Grand Cru - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by RoyalT:
3.83/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - This is exceptionally dark, closer to black than brown, with a nice head that left foam pits on top of the liquid that would have stayed there all night if I had the patience.
Smell - The malt is very sweet here with lots of candied sugar. The fruits are dark like figs and dates but overly sugared, not like natural fruit. There's a light smokiness to this one as well.
Taste - The malt is all sugar and heavy on the figs, again very candied. The roasty smoke is bigger here as well. It's not smoked like a rauchbier or anything like that. It's more artificial I'd say like added smoke.
This is a terrific flavor profile but everything seems a little unnatural and the malt character is gone. The Grand Crus are always sweeter OK but I think this one lacks structure.
Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with a lightly roasted smoke aftertaste and little carbonation.
Drinkability - This is a nice one but not on par with other American efforts such as Alesmith, Avery, and Southhampton. I'm a great fan of the brewery but this one reminded me of their smoke porter that simply missed the mark.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2011 01:13:14 | More by RoyalT
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3.61/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Burley Oak snifter
A: A nice hazy dark brown that gets darker with depth. A decent finger width head with minimal lacing.
S: Spicy and sweet. Quite Belgian with what smells like some candi sugar.
T: Typical belgian spice and style that has a nice level of sweetness. Good flavors here, but it has this strange taste in there towards the end. Also, there is quite a bit of of raisins and dried fruit in here.
M: Overall quite smooth but you can feel a lot of bubbles in there that aren't too prickly. It is a bit thin, but still good.
O: Tasty and glad I was able to find it even though I wasn't looking for it specifically. It is much better than the new Peach Grand Cru. I feel like this is either on the cusp of going downhill or just passed it.
Opened this with some of my neighbors and they fully enjoyed it, but they are mainly wine people. Doing my part to share the goods.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 01:57:11 | More by gillagorilla
Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.