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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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82
good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-22-2013 16:27:01 | More by jaydoc
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

North Coast Grand Cru has an extremely thin, off-white head, an opaque, brilliant orange appearance, few bubble streams, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of an intense mix of bourbon, sweetness, coconut, alcohol, and fruit juice. Taste is harsh- shaved coconut, alcohol, juice, sweet, lightly-roasted malt, and a vanilla background. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, and cloying, and North Coast Grand Cru finishes rich and overly sweet and alcohilic. After sipping on it for about an hour, I did notice that the coconut faded and more of a caramel aspect presented itself. The beer is complex, but not particularly enjoyable. Just too harsh.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 10:24:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
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tazzman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-18-2013 22:45:25 | More by tazzman
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2013 10:35:49 | More by shehateme
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MO5290

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-29-2013 16:21:43 | More by MO5290
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-28-2013 05:31:07 | More by BillRoth
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a less than one finger off white head, which has very nice retention and lacing for a 12.90 % abv beer. Has a nice aroma with pears, apples, sugar, pale malt, spices and alcohol.

Has a sweet flavor with pears, apples, pale malts, sugar, and alcohol. I can taste and smell alcohol, but it does not remind of other beers aged in Bourbon barrels. If I didn't read on the label that this beer is aged in Bourbon barrels, I never would have guessed. I just would have guessed that the alcohol was not well hidden. No Bourbon, oak, or vanilla detected.

Medium to full bodied.Syrupy at times. Has average carbonation. A decent beer, but I wish I could have detected the Bourbon barrel characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:42:32 | More by hardy008
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Chris00710

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-17-2013 23:23:12 | More by Chris00710
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber with a thin head that subsided quickly.
Aroma is spicy and belgian but no bourbon to note.
Taste is boozy, sweet, spicy and again no bourbon.
Fizzy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
Wouldn't try again,boozy expensive and a letdown for the price. Expected more complexity and barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:22:08 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Abbbp

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-15-2013 06:07:46 | More by Abbbp
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-14-2013 05:29:40 | More by JTomczak
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-02-2013 06:17:04 | More by Texasfan549
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-01-2013 17:13:48 | More by Balvenie
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-30-2013 17:08:49 | More by ste5venla
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bcm75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-27-2013 23:26:19 | More by bcm75
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lernerlift

Kansas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-26-2013 03:51:47 | More by lernerlift
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24%

10-22-2013 22:05:10 | More by brauseboof
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-20-2013 06:22:05 | More by Gatordaddy
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-14-2013 23:16:57 | More by Beer21
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largadeer

California

2/5  rDev -44.9%

10-13-2013 11:14:39 | More by largadeer
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16.9 floz corked and caged bottle to a Duvel Tulip
No date, purchased early 2013

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:47:17 | More by StaveHooks
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-05-2013 01:12:22 | More by fivetime
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mrjbrown27

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-02-2013 22:06:31 | More by mrjbrown27
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:34:51 | More by Givemebeer
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HookemHops13

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-28-2013 17:48:04 | More by HookemHops13
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.