RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Grand Cru Red blends a Flanders Red-style sour ale with California red wine grapes, locally grown raspberries and whole vanilla beans to craft something truly unique. We combined lush Zinfandel grapes with a special imperial version of our oak-aged Dogpatch Sour ale and finished it with Santa Cruz Mountain raspberries and fragrant vanilla beans. Tannic red wine notes mingle with complex sour yeast flavors and French oak barrel character to create an exceptionally original new brew. Pair with rich and savory beef, venison or duck dishes and enjoy on very special occasions.

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dflb (74) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2018 Purchased at BevMo for $30.39, Grand Cru is an Imperial Sour Red Ale aged in red wine barrels brewed by Almanac Beer Co. The air yields raspberries, cherries, and lemon as you drink. The appearance is a pinkish red color with a fast dissipating white head. When held up against light, sediment is visible. Carbonation is moderate. The abv of 10.5% is overpowered by the sharp tart and lemon flavors. Raspberries have a domineering flavor from start to finish. Grapes provide a complimentary taste to the raspberry. Cherries are easily distinguished in the finish and adds punch to the sour and tart bite on the take. Lemon is constant yet has a stronger character within the finish and tasted when you lick your chops. The mouthfeel has the impression of red wine from the barrel aging. The touch of oak is noted with the red wine. Vanilla beans are distant and is not realized until you notice it when you exhale. For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

dnstone (3962) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2018 Pours a pinkish color, with a pinkish-white head. Raspberry-jam like aroma. Tart raspberry, red wine, and lemon tart character. Notes: bottle pour at the 4th Annual Sour Saturday, Atomic Liquors, Las Vegas Nov '16

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 high notes of vanilla alcohol with quiet tart fill...ripe perry. Cloudy gold, very small top. Medium thinner body. Soft middle, tart pear with barrel walls. A bit too much over the top.

Sledutah (8079) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle at Mikeys Christmas party, thanks to Mike
Pours clear dark golden with a small beige head, light lacing. Vanilla, tart and caramel, tart and dry

Sebilinz (2784) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to Saeglopur. Red body with white head. Aroma is berries mostly raspberries some wine and hints of vinegar. Taste is sour fruity berries hints of wood and vinegar. Aftertaste is sour.

PowY (1219) - AUSTRIA - NOV 5, 2017
750 ml bottle, vintage 2016, shared by Saeglopur, many thanks! Pours a hazy deep crimson with hardly any off-white head. The aroma is full of raspberries, some green apples, flowers, sour fruits. Medium body with a low to medium carbonation, a medium to heavy sourness and a medium tartness. Flavor of unripe raspberries, some vinegar, wood and lots of tart fruits. I actually preferred the smell over the taste which is for me a little harsh on the tart and sour side. Still an enjoyable beer.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 7
Palate: 4
Overall: 14

Saeglopur (2473) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2017
Score: 9 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 16

750 ml bottle from Beergium, vintage 2016.
Red, hazy body, with a small, head.
Aroma with loads of fresh raspberries, red wine, some vinegar,
Tastes quite similar, but quite acidic, with more barrel notes, more vinegar.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes medium acidic, very fruity, medium wooden, with some vinegar, lots of raspberries again.

Tasty. I really love the nose, with lovely, dominant raspberries. Taste is too acidic though, while still really diverse. Overall great, complex stuff, among my favourite Almanacs.

Werckmeister (3486) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2017
0,75l botlle at home shared by Saeglopur, big thanks. Vintage 2016. brown hazy color, small white head. smells berry notes, earthy, vinegar, wood, nutty, marzipan, light strawberries, some cherries. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of raspberries, berry notes, nutty, marzipan, earthy, grassy, citric, wood, light green apples. finishes medium sour with notes of raspberries, citrus and marzipan. very good one, great balance.

andrewje41 (4646) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2017
750 mL bottle poured. Thanks, T! Awesome to try both the white and red here. Just further proof that Almanac really does kill it at the sour beer game. Love these bottles too. A beautiful, purplish red pour. High acidity. Very sour impression on the aroma. Cherry like. A good amount of red wine character. Flavor is a big pucker throughout. Mixed berry. Cherry. Wood. Lingering red wine notes really make this go full circle. This is the exact sour beer that I just love sipping on. Imperial, but in no way harsh. Love everything about this beer. Beyond incredible.

tcon25 (1025) - Duvall, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle pour at Andrews. Light redish tint pour. Tart red wine aroma, flavor is a balanced tart sour with a grape raspberry flavor. Great beer here.

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