Grand Cru - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Don't know if this is still "retired" as I just had this at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 oz. goblet glass.
Appearance: Deep brown with some amber and a tint of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent two fingers of off white head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Moderate amount of lacing.
Smell: A bright and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast and clove with some big hints of grapes, plums and other dark fruits. Hints of citrus orange and apple. Sweet bready caramel malts. Light hints of brown sugar and honey. Light presence of earthy hops in the background.
Taste: A sweet and fruity taste. Moderately spicy Belgian yeast and cloves up front. Big dark fruits that have a jam like taste. Notes of grape juice, plums, raisins, and figs. Also some orange and apple. Decent backing of caramel malts and toffee. Some hints of sugar and a little honey. Subtle earthy hops towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to medium level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and chewy. Very smooth for the ABV. Alcohol heat is hidden well.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a Belgian dark ale. Good fruit presence and sweetness is kept in check.
05-01-2012 08:37:52 | More by MattyG85
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
On tap at the brewpub...
Very clear copper apricot color, yellowish head rises to 1/2 an inch and then calms down. Very little in the way of lace. Sweet aromas, candied cherry, peach, unripe pear, slight dusty Mexican chocolate. Almost medium body, lower carbonation. Slightly thick and cloying, elements of Fruit Stripe gum with a definite emphasis on black pepper and slightly clovey closer to the finish. Lacks yeastiness and interesting things going on, kind of sits atop its first impression without a lot of complexity to show for itself, thought there is a ponderous heaviness going on. This sample was middling.
08-20-2005 23:10:41 | More by ADR
4.6/5 rDev +15%
Clean, freshly-minted copper sprayed with a scattered ecru spume.
Fumes of barrel-aged dark rum, augmented with additional brown sugar, lilac, cedar, toffeed pineapples, dates, and figs.
A literal menagerie in the mouth, as it roars from every corner. Sweet and fruity yelps of caramel, toffee, dates, figs, grilled pineapples, cinnamon apples, bruised pears, fried plantains and toasted coconuts. Poignant shreiks of dark rum, peach schnapps, bourbon, oak, vanilla, black pepper, orange peels, and pound cake. Then a final whimper of dried hay, as everything that came before continues to echo.
Glossy in the mouth and medium full in texture. The carbonation is tiny but steadfast.
This presents as a Belgo-barleywine.
A truly thought-provoking all-night sipper.
Thanks to Bighuge for the hospitality of sharing this growler while I was up.
08-05-2005 17:34:20 | More by cokes
4.9/5 rDev +22.5%
This beer was truely a treat. $3.75 for a 10? oz. serving (in a goblet). Nice gold color, complex and somewhat foreboding aroma (nice amount of alcohol. The flavor was awesome. Spicy, sweet, and it left my lips smacking every time I took a sip. This is an experience that every beer should be shooting for.
03-06-2004 06:59:23 | More by TastyTaste
3.03/5 rDev -24.3%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this growler.
A: The pour is a hazy dark amber color with an initially fluffy cream colored head that settles down to a thin layer.
S: A very citrus forward nose, mostly of oranges, along with some notes of stale hops and sugar. A bit of a cardboard aroma, which seems strange, and some fruitiness, I guess plums. Definitely a fair amount of alcohol along with a Windex type smell.
T: Overall, the flavor is pretty "meh". Sweet fruits, mostly plums and apples, and plenty of alcohol (again). Also, some of the same stale/cardboard type character that was present on the nose.
M: The body is medium to full with a fairly high carbonation. This is actually one of the best things about this beer.
D: I just couldn't get into this on. Too boozy and seemingly stale/oxidized.
11-08-2010 01:00:00 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
A - Quickly dissipating head, lightly carbonated, amber colored, clear, appears flat.
S - Malty, honey
T - Great tasting! Very malty, extremely palatable
M - Initially smooth, slight tingle as it goes down
D - Very drinkable, delicious
Overall - If you live in the Minneapolis area, I would highly recommend trying one
10-20-2006 23:44:59 | More by Reils
3.18/5 rDev -20.5%
8.9% ABV per the menu as of November 2012. Served on-draught at the brewery. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving.
A: Pours no head whatsoever; retention didn't last from pour to table. Body colour is a rich copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Fruit, caramel, biscuit malt, pale malt, rich cherry and raspberry, and rich malty sweetness.
T: Rich cherry, overdone sugary malty sweetness, caramel, and biscuit malt. Jesus, that's sweet. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Too simple for the style.
Mf: Quite sticky. Chewy, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation and thickness.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. I expected far better, but it seems all this brewery does is disappoint me. I wouldn't have this again. Hides its ABV well. One of this brewery's better beers, but that isn't saying much. Underwhelming.
12-06-2012 19:30:46 | More by kojevergas
4.6/5 rDev +15%
This beer was from a trade with Faro. Thanks for hooking me up Faro! The growler was split with my wife. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.
Appearance: The beer is a coppery nearing on bronze coloration. The beer has a small white head that quickly resolves. No lacing remains behind on the glass.
Smell: Smelling this beer is like walking into a bakery. The beer has massive yeasty bready smells. The beer has a very good combination of fruity (apples, grapes, pears, plums) jelly smells. This beer smells definately sweet. Oddly enough the smells of this beer bring back memories of my grandmothers kitchen smell.
Taste: The beer has all the above smells captured in the flavor. This is coupled with corriander pepperyness. The alcohol is present in the flavor; however, the spicyness of the alcohol plays nicely with the beer.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied plus. The beer is very smooth and has a low level of carbonation. This beer is very easy to drink. I was able to easily drink slightly more than 2/3rds of this growler by myself and I wanted more.
09-11-2006 13:02:03 | More by nlmartin
3.88/5 rDev -3%
First off thanks to Justin for this treat. I poured the growler into a challis and it produced a short lived white head. The body of the brew was dark orange in color I got some fine aromas of dark fruit and Belgian yeasts with a slight alcohol note towards the end.
The flavor was sweet dark fruits like raisin and plums. I also got some spice bitters and alcohol warmth to keep it from being to coy. It had a medium feel to it in my mouth with almost no carbonation after the initial pour.
It was a good American stab at a Belgian grand cru, one of the better ones in my book. Drinkability suffered only in the fact that it had a big ABV. It was a fantastic desert beer and would not turn it down again
09-05-2010 22:00:40 | More by joepais
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured an orangish brown with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty big on the belgian yeast with dark fruits like plums and had a some malty notes as well. There was a bit of alcohol presence in the nose. The taste was also big on the belgian yeast but apple pear flavors came through on the palate with dark fruit and malt accents but some heat from the booze to round out the taste. The brew was medium in body with a pretty good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, but boozy finish. It drank alright considering the ABV and to me was a good interpretation of a grand cru. I honestly hope I get the chance to try some more of their IPA style offerings.
11-13-2010 20:39:04 | More by Gobzilla
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours to a copper-orange color with a thick tan head. The aroma is spicy, medicinal and a bit fruity, with a bubble gum smell as well. The flavor is spicy, fruity, malty, and medicinal. This is a full-bodied brew that is very tasty. A beer not to be taken lightly. A very good brew by Hoops.
05-26-2004 16:34:18 | More by BeerBuilder
2.85/5 rDev -28.8%
On tap at the brewpub.
A: light brown with red hues
S: yeast, malt, alcohol presence, (off-nose? that I can't place)
T: perfumey, decent, cloying, doesn't taste like a 9.5% ABV
M & D: good but very "thick" in the mouth and a bit cloying and overly sweet
06-20-2010 17:10:50 | More by wisrarebeer
Grand Cru from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.