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Grand Cru - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-08-2011

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Ratings: 270 | Reviews: 158
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet, dark fruits.

Tastes of a good dose of sweet fruits followed by some bitterness. Fruits have notes of fig, raisins, and plum. Some bread notes and brown sugar come through. The sweetness is thick and lingers. Some earthy bitterness makes a presence. A touch of spice, but it could be more present. Alcohol is present, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Great Divide tap room.

A - pours a deep ruby/ garnet with 2 fingers of off white head that retains well.

S - Cherry malt, dark fruits, currant, alcohol vapors

T - Vineous grape malt, stingy alcohol burns the tongue a bit. Brown sugar, syrupy dark fruits along with golden raisins. Yeast is there but overcome by syrupy cloying malt. Faint hints of cocoa toward the end.

M - Great carbonation. Rich body, smooth at first but becomes slightly syrupy.

Photo of ironbike1
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice off white 1/2" head into my snifter. Smell is fruits and caramel maybe some smoke coming through. The taste is very bubbly with the fruit coming through strong then fades out to a metalic almost bourbon taste.
The drinkability is very high since you really can not taste the alcohol in this. It is over powered with fruits and sweetness with a slight backbone of bourbon.

Just another great brew fomr Great Divide. I bought 2 of these to try 1 and age another so maybe a yr down will work this beer into a smooth gem.

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

A: poured an amber brown in color with reddish brown highlights and had a thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the dark fruits definitely pop out on the aroma with caramel, malty sweetness, mild vinegar, and some hints of cherries as well. not really any belgian yeast character but had some grains notes.

T: the dark fruits were more prominent on the taste with vinegar, caramel, mild vinous, accents some belgian yeast coming through and a touch of underlying cherries.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, yeasty, and slight boozy finish.

D: pretty tasty BSDA that drank above average and was a good interpretation of a belgian style brew.

Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on January 12th 2011.

Nice sized khaki colored head. Very dark red/brown body. Almost black. Great lacing. Boozy aroma with very sweet dark fruit. Great taste, some cherry, spicy yeast, thick malty body.

Overall, good but not great. Less sweetness would be an improvement.

Photo of nickthetick
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark clear ruby red with a finger of khaki head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: a lot of dark belgian sugars, dates and figs. Sweet malty goodness.

T: belgian sugars followed in by dates, plums and figs. Fruity sweetness. Toasty biscuit and a backbone of alcohol. A sweet smoky flavor lingers in the back.

MF: full body and a bit chewy. Warm and very effervescent.

D: first from Great Divide because its impossible to find around here. But defiantly worth looking for.

Photo of ferrari29
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip stemmed glass

A - Beer poured with a dark brown body; one and a half finger beige foam formed; the thick head held very well and left behind some lacing; some carbonation

S - Malt and yeast tones come up immediately; sour notes; biscuit and caramel smells

T - Sweet caramel taste coupled with some rye; I can't help but notice that the beer has a sugary taste to it which is very prevalent

M - Thin and slightly effervescent; flavor hits the palate with malt tones that leave my mouth with overwhelming sweet flavors

D - Good seasonal drink; I enjoyed the beer, but I was a little thrown off by how sweet it was; maybe take down the sweetness a little bit

Photo of jayhawk73
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark crimson/brown, not as dark as I would think. Nice two finger caramel head that quickly disappears. The smell is mainly fruit, but I'm strangely having a hard time distinguishing smells on this one... A little on the weak side for such a big beer. The taste is nice- liquorice, plums, raisins, dates, pears, and alcohol. The plum taste is a little overpowering for me, I'd like to see a little more balance. Strong plum aftertaste, not sure I'll be able to finish this bomber myself in one sitting- the taste is really heavy. This beer got bottled 1 month ago, and would probably do well w/ some aging. I'll have to try and pick another up and let it sit for a couple years. Nice beer though....

An edit: I had to drainpour about half this beer (in a bomber) after I wrote the review, and have adjusted the numbers to reflect that. The plum taste was SO overwhelming, I just couldn't finish this one, and didn't want to. I believe this beer probably should be aged for seveal years, and that would help smooth it out. My bottle was only 2 months old.... Just my 2 cents.

Photo of stephens101
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with deep crimson hues. A large and consistent tan head slides away slowly leaving a sheet of fine lace behind. Aroma involves sweet bread, a thin vein of sour funk, a mixture of light and dark fruits and a smack of butterscotch. Sweet malts, beer bread, cherries, and a fleeting hop undercurrent to the tongue initially. Taffy, grapes and plums rise from the depths as the brew warms. Creamy and smooth with a diminutive alchol heat and a slightly syrupy afterthought. A most dangerously quaffable and imminently enjoyable brew that does absolutely no disservice to the real thing.

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

Got this from Highland Package Store in Birmingham on-tap into a quart-sized container. Really pumped for this one.

A: Pours a slightly translucent deep brown/chestnut; beautiful, bubbly 1.5 finger head that reduces to sit at a 1/4 finger thickness throughout the brew

S: Belgian flavors all over; dark candy and fruits; a touch of alcohol

T: Same as aroma, but better; alcohol comes through in a good way; malty bittersweetness is very well balanced

M: creamy at first, but finishes crisp and light; very surprising, in a good way; not too thick

D: holy crap, I could drink this for a really long time...

Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet with a hint of mahogany. A rocky ruby tinted cream cap slowly falls to a patchwork film of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very vinous. Dark dried fruits are most prevalent. They bring a healthy dose of grape, raisin, currant and prune to the table. Alcohol adds a tingle to the nose.

T: The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but is still nice. Dark fruits continue to dominate, but become a bit one dimensional with a strong focus on raisins. The bitterness provides a light pepper bite and enough balance to offset the sweeter flavors. Alcohol adds a nice warmth, but is otherwise well masked. The dark fruits linger into a warm finish.

M: The medium-heavy body is slightly syrupy. The carbonation is soft, yet a little too vigorous.

D: This is a nice BSDA overall. It doesn't quite match up with the best examples of this style, but is a solid effort nonetheless. I'm glad I picked it up.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grand Cru | 650 ml. | 11.0% ABV | Q1 2011

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (BSDA)
Glass: pint

A clear, muted garnet body with mahogany bubbles and a dusty brown fro. Subpar lacing and a rapidly diminishing head detract from the overall grandeur.

Fruity, with a bit of yeast and spice, though it's hard to pick out individual scents.

Tangy dark fruit and slippery hops oils have me at a loss. Then a dab of chocolate trips over my palate. What is this exactly? Belgian candi sugar and traditional spicing is there... barely. It is almost as if a BPA, chocolate stout, and BSDA were smashed into one. The finish leaves toasted grain and zesty yeast on the tongue

Syrupy in the mouth with lackluster carbonation. It's too heavy.

It's a very malty beverage, and stronger for it. But I can't help but think it lost its way. The Belgian spices and yeast don't play a large enough role for this to be rightly called a BSDA. However, I was impressed by how well the 11% ABV is translated into a pleasant warming sensation rather than a harsh bite of alcohol.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: January 12, 2011
Served: February 7, 2011

Additional notes:
The bottle design is fantastic.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. The bottle bears a stamp indicating it was bottled on 1/14/11.

Pours a mahogany color, with plenty of ruby highlights. A thin tan head lingers on the surface, with the occasional bubble floating and popping. Decent retention as the glass is swirled to release aroma.

Has a tangy, fruity smell, with plenty of yeast and spice. Hints of candied sugar, dried figs and prunes are present.

Tastes better than it smells, sweeter, and not as tangy. Yeast is up front first, with a malty, almost bready taste. Warm sugar and dark fruit coat the tongue and throat, with plum, raisin, and date notes. A tender sweetness is woven throughout, like honey, or rosewater. Overall, a rather pleasant tasting beer.

Medium bodied, with little to no bitterness and only a slight tang that tickles the tongue as it dries.

While I'm not the biggest fan of BSDA's, I'm a big fan of Great Divide, and believe they've created another enjoyable brew I would happily drink again.

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from a snifter

A - Moderately dark, but still some transparency. It has a unique ruby red tint. Very light to no head.

S - Faint alcohol with a fruity smell like cherries.

T - Alcohol taste with a hint of fruitiness. Malty with a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, lasting finish.

D - Not my style of beer, but could be paired nicely with a good dinner. I wouldn't drink more than a glass in a sitting.

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: fruit sweetness dominates the aroma.

Taste: malt sweetness, prunes, raisins, brown sugar, a nice balancing bitterness, and soft alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light prickly start with a smooth finish. Aftertaste is long loved.

Drinkability: a slow sipping beer that is great on a cold evening in front of a fire. Bomber needs to be split with a friend.

Photo of Domingo
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Wynkoop. Had been meaning to try it for a few weeks, but just kept forgetting about it.
Came out of the tap a deep brown, almost black color. Looking at it through the light, it's almost purplish. Head was never more than a thin layer, but it has a lot of staying power and stuck to my snifter throughout.
Both the nose and flavor are pretty straight forward. Caramelized brown sugar sweetness is about 80% of the character. Dried fruits like dates, figs, raisins, and prunes show up here and there. Definite liqueur booziness, too, although at 11%, that's perfectly fine and acceptable. The yeasts don't really play as much of a role as I expected...or really all that much at all. Pretty simple, but no problems or off flavors.
Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is sticky and dense. At this level of potency, that's for the best, though.
I middle of the road strong dark brew that might be a stepping stone for someone just getting into Belgian beers. The lack of much yeast character and the single-mindedness of it can be a strength in that regard. However when compared to others, it's a bit of a one trick pony.
Worth a shot, and has been priced right when I've seen it.

Photo of ahijevyc
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from 28th and Iris liquor store in Boulder, CO. First time I ever wrote a review, but there's a first time for everything. I have enjoyed 100's of different beers, and I like the Belgians in particular. I do like this beer's maltiness and sweetness and high alchol content, but I do like having a little bit of head in the beer. Now I know some beers are supposed to be that way, but this one's lack of a head was noteworthy. That's why I gave the "appearance" criteria a low mark. Otherwise it is good. I think Great Divide's other big beers like the Yeti and Hercules are more enjoyable.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark brown body with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

Sweet aroma with figs, dates, toffee, and light yeasty spice phenols.

The palate is rich, sweet, and fruity. Toffee, raisins, caramel, dates, prunes, brown sugar, molassas, and a spicy yeast finish that balances everything out.

The mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy.

Overall a very good BSDA that I'm very excited to try with 6-12 months of age on it. A better Belgian style ale than some of the Belgian beers I've tried. Well done.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The newest brew from GD. Always a treat to hit their tasting room. Tapped at 6:05pm, mine was the first out of the tap (I didn't go into the party room).

Pours a shiny, dark ruby body. Head is fluffy and just a touch off of white. Lacing seemed a bit slick.

Nose came to me as fruity and a bit spicy. Not that this is a fruit beer. Black plum, some lightly toasted malt and some sweets.

Flavors seem a bit raw. The plum is more tangy than the nose would indicate, the spice blends with sweet bread. A touch of clove. Kind of malty, but the spice on the end keeps it form being too much so.
Kind of just sits on the tongue. Tanginess is nice as it offers a bit of puckering. Would like to try this in the bottle as I probably wouldn't order this one again....just b/c GD has some damn fine options

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