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Grand Cru - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Grand CruGrand Cru

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.03%
Wants: 16
Gots: 78 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nbree00 on 07-22-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

RangnaR, Apr 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Adavar, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml to three pint glasses with a super hazy, yeast clogged golden apricot appearance. Head forms to about a finger but does not stick around for very long as it fizzes out. Small ring leaves a few spots of lace but not much at all.

S- Fruit mostly comes to mind with some barrel influence and definitely the Belgian yeast as well. Notes of apple, pear, agave, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, yeast spice and raisin. Not much Bourbon for me but it just compliments the fruity and yeast feel.

T- Tons of fruits again with a super heavy yeast influence and some barrel feel. A whole myriad of fruits come to mind like pears, apples, lemons, agave nectar, raisins, cherries and figs, kind of insane actually. The barrel adds a hint of whiskey and vanilla but doesn't overpower the beer for me. Nice Belgian yeast brings an almost Blonde Trappist feel. A slight tartness.

MF- The body itself is fairly dried out and somewhere around moderately thick compared to other Belgian styles. Carbonation at a higher end level with a somewhat fizzy feel which feels kind of strange with the flavors present. Finishes with a bit of warmth.

I would have never guessed this being 12.5%. The mix of intense fruitiness with the barrel (on the subtle side) is nice but the overall finish is just a bit strange to me. The flavors clash just a bit but for me it is a pretty nice brew. Unlike anything other beer I can think of, after 1500+ that isn't something I say much.

cbutova, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of beer4colin
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

beer4colin, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy copper with solid stream of carbonation. Off white head fades quickly, no lacing.

S: Sweet-ish malt resembling raisins, mild oak, some notes of caramel and whiskey, a touch of tropical fruit... very rich, rounded, warm.

T: Strong on the whiskey notes (spice, nuts, wood), toffee malt and sweeter caramel, raisins still there too. Sweetness is made matured with fruit notes (the agave nectar surely). Oak on the finish. Equally as rich as the nose, balanced, nuanced, lasting, and rewarding. No telling the ABV is so high- almost a shame, a burn would compliment the whiskey flavors.

M: Smooth, almost like a whiskey with mild carbonation. Full bodied for sure, almost thick.

O: This is a great beer. The flavors are unabashed and full-forced, without running over each other. Special compliments on not overdoing the barreling- it picked up the bourbon and wood, but wasn't overwhelming, a fine display of mature woodwork. I'm left smelling my glass in wonder of its character. I'll be buying more, if I can find it.

1000lbgrizzly, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark bottle with cork and wire served in a Belgian snifter.

Both the aroma and the flavor are quite fruity.
The lightly sweet flavor suggests golden raisins and ripe apricots but has a good bit of tartness too. There's an unusual component in the taste that may be the agave.
Pronounced BBL influence on the aroma, with more moderate BBL effects on he flavor.

Feel: Medium-full body and carbonation. Notable warming

O: a fine, refreshing sipper. A suitable anniversary beer, albeit not as wonderful as their Old Rasputin.

chinchill, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

duceswild, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Beerdudenumberone, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, agave, clove, oak, pepper, light bourbon, light toffee, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and light-moderate barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Jakep2021, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

sabitu, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

crag, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

meghmmm, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of GregorywBrown13
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shocked this beer is rated so low.

A- stunning crystal clear coopper. Head dies a little quicker than you would hope
s- tropical funk, nice malt sweetness, booze is there, but not as juch as you woukd think at 12.9%. Very faint bourbon notes.
t- same tropical funk as the nose. Delicious. I love sweet malty beers, and the way this beer pairs the sweet malt with the tangy funk character is superb. Again, the booze is there, but not as much as I expected. This beer is big, expect to taste the alcohol. Where this beer might lose points with some is the barrel aging. It has a subtle oak characteristic that really plays well with the malt/funk. It tastes nothing like a bourbon barrel aged beer. If that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.
m- given the belgian influence, could be carbonated a bit more.
o- I loved this beer. I havent reviewed a beer in years, but I was shocked how low this beer was ranked. If you like boozy funky belgian style ales with a strong malt profile, try this. If you like the subtle use of oak on such beers, try this. If bourbon aged means bourbon flavored beer, or sweet and funky isn't your style, try something else.

GregorywBrown13, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

appetiteforparis, Feb 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

AlaskanYoung, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Mbpike, Feb 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jopezu, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very opaque golden with small white head.

S/T: Oaky, buttery Chardonnay, lemon, funky belgian yeast, fresh orange, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, lemon, an odd combination but very tasty.

M: Medium bodied and bubbly, though not harsh. More foamy than harsh with carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer, I disagree with the rating given to it.

BierJager89, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

closisinthehouse, Jan 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MattSweatshirt, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

rrski198, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of BeerDocT
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

BeerDocT, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

DruC4, Dec 26, 2013
Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.