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Grand Cru - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-08-2011)
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Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great Divide is one of my favorite breweries,I always look for new wares from them to snap up,I wish I wouldnt have grabbed this today though.Poured into a chalice a mahogany with a tinge of amber,a rather thin beige head atop.No aromas....really no aromas after a riveted pour into a chalice!Okay light phenols,that is it!Not much better flavor wise to be honest,light spiced phenols and some cake but its just to light in any flavor component.I had higher expectations,just another reason to check reviews before going out and buying anything.Damn!

I hate to give such a bad review to such a great American brewery, but I got to do what I got do do.

Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malts, dark fruits, spices, some Belgian yeast and alcohol. The aroma is a little fainter than expected.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet and malty up front with dark fruits and spices with a lot of warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Great Divide Grand Cru is a decent beer that is worth a try, but it lacks complexity and the alcohol takes over a little much.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear body, reddish brown in color, with a shortish head that sticks well enough. Ring-on-the-glass by the end, though.

Sweet aromas, with an earthy hop-like character. Seems like macerated, overripe fruits. Medicinal and herbal. I'm a little confused.

Grand Cru is pretty sweet, but also quite understated. The usual malt suspects: raisin, fig, brown sugar, even prune juice. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

The body is medium, made slightly thicker by a syrupy sort of nature. Finishes quite long and wet, though quite smooth. Atypical for its style, though really nothing terribly interesting.

Photo of keepersj12
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer. A nice aroma from a dark reddish brown pour. Mostly prunes, grapes and some caramel. the flavor has the above along with some hop presence to balance everything outwith a nice warming quality. The alcohol is very well hidden. Nice beer.

Photo of Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown with purple highlights, good head but not very "Belgian"-like.

Smell: Tart cherry, hint of toffee.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, raisins, cherry, a little tartness. As it warms up more caramel sweetness comes through.

Drinkability: Tasty, not too expensive (got the bomber for $7), nice for a big Belgian-style beer.

I picked up a bomber of this mostly because the price was right. I've enjoyed Great Divide's beer in the past, but haven't had much from them in a while. This one was quite tasty, I liked the sweetness along with the bit of tartness. Recommended!

Photo of nycbeerfreak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown,two finger head that reduces and stays at a finger thickness throughout the brew

S: Belgian dark candy and fruits....very nice, sweet.

T: I get very sweet cherry with alcohol....I love it.

M: Full creamy nice !

D: This beer is a creeper...goes down way to easy for a 11%

Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour...light tan head. Full mouthfeel on entry, dried cherries, cocoa, cola. Quite sweet midmouth - hint of coconut. A little cloying. Velvet mouthfeel - smooth and creamy.

The nose is tremendous - i wish the flavor profile followed - but still a flavorful beer, with some complexity.

Photo of Seru1
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Very Dark beer with a rich ruby aura and thin white head.

Smell- Disappointing here. Not much to smell, watery aromas with hints of cherry and coffee.

Taste- Very Sweet Caramel with a slightly nutty and sour notes rounding out the beer.

Mouthfeel- The Body was big and rich with sweetness. Really filled your whole mouth.

Drinkability- It was a good beer, but it was so sweet without to much balance that I could not drink more than one.

Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split two ways $7.79 at SL in Colorado.

Very distinguished looking bottle, pours mahogany with garnet tinged highlights, clear with a quickly settling 1 1/2 finger white head.

Aroma is a little light but complex, spicy yeast with a variety of dark fruit and chocolate and bready malt. Figs, raisins some dark cherries. Would it be wrong to say this smells like a carmelized fig newton.

Flavor embodies the nose more of the same dark fruits with spice notes and burnt sugar and cola on the back end. Hops barely detectable, some alcoholic breathiness underlying.

This one is rather sweet and the fact that the carbonation isn't very evident doesn't help lighten it up, medium body. Alcoholic sweetness, a good stab at the dark Belgian ales sneaky ABV, a flavorful sipper.

I wonder if age would help this one in it's complexity, hopefully the carbonation and hop balance don't fully die out or it could be snow cone syrup in a year.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks; bottled on Jan 12/11. Might set a bottle aside to see how this badboy ages....

Pours a ruddy chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head into my Vondel snifter. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight oaky sourness/tartness mixes with dark fruit

T; Plums, slight sourness, pears, burnt candi-sugar & persimmons up front, a touch of boozey warmth too. Pruney/candi sugar sweetness once warm, slight oakyness, much dark fruit, slight cola sweetness, more persimmons. Finishes caramel sweet with slight figgyness, & a slight oaky tartness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. Nice warming boozeyness, but thinning out a bit as well once warmer

Drinks pretty easy, I'm liking this but do believe this beer has long term cellaring potential for best results. This a step in the right direction for GD as far as their Belgian offerings go

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my pint snifter a enchanting deep purple and red with light piercing the darkness, to fingers of head spoken cream melts to under one in a matter of 60 seconds no residual to speak of...

Dances under my nose with enticing chocolate and whiffs of alcohol, raisin, date pie and heady belgian yeast

The flavor is a mouthful, sweet pit fruits, raison, date, prunes dominate and pine nuts in hop to the side, also predominant is the belgian candy and yeast. I have needed a taste like this for some time, this could be the best colorado Amero-Belgian i've had in some time, if ever, the best great divide I've ever tasted for certain

Strong, chewy full body with warming alcohol and medium carbonation champagning with small bubbles

I would recommend this to all, I wonder if they do it on tap?

Photo of flannelman808
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby brown and clear with a light tan cap.

S: Spice and orange peels... perhaps burnt orange peels.

T: Pretty nice stuff. A little boozy in a dark spiced rhum sort of way, but thats ok. I absolutely get a burnt orange peel quality from this beer as well as a sort of herbal almost rose petal floral note. Spice balances with sweet to help keep things on an even keel. a nice and interesting change from the norm in the belgian strong dark range! worth a try.

M: nice carbonation at a foamy sort of pace

D: medium plus

Photo of broken22
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slowly making my way through the Great Divide section at my beer store. I fell in love with their Oak aged espresso stout. I have had this before on Draft and remember it being good. I didn't want to review this beer based on memory so it gave me a good excuse to buy a bottle.

Popping this bad boy open a nice dark amber beer comes flowing out. A cream head forms that is not too thick. The beer smells malty and spicy which for me is very characteristic of Belgian style beers. Taking a big sip I am surprised at how the beer is actually quite mellow and not like it smelled. The malt really comes though and really calms that spiciness I was smelling. I also think its a little fruity on the back end but not much. This beer has a has a nice full body to it which is very much what I would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Well another good beer from a cool brewery. I think the people up there in Colorado are brewing some really killer beers. My local beer store is selling 22oz bottle for $7.99. Now go and pick one up.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $8. Dark ruby red, almost amber, clear. Smells fruity and yeasty. Taste is very strong and spicy, almost reminds me of boulevard sixth glass. Tasty but a little strong as far as the alcohol but it's decent. I probably wouldn't buy this again but that's due to the price and the fact that boulevard sixth glass is better for the same money.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a couple of snifters. Bottled Jan 2011.

A - Pours a deep murky brown with auburn edges in the light. Maybe a finger of off-white head, little retention, and almost no lacing.

S - Standard dark fruits and spice, with raisins, figs, nutmeg and clove up front, and plenty of yeastiness to go around. Pleasant but not really superlative.

T - More spice than I'd imagined from the nose, and the flavors bring to mind allspice and some anise along with the aforementioned clove. The fruit is a little more muted, but the dominant note is raisins. It's less bready than I thought it'd be and it has a short alcohol burn in the finish. Good flavors but the burn costs a bit in the score.

M - Full in the mouth, with a long dry finish. Somewhat prickly carbonation gives it a harsh impression.

D - The abv is high-ish but no so much for the style. I could maybe have another but probably not today. I'd probably reach for something else next but I wouldn't turn one of these down by any means.

O - Another solid offering from Great Divide. Looking back on my scores, it almost seems like I don't think very much of it, which isn't quite true. It's not a bad beer at all, it's just an average beer in a style that happens to be packed with some very high-quality competitors.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark, decent head
S: carmelized barley; sweet dark cherry; alcohol prominently on the nose
T: Whew! Very rich, alcohol-heavy. Plan to go slowly. Dark cherries predominate as secondary flavors on a Belgian style beer. Very nice bottle conditioning.

This is a hammer slammer, and a beer to brood by.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Way fairly impressed with this. Especially after the mess they had own their triple.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice silky head, excellent lace.
Nose has ripe pitted fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts, peppery Belgian yeast and bready malts.

Taste is sweet and malts forward. But very bready and nutty with some spicey and herbal flavors from the yeast.

Medium to full body has a nice soft carbonation and respectable finish. Great balance and drinkability.

One of the better non-trappist brewed versions of the style I've had. Also one of Great Divide's more quality offerings.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a medium white head, very good lace and retention.

S: Dark malt, molasses, cherries, raisin bread, mission fig.

T: Very sweet with caramel and dark fruit (dates in particular and prunes, some raisins). Sweet overall, very light hopping, good flavour.

M: Full-bodied, big viscosity, at tad cloying, but contains the sugar fairly well.

D: One of the better made American Belgians I've had in a while. The malt flavours are very attractive, but I'm beginning to feel American BSDAs are like the Bordeaux of beer, interesting and can be good out of the gate, but can always improve with some aging.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big bottle into two Duvel glasses split with oglmcdgl.

A big pour yielded a dark shade of red with some brown/marron in between resembling red wine to a tee. A beige shade of white on top, semi thick, lasting, but no sticky.

Smell is a nice whiff of caramel/toffee without being to much. Dark fruit, plum, slight apple with some time. A touch of vanilla and a hint of booze.

The Belgian yeast comes out more in taste giving off some darker bread, fruits such as apple and pear, hops don't really come into play, sweet malt that is not cloying. Some grape flavor with EXTREME warming. For being 11% and fresh the alcohol is tame.

Feel is a step above medium with very light carbonation, this sort of slides down a bit too easy. I drank my half a bottle, but it took some time. A good everyday BSDA for sharing and pairing with dank food.

Photo of walteez
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours exceptionally beautiful. Without the aid of light it seems to be a dark brown but when held to a lamp it really glows. A nice cherry, burgundy hue appears with the light shining through it.

S: Typical - fruity and sweet aromas.

T: I get a nice taste of sweet fruits up front but then I'm bombarded with a spicy, bitterness mid palate that seems rather off in this style (not so much the spiciness but definitely the bitterness). It finishes with a bit of a raisiny sweetness.

M: Nothing astounding, a nice medium bodied brew.

D: While I love Belgians, this one seems a bit off. The bitterness mid taste wasn't enough to ruin it for me but when I can buy Rochefort & St. Bernardus all day long at the local store I don't foresee myself getting this again. One thing to note is that I've never had a Belgian this fresh from bottling - with some time in the bottle it might mellow and get a bit better.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on Jan 12th 2011 so we are good to go.

Pours a simple dark brown, giving a decent head that is sort of light brown off cream colored. Fairly good retention for the head. Body is a really nice dark cherry and fairly clear. Real nice colored body. However on the pour this makes a lot of noise and seems really fizzy. Some decent lacing too.

Strange peanut butter and simple soy bean paste and event yeast bouquet. Really BIZARRE nose on this beer, nothing offensive, but very odd for this style and not I would say... that I am very appreciative of the uniqueness of this nose. Before tasting I feel like I am going to be ambushed.

Ambushed, luckily not. Fairly sweet getting into raisin/dates territory, but kind of strangely malty and a nice body. Caramel finish but also kind of expansive outer heat searing in the palate but without a booming feel. For high abv I have to admit though this is very well hidden, however it does get into that sugary alcohol sweetness thing. No carbonation to detect.

Well, it's not bad, but nothing I am crazy for or would want to have again. Luckily this brewery makes some beers that are flat out fantastic, this unfortunately isn't one of them.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices and dried fruits - some plum.

T - Good roasty malt with dried fruits (apple and plum). Some nice spicy yeasty notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a strong alcohol presence.

D - This was good but not great Grand Cru. Maybe it will improve with age.

Photo of JoeBloe
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks good on the pour with it's clear red/mahogany color and a 1 finger head - smells of dark fruits and molasses/sugars - taste puts up the dried cherry. prune, date flavors along with a little hoppy bitterness and a lot of syrupy sweetness that seems out of place -
a cloying sticky sweetness pervades the mouth - alcohol taste is pretty well hidden though - carbonation is a little weak for a belgian ale - ok, but I won't be looking for another.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into two duvel snifters.

A- a steady pour yields a finger or so of tan head that settles rather quickly and leaves only a faint ring around the glass. A nice red orange brown in color with a good clarity.

S- predominantly sweet, caramel and toffee with a touch of spice and alcohol.

T- very sweet again the spice does a bit to balance it out. Some fruity esters float around. Not much else going on.

M- about medium in body with a light carb that gives a bit of oily slip to it. A touch of heat on the palate and in the belly.

D- its solid not all that special. Maybe with some time things might develop a bit more.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear dark copper with a finger of tan head. Dark fruit and sugar in the aroma with just a hint of spice. Medium bodied. Fairly sweet. Some more dark fruit in the flavor finish of carmelized sugar. Not a lot going on here, could use some yeast spice.

Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.