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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: 72 | 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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kvgomps

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

01-22-2014 02:22:49 | More by kvgomps
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-12-2014 06:15:42 | More by MattSweatshirt
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rrski198

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-02-2014 00:02:58 | More by rrski198
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%

It's that time of year, when beer fans over-indulge and sample beers we might normally skip because of price or...well, price. That's the backstory.

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured a beautiful deep, coppery golden color. Little head, but lots of obvious carbonation; thinking it is bottle conditioned. Very little lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice -if subdued-- bouquet on this brew. First scents are sharp and somewhat spicy. Different layers of light yellow fruits: pineapple, mango...I also detect a delicate but definite hint of alcohol, which is no surprise given the mighty 12%+ ABV on this monster.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat tart and has a touch of low-level sweetness. Middle is where the most interesting taste of tropical fruit seeps in: pineapple, mango, kiwi. Unexpected and delicious. This is accompanied by a nice hit of sweet barley and a tangy tartness. Finish is where the previous taste level clears out and everything revolves around a subtle graininess and clean malt. Aftertaste is where the taste levels from the middle jump back up and re-assert themselves for a fabulous ending. Remarkable. BTW, no hint of the massive ABV in the taste.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Nice and complementary, but somewhat biting and shallow in the mouth.

Overall 4.0: Certainly exceeded my expectations. Not just a typical "hey, let's brew a monster beer, dude!" offering from a micro-brew, this beer is well-balanced, masterly crafted and a pleasure to imbibe. However, enjoy at your own risk, as this baby packs a Asgardian-type wallop.

12-26-2013 06:14:47 | More by BeerDocT
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DruC4

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%

12-26-2013 02:47:18 | More by DruC4
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

2013. Hazy orange with a thick collar of eggshell foam. Good head retention. Woody aroma from the barrel aging, light malt and hops character, slight bourbon and cheese. The flavour was much the same, but with more alcohol presence and a light caramel sweetness. Notes of fruit, wood, bourbon, booze. Moderate astringency from the wood, medium bodied, high carbonation that lent it a fluffy/airy texture, and plenty of alcohol warmth. As it warmed, the astringency continued to grow. Pretty good, but it didn't blow me away, mainly due to the balance of wood/astringency in the overall character of the beer.

12-23-2013 15:51:50 | More by DrJay
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-23-2013 03:04:56 | More by jduprey007
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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%

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

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%

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.

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%

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.

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