Grand Cru - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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3.18/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-06-2012 19:30:46 | More by kojevergas
4.48/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Grand Cru is a perennial favorite at Town Hall and GABF medal winning brew. It is also one of our favorites, especially my wife's. I've had this in every form, including the briefly used Stone growlers for those Town Hall patrons who remember that experiment. Over the years, we've loved and liked this beer, mostly loving it in earlier years and liking it now. We are unsure if our tastes have changed over the years or if the beer has changed. One possible explanation for the difference in perception is that is we tended to drink Grand Cru on the opening night that it was tapped when we first fell in love with the beer, and now we get it when we see it: too many variables and not enough background information to make a conclusion. At any rate, I'm still a fan boy and like or love this beer a lot, depending on the particular version of it that is in front of me at the moment.
Took home a growler of this 9.4% Belgian ale. Dirty white head is a tough pour and almost evaporates. Draft on Saturday fell less quickly, but dissipated just the same. Fusel alcohols apparent in the nose with a spicy hotness along with strong caramel, toffee and burnt malt. Swirl the beer and full legs appear along the edge of the glass and betray the high alcohol. Sticky sweet, full mouthfeel with caramel malt and a yeast and alcohol spiciness. This beer warms up nicely and really opens up, so take some time and enjoy. Otherwise, the flavors are muted and the full potential will be missed.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2012 02:35:11 | More by FightingEntropy
3.45/5 rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
This beer has changed over years as I have been told. Back in 2006 it was a golden colored beer... my sample is not golden by a long shot. It's a bright looking dark copper hued beer with some depth to its looks. It drinks like a Belgian Dark Ale and I think it's an attempt at a Quadrupel, and not an entirely shabby one. Prominent notes include fruit, toast and baked dessert. Light body in spite of high ABV (sugars I assume), and high carbonation. A full, bursting mouthfeel and an overall alcoholic character present both in the aroma and the taste.
While not bad, it doesn't do too well against its competition :-/
3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2012 07:22:54 | More by tewaris
4.33/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2012 08:37:52 | More by MattyG85
3.85/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: growler
11-13-2010 20:39:04 | More by Gobzilla
3.03/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: growler
11-08-2010 01:00:00 | More by womencantsail
Grand Cru from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.