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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | 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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elec

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2012 05:13:56 | More by elec
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-17-2012 19:39:02 | More by GrindFatherBob
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden copper body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only light lace.

S - Honey and pilsner malt with some herbal hops and musty notes of clove and pepper.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with some clove. Peppery yeast in the middle with notes of pear and pineapple as well as some toffee. Finishes with clove, pepper, honey, and lingering herbal hops.

M - A medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably complex and quite drinkable despite its high ABV. The finish is a bit sweet for my taste, but it is forgivable for a beer this strong. I enjoyed this beer, but I really feel like 13% is a bit too much for the style; I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it more if it was <10%.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 07:27:26 | More by nickfl
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have only had this beer for a couple months now. I kinda wish that I could let it sit for a couple years before trying it, but I want to know if I should buy some more since it is still pretty available right now. Let's give it a shot, but I am expecting it to be a bit "hot" like the Old Stock normally is when it is this green.

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazy yellow golden color with a solid 1/2" head of fluffy white bubbles after a very slow pour. There are lots of bubbles rising and since the beer isn't too cloudy, you can see that there is a vortex of bubbles rising. The head was >1/2 its height over a minute after the pour. Though the head hangs on forever (unusual for such a strong beer) there isn't a whole lot of lace left after drinking.

Aroma: The initial aroma was rather dry and woody like it was wood aged in a young barrel. There is also already a lot of spiciness present. Dry wood and some wheat notes seem to make their way to the top as the beer sits for a bit. Some mildly floral and herbal hops are starting to come out as the beer warms. The aroma is interesting, but a little weird for a "Grand Cru" whether I am going to judge it from American or Euro standards. It actually smells like it was aged in young American Oak barrels. I am going to have to read up on this one.

Taste: The flavor is bold with a mild medicinal component stemming from the alcohol. It is warming from the begging to the end, no doubt, so it doesn't hide the fact that it is a strong beer. In the finish there are some apricot flavors that I assume are mostly hop derived and rather nice. The flavor is an interesting ride, and every time I go back to it I am getting something different. There is definitely a fruity aspect that is coming out late, which is a little unusual. The beginning of the profile is led by the sweet and mildly toasty malt, but then the spice form the alcohol sets in and leads into the hops in the finish. Strangely, the hops come across more in the flavoring than bittering in the finish, so I guess this indicates how strong this beer actually is. The carbonation is adequate. It may be a bit high, but I think that will serve this beer well as it ages.

Opinion: As I suspected, I am pretty happy with this beer. It has a lot of character and has "age me" written all over it. I need to see if I can get a half-dozen more of these to set back for at least two years to come back and re-visit. Old Stock is one of my favorite beers to cellar, so I am sure that I can make some room for a few bottles of this one beside the OS vertical I am collecting. I would recommend this beer. Now, it is pretty good, but I am pretty confident that it will be outstanding in about 3 years...maybe 5.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:26:10 | More by SkeeterHawk
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-16-2012 00:59:31 | More by imperialking
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with a 1 finger cream head with moderate lacing and min to mod head retention.

S - Agave aka tequila, crisp apples, grapes, honey, lemon, pear, banana esters, malt, wheat. It is kind of weird, but really engaging.

T - So as fair as the typical reviews are going I am way off as I think this beer tastes pretty stellar. I don't want to compare it with most other Belgian Pale Ales because frankly this one is just weird. But weird doesn't mean bad, this is damn good. This is a full palate journey with sweet at first then sour and a little bitter at the end. Agave and honey hit me first then some citrus sourness and finally a slight wheat body and hint of back palate bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - I like Belgium ales and I thought this one deviated from the norm but that is a good thing. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this to other for a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:46:45 | More by williamjbauer
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tasting snifter. It pours golden yellow, 2 inch white head, good lacing. The aroma is sweet, lots of fruit notes(especially green apples and pears. The beer is sweet, lots of candi sugar, lots of green apple, hint of oak, realy sweet finish. The body is medium, alcohol is noticeable, good carbonation. The beer is too sweet, but I still liked it. I knocked down the scores because the bourbon ageing had no effect on the beer. Maybe it tempered the sweetness, but the bottle is a bit pricey, and no bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:21:40 | More by bonkers
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M27

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-12-2012 12:40:58 | More by M27
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-08-2012 04:56:43 | More by barbellsNbeers
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JustinQ

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-08-2012 02:45:29 | More by JustinQ
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ClimbStuff

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-02-2012 05:13:19 | More by ClimbStuff
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Pencible

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like vanilla and biscuit and wild honey, with some toasted coconut and lemon meringue and crisp apples.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and tart lemon meringue, with metallic hops and wild honey, and a little vanilla and toasted coconut and crisp apple. It had a sweet and tart aftertaste that was fairly hot but clean.
M: It was oily and smooth with fine natural carbonation. Very nice slick body.
D: This was not what I expected, but nevertheless a delicate and unique brew with good scent and taste. Body was excellent, but the finish had quite noticeable alcohol, so it must be sipped. Could probably stand some age, but not super long. A nice brew to try fresh, but not an instant classic (and probably not worth the cost).

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:19:29 | More by Pencible
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -44.9%

02-01-2012 06:27:16 | More by chrispoint
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jskennedy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-27-2012 03:49:19 | More by jskennedy
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BigE90

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-27-2012 03:07:16 | More by BigE90
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-24-2012 19:47:51 | More by PhineasGage
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JayAre46

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very transpartent golden color with a 1 finger spotty head that sits on top falls to a thin cancerous layer with a thin ring around the edges. im not going to lie im afraid after the big red 77 score popped up, the 12.9 abv and the fact that ive never heard of it, im afraid. the nose is of a clean hot alcohol, very yeasty and fruity. the taste. ah the taste, whats the problem guys? burst of pears comes through immediately, green grapes and more light fruits not much spice, lack of bubble gum bullshit which is great. it finishes very clean and the alcohol is very warming as is goes down the throat. big time white wine influence, it says it was bourbon barrel aged, which you have to really search for and its in the finish for a split section as the brewer just texted me they aged it for a whole week. yeah all seven days! i can't believe it either! the mouth feel is medium the carbonation is there but not prickly at all, its pretty smooth and easy to drink to me. overall this is not a bad brew at all, its not great and i will never drink it again but ill have no problem drinking all 50cl of it. if i would have had it a bit cooler i think i would have enjoyed it even more and it needs more hops to balance the sweetness. probably around 60 degrees because my girlfriend is in my fu#%ING EAR right now as it sits on the table. facepalm, go away. drink it, its good for the heart.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:25:21 | More by JayAre46
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-21-2012 20:51:26 | More by tbeq00
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-21-2012 13:47:10 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear Golden honey colour with a nice White head that retains well and laces a little.

S - Sweet sticky citrus like nose with a touch of green grapes and wood.

T - Up front some oak flavours that are followed by some apple and grren grape taste. Acidity is high and there is a little burn at the finish. There is also a lingering stick sweetness. Kind of all over the place.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Has plenty to like about it, but also plenty not to like. The heat and sticky sweetness lets it down. I wouldn't have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 13:26:44 | More by eric5bellies
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badboyrsl84

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-21-2012 06:54:44 | More by badboyrsl84
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mfrigon

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-15-2012 23:42:45 | More by mfrigon
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2012 03:00:45 | More by Mrpickles
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-13-2012 05:49:58 | More by mjmadsen21
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yoyosarecool

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-12-2012 15:14:40 | More by yoyosarecool
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.