Grand Cru - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
2.93/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a deep brown with strong reddish tones. One-finger light tan head with more reddish hues. Fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.
Smells of good strong sweet caramel malts, and some Belgian yeast providing a bit of clove spice. The smell is pleasant, but it doesn't have a whole lot of dimension to it. I get a bit of port wine, some nice bready notes from the malts.
Whoa. Tastes uber-sweet and very rounded. The sweetness fills up the mouth and settles on the back of the tongue. The sugars are so powerful that I can't pick up much else in the flavor. It's like drinking a sweet dessert. I get the sort of yeasty bready flavor I normally get from doppelbocks. Some dark fruit like plums and raisins come through. But mostly, it's just overpoweringly sweet, with not a whole lot else to it. I get a touch of spice and a bit of alcohol pinch in the finish.
Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. A light alcohol burn builds throughout. With a beer this heavy and sweet, I need more carbonation to move things around and bring out other flavors.
This is a serious malt-bomb. What's there is decently tasty. But unfortunately, it doesn't have much depth or complexity. To me, it comes across as sweet, sweet, and more sweet.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2011 03:22:30 | More by zeledonia
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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 257 ratings.