Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gregy55902:
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2011 vintage poured into an oversized snifter.
A - Pours a nice, vibrant dark mango color. Minimal head which recedes quickly leaving bubbles around the rim of the glass.
S - This smell is not like any other beer, and I have to suspect the agave nectar made it smell like this. Bread, belgian yeast, funky earthen notes, and alcohol.
T - Sour dark fruits (almost cloying), a bit of bourbon, alcohol is present but not overpowering.
M - Medium bodied, good for a belgian style beer.
O - I had no idea what to expect with this one (or even what the style was, really). I prefer other styles (imperial stout/IPA) more, but this beer is ok and a good change of pace. Share this with friends because its a chore to drink the whole bottle. Not something I will seek out again but I'm glad to have tried it. I can't really recommend this to the average citizen, something just seems off and it's not a beer that I would call very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2011 07:11:29 | More by gregy55902
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3.86/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A- Poured from the 500ml to three pint glasses with a super hazy, yeast clogged golden apricot appearance. Head forms to about a finger but does not stick around for very long as it fizzes out. Small ring leaves a few spots of lace but not much at all.
S- Fruit mostly comes to mind with some barrel influence and definitely the Belgian yeast as well. Notes of apple, pear, agave, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, yeast spice and raisin. Not much Bourbon for me but it just compliments the fruity and yeast feel.
T- Tons of fruits again with a super heavy yeast influence and some barrel feel. A whole myriad of fruits come to mind like pears, apples, lemons, agave nectar, raisins, cherries and figs, kind of insane actually. The barrel adds a hint of whiskey and vanilla but doesn't overpower the beer for me. Nice Belgian yeast brings an almost Blonde Trappist feel. A slight tartness.
MF- The body itself is fairly dried out and somewhere around moderately thick compared to other Belgian styles. Carbonation at a higher end level with a somewhat fizzy feel which feels kind of strange with the flavors present. Finishes with a bit of warmth.
I would have never guessed this being 12.5%. The mix of intense fruitiness with the barrel (on the subtle side) is nice but the overall finish is just a bit strange to me. The flavors clash just a bit but for me it is a pretty nice brew. Unlike anything other beer I can think of, after 1500+ that isn't something I say much.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 00:04:18 | More by cbutova
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.