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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009, later rebranded as Grand Cru)

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3.6
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 15, 2012
500ml bottle labeled Grand Cru. Color was not what I imagined it would be, very pale, crystal clear, tight carbonation. Aroma was of the agave, sweet fruit, brown sugar. Taste was the same, no Brett or any yeasty adicity like I thought there would be. A very good beer, but way too sweet for me.

2.9
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2012
bottle... dark, mostly clear bronzed gold, huge toppe head leaves several fingers, difficult pour, but good retention... lots of agave comes through, sweet, syrupy, light floral yeast note... the taste is super sweet, too sweet for me, oaky finish that is a bit off, just don’t get this

3.9
ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep clear orange body with a small white head. Nose is cacti, ale yeast, peaches, orange peel, hints of wood, bourbon and molasses. Taste is more revealing of its marvelous compexity: oranges, lime, cacti tones, molasses and hints of yeast, alcohol and straw. Bourbon and wood come subtly into play when the aftertaste show up. Extremely original and impressive in uniting three worlds: barrel aging on bourbon, agave nectar and Belgian Strong Ale. A real hit from North Coast.

3.5
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Clear golden color with white sheen. Pit fruit peach, belgian spice, pale malt aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Fruity peachy agave flavors with pale honey malt, sweet spices, warming finish--good

3.3
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2012
(500 ml from Bootleggers) Hazy golden/light amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of strong booziness, alcohol, lots of sweetness, caramel. Palate is fairly smooth, slightly loose, slightly sticky. Flavor is sweet, boozy and hot - at first just seems like a big, hot, boozy mess. Improves a bit after palate adjusts with some chocolatey-licoricey notes mixed in but still pretty much a big beer mess.

3.4
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Bottled (as North Coast Grand Cru)@my [email protected] Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, caramel, wood, earth and some slight tropical fruity notes. Flavour is alcohol, some fruits, mild nectar and some alcohol and wooden notes.

3.2
stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
Det här är ett typexempel på en öl som är mer intressant än den är god vilket kan ge ett lite snedvridet betyg, men sånt är livet. Det här var som sagt mer intressant än det var gott, smaken var väldigt syrlig och påminde i början väldigt mycket om en spontanjäst öl. Jag kunde även känna en hel del jäst och en lite nyans av nejlika (tror jag).

2.5
gunnar (9405) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget, Nordstan, Gøteborg. Labelled as "North Coast Grand Cru". Pours clear golden with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is sour, barnyard and acidic. Taste is sweet sugars, almonds, thick and oily mouthfeel, burning alcohol at the end.

3.3
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Disagree with the decision to alias this beer to the Grand Cru. Had both beers in a row from the North Coast brewery and they definitely were of different recipes. Both beer rate the same though. Grand Cru-- A - strong hazy golden pour with light head. S - aromas of brandy, white white dry grapes, spices. Hints of earthy oak barrels. M - syrupy heavy body with fairly strong boos T - pears, apple cider, dry white wine, agave notes. Nice and fruity sweet on the nose, earthy, oaky grapes and light dark fruits, with lingering alcohol burn and spices, end is light sweet buttery. Interesting transitions. O - Interesting cider/wines/hard alchol mixture. 6+ 20th Anniversary-- A - nice clear golden pour with almost no white head. S - Strong aromas of brandy, bananas, yeasts. Some tree fruits (apples pears) M - almost no carbonation syrupy sweet on the palette. Strong boos throughout T - agave nectar, sparkling apple, banana, grapes, buttered bread O - Similar to Grand Cru, but with buttered bread yeasty tones and notes of banana. Too boozy with flavors not mixing as ell as they could. 6+

2.8
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle. C&C. Cork is a little tough to get out but finally gives way. Not sure why but I imagined this to be a darker color as it pours a clear apple juice golden color with a lively white head that settles to coaster in the glass. Fruity aroma mixed with some barrel notes. I also get a funky cheese note. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet fruit start with a boozy note. The agave throws this off for me I think. Overall, I’m not a huge fan of this.


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