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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
Det hr r ett typexempel p en l som r mer intressant n den r god vilket kan ge ett lite snedvridet betyg, men snt r livet. Det hr var som sagt mer intressant n det var gott, smaken var vldigt syrlig och pminde i brjan vldigt mycket om en spontanjst l. Jag kunde ven knna en hel del jst och en lite nyans av nejlika (tror jag).

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gunnar (8876) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget, Nordstan, Gteborg. 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1379) - North Carolina, 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, Im not a huge fan of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
On tap at Beer Revolution. Poured a milky, golden color with severe head. The aroma was definitely stronger than the taste, although the palate was silky smooth sweetness. I really enjoyed the subtle flavors of caramel and bread. A lot of times, a beers flavor will hit you in the face, while this one dusted your mouth, like a little french maid would. The alcohol, however, was noticeable. Very good beer, but I wouldnt drop $20 on it in bottle format.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Rating #2700. The aroma is quite floral with strong hints of agave nectar. Very sweet with other hints of vanilla and perhaps some woody barrel, too. Mild fruit esters, but the nose is dominated by the agave nectar. Transparent yellow-golden body with a medium, strong off-white head present. Some pretty good lacing is here. Very sweet and sticky with a large amount of agave nectar to start with. Some vanilla oakiness comes through in the middle, Finishes with some warming ethanol. The cloying, sweet agave is so dominant in this beer, and its just very difficult to drink. Theres also a pervasive underlying stinky cheese flavor in this. Its pretty brutal. I know this was an expensive beer to make, but Im pretty pissed that they sold this beer at a premium. It doesnt take a genius to realize that this beer is severely flawed and damn near undrinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (5240) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 19, 2011
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget labeled "North Coast Grand Cru". Intensely fruity and floral. Strange taste and aroma, I guess its from the agave juice. Very sweet, not much bitterness. A hint of bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Draft. Poured golden with a large, fluffy head that left some nice lacing. Aroma was sweet and a little sour, vaguely fruity (turns out it is agave, I suppose). Flavor is an intriguing mix of sweet (perhaps overly so), the odd fruitiness of the agave, some mild sour funkiness, and a good hit of bitterness, particularly in the finish. Im not sure if it all comes together right, but its interesting and worth trying. Thick and sticky on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (10049) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours golden with a thick off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a rich slightly sour caramel malt flavor with tangy grape and agave and a dry oaky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20811) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at Pats birthday tasting at chrisos. Pours clear gold with a fluffy, white head. Very sweet, doughy malt nose. Extremely sweet flavor, dough notes, white sugar, honey, white grapes. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Warm, sticky sweet finish, some more dough and sugar. A bit heavy overall with the sugar, but decent in small quantities.


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