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Grand Cru - Great Divide Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 14
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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Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 157 | Display Reviews Only:
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-15-2012 21:25:28 | More by carteravebrew
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Lincoln


4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-10-2012 15:00:41 | More by Lincoln
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-29-2012 17:06:12 | More by herman77
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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-16-2012 00:35:15 | More by antoines15
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

two finger thick off white head with nice lacing on a murky brown with golden hues. Mostly dark fruit with banana, oak and vanilla notes to the flavor. The aroma is mostly dark fruit with some banana and spice notes. medium body, smooth and moderate carbonation. A nice reprsentation of the style but the belgian yeast contributes mildly and is otherwise not too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 01:40:12 | More by kylehay2004
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mactrail

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma makes me think of Japanese plum vinegar. Maybe the alcohol fumes transport the funkiest of the yeast factors. Quite a lovely dark amber color with a decent foam.

First impression is a trip down Candy Cane Lane. A Dr. Pepper flavor. Sugary taste with touches of vanilla, bran muffins, dates, and sulfury golden raisins. Lots of butter and a tang of acidity. The sweet and bitter taste with the sour touch is not my favorite. A few sips are interesting, but it wears the palate fast. Best in small doses.

From 22 oz bottle bought at Mega Liquor in Hemet, California. I don't believe I've ever seen it in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 06:14:05 | More by mactrail
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark muddy brown amber. Minimal head, but some lacing. Light and dark fruit aromas, but not very assertive. Sweet dark fruits, figs and plums mostly, syrupy. Light fruit and faint malt and hop finish. Tastes OK, but not that interesting. The flavors are not complex and do not make up for the high sweetness. A rare Great Divide miss.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:54:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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redfacedshooter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-24-2012 22:04:09 | More by redfacedshooter
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Sailracer


4.5/5  rDev +21%

03-23-2012 23:14:49 | More by Sailracer
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. Label says bottled on Jan 14 2011. It's ready.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before fading to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Cascade-like lacing.

S- Sweet, toasty malts with a medicinal sort of booziness that's like a cross between woody and smoky.

T- At first, there's dark fruit: old raisin, plum and spoiled red grapes. Next, the yeast breaks through with a sweetness and hint of banana. Also some vanilla and dark chocolate notes. More astringency, but not as strong as in the smell. Also a touch of glass taste, black pepper and some bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is excellently hidden as each sip becomes more inviting than the last.

M- Oily and a bit dry from the tannins. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I don't dig the aroma all that much since there's a lot of astringency in it, but the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability more than make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:18:37 | More by Immortale25
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edwardkersh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-19-2012 00:51:35 | More by edwardkersh
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-16-2012 18:40:33 | More by Zachb4au
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-12-2012 21:19:21 | More by Archemedies
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-12-2012 01:20:52 | More by UltimateLivewire
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SLeffler27

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark auburn in a with a decent head that leaves slight lacing and a viscous film on the Dogfish Head snifter.

This Grand Cru has the aroma of cherries with some cranberry juice, malt and some leather, which is common to the style. Warmth does allow it to open up.

The flavor is suggestive of dates, dried figs, oak, and raisins, with some vanilla as it warms. This is well balanced, though slightly more bitter than expected, with a mild, lingering finish.

A full body and syrupy texture are punctuated by strong alcohol. Carbonation is modest.

A fine sipping beer, even for a mild July afternoon.

Prior to this bottle, I had enjoyed the draught version several times and found it to be superior in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:33:54 | More by SLeffler27
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hoppitydooda


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-08-2012 04:39:37 | More by hoppitydooda
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Julio's last year, shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes, poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear deep dark hazel hue with a one finger head that fades to leave a nice halo and thin cloud.

S - This is rather boozy with nice dark fruits. Sweet carmel malts and light metallic finish.

T - Rather boozy with lots of dark fruits (figs) and sweet carmel malts. That being said there is a very offputting metallic finish.

M - Good, light feel. Makes the beer easier to drink. Still has that metallic aftertaste though.

O - Overall, yet again disappointed with a beer. Really put off by that metallic quality of this beer. Just not up to my Great Divide standards. No where close.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:31:17 | More by rudzud
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on January 12, 2011. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a reddish/mahogany brown color with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fruity and sweet, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), caramel, cola, brown sugar, and some sweet spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (cherries, raisins, red grapes), brown sugar, peppery spice, molasses, and some cinnamon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's syrupy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:24:01 | More by bluejacket74
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-20-2012 23:19:45 | More by ltdantheman
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

02-18-2012 17:46:00 | More by chrispoint
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GuitarMC

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-18-2012 02:23:03 | More by GuitarMC
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jdprmd

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-14-2012 07:04:38 | More by jdprmd
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fergster75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-12-2012 13:34:15 | More by fergster75
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-12-2012 01:03:56 | More by Tyrawlings
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ChumleyX

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-08-2012 02:59:07 | More by ChumleyX
Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.