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Grand Cru De Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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very good

53 Ratings

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 51
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
21.8 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 9.5% by volume
Bitterness: 24 IBU
Color: 45 SRM

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-19-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Beer-A-Lot, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%

2007 bottle.

Almost black, with some creamy tan head.

Smells good - malt, molasses, caramel, dark fruit along the lines of dried mission fig. Mellow. Cohesive.

Dark fruit is more prominent on the palate - lots of raisin and fig, along with plenty of rich malty flavor, dark caramel, molasses; roasted nuttinesss develops in a fairly long finish. Medium level of sweetness; excellent balance and cohesion. Smooth medium-full bodied texture, almost silky. Delicious.

This was better than expected; the years have treated it well.

Beerzebub, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Gregg_Kawakami, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Hoppy_McMalt, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

beertunes, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

beerloverofbham, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Drknight, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

roodie, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big head. Murky brown body with a dark khaki head. Lots of retention.

Smell - Bananas. Dark fruits and booze. Kinda spicy. Nose-tingling.

Taste - Bananas and caramel. Nicely balanced fruit flavors with the caramel. Spice builds with the bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and then bitter. Medium heavy body. A slightly unpleasant finish.

Overall - Very nice without being standout. Balanced, I suppose.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

n2185, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Dracook, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/2012.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

750mL (bottled March 2011) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ vigorous carb (typical of Pelican), big billowing khaki head, great retention, nice clumps of lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is sweet bready malt, sticky dark stone fruit, warm booze.

Taste follows nose. Sweet dry bready malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, alcohol. Fermentable dark fruity malt has an almost vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is clean, light w/ a dry finish. Carbonation keeps it crisp and sharp.

Overall a really enjoyable BSDA. Only real flaw is that the alcohol is pretty evident. Well done Pelican.

draheim, Oct 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

sukwonee, Jul 28, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%


750ml into a tulip. Pours a dull deep mahogany, relentless tan head, core retains a dense head the outer melds to large supporting bubbles.

Classic traditional strong dark aroma. Dark fruits, yeast, camphor and old world spices.

Big long evolving flavor. Strong vinous phenols appear twice, the big initial flavor then the length of the long lived aftertaste each distinct and clearly defined. Easy to understand those who won't like this. With warmth the alcohol figures more prominent as a flavor component. Medium bodied mouthfeel isn't revealed until the carbonation dissipates. Delicious complexity. Enjoys warmth.

impending, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

drewone, May 21, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark murky red brown. Massive medium light tan head dissipates very quickly, leaving a ring with little lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, plum and dark fruit, slightly sour. Taste is intense caramel malt, dark and fried fruit and alcohol. Long aftertaste of malt and dark fruits with a bit of a hop element. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An enjoyable Belgian ale, perhaps not as integrated as some, perhaps because of the alcohol kick.

LiquidAmber, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -9.7%


Bottle shared by Javier at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Dark crimson with a beige head.

S: Strong esters redolent of sugary peach, apricot, plum, and date. The yeast is decidedly Belgian. Malt is bready and sweet.

T: Plum and apricot with bubblegum and banana. Alcohol is evident. Caramel accompanies bread and sugary sweetness. The finish has a pepper-like spiciness to it.

M: Upper medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian Strong Dark.

HopHead84, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jophish17, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

joefc, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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Grand Cru De Pelican from Pelican Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.