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RATINGS: 382   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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3.8
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2011
(500ml cork/caged bottle labeled Grand Cru) clear deep gold/amber with a ring of fine white bubbles. Nose of alcohol, gold raisins, spirits (perhaps bourbon), juicy citrus and tropical fruits (although not from hops per se), and some herbal notes reminiscent of agave. Taste of oak, agave, herbal, spices, Belgian spicy component, alcohol (but given the 12.5% ABV it’s well hidden), delicious and linger of more alcohol. A bit of a bite on the finish, some bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes linger on the palate. Not as reminiscent of an American Strong, as it is a bourbon-barrel aged tripel. Interesting beer!

3.4
dnstone (3719) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Dissagree with this beer bering linked to the 20th; it is called grand cru and the label says that it is aged in bourbon barrels (not just oak). Golden-orange in color with nice white head. Fruity, pinapple aroma. Lightly fruity taste with vanilla bourbon notes. Interesting.

4
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Orange, mostly clear, decent head. Lots of pineapple mixed with other tropical fruits. Taste is not quite sour, but full of spices. It’s very dry and finish very crisp.

3.2
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of pilsner malt, minerally, some peaches, residual sugar. Tastes of agave, tarte, chewable vitamins, molasses, slightly spicy with a buttery finish.

2.7
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Somewhat, ...who am I kidding? Mostllt translucent. Light gollden color. Thin, white ring head. Stiff, fruit Peel and yeasty sour aroma. Sour flavor. Slightly sweetened by the agave. Starts full and finishes lean. Cheers!

3.9
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a gorgeous clear gold with a small head. Aroma is lovely with apple, oak and alcohol. Medium in body with minimal carbonation. Flavor is sweet and at first has a strong honey component. Once the initial sweetness subsides, there are many complex flavors working here. Oak, apple, booze, and a tartness are all present. Very interesting brew here.

3.6
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2011
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight marzipan, light oak, light almonds, slight pepper, and slight clove. Poured yellow/gold/slight amber in color with a small, white head as a film on top of the beer and around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Taste of pale malt, alcohol, slight butter, light apple, slight coconut, and some strange and unidentifiable flavors. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, butter, apple, coconut, wood finish. 12.5%ABV is noticeable in the flavor.

3.2
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours crystal clear golden amber with a big pillowy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is very sweet with lots of candi sugar and all kinds of overripe fruits like pears and apricots. Tons of booze, especially tequila, and some spiciness from the wood. Taste is hot up front - definitely no hiding the alcohol in this one. That initial boozy spiciness gives way to the sugary fruit notes with some bananas and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is full bodied, really sticky and crazy boozy. This is a decent beer but pretty extreme on the both the sweetness and alcohol scale. Little bit of this goes a long way...

3.6
ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Date: October 17, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Flying Saucer Translucent golden, little sweet, little sour and slight alcohol finish. Pretty decent brew.

4.3
jimhilt (2635) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 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 $14.20 for a caged & corked 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me.


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