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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Grand CruGrand Cru

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: nbree00 on 07-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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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.

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Bottle poured into a snifter

A: there's no head on this and no lacing. In my glass it looks like I'm sipping a brandy

S: bourbon in the forefront. Smells sweet and light fruit

T: bourbon and molasses dominate. Some apple and pear in the background

M: thick full bodied and sweet

O: I'm really digging this one. A perfect night cap as a sipper die to its 12.9% and sweetness. Kudos to north coast brewing on this monster

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The color is absolutely glowing in its pear or golden Apple hue. The head was bubbly and thin but collared and retained for the duration.

The scent has bourbonesque qualities with hints of Apple, pear, vanilla honey and honeysuckle.

After fighting the initial brashness of the alcohol and/or bourbon, I was able to settle in towards the final 2/3rds. I was completely unfamiliar with this and figured there had to be barrel aging from the taste alone. There's a creamy bourbon flavor with a touch of oak. As the beer airs it begins to mellow and a fruitiness comes alive. Apple's, pears, honey, earthy honeysuckle, and raisin swirl about a vanilla cream and toasty malt.

The feel seems to never come off the brashness and champagne like bubbliness which I found mildly detracting.

This is a very fascinating beer, one that probably needs a little age and a little air. My initial feeling though is that it's well worth the try and probably a second.

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.