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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 87 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First things first: beers reviews always come from biased sources, right? Everyone's got their idea about what they like, and how this style should be done, etc.
Second, let's consider North Coast Brewing. They brew the classic RIS, Old Rasputin. They brew a barleywine-esque old ale, the Old Stock Ale. These two beers are top flight. Their other major beers, Pranqster and Brother Thelonius, are respectably good beers.
When I see North Coast on a label, I expect good things. When I see Grand Cru on a label, I expect the best of the best. It is, after all, a grand cru.

A: Deep gold/pale amber body with slight haze from a center-pour unto a tulip kicked up a slim finger of tan head; the beer leaves the glass clean as you drink

S: orchard fruits, apricots and peaches soaked in bourbon

T: luxurious sugars from the malts and aromas from the hops create a tapestry of the lush orchard fruits and booze - a very sultry, heady flavor. Fresh and juicy.

M: brisk carbonation creates a warm fuzz to the medium-to-full bodied feel

O: ignore the mundane (so far) reviews, and just get it already.

Buyer beware: it's just a pint-and-change bottle, so you're not gonna get much of a second pour!

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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows wine-like notes, fruity tequila, very soft bourbon, coconut. Pretty wierd and different. Not sure I like the fruity white wine character though.
More coconut as a flavour along with bourbon and booze. Some fruity wine notes are still there.
Boozy-feeling body, low carbonation. Some burn.
A bit too boozy and white wine-like in my opinion.

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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright resiny amber with thin white head. Light lacing and moderate working. Nose; bright sour apple, citrus resin, candy sugar. Chardonay. The taste is bright and ready for the party. The agave is beautiful and flows over the tongue as the beer coates and clings. The effort is readily apparent although the vanilla has totally faded. Those who love sour will enjoy the finish. The king of cups is ready for a party; but today is not his brithday!

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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 500ml cage-and-cork bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; no freshness date visible, but this was bought shortly after its release this year.

Appearance (3.5): The head is white and a bit fizzy, making a crackling sound as it dies down. Not a lot of lace as it recedes, either, just a couple of sudsy spots. The body is a brilliant orange-golden color though, and crystal clear. The lack of head and lacing is understandable, given the strength and barrel aging of the beer, but it’s kind of a letdown regardless. Great body, though.

Smell (3.5): Very strong oak scent here with a mild vanilla tone, definitely from the bourbon barrel aging. Definitely a bit of alcohol heat underneath, but it’s surprisingly subdued. Beyond that, the beer has almost a sugary sweet scent, which combined with the oaky vanilla tones comes off almost like cream soda.

Taste (3.5): At the front, the beer has more of that vanilla character, and moves into an interesting, estery fruit flavor, like apple juice, that must be coming from the yeast / malt combination. Wow . . . finishes with quite a bit of alcohol vapor, but it unfolds slowly, only coming out at the end. The bourbon character is definitely pronounced but not overbearing, because it mixes well with the fruity yeast and the already over the top alcohol tone.

Mouthfeel (3.0): The fizzy head lends a similar impression on the mouthfeel, sharply crackling before giving way to quite a bit of alcohol vapor, leaving my tongue slightly numbed.

Overall (3.5): Overall, this beer is something of an oddball. It’s not unenjoyable, but it’s challenging in some ways; it doesn’t fit the category perfectly, but there’s no category it would fit better, either. It tastes like a mildly carbonated apple juice with a strong oak character and a hell of a lot of alcohol vapor. It’s a decent beer and very interesting, but definitely best in small doses.

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.