RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Wow, didnt even know this was the NC 20th A. Now Im even more excited. Bottle from Craft Ale. Pours chill hazy bright canary golden with 2-finger frothy white head. Nose is tart apricotty fruit; very acidic and lactic with some yeasty funk, citrus, and hops. Not the best nose, frankly. Tastes very floral, cloyingly sweet, very fruity. Gets drier as it warms, and maintains an apricotty peachy flavor, plus a lot of funky floral citrus notes. Got some late heat and oak. As it warms, it gets very orange/pineapple juicy, very floral, and very tart. This one is odd, to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7619) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - 500 ml bottle (thanks for sharing Trevor!). Bright dark gold pour, snow white head, hint of lacing. Sweet aroma - hints of honey and agave. Flavor is nectar-like with some bourbon back end notes. Pick up some coconut and pineapple as well. Sweetness from the agave permeates throughout - very enjoyable. Thick sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2011
10/5/11. 500mL bottle thanks to Trevor at Fermentation Lounge! Slightly hazed orange pour with a small off-white head. Sweet, almost fruity aroma with honey, oak, and vanilla. Sweet fruity flavor with honey, vanilla, agave, and coconut. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Nice looking pour, looks like a golden ale, dissapating white head, tastes a lot of strong alcohol which was expected, pear and apple. The oak comes through as well, better as it sits. Overall a good beer, but not great for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pours a deep gold with nice white head. Aroma of fruit, farmhouse, black pepper and alcohol spice, yeasty. Flavor much the same except more intense then expected. Heavy mouthfill with fizzy carbonation. Overall, excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet peaches and alcohol. The taste is so sweet almost like butterscotch, with some obvious alcohol. Freakin delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled this as Grand Cru at Autumn Brew Review. In my opinion, it was EASILY the best strong ale their. Absolutely delicious. You can really tell its been aged in barrels for quite some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6105) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged under the Grand Cru moniker. Label shows 12.9% ABV. Amber pour with a fizzy white head. Strong fruit notes (canned pears in syrup) in the aroma with candy, soft yeast, light spice and jam. Taste is sweet malt, ripe fruit, candied fruit, soft spice, yeast notes, herbal hops, tropical fruit and oak. Body is medium with a fizzy carbonation and a syrupy feel in spots. Mild sugary stickiness in spots, as well. Ends with more sweet malt, tropical fruit notes, ripe fruit, candy, soft oak and light yeast notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13898) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of cookie, pear, pineapple, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and alcohol. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cookie, apple, pear, pineapple and light bourbon with a crisp lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Pours a clear golden color. Big, sweet, complex malty aroma. Taste is predominantly sweet, fruity, deep and complex. Alcohol is present but less than you would expect from such a strong beer. Sweet, tangy, malty flavor lingers long after the finish. Likely a good one for the cellar.

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