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RATINGS: 381   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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3.5
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
375ml bottle. Thanks to a ba...Pours a mostly transparent golden orange hue and topped with a quickly disappearing wispy white head... Strong sweetness with honey and agave. Dried fruits and white raisins... Flavors are the same with honey, sweet dried fruit, and just a barely tart hint towards the finish. Thinner bodied and not too syrupy. Better than expected but not my style.

3.9
Rando7 (787) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle pours clear golden orange with brief white head. Aroma very pleasant but hard to define with citrus, light fruits, spices and a touch of bourbon. Taste complex with citrus, light fruits, honey, lots of grapes and vinous notes, pineapple, other stuff I can’t identify. Palate full bodied, not sticky or syrupy. Brief finish with slight hops and come citric acid. A little alcohol burn but not what you’d expect from a high-ABV beer.


Usually with a beer I can describe it by other beers it resembles. This one is unique. It fall short of being a great beer though. Maybe it’s just a bit too complex and busy.

3.7
smith4498 (3676) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours clear pale orangish color with white head. Fruity aroma with some oak and alcohol. Sweet apple and grape flavor with some oak, yeast and alcohol. A little boozy. Very white wine like. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A decent beer with a hefty price tag.

3.7
blutt59 (6585) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
bottled, medium orange color with thin fine bubbles, lots of fruity alcohol on the nose, flavor is pineapples, butterscotch, honey, light bitter finish

3.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Grand Cru bottle, 12.9%. Pours clear deep gold with a small, fading white head. Aroma is odd with some marzipan, grapes, white wine, light vanilla, funky fruit (I guess that’s agave?), slight wood, and medicine. Flavor is pretty sweet with white chocolate, pie crust, honey, more fruity funk, slight wood, and boatloads of alcohol. Finishes with wood and earth, and a mild bitterness. Lingering honey and fruit flavors. Thick bodied, hot, boozy, and an uncreamy mouthfeel. It’s an interesting beer, decent overall and not TOO sweet by my standards, but it’s got some weird stuff going on. I’m not sure what the brewers wanted here and if they actually achieved their goal, but I’m glad the beer became available to Texas.

4.5
dwyerpg (6432) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Some floral and citrus in the aroma. Looks great. A steady rise of bubbles from the center of the beer for a solid 20 minutes or more. A six in appearance. This is a bit sweet but very tasty and certainly hides the high alcohol very well. Pricey but good.

4
radagast83 (8504) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Sampled at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria VA. Woah! This was fantastic. Smooth and enjoyable. Poured a clear golden color with a small, wispy head. Aroma was agave, sweet biscuit malts, honey notes. Touch of oak in there too. Sweet fruit notes, hop bitterness. Alcohol pretty well masked in this one, no serious "warming" feeling to it after consumption. Great.

4
gringo332 (645) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours a two finger, white head that fades quickly and leaving no lace. Clear light amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Fruity yeast nose. Flavor is sweet, spicy fruit and yeast, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey, but worth trying at $14.for a caged & corked 500ml bottle

2.8
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2011
(Bottle) Pours clear golden with an off-white head. The aroma holds sour candy, citrus, pale malts, light butter oak wood, vanilla, grain, pasta, gruel, honey, flowers, nectar, mint, lemon balm and light hops. Light vinous/white wine. This “experiment” doesn’t do it form me – too sterile and strange. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and light tart citric. Tones of grapes, mild citrus, sour candy, light wood, pale malt, honey, nectar and other things from the aroma. The mouthfeel is clean, bit soft, tart and light sticky with a light to medium carbonation. Light fiery and white wine-ish finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Sweet, fruity pour. Almost a guava type flavor in there. Not very carbonated, and not much head. Color is golden, fairly clear pour. Taste is fairly sweet, with the slightest bit of sourness in there. Toasted coconut on the finish? First time I have tasted that in a beer. Overall an excellent beer. I enjoyed it!


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