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Brewed by Brasserie St-Feuillien / Friart
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Le Roeulx, Belgium

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RATINGS: 671   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grand Cru is a speciality beer carefully crafted by Belgium’s St Feuillien Brewery. This extra-blond amber nectar masterpiece undergoes refermentation in the bottle, resulting in a beer endowed with unforgettable character. The secret lies in the unique combination of the most noble hops and the finest aromatic ingredients. Grand Cru differs from other beers in the range by its absence of spices. Its full, white head is light and frothy, and when poured it creates a subtle lace effect. The very pale colour of Grand Cru lends clarity and brilliance to its body.
Grand Cru’s delicate nose is a veritable cascade of hoppy aromas with hints of fruitiness coupled with subtlety and sheer richness.
When savoured, the first sip is light and intriguing. The next impression is one of a slight bitterness full of captivating nuances. When it hits the palate, Grand Cru creates a lingering moment of hoppiness, rounded off by an intense yet pleasant bitterness.

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3.1
Cassius (93) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
Zoetige geur en alcohol. Vaal gele kleur. Smaakt ook naar alcohol en beetje caramel/honing met brood ofzo. Prima bier. Sterk en zoetig. Niet heel fris.

3.6
Marduk (8218) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2015
330ml bottle. Pale golden color. Medium size, thick white head, diminishes to tiny one. Fruity, herbal, malty, alcohol, faint metallic, very faint dead yeast in aroma. Fruity, dead yeast, malty, caramel, metallic hops, alcohol in taste. Metallic hops and light malts in aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. Light yet complex body. Nice one.

3.8
DiarmaidBHK (5671) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. I forget where I bought this, but it’s been inadvertently aging in the back of my fridge for a couple of years. pours golden with a half inch of white foam. leaves a lot of lacing in my glass. has a bit of champagne yeast thing on the nose along with some grassy hoppiness. Really soft carbonation on the tongue. hides it’s alcohol well. Fairly smooth on the tongue at this point ut with some nice hop notes on the finish to keep things interesting. Nice.

3.3
Peter_L (1246) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Flaska @ NK Ölbaren. Ljus kristallklar vätska med luftigt vitt skum. Örtig och pepprig doft. Smakar lätt av jäst och gröna örter. Inte direkt jätte upphetsande men funkar.

3.6
Fxschaeffer (10) - FRANCE - MAR 22, 2015
Une blonde grand cru subtile mais a mon goût pas exceptionnelle. De fines bulles et une saveur houblonnée agréable. Elle titre 9.5 degrés mais ça ne se remarque pas alors ne vous laissez pas surprendre. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
Emek (410) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Świetne piwo, taki balans przy wysokiej alkoholowości piwa mogą uzyskać tylko Belgowie! :)

3.8
jksipa (1007) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Pale cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head that fades slowly leaving minimal lace. Nose is yeast, banana and dried fruit with lighter hints of piney hops and some spice. Medium spicy with some tartness with light bitterness and lighter sweetness in the front. Bitterness builds in the long finish. Light creamy mouth with prickly carbonation. Quite complex and enjoyable.

3.6
nihtila (3858) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
16.7.2014. Golden, pale, clear. Sophisticated aroma has wineish elements. Yeast, some kind of fruits and even grapes, bitterish hops. Taste is light and intriguing. Smooth, soft carbonation, fruits, some sourness and bitterness, herbs and subtle spices. Medium sweet. On the better side of strong belgi ales.

3.2
PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Hazy yellow-gold with substantial effervescence. 2 inches of yellowing sea-foam head, frothy, moderate coarseness. Aroma is peach muffin with some barnyard and tart hay. Flavor is apricot, light phenolic notes, dry, slightly chalky grain, hint of minerals, moderate candy sweetness, a smooth bitterness that is fairly neutral (that is, it does not evoke herbs, trees, flowers, fruit). Body is oily, slightly gritty, medium heavy weight, moderate-intense carbonation, moderate burn, moderate coarseness. A bit too heavy and sweet for the style / yeast in my opinion.

3.9
Pumpkin87 (248) - - MAR 5, 2015
Pours cloudy amber gold with off-white head,small-medium that reduces quickly but leaves persistent, attractive skim and lacing. Nose is lager-like, yeasty but clean with hop notes. Palate is bread and honey balanced by hop bitterness. Interesting to see the references to spices here, since the brewery makes the point that this is deliberately not spiced. Banana notes come through with aeration, but even more than flavor, the pronounced impression is creaminess. The mild sweetness followed by mild bitterness resembles a second-rate chardonnay, but the smooth, filling texture takes this to a better place. This is an excellent example of the traditional use of hops to enliven what otherwise could be an overly sweet beverage. They make an excellent counterpoint without brutalizing the palate;


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