Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
16.9 floz corked and caged bottle to a Duvel Tulip
No date, purchased early 2013
A - Dirty/cloudy burnt orange, milky off-white head, not extremely pretty but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
S - Fruit puree, bananas, oranges, apricots, pears, apple cider, creamy smelling when cold but becomes more vinous as it warms. Oak is faintly in the background throwing apple and woody aromas. Some acidity aromas become more pronounced as it warms.
T - Fruit overloads the senses, sweet and tangy, more cidery than the nose describes. Spiced apples, lemons, oranges, tangy pears, grapes, peaches. A peppery bitterness runs on the edges and is hard to tell if it's coming from hops or alcohol. There's actually a handful of random spices that I can't even pick out. Oak and vanilla undertones are buried pretty deep beneath the powerful fruit esters. Alcohol bears down pretty hard creating a cloyingly sweet and boozy finish that has some spicy harshness to it.
M - Low effervescent carbonation that stings and prickles when you hold it in your mouth. Full bodied but light weight. The body changes from thick to thinner as it sets.
Smells great but the rest is a different story. Cloying gets thrown around on beer reviews quite a bit, but this...this is cloying. I don't mind alcohol presence but it, mixed with the cloyingly sweet fruit barrage, overpowered the dainty barrel notes I was hoping for. I appreciate trying to make a big beer like this but this just doesn't work for me.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 01:47:17 | More by StaveHooks
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