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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grand Cru is a very mysterious style brewed primarily in Belgium and a few areas of France. Some Grand Cru is sour, some fruity, some weak, and some strong. Our version is brewed with a special malt from France, authentic Trappist yeast, and traditional sugars and spices. After an extended maturation period, tremendous flavors prevail from this light orange colored ale. Look for sweet candy-like flavors that may conceal spiced orange, plum, pear and toffee with a distinctive white wine-like finish. This Grand Cru was just awarded the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival (2004) in Denver.

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3.1
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
on tap at TH, 20Aug2012, I was expecting a sour funk filled beer instead I just got a Belgian Strong ale.. a decent one but not what I wanted from a Grand Cru.. true to BSA though its good.

3.8
Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at town hall. Golden color, little head. Faint aroma of coriander and Belgian yeast. Taste is clean and crisp, spices, citrus, tingly finish. Nice beer

3.8
deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a clear deep gold with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dark fruit with some slight spice, belgian yeast and a deep backing grain. Flavor has some floral notes with the dark fruits and a backing note of belgian yeast, light spice and dark grains.

3.3
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Has a faint fruit scent, has some light fruit flavors with a small burn of alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
phaleslu (10277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Pour from a growler shared by birchstick- thanks a ton, Jon! Pours a golden color with a copper hue and a big off-white head. Notes of honey, caramel, apricot, raisins, brown sugar, and floral notes. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and chewy mouthfeel.

3.2
falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Hazy amber pour with a light aroma. Fruity malty flavor that is a bit bitter and malty.

2.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy dark amber color with an initially fluffy cream colored head that settles down to a thin layer. S: A very citrus forward nose, mostly of oranges, along with some notes of stale hops and sugar. A bit of a cardboard aroma, which seems strange, and some fruitiness, I guess plums. Definitely a fair amount of alcohol along with a Windex type smell. T: Overall, the flavor is pretty "meh". Sweet fruits, mostly plums and apples, and plenty of alcohol (again). Also, some of the same stale/cardboard type character that was present on the nose. M: The body is medium to full with a fairly high carbonation. This is actually one of the best things about this beer. D: I just couldn’t get into this on. Too boozy and seemingly stale/oxidized.

3.5
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 6, 2010
First off thanks to Justin for this treat. I poured the growler into a challis and it produced a short lived white head. The body of the brew was dark orange in color I got some fine aromas of dark fruit and Belgian yeasts with a slight alcohol note towards the end. The flavor was sweet dark fruits like raisin and plums. I also got some spice bitters and alcohol warmth to keep it from being to coy. It had a medium feel to it in my mouth with almost no carbonation after the initial pour. It was a good American stab at a Belgian grand cru, one of the better ones in my book. Drinkability suffered only in the fact that it had a big ABV. It was a fantastic desert beer and would not turn it down again

3.4
islay (2775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2015 10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-24-10. Pours bronze with a small amount of thick, beige head. Aroma of golden raisin, yellow plum, and honey. The smell is not as strong as I expected. Strong, dark sugar-candy, dark-fruit, brown sugar, sweet flavor. Also flowers and honey. Good, full, fruity, bitter, dull aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Very lively and sharp in the excellent palate. Overall, refreshing yet substantial, complex yet subtle, and quite good but not great. 7/4/7/5/14=>3.7. Re-rating 9-13-15: 10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consumed on 9-11-15. Pours a clear amber with creamy, long-lasting, beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma features a caramel scent. Excessively sweet flavor has a nice fruitiness. Medium body. Lively and fizzy in the palate. Too one dimensional overall. A big disappointment from an often very good brewery. 7/3/6/3/12=>3.1. Combined rating: 7/4/6/4/13=>3.4.

3.5
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at brewpub (sample). Clear and light colored for the style, amber orange color. Sweet and boozy with a lot of fruity esters but also with a biscuity presence, which was odd for the style. Similar to AmeriBelg...also very yeasty.


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