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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  12.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nbree00 on 07-22-2011)
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-09-2013 05:17:59 | More by Zbeetleman
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Ted_Infrared

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-07-2013 14:54:02 | More by Ted_Infrared
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roostor07

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-06-2013 23:45:41 | More by roostor07
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cleonile2000

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-05-2013 22:12:24 | More by cleonile2000
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-02-2013 20:18:18 | More by MammothTarantula
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-01-2013 00:27:23 | More by BigJim5021
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DSkilling

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

06-30-2013 22:46:19 | More by DSkilling
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JamLand

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-30-2013 17:21:27 | More by JamLand
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-30-2013 03:46:22 | More by tbone1384
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-24-2013 08:29:09 | More by jaxon53
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scot959

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-23-2013 02:29:05 | More by scot959
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jgammoniv

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +24%

06-18-2013 12:39:21 | More by jgammoniv
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Jayeblue24

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-16-2013 16:24:45 | More by Jayeblue24
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-11-2013 00:18:50 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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LazFTW

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +18.2%

Excellent and complex Belgian style ale. Its hard to believe that this is almost 13% ABV as most beers nearing 9%. you can clearly taste the flavor. I would highly recommend this to any fans of Belgian beers. It seems the U.S. can give some Belgian brewers a run for their money.

06-10-2013 18:40:21 | More by LazFTW
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2013 22:55:00 | More by DenverBigRed
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-12-2013 22:36:06 | More by rydev24
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11%

$15.95 at a bottle shop. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful soft glow of honey amber. Practically no head, but I can't say that I was springing for much with that big 12.9% ABV rocking here.

Smells of Belgian yeast esters and bourbon. Sweet agave note offers that tequila vibe and some of the citrusy and stone fruit elements from the yeast combines not terribly unlike a margarita. Whiffs of honey, apricot, and golden raisin also contribute.

Kind of sweet, but there's a tasty whiskey note that carries some of the barrel without being too woody. Belgian pale malts and ruffling yeast offer more stone fruits. Hints of citrus conjure up flavors of orange and grape and apricot and golden raisin. More of that honey from the nose. Has a strange imbalance, the way mixing bourbon and tequila into a fruity cocktail would clash. Very interesting how it still retains a lot of Belgian flair. Booziness is kind of big, but not 12.9% big, in my opinion. My girlfriend disagrees, but I think this drinks on the easy side. Carbonation is tuned way down, but that doesn't hurt the feel too much. It's a beastly Belgian Strong Pale, not too much can be done about that. The body has a great full-on mouth-coat. A little tacky and quite condensed. I feel pretty good about sipping on this, even though I might be taking it down a little too fast for my own good.

Very unique BSPA. Maybe the first bourbon barrel-aged version that I've had. Would totally have this again and would be intrigued to try this one aged. Buy one at a good price and give me your take on it.

05-12-2013 03:32:03 | More by thecheapies
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cheefdaddy1

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +24%

05-11-2013 18:46:46 | More by cheefdaddy1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-29-2013 15:01:32 | More by halo913
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stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

04-20-2013 23:40:34 | More by stpaulsipper07
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-20-2013 14:06:49 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-16-2013 00:48:58 | More by Stoutlad
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-14-2013 00:55:22 | More by IPAchris
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.