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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 18.51%


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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eric5bellies

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml caged and corked bottle, given to me by @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very effervescent, clear golden colour, with a champagne-like bead and fizzling sec head. Body is fluid, with just a touch of weight behind it. Lacing is patchy. The champagne appearance is quite pleasant and refined, but it could be a little big more persistent.

Nose is a very strange combination of nectar sweet and bone- and earthy-dry. Soft bourbon oak characters come through giving a round, smooth sensation to the aroma, while the carbonation gives crisp champagne acidity. Together, they blend in to an odd apple-cider and caramelized tarte tartin flavour. It's unusual, and not unpleasant, but also a bit haphazard.

Taste is similar, with the added disadvantage of having quite a prominent heat on the back palate. Bourbon barrel opens proceedings, with a smooth oaky sweetness that develops into a slightly crisp phenolic tartness mid palate. More apple skin characters accompany the roar of booze on the finish, leaving a seared, raw character.

Feel suffers substantially from the heat, especially on the back, where it just overwhelms everything.

This had some promise. I quite liked the odd juxtaposition of the bourbon sweetness with the Bière Brut dryness, combining to give a demi-sec complexity, but they haven't quite pulled that off. I think the Agave nectar probably ferments to nothing, leaving a much higher alcohol percentage than the beer can justify.

In the end, this is hot, boozy, unbalanced and slightly too thin for its aggression. It's a bit of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 05:58:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's something very exciting with a beer that comes in a large bottle with steel cage and natural cork...

A: Pours slightly hazy orange with a tall white head that sizzels into some lacings.

S: Belgian yeast (perhaps even some brett) and some spices, sourness and oak. Green apples and some citric notes. The high ABV is well hidden.

T: Sweetness. The sourness reminds me of that in a Flanders Red Ale. Some yeast (but NO brett). Vanilla and lots of fruit and berries. Apples and some faint banana (wheat?).

M: Sour medium full body, kind of strong carbonation for this style. Aftertaste is rather long for the style and holds a sweet dry sourness. The alcohol is very "shy"...

O: A nice try by North Coast, but not near the best Belgians. If you're curious - give it a try, but if you consider the price; avoid - this was way too expencive.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 18:09:19 | More by Sunnanek
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, buttery, a bit syrupy, and a dry alcohol smell. In the taste, alcohol, a light licorice taste, dry and somewhat buttery. Quite smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry alcohol and small licorice like aftertaste. Quite big and buttery, I wish I would have aged this for a year or three.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:51:41 | More by OWSLEY069
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gigaknight

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours radiant gold with champagne-like carbonation, culminating in a finger of crisp white head which dissipates quickly. Little lacing is seen remaining on the glass. Plenty of good nucleation from the bottom of the chalice.

S- Light phenols and some tart Belgian yeast make up the bulk of the bouquet, supplemented by some toasted oak and vanilla sweetness. Some alcohol is also present.

T- Somewhat tinny malt sweetness opens the palate, followed by tart white wine grapes, ending with a very pleasant combination of farmhouse funk, clove, and musky agave sweetness. Bourbon flavors are hardly present, lending more toasted oak and vanilla notes as opposed to sour mash. Perhaps this is simply because the agave nectar possesses a similar character and thus masks some of the typical musk of bourbon. However, the warmth of the bourbon is noticed yet not unwelcome. There is no real "bite" to speak of, but a light alcoholic heat flashes in the back of the palate, highlighting the more carmelized notes of the barrel.

M- I found this to have just the right amount of carbonation, fizzy enough keep the alcohol and residual sugar from becoming cloying, though not at all lacking in substance. The sticky sweetness of the agave adds weight to the mouthfeel, and it seems that the oak helps to dry out the finish before the robust flavors linger for too long.

O- I got this beer for $3.99 a bottle on account of a pricing error, but I think I'd still gladly pay the $15.99 it was intended to cost. A very interesting beer from North Coast, and a superb counterpoint for the BA Old Rasputin which was equally graceful and bold.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 05:21:45 | More by gigaknight
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rand

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to tulip glass

A: Golden-yellow with an nice frothy, 2-inch head. Looks indistinguishable from a DIPA.

S: Boozy bouquet, strong. Notes of over-ripened fruit, plums, and candied malts. The combination almost reminds of Dole Banana-Pineapple juice, although I can't pick up any distinct pineapple or banana. Weird but interesting.

T: Notes of sweet ripened fruit roll in first, joined by strong notes of biting alcohol. I'm still getting that tropical-banana thing, but it's rolled up with a bunch of other flavors. A smattering of hoppy earthiness keeps the profile from tasting actually like juice, because it's close otherwise. Finishes sweet and boozy.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, but given all that's going on in this brew its a lot lighter in complexion than you'd think. Ample carbonation to wash the residue.

One of the more unique brews I've had. I wouldn't exactly call it drinkable, but compelling and I've just blown a half an hour trying to parse the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 05:21:02 | More by rand
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gregy55902

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into an oversized snifter.

A - Pours a nice, vibrant dark mango color. Minimal head which recedes quickly leaving bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S - This smell is not like any other beer, and I have to suspect the agave nectar made it smell like this. Bread, belgian yeast, funky earthen notes, and alcohol.

T - Sour dark fruits (almost cloying), a bit of bourbon, alcohol is present but not overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, good for a belgian style beer.

O - I had no idea what to expect with this one (or even what the style was, really). I prefer other styles (imperial stout/IPA) more, but this beer is ok and a good change of pace. Share this with friends because its a chore to drink the whole bottle. Not something I will seek out again but I'm glad to have tried it. I can't really recommend this to the average citizen, something just seems off and it's not a beer that I would call very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 07:11:29 | More by gregy55902
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peacebone116

California

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 2011 vintage from 500-mL bottle into a snifter glass on 8-20-11.

A: Light, bright gold. Little head with wisps of lace at the sides and swirling in the middle. There is visible carbonation throughout.

N: Crisp belgian tartness mingles with a bready butterscotch flavor and a slight hint of booze.

T/M: Taste that follows the nose with defined apple tartness. A bit of oak flavor on the finish with a nice warming sensation. Not much of a bourbon flavor. Light carbonation but this seems appropriate for the style, with a light to medium body.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. Good flavors for a barrel-aged quad-style.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:08:53 | More by peacebone116
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottling date available on the bottle. Pours similar to apple juice. Crystal clear with a slight yellow hue to it. BAM Witt the citrus and fruit straight to the dome. Thiah has amazing finish and aroma, rivals some of the best I've had for grand cru. I will say this was sour to the taste. I've had much more well rounded brews that went down and tasted much better. Nice drink ability. Nice lacing. Expected a little more. Overall north coast laid down a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 07:32:40 | More by HOPPYKC
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. C&C. Cork is a little tough to get out but finally gives way. Not sure why but I imagined this to be a darker color as it pours a clear apple juice golden color with a lively white head that settles to coaster in the glass. Fruity aroma mixed with some barrel notes. I also get a funky cheese note. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet fruit start with a boozy note. The agave throws this off for me I think. Overall, I’m not a huge fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:18:00 | More by kbutler1
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color w/ a thin off white head. Below average lacing on my CBS snifter. Completely clear to look through- strange for the color and strength. The smell is a little weird too... apricot, pear, spices, bourbon? It's very sweet, and very unique. I'm not crazy about the nose, though. The taste is like white wine, fruit juice and a shot of bourbon all mixed into one. Definitely on the light side taste-wise for the style. I see now that agave is listed on the bottle, and I definitely get some of that too. Feel is very light, syrupy, highly carbonated, with a bite in the aftertaste. Overall, this is an interesting beer that definitely needs a couple years on it. Very unique. I don't think I will seek this out again, but it's worth checking out. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:02:03 | More by jayhawk73
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champ103

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a clear, but dull orange color. A mall bubbly white head forms with pour retention. The foam recedes to nothing in a second with light lace.
S: Apple juice up front. Some sweet malt, but that is about it.
T: Again, a big apple juice/cider flavor. Though without the great crisp, almost tart bite that I would expect with such a beer. Some sweet malt and hot alcohol. Overall, just blah.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. This needs to me much cleaner, and dryer. Plenty of hot alcohol makes this a very slow sipper. One I don't really care to finish.

Not much to say besides over priced, average at best, and disappointing coming from one of my favorite breweries. Not something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 01:05:42 | More by champ103
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Golden orange in color with about a half finger of bright white head. Good lacing, good retention.

S: There is a yeasty floral smell that predominates, I also feel I get a root beer-like aroma. Lots of esters and alcohols.

T: Citrusy with some Belgian spice, certainly a fair amount of alcohol on the palate.

M: Dry, crisp, pretty boozy--as expected. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Definitely a good Belgian-style Gran Cru. I think it would have been ideal sharing this bottle, however, as I'll probably be drunk by the end. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:25:23 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Didn't expect this beer to come out looking like Coors, but it had a dark golden color. Just don't see that too often when something is labeled as bourbon barrel aged, but hey, something new. Aroma was all over the place. Mostly it was just the smell of alcohol. Throw in some roundabout fruit and wood, and there it is.

Taste, wow, even bigger disappointment. More alcohol heat, no distinguishable direction, seems like a grand cru where everything, including the kitchen sink is dumped together, slap it in a spirits barrel and a few months later, you have a beer that retailers can ask $20 a pop for. The bourbon aspect is paltry compared to the alcohol heat and belgian steroid yeast. Where the agave was, I have no idea. It was like a mix of raisin and pear, with wet oak, and rubbing alcohol with a boilermaker shot of whiskey added for 'bad' measure.

North Coast frequently gets it right with their affordable beers. Their barrel Rasputin was never in my opinion better than the regular, and this stuff is just downright disappointing on a whole nuther level.

Avoid unless the price comes down to like, $1 a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 00:16:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dansmcd

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, pale golden colour under two fingers of fluffy white head, and then long strands of lacing.

S - Sweet pears, yeast, champagne, honey.

T - Sweet pear and peach, slightly acidic and quite boozy as you'd expect at 12.9%.

M - Medium bodied and sweet.

O - At first, quite an interesting beer, but after half a glass its more than a touch too sweet and sugary.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 08:19:30 | More by dansmcd
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a quarter-finger high off white head.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sweet fruit in the nose.
T: The taste has malty sweetness along with fruity flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is relatively easy to drink because the sweetness is not cloying and the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:28:46 | More by metter98
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a thin white cream and a champagne carbonation trailing to the surface.

S- The clean soft honey notes are dry with an agave nectar note and some malty cardboard notes to finish that are more abbey yeast and not really oxidation.

T- The slight sweetness has a dry hop note and some carbonic acid notes that finish with a slightly sweet boozy agave hint. The yeast character comes through with some pale malt and a touch of peach as the beer opens up. The finish takes on a vinous white wine and estery hint aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it and an alcohol spice in this finish.

O- There is some nice yeast character that is a bit hard to describe but blends with a hint of agave and some champagne characteristics except it is not really dry. There are some triple qualities but I don't get any barrel character. It becomes a bit one-dimensional and doesn't have a real character that makes it interesting enough to want to finish the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:19:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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harrymel

Washington

1.48/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk

A: pale golden with little head production. No lace. Etched mirror surface. Excellent clarity.
S: pear juice, some floral notes, belgian yeast. Kinda like a tripel with a sharp edge.
T: Really sweet and cloying. Wow, this is like syrup and tripel yeast. Wow, seriously sweet. So much yeast flavor too.
M: Thick and sticky with moderate on low carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer is an embarrassment.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 07:13:42 | More by harrymel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

North Coast Grand Cru

It looks like what you might expect of a Belgian "grand cru". It's got a slight haze while cold (how can that be faulted?) and its orange-gold body is quite nice. The head retention is pretty good (white, and fairly small bubbled, BTW), but the lacing could have been a bit better - still, there are no real faults with the appearance at all.

The aroma is bready and gently sweetish with a hint of wet oak. It even gives me hints of coconut here and there. There's a touch of sharp yet dull fruit, perhaps like a handful of dried apricots topped by a single slice of freshly cut pear. And a light bit of spice... or is that alcohol? With everything combined there's a bit of a tropical fruit thing happening.

In the mouth it's got a nice, gently bristling carbonation within a medium, gently dextrinous body. It reminds me of sparkling wine. Nice.

The flavor is what makes it a bit odd. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was at first, but when I read that it was brewed with agave nectar it all made sense. I was originally thinking tequila, which seemed bizarre and completely out of left field, but I guess I was actually on the right track. As it warms and becomes a bit 'softer', however, it smooths a bit and more of the fruit and oak come forward. You're also getting used to the taste of it at that point, and it doesn't seem so odd anymore at all, but those first few sips can raise an eyebrow. It's rich, but the flavors remain very concentrated; they don't separate to the point that you'd say "Oh, there's the fruit, and there's the malt... oh, and there's a bit of alcohol". And to be honest, on that note, I didn't really get any hop character until the finish, unless it was citrusy and I was just confusing it with yeasty fruitiness. (I actually found it a bit like papaya). But the hop I get in the finish is more leafy and grassy - or perhaps it just appears that way when combined with the delicate note of vanilla that appears with the oak.

So what to make of this odd bird? I don't think I can judge it against any "style", so it's got to be done hedonistically. Would I drink it again? - sure! Do I want to buy it? - no, not really, but I am a cheapskate. Could it have been brewed better? - probably yes, but I still can't fault it as is. So how about this, did I want to have a second glass out of the bottle? - yes, so OK. Everything told it's pretty decent. I wish its components were a little more balanced overall, and played their parts with just a little more flair, contributing to the betterment of the whole, but it is what it is. Time in the bottle may help, but I doubt it as I didn't find a lot of yeast to help it along. Drink now; one thumb up.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:08:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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brotherloco

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml C&C bottle. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a clear golden orange with a big loose off-white head. Lots of cascading bubbles remain in the glass. Some broad lacing.

Aroma is earthy and funky and definitely tilts Belgian. I get a lot of nutty swiss cheese notes along with some buttered popcorn. Sweet malt, vanilla, and booze.

Initial taste is very sweet and heavier on the palate than I was expecting from the apparent carbonation. Not sure what the agave nectar is contributing, but there is definitely a sweet fruit juice note. Oaky wood notes sit in the background along with some spiciness. Finish stays sweet and seems to bury whatever booze I got in the nose. Decent and interesting, but too sweet to rate highly.

Body is full and carbonation is low in comparison. Not really enough to support the thick feel.

This is certainly a unique offering and definitely has a "wine" quality to it, but it isn't a total stunner.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:18:32 | More by brotherloco
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Gobzilla

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a pale yellow with yellow highlights and a nice 2 finger bubbly head thst left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Got a whiff of dark fruits upfront on the nose with sweetness from the belgian yeast, some traces of brett funkiness and pear notes.

T: The sweet belgian yeast was more apparent on the palate with pear, dark fruit, and hints of booze but had a touch of tart bretty funkiness.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonaton which had a sweet, slight fruity, funky bretty tart finish.

D: it was drinking pretty damn good considering the ABV and was tastier than anticipated. Definitely could drink another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 23:09:42 | More by Gobzilla
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of cookie, pear, pineapple, bourbon, light oak, light vanilla and alcohol. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cookie, apple, pear, pineapple and light bourboin with a crisp lingering fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:37:05 | More by Ratman197
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 fl oz corked & caged bottle, purchased at quite a steep price. My girlfriend and I read the words "agave" and "bourbon barrel" and we were sold. Hopefully it was worth it. Poured into two goblet glasses.

A: Slightly hazy golden honey colored body with a big rocky white head initially. A thin bubbly retention cap stuck around, along with some minor patches of lacing.

S: Odd overall aroma; notes of pear, lemon, yeasty, bread and a dried woody bourbon element. The back end brings a large amount of alcohol esters. Eh, it doesn't really smell overwhelming good, but there's nothing completely off-putting about it.

T: Lots of Belgian-style yeast flavors, dough, stale dried fruits (lemon and pineapple). Mid-palate has a nice honey flavor and alcohol kick which leads right into a seriously weak bourbon element. It's almost laughable, actually. Either their barrel treatment skills are lacking or other parts of this beer completely consume any barrel flavors that were imparted. Not impressed.

M: Bubbly, very lively carbonation and medium-bodied. Somewhat sticky on the palate; finish is a bit off with an astringency I can't place.

Well, this was one beer that is absolutely in my opinion not worth the money. I didn't drain pour because of the price but had this been offered to me for free I doubt I'd finish it. A weird combination of flavors and certainly not what it was billed to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 13:19:25 | More by ShanePB
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WynnO

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer is decent in every category except taste. It evokes confusion to my palette, unable to decide what it wants to be. I sense a dry, in your face bitterness---bitter as in an immature old ale.

Rather than regret throwing my money away on this $19 snow job of advertising and squirrely one-liner quotes on North Coast's website, I actually wish I had bought two, putting bottle #2 away in a cool dark place for a year, maybe two. It might turn into something to brag about by then. If you want it to drink now though, spend your money on something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:19:49 | More by WynnO
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Arbitrator

California

1.43/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at the Bistro barrel-aged fest. One of the reasons I need to get a smartphone is that I can't check what crappy beers I've already had before. This is one I mistakenly purchased at an (average) cost of $3 a pour.

A: Pours a clear, pale gold body with a short-lived finger of off-white head.

S: Yeast. Lemon, floral hops, a touch of pepper in the finish. This reminds me of a tripel.

T: Lots of yeast. It's like they made some wort, tossed in some yeast, and killed the fermentation a day later. Ta-da! Yeast soup. Not much spice or Belgian flavor on the tongue, but it's nice and sweet, which is good.

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation.

O: Bah. I'm beginning to think North Coast is a one-trick pony, and that trick is Old Rasputin.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 03:53:13 | More by Arbitrator
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.