Cru D'or - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hyuga on 10-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed for Whole Foods.
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Photo of captenaj
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at the Sandy Butler deli in Ft Myers Beach Florida. I had no idea what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: The brew poured a deep coppery brown with a two (small) fingered head. As I poured, I said to myself that the beer was just about the most perfect color a beer could be.

Smell: A very slight hops smell was present, with a fruit-like aroma detectable beneath this. The alcohol was also obvious.

Taste: Very smooth and pleasant. The hops were present but not powerful at all (a big plus in my book). There was also a taste of raisins or other rich smelling fruit.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. The bite of the alcohol was too prominent for my taste.

Drinkability: I would love to drink a few of these but at 8% ABV, I would have to say the drinkability was limited.

Overall a very nice beer that I would love to try again.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick and thin film o of tan head comes and goes and just a little bubbling. Very interesting aroma of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and a little maple syrup. Very light brown sugar mixed with heavily toasted and light roasted malt. The yeast adds some banana and wheat flavors. Some boozey warmth helps round out the taste and palate.

Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a clear reddish-maple syrup color with a big foamy 2" bone-colored head. The head settled to an active 1/8" cap in 5 minutes or so. Some minor lace stickage on the glass.

S= Lots of candi sugar and esters up front, especially bubblegum and something darker and richer like molasses in there too. No hops to speak of. Some alcohol in the nose after I swirled the glass.

T= Started off with a malty, candi sugary sweetness that lead into the huge estery burst midway. I was surprised to find a pleasant hoble hop twang way in the back of my tongue with each swallow. Not really bitter, just the mellow hop flavor. Finish was more phenolic notes with a moderate warming alcohol character.

MF= Medium bodied with a high carbonation level and a bit of a crisp effervescent mouthfeel.

D= Though I am a huge Belgian ale fan, I don't drink a lot of dubbels. This is really one of the better ones in my opinion. The fruity esters really make this one unique and the appearance and carbonation were spot on. Highly drinkable despite the abv.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some subtle fruity yeast. Taste is a nice mix between some candi sugar notes with some traces of fruity ester. Missing some dry fruits elements and candi sugar presence is a bit overdone. Average body with good carbonation and light alcohol ester.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a brilliant cherry maple syrup hue that glows even deeper crimson with light behind it. A light orange caramel head of two, almost three, fingers has impressive retention and leaves some snowflake like lacing down the glass. steady active carbonation up to the surface.

aroma is rich, earthy, and definitely belgian. Impressive aroma. dark fruit, floral hops, toasted malts, sugar, maple, and a touch of alcohol - brandy. Some pepper, taragon, and a hit of earthy funk. enticing.

Taste of caramel, toffee and roasted malt up front, quickly replaced with yeast, bread, and spice. pepper, clove, cardamom. A slightly hoppy finish lends a touch of bitterness. cocoa, earthy, woody, and just a hint of a pleasant belgian funkiness.

Ample clean carbonation is the highlight of the mouthfeel. A smooth, fairly full-bodied brew with a clean, drying crispness. Solidly enjoyable.

surprisingly enjoyed this one. Nothing amazing, but a solid, truly belgian style brew. The yeast strain is excellent, and really brings some nice qualities to this one. I could definitely see drinking this one every now and then... especially at the price. worth a shot. plus, the "organic"-ness is a plus as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with amber edges and a big foamy yellow head. Malty aroma with nutty, spicy and dark fruit notes. Slightly carbonated, bery crisp with malty full body, candi sugar and dark fruits such as raisin, prune, sugar cane, cocoa and grape.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured slowly into a goblet.

Appearance: Clear, reddish-brown body with shades of burnt orange around the edges. Head is initially 1/4 in height, khaki-colored, and foamy, but fades to a thin cap after a short while. Lots of carbonation can be seen, even in this dark brew.

Smell: Molasses, honeysuckle, figs, and other floral, fruity aromas that are hard to name. Doughy malts and some spice also present, but not as strong as the aforementioned sweet notes. A really nice overall smell here. Wish I could describe it better.

Taste: Candied fruits and molasses stand out first, followed by some molasses, spice, doughy malts, and Belgian yeast. With that said, overall taste is a tad bland. Also, the alcohol stands out quite a bit.

Mouthfeel: A much lighter body than I was anticipating. Flavors leave the mouth quickly, too. Pretty high carbonation, though probably standard for the style. Nice spiciness. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves the mouth a bit numb.

Drinkability: A pretty light dubbel in both body and taste. Easy to drink, but a little boring. Also, light body makes alcohol more apparent than it should be IMHO.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with lots of tan head. Very strong sweet brown sugar smell.. maybe sugar coated raisins. Taste is bitter at first and sort of watered down, followed by a strong burst of alcohol. Not a lot of the complex flavors characteristic of these Belgian style beers. While this isn't a bad beer, its probably below average for the style.

Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice big rust tinged, light brown head and no lace. Aroma was a very nice but fading orange on top of a malt with caramel. Flavor's not bad with similar characteristics. Nice. Perhaps a bit thin in the mouth. Pronounced carbonation. Decent finish. Don't notice the alcohol too much. Could almost be a session beer if you didn't get too snockered. Brought this bottle back from Miami a couple months ago.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-red color with a decent one-finger head that lingers in the glass.

Aroma is subdued with raisin and sweet malt sticking through in the nose.

Taste is smooth with chewy malt, mild raisin and very little bitterness. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of brown sugar, raisin and chewy malt. Only a bit of alcohol warmth at the back of the throat.

Overall, smooth, easy to drink and not a bad dubbel to start with. Strong so use caution to sip this one.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown crown cap bottle. No freshness date. Thanks to Shawn Dunn of Global Brewers Guild for his one!

Appearance: Brownish-amber with notes of orange. Not quite clear, some particles floating...bottle-conditioned? Slight tan/orangish head.

Nose: Orange peel, lavender, sweet wheat, candi sugar.

Palate: Spicy! Lots of spice up front, with caramel malt in the middle, and a crisp finish that fades back into baking spice notes. Clove, nutmeg. A little citrus feeling on the back with some slight suggestions of banana peel. Carbonation is light, but balanced (doesn't feel too flat or too foamy).

Notes: Tastes like a spiced dubbel. A decent brew, especially considering it's organic. Would recommend it, and will probably revisit it again myself.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Color is mahogany with a reddish/orange hue and a thin, spritzy head. Moderate lacing that creates 1/4 inch trails of bubbles shooting up.

Aroma is brown sugar, yeast, fig, raisin, and sugary malt mixed with booze. Grassy accents as well.

A laid back taste consisting of raw sugar, toasted malt, wood, with hints of spice (lemon pepper, cloves). Not much on the carbonation side which leads to a slick mouthfeel and faint dryness to round things out. Afertaste is a bit bitter and sweet. Alcohol burn warms the throat.

Not a bad beer but certainly does not overwhelm. I am not sure if I would purchase this again but I wouldn't turn one down. I'll have to try their other dubbel which I have failed to pick up over the years.

Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben, fishingnet for this gem.

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a small wispy head. Very little retention and sparse lace.

S: Nice sweet brown sugar malt, hints of dark fruit, banana yeast, and toffee.

T: Very similar to aroma. Wonderful malt sweetness. Brown sugar, toffee, and toasted malt. Belgian yeast with sweet banana. Rich dark fruits and a touch of booze.

M: Medium to full bodied nice rich and sweet.

D: Very nice. Drinkable, a gem.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: into my snifter, gives a nice little head that shows decent retention, the beer itself a maple syrup brown in color

s: decent amount of fruit on a brown sugar malt body, primarily oxidized apple and raisin with a touch of date syrup, moderate yeast influence with some fairly benign esters, hops minimal and herbal, nice and malty with some sweet alcohol, even a little spice in there

m: carbonation a light-medium and falls a little dead on the tongue, body full-medium

t: starts with brown sugar coated apple and dark raisins, on the sweet side but well complimented with a grassy, herbal hop flavor and a bitterness that dries the finish

d: not the best dubbel out, but a pleasant drink as is, and quite nice all around

single from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

Photo of Offa
2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is decent but mostly bland except for an interesting and promising spiciness that soon faeds and becomes unpleasantly sharp

Fairly dark, murky red-brown with small bits in it, it has a fairly large, light tan head that quickly thins to a thin head that slowly dissipates to a dense ring.

The aroma is cloves, port, alcohol, brown bread, and stewed pears, fairly good and somewhat complex.

The taste is, at first, very peppery, spicy, with super-fortified port, with pears, and a strong, aggressive zestiness. This is interesting at first but this gets tiresome quickly and it fades fast, leaving nothing behond it. The finish is exceedingly short, ending abruptly and leaving no real aftertaste aside from a brief, light peppery bitterness that quickly vanishes as well. The feel is fizzy but thin.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a rich mahogany color with a light tan head and good lacing. Nose of ripe fruit and some citrus and banana.. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with touches of burnt sugar. caramel malts, and wood. Alcohol shows in the finish. Good stuff.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep red mahogany color with a thin beige head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of banana and brown sugar.

Tastes of raisins, candied sugar, caramel, and plums. Finish is dark fruits, chocolate, and biscuit. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, chewy, and lightly carbonated.

This is a nice dubbel from North Coast and quite drinkable.

Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice and cloudy amber/red color. A large beige head forms and leaves lots of patch lace down the glass.
S: Not very aromatic, and not a lot of depth. Malty with some brown sugar and banana dominate.
T: Very malty with some wood and brown sugar. Banana again, but also some peppery spices.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for the style. Drinkability is decent. Fairly smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation and spiciness along with the high ABV detracts a bit in this department.

Not bad, but not up to the normal North Coast standard. I don't want to say this is a miss, but there are many better Dubbles available by this brewery (Brother Thelonious) and many others.

Photo of popery
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pretty good if forgettable Dubbel. I appreciate the attempt at making good organic beer. I disagree with attempting a Dubbel because it's a rough comparison between this beer and the great or even just good Belgians. Unless someone is deeply concerned about buying organic products, I don't know why you would choose this beer over the nearly ubiquitous Chimay red. And if you branch out to other Belgians, it falls even further down the list.

A deep golden beer with a nice head, the beer looks pretty good. The head dissipates a bit rapidly, but that's not the biggest problem in the world.

The beer smells and tastes quite good compared to all beers, but strictly compared to other Dubbels, it's just pleasant. It's fairly sweet and well-balanced but a bit light for my taste. It's not entirely outclassed by the big boys, but it isn't going to be winning competitions. This is the real problem with making a specialty Belgian. Good for North Coast for making an organic Dubbel but unless you buy based on this one criteria, you're better served elsewhere.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as would be expected from North Coast. They certainly know how to make beer. I marked drinkability up a bit higher simply because the lightness, which bothers me in the taste, does make for an easy drinking beer.

Now, let's see them make an organic beer that is better than their normal beers. Then again, I'm not the biggest fan of Brother Thelonious, so maybe I should say let's see an organic beer that can compete with the top beers of its style.

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Available at various Whole Foods supermarkets. Pours mahogoney brown with lots of white lace, moderate head in pour. Aroma of mollasses and pice, quite boozy. Taste is spicey peppery, and quite drying aftertaste. Cloves, ginger, chocolate malt, about average mouthfeel. A little too spicey to keep drinking. High carbonation.

Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby poured into my tacky RR tulip, probably the only night I really bust this out. Cru D'or is dark, glowing ruby with a light sand head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is very sugary, sweet tropical fruits, with a rich carmelization that doesn't make it to the palate.

Taste is also pretty sugary and fruity, really more BSPA, no real depth, nice grapiness, but your average snow-cone Belgian style.

Mouthfeel is pretty sharp, a bubble carbonation, pretty light and digestible.

Drinkability is effortless enough, but this just isn't that good - to simple and sugary! I wanted to enjoy it with a cigar, and decided to dump in a shot of Sailor Jerry's Rum. I certainly didn't want another.

Photo of Thunderball
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice this amber brown organic brew produced a one finger head with little retention. The aroma of yeast, biscuit (almost sourdough) like bread, and a fruity brown sugar nose. Taste is yeasty bread, caramel, brine, and a slight coffee like bitterness to the finish. Full mouthfeel, with a lasting carbonation that can be felt all the way to the back of the palate. All in all, a nice introduction into the organic beer institution.

Photo of d0ggnate
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brewery that always excites me. I saw this and picked up a four pack, expecting something good like usual from North Coast.

A: Poured a rich, hazy brown/amber with a thick single finger head layer. This gave way quickly to a nice glass-lining ring.
S: Belgian candied sugar, cinnamon, spices and light brown sugar.
T: More cinnamon and spice. Great sweet brown sugar taste. Almost as if this was just baked for me.
M: Crisp flavor. Nice carbonation profile. Slick and smooth at the same time.
D: Drinks very well. A very nice belgian-like beer. I could put the whole four pack away by myself. I'm impressed.

Photo of joekfsu
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dense, dark amber with 3 cm of quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, plums. Initial taste is sweet and fruity up front. Taste changes to become more balanced with some licorice and alcohol coming through. Light to medium body, light carbonation, light lacing, and moderate alcohol presence. Overall, my first organic beer and it wasn't too bad.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Very pleasing clear red oak color, less of a head than I expected, very slight head somewhere between bone white and light tan, only light lacing.

S = Spicey yeast shows through and a malty smell of baking bread is present underneath. Main complaint is it seems to lack the sweetness I would prefer in a dubbel and the yeast esters are almost one note.

T = Very light flavor of chocolate, baked bread, barnyard flavors, slight metallic flavors show up mid-palate and remina into the finish.

M = Mdeium-heavy body, good mouthcoating.

D = This is not a bad Belgian style ale by any means, but it lacks a certain depth that I would like to see. Definintely worth drinking but not the first dubbel or Belgian dark ale I would have if more were available.

Cru D'or from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.