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Grand Cru De Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 16.13%
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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Reviews by dnichols:
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dnichols

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

I received a bottle from a friend who traveled to the coast for a summer vacation. I poured the capped, corked and gold foiled 750 ml bottle into multiple chalices full of the beer.

A: it poured a murky ruddy brown body that look like cola around the edges when back lit. It had a deep tan head that stood one finger tall before falling all to soon back into the liquid. It have an even layer of bubbles over the surface and supported temporary but dense lacing.

S: It had a rich, sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma with dark yeast and spices.

T: It began with a dense coating of sweet caramel malts and dark bready yeast flavors with plenty of tangy raisins, figs and tart plums. The flavors were well integrated and balanced. It hid the alcohol well while finishing with a peppery and sweet aftertaste.

M: It was medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a warm sweet finish.

D: It was a very well balanced with complex and well defined flavors. This is a very decent BSDA and deserves to be sampled and kept in the stash. It is not a strong session beer but a great sipper.

11-06-2008 10:53:38 | More by dnichols
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Oregon goes Belgian, from the ingredients right down to the Champagne magnum. Maybe it was just us, but the corks tore right in half. We managed to get the rest off with a corkscrew. Oops.

In any case, the cork came off with a very loud pop. Very foamy head drops down to a tan lace, sustained by very active carbonation. Dark chestnut colors border on black. Sweet malty aromas of raw cane sugar, toasted grain and shortbread pair with a ripe plum and blackberry fruitiness. Boisterous carbonation manhandles the mouthfeel with a full-on rolling crispness that doesn't let the full body get in its way. A juicy smack of fruitiness is followed by a drawn-out and complex malt character that takes a while and some warming to decipher. Suggestions of lavender, coconut and light-roasted coffee come to mind. Dark, bready malt and brown sugar flavors with steely apparitions. Hops are very mild, but a touch of bitter herbal phenol and a spicy alcohol help balance out the malt. Finishes dry with an intricate, bready malt flavor.

Outstanding! Sip, savor and enjoy! This one will surely give many other Belgian Strong Dark Ales a run for their money. So complex that it can stand on its own without a pairing--though a creamy blue cheese wouldn't kill you.

09-27-2010 18:21:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
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hughesm4

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.
a-pours deep amber in color with a ton of gold head.
s-Strong, very sweet smell that is sweet and fruity.
t-Malty caramel taste is the most dominant along with some random sweet fruit.
m/d-Decently thick but fades from the mouth rather quickly. Goes down smooth and leaves a sweet taste in your mouth.

08-22-2010 23:49:48 | More by hughesm4
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degerbah

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a dark brown with a ton of head. The aroma is spicy with a large amount of scents melding together into a potpourri of smells. The taste is very similar to the unibroue belgian strong dark ales. At best I think its not quite as good as La Fin du Monde.

08-22-2010 23:53:51 | More by degerbah
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured rich malty brown, some decent kitche spice aroma.It was drinkable,with an abov-average mouthfeel. spicy sweet,but too spicey sweet to be greatly enjoyable,too much corriander and cinammon, and I question this brewery's beer scores in general, not every one. Not a great example of grand cru style.

10-05-2009 02:19:56 | More by Sammy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-10-2013 16:57:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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beerloverofbham

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-09-2013 05:01:50 | More by beerloverofbham
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basica

Singapore

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

A - Pours a dark amber brown color into my Rochefort chalice with a very thick, rocky and milky white head and very good retention (5)

S - The nose is moderately sour with a bready backing; other aromas included suggestions of caramel, dark fruits, liquorice and alcohol; pleasant nose but not too pronounced though this improves as the beer warms (4)

T - Strong flavors of brown sugar sweetness and caramel malts smacks the taste buds upfront along with a very slight sourness/tartness that lasts towards the finish; right after the initial treat was a brief but distinct breadiness which quickly gave way to an explosion of dark fruits with suggestions of dates, plums, raisins, apples, berries, which are pleasantly blended with alcohol; flavors were without a doubt complex and very delectable (5)

M - Pleasant full-bodied thickness with a slight syrupy stickiness and a nice foamy, creamy smooth texture spotting just about the right amount of carbonation; goes down flawlessly with a nice and persistent alcohol warming to round things up (5)

D - Top class flavors and nicely blended in with the alcohol with the 9.5% hardly showing through; very well-balanced and complex with a great malt character, bready yeast nature and fruity explosion. I would definitely session this with friends if I can get easy access to this but this is definitely a sipper and something to be shared. (4.5)

The Pelican Grand Cru is nothing short of a great rendition of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; the bottle that I have is a 2009 vintage bottled in October. Notable chaaracteristics include the fruitiness, balance and the sour notes. It is noteworthy that the Pelican Grand Cru improves significantly as it warms just as most Belgian Strong Dark Ales do.

This is #1 of 3 in a horizontal tasting with 2 other American brewed Belgium Strong Dark Ale. The other 2 are: Unibroue La Terrible and Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, both top class American BSDAs

01-12-2011 18:38:30 | More by basica
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sunsetdigger

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +21.1%

Had this beer at the brewpub, thick chewy dark fruit, fig slight spice awesome nose full of molasses and sweetness, strong malt profile. poured thick and black not much head. Drinks a little to easy. One of the best beers I have ever had!!! Seek this one out you will not be sorry!!!!

03-23-2008 06:25:05 | More by sunsetdigger
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n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-20-2013 06:36:38 | More by n2185
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2012 19:12:11 | More by rogerthegill
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

I had a hard time discerning the vintage date from the sharpie on the label.. I am pretty sure it's a 2007 though. buckeyeboy brought this to a tasting Friday night... badass!! I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it did not disappoint.

Long lasting light tan head.. great lacing.. deep mahogny brown..

Nose is rich and everything good about great domestic BSDA's.. lightly phenolic and spicy.. the dark fruits run rampant with raisins .. dried cherries and plums..

Out of the gate the flavor reminds me of a thicker Chimay blue.. dates and essence of dark figs.. dark and toasty.. very rich.. more "fresh" while still somehow having plenty of aged complexities.. fairly large body with an abundant yet smooth carbonation.

I revisited this one a couple of times just to make sure I was right... and I certainly was.. The Grand Cru is just about as good as any Continental BSDA out there.. and should be much more hyped (ehh!! I said it!!!) I've enjoyed quite a few Pelican brews over the years and most of them have been close to a benchmark in their style.

Jeremy... Huge thanks for bringing this one.. I am seriously impressed.

10-12-2009 08:11:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

03-01-2012 04:48:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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Dracook

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-16-2013 03:38:34 | More by Dracook
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%

750 mL bottle from the 2007 vintage shared by fthomasl, gracias bro! Pours a murky brown color with a fluffed, dark tan foam. The initially good looking head surprisingly fades fast and does not leave much lacing.

Dark fruit smacks the nose around at first, followed by a big dark bread aroma. Little bit of oxidized malt and alcohol bring up the rear but are still quite big. Huge nose on this beast and is really complex, kind of a mix between Old Ale and BSDA.

Starts sweet on the palate with burnt caramel and marshmallows. Has a mellow, balancing sourness and a dose of bready yeast. I must say, this is right up there with the best BSDAs from Belgium. Just a light bite on the finish and a heavy dose of fruitiness add to the complexity. Even throws out some cola and blueberries as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel and a light-ish body. Even better as it warms, great stuff! Does Pelican brew a bad beer? Doubtful.

08-29-2010 22:35:20 | More by twiggamortis420
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sukwonee

Washington

1/5  rDev -75.2%

07-28-2012 22:42:36 | More by sukwonee
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-21-2013 14:00:49 | More by Drknight
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FlandersNed

Indiana

3/5  rDev -25.6%

11-30-2011 04:02:27 | More by FlandersNed
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

750ml caged and corked bottle. 2007 Vintage.

Opened to a very loud pop. Not a gusher, but a little bit came out of the bottle.

Poured a deep and dark amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, some dark fruits, yeast, and some chocolate. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, caramel, lighter yeast, brown sugary, and all around malty. Alcohol content well hidden. Lively body.

02-19-2009 01:59:57 | More by hopdog
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a deep amber-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and toffee. In the taste, toffee, caramel, small hints of cherry and raisons, and a small hint of alcohol. A small bite due to alcohol, and medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry raison and alcohol aftertaste. Big dark fruit, nice presence of alcohol and just a hint of sourness.

07-06-2008 20:22:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-21-2012 03:55:32 | More by drewone
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joefc

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2011 00:29:49 | More by joefc
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roodie

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-27-2013 23:55:38 | More by roodie
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BrewnZ

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10 Feb 08

From the binder at the bar: 22 Plato down to 4.5 Plato. 9% abv, 25 IBU's, 50 Levibond. Pale ale malt, melanoidin, C-40, chocolate, caramelized turbinado, Glacier hops, Belgian yeast.

Appearance: Very deep mahogany, clear.
Smell: Nice malt with slight tart character(fermentation), sugar.

Flavor: Complex malt flavors that dry toward plumb or prune. Tart and yeast flavors. Very nice dry finish.

Mouth: Medium with medium CO2

Drinkable? Good, though I did not drink a lot, others to try!

Looking forward to see if they managed to bottle this beer intact. Though at $15/ 750ml bottle I will not be buying much of it.

03-11-2008 13:51:35 | More by BrewnZ
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draheim

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

10-14-2012 05:11:12 | More by draheim
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Grand Cru De Pelican from Pelican Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.