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Grand Crüe - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2005)
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Reviews by dherling:
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dherling

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

From a cask fest at brzen head:

Poured out a dark cloudy brown color with a light tan head. Nose offered some malt and spice, ropunded out by fig and sherry. Some alcohol there too. The taste hits you first with some sweet malt and caramel, but spice, hops, and fruit bring up ther other end for beautiful balance. The 12.4% is no where to be found. Very well balanced, slick mouthfeel, a bit heavy on the finish.

12-24-2006 16:30:53 | More by dherling
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

On cask @ David Copperfield's House of beer in NYC, pours dark plummy amber, cloudy, with a tan head and leaving splotchy lacing. Fragrant, fruity, perfumey nose. Notes of apricots, brandy, cloves, corainder. Lovely soft mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden and in the background. Spicy, dry and smokey finish. I'm very impressed with this strong and complex beer. Outstanding after dinner sipper.

01-29-2006 14:59:57 | More by Billolick
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Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dirty muddy brown color with a small creamy khaki colored head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of caramel malt with some prunes and raisins; hints of honey. The taste is of prunes and raisins some honey and caramel. No belgian yeast flavors or candi sugar presence. American strong ale seems to be the correct style. Little to no hop presence. The feel is moderate to heavy, soft carbonation, light grassy bitterness and some alcohol burn. A strong beer for sure, though don't agree with the BA classification as I don't detect any Belgian characteristics. Seems like a strong ale to me. A good malty presense, though could use some more flavor to match the over 12% ABV.

05-22-2010 02:02:19 | More by Gmann
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vacax

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

The pour is a deep amber color with some white head though not much retention. The aroma has dates, candi sugar, spicy and perfumey hop, quite nice. It seems like a Belgian amber or barleywine moreso than a typical BSDA. The flavor is intense with floral notes, plum, and raisins then there is a strong alcohol warming accompanies by a grassy and herbal hop bitterness on the palate. The roselike hops stick around on the palate for a minute or two. Body is somewhat heavy with a lower level of carbonation that I like in a strong ale like this. Pretty tasty brew, but the intensity means a bottle of this is intended for sharing.

03-31-2010 06:41:15 | More by vacax
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JoeBloe

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

i completely agree with the previous (alpinebryant) reviewer's review -
i would like to add that the taste and bellywarmth of alcohol that you would expect for a 12.4% brew -
bottled on date and abv section of the label are blank.
i'm happy to have tried this one, but again $16.99 is a bit steep -

03-24-2010 10:25:45 | More by JoeBloe
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hand bottle...thanks to BA sixpoint for this.

Appears a hazy dark amber with a small, light tan cap that never really fades away. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, flowery hops, and raisin bread.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, vanilla, and some candy bar nougat coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, packed with esters, and light hops bouncing along the tongue.

11-07-2008 18:06:53 | More by weeare138
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rem5

New York

4.95/5  rDev +25.3%

I had this at the VIP session at the American Beer Fest this past weekend. I must say, I thought this was the most memorable beer I tried the whole day. I went back for a couple more tastings... it was THAT good.

A- 4... only because it was quite cloudy. Common for homebrew but I dont think it fits the style guidelines.

S- Smell of amazing fruits, prunes, dates etc.

T- Nice malt character, good esters, very well balanced. Full body but not overwhelmingly so. Fruit smell was obvious in the taste as well.

M- 12.4%? You would never know. This went down extremely smooth.

D- Almost too enjoyable to drink. This is my new favorite beer.

I recommend this to anyone who can get their paws on it. From the other reviews it seems this is not widely available. It really gives native belgians a run for their money and its exciting to see american craft brewers creating something this amazingly good, and just 45 mins away from my house too. I forgot to mention, the head brewer himself served this to me. Thanks Aaron Stumpf! See ya at the next tasting!

06-20-2006 16:08:19 | More by rem5
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle thanks to Gfunk720. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings forth a moderately-dark brown liquid with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a nice amount of dark fruit character along with some caramel and malty sweetness. The flavor is fairly loaded with dark fruits with dates really standing out. A fig presence in the background also. However, toward the finish and leading into the aftertaste, there is quite a bit of bitterness that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer. Drinks pretty well and is a solid American version of the style, albeit a bit thin and with an off finish.

01-10-2011 11:45:14 | More by Thorpe429
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this fine libation.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet brown sugar and caramel aromas as well as the usual dark stone fruits. Not the most intense nose for a BSDA, but solid.

T: A similar collection of traits on the tongue. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and dark candi sugar. Plums, black cherries, and raisins.

M: Medium to full in body with a very lively carbonation.

D: Fairly complex and surprisingly easy to drink despite a rather high alcohol content (I was guessing more around 8%).

09-04-2010 08:00:22 | More by womencantsail
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

Belgian Barleywine? I'm down. Poured along with the Merlot.

Pours a nice copper brown with some lacing no head. Both are about the same color.

Smell: Caramel, Spicy Yeast, Fruity notes, it's almost brandy-ish.

Taste: Raisins, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Very Earthy. Thick with a low carbonation.

This reminds me of Mikeller's Big Worse, but a little better. Theres a kind of "funky mess" thing going on.

From a trade with Sixpoint.

08-02-2008 04:09:52 | More by TheBlackMallard
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ChowHound

New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

I heard this was going up so I waited until the bartender at David Copperfield's tapped it. Joe told me it was settling for 2 days already, but it was still a little cloudy. I guess Belgian style beers are not optimal for cask engines. Smell was a bit funky, kind of like the Panil Barriquee I sampled recently. A little sour. Color was a light, kind of muddy brown with hints of orange. The head was off-white, and it wasn't big for head. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth considering this beer is purported to be 15% ABV. Creamy, and there is quite a bit of hops in this beer. Actually, this beer is quite good. Strong without being over the top, Hops hit first, followed by an alcohol warmth and a variety of flavors, a bit of burnt caramel and citrus. I like this and it is very drinkable.

01-28-2006 19:36:10 | More by ChowHound
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srandycarter

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

2004, Hand bottled, sent by Barrelman. Excellent job.

A - Murky brown like muddy cider. Clumpy off white head leaves to ring. Some sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruits, apples, yeast and bread. Caramel thread there too.

T - Definitely in the Barley wine area. Big malt with some apple, eartlhiness and a little of the Belgian funk at the end, but not much.

M - Medium to full, great carb, great coating.

D - After 1/2 a bomber I am feeling the alcohol. Not a long session beer. Good, no, great stuff.

09-21-2008 04:35:13 | More by srandycarter
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jameaterblues

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Cask: at what Stanton Publick used to be.

A- Little to no head at all(as expected). Very dark inky blackish brown. Served in a challis and ruby/crimson hints could be seen at the curves of the glass.
S- Strong alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a scent that was remarkably pinot noir esque with lots of red fruit.
T-Red fruit (cherry, berry, and plum)....light chocolate, and molasses, and a light lingering alcohol taste in the finish.
M/D- Low to no carbonation....very wine like....coated the tongue, and was extremely complex. I would really like to sit down and have a couple glasses of this at my house....the atmosphere at the bar was not the best to enjoy a beer like this.

01-24-2007 21:42:05 | More by jameaterblues
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malfunxion

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-27-2014 05:29:49 | More by malfunxion
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Pours a mahogany colored liquid that is capped by a rocky, two-fingered head; clumps of lace stick to the chalice

Smell: Figs, dates and burnt caramel

Taste: Dried dark fruit sweetness, up front, followed, by a tannic, herbal bitterness that builds, after the swallow; while the dark fruit flavors persist into the finish, the bitter herbal aspect dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable boozy warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not quite sure where to classify this one; as eithers have suggested, it is more like a strong ale than a BSDA; still, it is a nice beer and it is always a treat to find a Sixpoint beer in a bottle

11-25-2010 21:48:06 | More by brentk56
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Had a 10 oz pour at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn NY12/7/2007
poured a dark reddish brown, almost a plum color with a thinish head with a light tan hue. Left some patchy lacing

Great nose, dark fruit, prunes, plums some cherries, and some earthy belgian yeast funk

Slightly sour, plums and cherries on the tongue with some caramel.

Little carbonation medium bodied

Alchohol is apparent but nothing will lead you to believe that this is 12.4% so watch out...other than that this is a super drinkable beer

Another winner from Sixpoint

12-09-2007 23:38:11 | More by DaggerEyes
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Eh. A nice Belgian style. But a Grand Crue? I dunno about that. Thick earthy flavor brings a pretty high level of the funk. Lots of bitter edge from thick amounts of hops. Feel is good. And it is a nice one to drink, just not one of my all time favorites from Sixpoint.

01-01-2008 13:21:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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joefuzz

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle with a sixpoint keg label on the side no bottle date.

Pours a very dark redish brown with pretty much no head at all. Smells of brown sugar with some bready malt. Taste is very sweet with some very heavy fruit presence almost like cooked pineapple. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty on par with a barleywine. Overall this has been a long time want and I'm very glad to have tried it, I get the impression that this bottle is pretty old I would have liked to try this fresh.

06-22-2012 05:35:35 | More by joefuzz
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

I was told that this was made specifically for CBGB club in NYC and that this had aged for a few years in a cellar. CBGB is where many a famous Rock bands have made their start and broken out into the spotlight. Date filled label: not stamped with a date. Clearly not a Grand Crue. Perhaps this was made for a band with a similar name?

Pours a clear copper color with no head at all. There are some completely clear bubbles that did appear around the edges, but not something I would consider a head.

Smell of Caramel, roasted malts, raisin, molasses and belgian yeast.

Taste of belgian candy sugar, belgian yeast, roasted malts, caramel, and raisin.

Carbonation seems to be on the flat side, and a slightly syrupy mixture. Not a bad beer, but not worth 16.99 IMO. I think most of the delight with this beer was that it was a Sixpoint brew in a bottle, which does not really happen. They serve mainly on draft.

03-20-2010 18:14:49 | More by alpinebryant
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-28-2014 16:48:34 | More by Slatetank
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gford217

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

22oz bomber from Beerworld.

Pours an extremely murky light brown with a wispy beige head that leaves a sticky collar which tracks down the glass leaving boozy legs.

Aroma is very, very sweet with candi sugar, caramel and pears. There is also an interesting citrusy presence which takes the form of orange zest. Maybe some licorice and raisins.

The taste is also sweet with more fruit and caramel up front. There is also a hefty candi sugar presence and massive in the background with a very light spiciness in the finish. Definitely some alcohol burn as well.

The mouthfeel is thin the for style for me. It's slick with very low carbonation and dry in the finish.

This is not one of my favorites from Sixpoint. It's too thin and lacks the complexity and body to be considered a serious Belgian dark.

10-15-2010 02:21:19 | More by gford217
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev 0%

Got in a trade with NYCWheatFanSC.

Pours an incredibly hazy kind of light brown. Almost no head, only a little ring of loose bubbles around the edges. Not the prettiest beer I've ever looked at by any means. Has a toffee/caramel sweetness to the smell, also a hint of cocoa and cinnamon, and some earthiness. Also some powdery, almost straw like smells from the yeast and pale grains. Pretty good, nice and complex. The taste starts out with a slight burn of alcohol, followed by a big kick of malty sweetness, like a dry caramel syrup - don't get me wrong, there's plenty of sweetness, but it doesn't get to you because of the alcohol, the yeast character (a slightly earthy, spicy taste), and a tiny bit of an earthy bitterness. I'm enjoying this, vastly interesting. The body is a little thinner than I'd expect for such a big beer. It finishes kind of dry with a burntish taste, and the lower carbonation makes the alcoholic finish more noticeable, I think. Overall, I see this as a beer that is good, but could definitely be improved upon. And the power of the ABV would keep me from drinking too much. Anyway, I was glad to have tried a Sxpoint beer without going to Brooklyn.

07-03-2010 22:40:22 | More by taylorhamrick
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%

On tap at the Collins Bar for a Secret Stash night.
This brew loses some style points because it doesnt drink like a Belgian at all; much more like a barleywine, and a boozey barleywine at that. I went into this really wanting to enjoy it because I like what I've had from Sixpoint so far and I like Belgian strong dark ales.
Poured a murky brown without any head.
Didn't get too much out of the odor even though it was served warm. Got some booze out of the odor, alcohol soaked fruit but not in a pleasing way.
Tasted like a pretty good barleywine. Much hoppier than I expected with a pretty bitter finish. Roasted malts or caramelized fruits.
Quite smooth for 12.4%, I'll give it that.
Just not quite worthy of the title Grand Crue.

07-13-2006 02:55:13 | More by ommegangpbr
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Pours an opaque red-brown/black color with a finger of fluffy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring that laces nicely.

S - Lots of sweet brown sugar in the nose. There is also deeper carmel malt and some dark and light fruit elements to round out the flavor a bit.

T - Starts off with a lot of carmel flavor and brown sugar. Also some pear flavor as well as some dark fruit (raisin). Through the middle the sharpness of the fruit and sugar fades a bit and a smooth blend of them continues with a yeasty flavor added. The finish has the light fruit flavor, touch of dark fruit, and some sugar sweetness that lingers for a while.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is much more balanced than expected. Little bit of booze is felt on the tongue.

D - Pretty drinkable. Lots of sweetness, but it is nicely balanced by other flavors so it does not get in the way of enjoying the beer. Very interesting mix of the brown sugar sweetness and the various fruit flavors.

03-02-2011 04:55:40 | More by ngeunit1
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

A 22 ounce hand bottle. I want to say that Alan (NutBrown) sent this to me as an extra in a trade, but I'm not sure. Regardless, I got this back in 2007. Uncapped and poured into my Adnams tumbler. The ale appears a clear crimson chestnut color with a good inch of lasting, light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of raisins, figs, dark molasses, caramel, cocoa, cherries, prunes, mildly spicy yeast. Body could be a tad fuller, but it's no biggie. Decent carbonation levels and each sip leaves a slick coating on the tongue. Certainly does not come off as a 12% ale. The alcohol heat has mellowed nicely. A really nice beer. Glad I had the chance to try it.

01-21-2010 05:45:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Grand Crüe from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.