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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 373
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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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-03-2013 00:38:53 | More by valkyre65
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-26-2013 17:09:44 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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gunpwdr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-25-2013 22:28:46 | More by gunpwdr
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-24-2013 02:31:45 | More by Sparky44
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michaeljstraub

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2013 02:08:31 | More by michaeljstraub
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-13-2013 01:15:45 | More by atone315
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-08-2013 05:34:33 | More by NorthSideSean
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match1112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-08-2013 01:09:13 | More by match1112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-02-2013 02:33:12 | More by MarkyMOD
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Hazy

Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-26-2013 18:09:26 | More by Hazy
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Andonato

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-26-2013 07:38:05 | More by Andonato
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JackOGreen

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

02-25-2013 07:44:45 | More by JackOGreen
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Kwak78

California

5/5  rDev +37.7%

02-21-2013 07:18:55 | More by Kwak78
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SaintBenedict

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

North Coast Grand Cru pours a spectacular crystal-clear golden honey color with a short-lived spritz-y white head that soon settles to a thin cap of fine bubbles. After some time, a concentrated fountain rises from the center of the glass, directly above the etching at the bottom of the Duvel tulip.

The aroma is sweet and somewhat syrupy with notes of Belgian yeast and a touch of barnyard funkiness, along with damp hay, dried apricot, white grape juice, juicy tart berries, modest oaky wood and a kiss of bourbon.

On the palate, the agave makes itself known presenting a syrupy sweet flavor, as well as rum-macerated cherries, juicy apricot, fleshy peach, alcohol-soaked fruit bread, berry flavors, vinous notes and a super-charged malty sweetness. The ale finishes with hints of oak and bourbon.

The body is medium-full, with a thick viscous, oily texture and minimal carbonation, though a fair degree of effervescence is clearly present.

To be honest, both the nose and palate are a bit unrefined and overdone. I have a suspicion that a little more time would help to tone down the assertiveness of the ale. However, that being said, this bottle is already nearly two years old, so I'm not entirely convinced how it will fare after a few more years.

All in all, I'm torn: North Coast Grand Cru shows a lot of ingenuity and promise, but it comes off as green, immature—a bit too big for its britches, if you will. The "Grand Cru" designator should be reserved for the summum bonum of a brewery, which, by the likes of it, is an appellation that perhaps has been hoisted upon this brew too hastily.

02-21-2013 00:12:37 | More by SaintBenedict
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AgentMunky

California

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Light head and nice lacing. Clear gold with a mere hint of haze.

S: Smells like chardonnay. Straight up, nothing else.

T: Grapes and whiskey. Lightly carbonated, with a lingering yeastiness. I can taste the floral Belgian influence, but this tastes more like bourbon barrel aged white grape communion wine than anything else. Odd.

M: Pleasant, spicy, carbonated, and smooth.

O: I actually quite liked this beer. Tastes much more like a BPA or bière de champagne (or much more actually, a bière de chardonnay). Would have again.

P.S. The bottle is incredibly hefty. If you ever get in a fancy bar fight, this is the bludgeoning tool I'd recommend.

02-20-2013 08:00:14 | More by AgentMunky
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +24%

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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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birddawg


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-06-2013 18:20:53 | More by birddawg
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-04-2013 01:25:07 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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weonfire

Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -26.7%

A - Golden. one finger of white head that fades quickly. As is sits- looks flat. Not inspired to sip this.

S - High amount of alcohol. Agave is also potent. smells like old cheap rum.

T - sweet agave at first. alcohol takes over and is not hidden whats so ever. Makes me cringe at every sip.

M - while it didn't quite 'burn the nostrils', straight booze coats the mouth and throat. not a pleasant taste.

O- I was looking forward to aged nectar in bourbon barrels. Greatly disappointed. $15 for this bottle? I expected far better from North Coast. I would not recommend this to anybody.

02-03-2013 03:32:40 | More by weonfire
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Alabama

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.