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Grand Cru - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2003)
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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up very little head which has equally bad retention. The head is light beige/khaki while the body is a muddy, dark amber with hints of chestnut and looks a hazy, medium to dark amber in the light. Some spots of lacing.

Nose- Dominated by fruit esters. Starts off with lots of apple which tends toward applesauce. Mix in a little brown sugar. Some light notes of darker fruits, maybe plum. Hints of citrus, mostly lemon. Some peach. An undercurrent of bananas and rounded cloves. Some molasses. Seems somewhat in between a Dubble and a Tripel at this point.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the s but just not as complex. The apple seems to dominate and seems somewhat generic. I would also agree with other reviewers that it is a little too sweet on the front. At least for the moment. Some banana that seems to be in the wrong place on the palate followed by ashy clove that mixes with a bit of woodiness on the finish which makes me think of slight earwax. Some brown sugar and molasses. Certainly messy with some presence, perhaps too much. Pretty much what one should expect for a beer of this style that costs 2.29 a bottle. Not bad and the flaws are minor but it seems flabby. Banana seems to find itself closer to its proper spot but becomes more generic. Doesn't show any of its 10 percent. Has some aspects of a BDSA but seems more like a cross between a Dubbel and a Trippel, not that either of those are strictly defined. I like the effort but this is pretty much above average for me. Too much sugar. A little bit of cinnamon that hits me the wrong way at the moment. This will work for the right person.

Mouthfeel- More than medium bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. Mild carbonation. Pretty smooth but seems a little to heavy for the style- I think I would prefer it cleaner and more effervescent.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing despite the sweetness. Shows no real alcohol and the price is right at 2.29 a bottle. I'm very particular about Belgians so this will probably not be a repurchase.

Overall- Above average. Not exactly sure what style they were shooting for but it seems closer to one interpretation of the Dubbel (the interpretation that I like the least). A fairly good attempt and worth a try. It's good for the price.

artoolemomo, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Griffith, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

DaveRinn, Jan 09, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

JarMills, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Jave, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

MordorMongo, Feb 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Chou, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

cowboy83, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a dark orange amber with nice carbonation. Half finger white head and light lacing. Faint sweet malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing aroma. Sweet malt, dark and light fruit up front with a strong orange rind component. Quite sweet and almost syrupy. Finish is surprisingly dry with a bit of a hop bite. An odd metallic flavor in the finish possibly due to spicing. Pleasant enough start, but the finish is not well done. Not well integrated. A miss.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrNo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of doughanson78
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark murky amber with some sediment floating. A half finger off white head that fades to some larger bubbles remaining on top. Leaves a decent lace.

S: Sweet caramel and dark fruits. A light Belgian yeast aroma. Not much else going on.

T: Big sweet caramel up front. Sweet dark cherries and other dark fruits in the middle. Big Belgian yeast with a caramel sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Lower carbonation. Slight creaminess.

O: It's decent. Nothing special. A bit sweet but drinkable.

doughanson78, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

beefandbean22, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of BeerTwins
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber with a medium creamy head. Alcohol very evident in the smell. Mouth feel was smooth and whiskey-like. Flavor was very sweet and somewhat fruity but sort of overpowered by the alcohol heat. Defininately an ale to be savored. Would be very nice on a cool evening.

BeerTwins, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange color, nice sized head with good lacing
S: Belgian yeast, sweet fruity scents also ETOH scent
T: Sweet...maybe too much sweetness. Apple/pear and dark fruit flavors. Also nice spice flavor in there
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation seems maybe a tad low
O: Pretty good beer, maybe a bit too sweet but overall i'm glad I picked this beer up.

loren01, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/copper color with barely any head at all. What little head there is goes away pretty quickly.

S: Big and boozy on the nose with some hints of raisin, brown sugar, plum, belgian yeast and alcohol.

T: Lots of sweetness upfront with some heavy malt sweetness, brown sugar, something that tastes like a syrup made from fig, oak, nutmeg and a slight nuttiness on the finish. A little too sweet and syrupy for me.

notchucknorris, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Kuromaru
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a completely opaque orange pekoe tea-ish brown, with very little head, although there was good retention in the head that was there. This beer has a very different and appealing look.

Smell--Orange zest, dried apricot, caramel, sugar and alcohol straight away. After that I got a host of earthy notes, from pepper to yeast to bitters. The alcohol presence kind of flits in and out of the complex nose, but shows up most prominently at the end.

Mouthfeel--Here's where this beer fell a bit short for me. Very little carbonation. Overly full in the body--impossibly heavy and sticky, with a tad too much alcohol in the finish. This beer really lingers on the palate.

Taste--Sweet and malty characteristics dominate. Orange candy, dried, sugared apricot, sweet bread. Lusty earth notes of pepper and mild bitters pop in shortly before the alcohol finish.

Overall--This beer certainly is complex, but is lacking in balance. Muddy. Just a bit too sweet, and the slightest detection of bitters and spice left me wanting more. Worth a try, though, for sure.

Kuromaru, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice head. Retains well. Golden color. clinging layered lace. Looks good.
Sweet smell with nice undefinable flavors filling the glass.
Taste is mildly sweet. Very pleasant. Very enjoyable.
A Belgian Strong Ale or a Tripel? Maybe it's just me but I can't tell the difference.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very enjoyable with absolutely no cloy start to finish.
A worthy effort that deserves more respect in my opinion.

NWer, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Poured a dark amber/gold color with good carbonation and a very small head.

S: Nose is sweet, booze, spice, fruits and belgian yeast.

T: Taste of sweetness, some honey perhaps, tart fruits, booze. The 10% ABV is well hidden here. It has a syrupy feel and texture on the end.

M:There is alot of taste and it is balanced which helps the drinkability tremendously.

D: Cant go wrong with this beer.

barleywinefiend, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a tulp style Delirium glass:

A - Murky dark amber with a decent soapy off-white head that quickly faded to a nice foam. You're able to pour this one quickly with little risk of over flow... Unusual for this style. There's also a nice bubble stream flowing from the bottom of the glass. Zero lacing remains

S - Very fruity (orange) scented, smells like an abbey... Lots of honey scents with a wood undertone. Great use of yeast

T - Very good, a great extra pickup. Much better than the label implies... A little alcohol sits on the back of your throat, but for 10% I can't complain. This one could handle sitting for sometime

M - Very smooth and creamy. Elegantly carbonated with great yeast esters

D - Very good, it's strong, and it brings you back quickly for another sip. YUM

A very good brew, surprisingly good! Thanks for the extra addition to a great trade!

Cheers Steve!

chugalug06, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper/amber color with a thin head that recedes quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with malt, caramel, some dark fruits and a bit of spicy yeast character. Overall it has a lot of Belgian character but it is a bit muted and not quite what I look for.

Taste is sweet malt, caramels, some dark fruits, hot alcohol and a mildly solventy character. Overall the tastes I would like to be up-front (rich caramel, dark fruits, molasses and fruity yeast character) are thin and take a back seat to the alcohol and slight cidery flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with below average carbonation. It leaves a sticky feeling in the mouth.

Overall I really did not enjoy this beer, it reminds me of some of my early homebrews and the hot/cidery flavors are off putting.

trevorjn06, Jan 10, 2011
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Grand Cru from Dick's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.