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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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Vintage 2005 Pours dark amber with a ruby hue. No head developed, even with a stretch pour. A thin ring of white lace ran around the edges of the glass with a few dots of lacework remaining. Sweet malt, candied fruit, and caramel start the nose. Cherries, tangerines, grape jam, cloves, and rum follow through. Medium bodied, slick, and slightly syrupy. Low carbonation lends a light chew to the mouthfeel. Ripe fruit, sweet malt, and rummy alcohol lead off the palate. Hints of Grand Marnier, red grapes, cherries, raisins, and ripe berries add plenty of depth. Finishes with warming alcohol, a light peppery note on the throat, and plenty of lingering ripe fruit. Three years on it’s side has really rounded this beer out. The spiciness when young has stepped back and allowed plenty of complex fruit to come forward. Approaching the realm of a very fruity Quad. Further time in the cellar will really put this one over the top.


3.5
Inhopwetrust (33) - Venezia, ITALY - NOV 11, 2017
Una birra belga che comunque ha qualcosa da invidiare al Belgio per complessità e un filo di corpo mancante. Piacevole da bere ma non eccelsa.

4
ciocanelu (2957) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 7, 2017
Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has really nice malts with crème brûlée and burnt sugar notes. Taste is malty and sugary but not really sweet. Really balanced with caramel flavor balanced by a background bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Complex yet balanced with well integrated flavors.

3.9
andrepintado (3668) - Porto, PORTUGAL - SEP 29, 2017
75cl bottle. Red hazy appearance. Medium bitterness and light sweetness. Medium body. Aroma and flavour is caramel, hops, phenolic, spices, nutty.

4
BeardedAvenger (1131) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2017
Keg at Brewdog CJ. Caramel sweet aroma. A ruby brown. A few mm of off-white head. Medium sweet. Some light bitterness creeps in to a boozy finish. Mediim bodied. Sticky slick A prickle of carbonation. Relatively anrupt finish. Lovely. Feel like it should be Christmas.

3.9
Cunningham (8410) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2017
Nice amber color with a fine off white head. Good lacing. Ok intensity in the aroma. Full body and a fine carbonation level. Pleasant to drink. Balanced sweetness. Fruity, yeast, toffee and some spices in the flavor. Nice tasty evening sipper. Good complexity.
[On tap at BrewDog in Norwich, England]

4
beerplace (2043) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2017
Taster at Rogues Convention Center during the Alesmith Canadian Sales start event with Slack guys. Pours a clear amber with a weak tan head. Aroma is very fruity, sweet, with caramel notes. Same taste, very close to the original Belgian beers. Good work, Alesmith!

3.6
Ferris (16522) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2017
Draft - Caramel, golden raisin and sweet honey notes. Clear copper with a small head. Sweet caramel and nice apple malts. Lots sweet caramel green apple and golden raisin.

3.9
jjsint (3496) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2017
Keg tap at BrewDog Leicester. Light brown. Hazy with a small off-white head. Candy sugar, yeasty aroma with light raspberry and cinnamon. Sweet, sugary and slightly fruity taste. There’s some dogged hop bitterness in the finish. Some caramel biscuit and stone fruit notes in the aftertaste. Well carbonated and oh so boozy. An incredible experience.

4.8
ALIBALI (2491) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2017
Wollüstig candierter Strong Ale Hotty mit dem fetten PERFECT 🚀 BERRYBELGIANYEAST SHOWDOWN!!! HARD WORKING AMERICAN😉✨👽!!! 0,75l Buddel from DEMOLEN Online Shop.

4
tightslice (1438) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is Creme Brulee, Bananas Foster, fruity caramel, Belgian Quad vibes, some wood. Taste is creamy, Quad-like, raisins, boozy fruitcake, oak. Incredible aroma, loads of Belgian vibes...not as complex as I was hoping for but still very drinkable with depth.


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