alcohol, fresh bread dough, and caramel. Flavour was quite nice with a good rounding of hops and sweet malt. Vanilla and caramel are in the forward palate where lots of chocolate and roasted malts pick up in the middle. Toasted dry finish. Delighted to finally get to try this gem.

3.7
Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Amber, cloudy ale .Small crown on top but at 10 % plus Great, refined aroma, good quality alcohol backed up by sweet, chewy, caramel nose. Fairly soft, especially if you consider (the kind off). Flavour-alcohol is there thats a given, but its superbly blended into the mass. This is very good example that strong ale can be smooth and drinkable. Rich fruity finish.

3.7
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Quite a syrupy sweet belgian ale. Hazy pour with a small head. Qute strong. I think this would have been much better with a few more years on it (2005 bottle).


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