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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thin off-white head that dissipates nearly clean. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some banana, clove, cotton candy and some candi sugar. Taste is medium bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of vanilla, banana esters, candi sugar and a touch of berry. Finish is semi-sweet with a berry and banana aftertaste that slowly disappears. Nice alcohol warmth to this grand cru. Stronger than the one seven years ago.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a brownish rusty dark amber, with almost no head. Watching subsequent glasses being poured I saw an overabundance of tan foam - they had some early carbonation issues, apparently (though not with the first round at our end of the bar). A very mild Belgian maltiness in he aroma. Very nice tasting beer. Sweet malt and a bit tangy and fruity too. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, but no real hop taste is discernable. I love the finish - medium dry, fruity, and tart (reminded me of Rodenbach in the finish). Some people compared the finish of this beer to champagne, but I would say more like a medium dry red wine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2006
tap. clean amber pour. big spice aroma. clove, bannana, sugar. high alcohol taste. very interesting if not that great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (6488) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Growler, via BA JeffKrenner. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold colored body under a one finger fine bubbled creamy white head. Rather thick looking, as it shows some sticky legs with a good swirl. Aroma is very sweetly malty with a good deal of fruitiness and lighter notes of alcohol, yeast, and bananas. Flavor is very very sweet up front with lots of hefty pale malt. It finishes with a good bit of alcohol and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is quite thick and rather syrupy in texture. Carbonation level is moderate and fizzy, pretty great for a 2 week old growler. Finishes slightly sticky with a waft of alcohol vapors. Overall, pretty good, although it did get a little cloying as I progressed. Glad I had some others to share this with, cause a whole growler would have been tiresome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Bright amber/red, almost pink raspberry. Yeasty, raspberry and strawberry, kool-aid, and cough medicine. Lots of flavor but it takes a while to come out with it. Some alcohol. Something frothy, something odd, something earthy. Fine and interesting. (on tap at brewpub)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4914) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
10 oz goblet at the brewpub, October 8 2006. Stolidly sitting in the chalice, a translucent dark amber with a small ring of lasting head and a fair amount of bubbling....vapourously visiting my olfactory center is bright sweet peach/apricot syrup, honey and maybe a little maple, fresh-baked cookie yeast and faint wet grasses....soporifically stunning the tongue is extraordinary sweetness which rapidly grows cloying and well-nigh undrinkable despite some interest from lightly smoky malts and tobacco....thickening textures tickle the tongue with sticky, slushy syrup and cardboardy chalkiness finishes for a saddening spectacle from this normally numinous micromanipulator of heady hoppy heaven. Ho hum.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2006
On tap. Minimal noticable aroma. Orange color. Complex range of flavor, fruity, rasin and carmel notes. Bittersweet finish. Creamy mouthfeel with a light alcoholic presence. Good and strong overall but weak aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2006
maybe more scotch than belgium, the plum notes were enjoyable and i found myself ordering another.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkzambia (1928) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Tap at brewpub:Clear cider brown color with no head. It display a strong, spicy , yeasty aroma with hints of gingerbread and pumpkin sices. The taste is equally strong. Tons of yeast, a truckload of overly ripe bananas. I just dont like these characteristics of Belgians, but I imagine for the style it is fine.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1413) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Very fruity nose. Golden orangish color with a minimal head. Looks to be filtered with its transparent coloring. Peach, doesnt exactly taste belgian to me. Nevertheless, it is pretty good and worth an order.


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