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Grand Cru - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Grand Cru
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89
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 01-18-2004)
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 17:10:50 | More by wisrarebeer
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womencantsail

California

3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

C+

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 19:30:46 | More by kojevergas
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herman77

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

05-01-2012 03:12:30 | More by herman77
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

12-11-2013 00:20:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-10-2013 02:49:03 | More by jarrgal
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-25-2012 03:18:59 | More by bbadger
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-09-2013 19:47:33 | More by grumpygerman
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if they change up their Grand cru from year to year but this is much different and not nearly as good as last years version....thus the new review to balance things out. I want to leave the old one in because it reflects what that beer was....this is different..

Burnt orange...Meringue like head...nose is big on black licorice...anise...and ground pepper...body is full....taste leans malty but with a very pronounced black licorice element...perhaps some candy sugar notes..

Overall this is OK but not one of my favorite Grand Crus...last years was much better.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2005 05:25:27 | More by ZAP
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Crosling

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Orange/red color. Aroma is moderately vibrant and very fruity, with hints of coriander, yeast and a variety of fruits; orange and tangerine. I find the flavor very sweet and fruity, more of a panty dropper than a typical beer I would usually enjoy. Candy like flavor, with a variety of sweetened fruits, passion, tropical, orange, pear...you name it. Light spice and a mildly vinous flavor on the finish. Pretty damn tasty, although it is a bit sweet, and it definately doesn’t taste Belgian to me.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2006 15:59:22 | More by Crosling
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2005 23:10:41 | More by ADR
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, this beer isn't retired. I'll report an update. This is one of the Town Hall seasonals, offered as a ten ounce pour on draft at the brew pub.

Beer is amber and has a thin white head of small bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Beer is mostly clear. Looks good.

Aroma is odd. There is a kind of Belgian yeasty / breadiness to this beer but its overall kind of weak. There is some mild maltiness as well.

The flavor is that of a Belgian strong amber ale or something similar but there is something off about this beer. Its odd in a sense that there is something BIG missing. I can taste a tinge of alcohol but not a lot of malt. Its too thin or something. I'm not having problems drinking it but its probably my least favorite out of the beers of theirs I've sampled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 19:06:27 | More by drabmuh
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-28-2012 14:48:46 | More by bsuedekum
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-26-2013 21:09:58 | More by mothman
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-24-2014 15:40:29 | More by PappyVans
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-13-2013 21:04:41 | More by mmulebarn
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-04-2012 03:06:25 | More by t0rin0
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Gobzilla

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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
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joepais

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 22:00:40 | More by joepais
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Belgian style ale. Deep slightly hazy orange color with a slight white thin head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Strong taste of the belgian yeast. Slightly sweet with a touch of bitter in the end. Medium mouthfeel. 9.5% abv well hidden, not a strong alcohol taste. Pretty tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 20:02:49 | More by kbutler1
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deebo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

07-15-2014 03:36:03 | More by deebo
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

02-04-2013 23:11:33 | More by Hopsiam14
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

06-02-2013 22:37:28 | More by gatornation
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

01-17-2014 05:56:40 | More by mattmarka1
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Grand Cru from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.