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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grand Cru was created as a very special offering. Brewed with Belgian style characteristics but given another dimension with Honey and Blue Agave Nectar. Spiced nicely with Coriander and Orange Peel to impart an amazing experience in flavors. The Blue Agave Nectar provides a sweet but oak/bourbon cask style taste and finish. Traditional Belgian style hops are added to help balance the sweetness and enhance the complex flavors. Hints of banana, plum and clove will also join forces in the aroma bouquet. Alcohol level is deceptively smooth at 9.0%

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ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2012
A - Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast elements with some coriander and other spices and some banana, with some honey, agave, orange peel, and some pilsner malt. T - Starts off with with some honey and agave with some light coriander and orange peel. Through the middle, the yeast flavors get a bit stronger with some banana and stronger coriander and clove with a bit of pilsner malt. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast flavors with some spices, banana, and some honey, agave, and pilsner malts. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice BSPA with the agave and honey adding a nice element to the flavor. Goor overall balance.

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juicyhops (49) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Smells like honeyed barley malt, wet hay and Belgian candy and coriander. Hazy amber color. Sweet but in a good way. Balanced with some spice and hop bitterness. Medium body. A really good beer.

3.8
jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle. A clear copper color with a tan head. A fruity aroma with sweet malts, candy sugar, and a nice Belgian spice finish. A smooth, rounded flavor that is well balanced showing off banana and sweet malts with a nice kick at the finish with pepper and clove.

3.8
Fatehunter (2650) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A finger of head on an opaque, medium straw colored body. The aroma is barnyard, hay and alcohol. The taste is malty with hardly a hint of bitterness. A little booze and muddled lemon and cinnamon. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body. A nice ale with good flavor and smell.

3.7
bhensonb (16132) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bomber from the Folsom, CA Whole Foods. Pours brilliant copper with a cramy off-white head. Aromas of plum and banana. Med + body. Flavor is coriander/citrus with banana. The dark fruit sort of gets lost. As the fruits leave there’s a good amount of yeast/spice. It’s dry and spicy. Gets peppery, lightly. Heat is well blended. Excellent ale.

3.6
Ratman197 (15762) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of straw, pear, citrus, honey and light coriander. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, pear, citrus, yeast and coriander with a smooth lingering yeasty citrus finish.

3.4
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Caramel in color, a bit dirty, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Dull spicy nose, heavy tho, but not sharp.   Seems like gingerbread.   Strong malt body up front, sweet, with an assertive yet dull ginger snap cookie like presense.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   While not very heavy, its pretty smooth.   Finishes with some fruitiness, dark pitted fruit, and the ginger snap cookie I got earlier.   Very different, yet entertaining.   Doesn’t come across as Belgian in any way, but thats okay.   As it warms it becomes a bit more dull, er flat in terms of spices.   Different, but not bad.


3.3
bb (9900) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Gusher. Amber beer with a cream head. Toasted malt and light toffee aroma. Toasted malt and light spice flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Toasted malt and light citrus lingers with light spice and light yeast.

3.3
baraciisch (3474) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Hazy copper orange in orange... Aroma of Belgian sugar, yeast... Flavor is fairly thin and light... Notes of candi sugar with slight bitterness on the palate... Kind of weak and light on all levels... Decent at best

3.3
neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Church Key in San Francisco during Beer Week 2012. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a small white head that fades slowly, leaving slight lace. On the nose, there are tart notes of pear and apple paired with malts and spice. The flavour is sweet with lots of fruit, honey, pear and berries, paired up with woody, spicy notes. The finish is long and malty with fruit and a huge banana note. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice fruity Belgian style ale. It is simpler than I would like, but drinkable. 2012-02-16


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