Artevelde Grand Cru - Brouwerij Huyghe
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4.7/5 rDev +30.2%
This Grand Cru from the Huyghe family brewery is beautiful. This one is my favorite to date. It has a nice ruby-orange to copper-gold hazy color. Piquant aromas of citrus, plum, coriander, malt and some other spice I can't quite place. Tastes outstanding! So complex. A nutty, somewhat biscuity, malt sweetness rounded with spice and a dry and slightly sour finish. I knew I was in for a treat before I even opened the bottle, and my expectations were met. The cork was dated 2001, hard to pull out of the 75 cl bottle, but it's pop indicated good carbonation. Beige colored head was a little thin. The carbonation in this beer was rather fizzy, like cola carbonation. I bought a couple extra bottles to store for a while. Like a lot of Belgians, this beer could only get better with a few years on it. Make sure you don't drink this beer too cold because the complexity of this ale will get masked; 55-60 degrees is optimal. This Belgian is one that you don't have to split with a friend. It's a beautiful 7.3%er that I savored for about 2 hours.
09-30-2003 06:01:35 | More by crookedhalo
4.53/5 rDev +25.5%
Dark brown with a decent tan head and good carbonation upon the pour. Belgiany yeasty spicy malt aromas; raisin-like Dubble-ish aroma. Raisiny malt flavor dominates -- very much like a Dubbel. Mediujm bodied with a spicy raisiny finish but a bit airier than expected considering carbonation.
An excellent stronger Dubbel and very enjoyable ! Not complex but pricey considering other Grand Crus (Abbey Des Rocs) are excellent and cheaper.
Label states "Since 1654"
($6.99 / 25.4 oz. brown champagne style bottle corked and caged with gold foil wrap)
02-26-2004 16:08:40 | More by RBorsato
4.47/5 rDev +23.8%
Appearance: A deep amber brown murky but so appeasing to the eye poured into my 20oz. Gulden Draak this is the life, vivacious tan billowing head what eye candy, big patches of lace here nice carbonation perfect appearance. Aroma: A fair but oh so pleasant yeast strain used here, darker roasts form chocolate esque tones with a sweet candy sugar scent what a nice smooth and mellow Grand Cru. I must admit when I see Grand Cru I expect it would be kicked up a notch this one however keeps the drinkability factor at an all time high. If this makes sense this beer reminds me of a brown sugar infused honey BBQ sauce scent on the grill with the faintest amount of smokiness, oh so good. Taste: Very smooth bittering hops not so much prevalent but very much noticeable blended with a warming creaminess this is just a great drinkable belgain Grand Cru from the same folks who brought us the Delerium trio for that we have much to owe the Huyghe family brewery. A mellow sweet combonation of chocolate and darker sweet roasts to make a humbling but wonderful experience for the taster not so much an upfront barrrage of flavor here but so much subtleness this one must be found and tried, awesome beer. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge smooth drinking what can one more ask from they're favorite begian brewer. Drinkability: An upfront barrage of subtle flavor with the most endearing yeast character, I have fallen in love with this ale so many great characterstiics thrown in here, not one over powers the next.
09-28-2003 15:49:35 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
The beer after the removal of the basket & cork from the 750ml brown bottle resides in the glass a deep bruin, the head was creamy and huge, and the color a toasted grain tan after its demise, the lace forms a thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a sweet toasted grain aroma, crisp, clean with hints of a home cooked cherry cobbler, doughy and mouth watering, start is sweet with a nice malted grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable, dry and long lasting aftertaste, a fine drinking brew to please your palate.
03-04-2006 01:53:46 | More by Gusler
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
Another brilliant beer from the producers of Delerium Tremens! This hazy, crimson ale appears as chestnut in the goblet but reveals its reddish highlights when held to the light. It's densely creamy, light tan head holds remarkably well (bolstered by the effervescent bubbles rising quickly from beneath), and it leaves wide walls of lace about the glass. The nose offers dark fruit, but mainly cherries; and a delicate whiff of alcohol. The body is medium; and its fine-bubbled, effervescent carbonation gently tickles the tongue before warming to become quite creamy across the palate. There's more fruit in the flavor than the nose suggests, and it's bright with berries and citrus as well as the forementioned cherries. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but not distracting; and in fact, it may add to the experience as one is expecting a higher alcohol beer and it lends a touch of spiciness towards the end of the glass. It finishes dry with its juicy fruitiness quickly receeding as a wash of alcohol dries the mouth. Very well done and quite enjoyable. A "must try" beer for any fan of the Belgian styles.
06-02-2004 21:37:16 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Served in the 750 mL: bottle. The color was a very dark brown, with a bit of head. The smell was a somewhat frutish malt. The taste was sweet...very sweet, with hints of a fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more bottles.
An enjoyable beer, suggested by the folks at the Sharp Edge. A nice, frutish beer, remisicent of Trois Pistoles. If I saw this one again, I would probably have it.
09-21-2003 03:22:35 | More by beergeek279
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
The serving is a bottle bought a few months ago from Beer Mania shop in Brussels, poured into a Belgian tulip-glass, which it nearly filled with huge head of sabayon-looking yellowy foam. The beer looked coffee-colored, or a deep ruby when held right up to a bright light. The smell was of a bakery -- yeast and caramelized sugar -- with some hop flower and grass or hay in the background. The taste is an explosion of toffee and caramel, allspice, nicely balanced by subdued hops with an anis character. I expected a good chew but it wasn't thick-tasting, more of a butteriness, and a tongue-numbing alcohol dose. As for drinkability, I didn't want a second, but then I am almost always content with the first, and this was especially quaffable for a beer of this character.
01-30-2010 22:31:56 | More by ManforallSaisons
4.28/5 rDev +18.6%
The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has sweet creamy malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a very mellow malty flavor with a smooth creamy finish. It is full of crystal malts and has a fruity yeast flavor that adds a bit of spice to the taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Belgian. It is incredibly smooth with good flavor and aroma; a fine drinker.
10-25-2004 01:16:11 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Artevelde Grand Cru - 1993 Vintage.
Sampled August 2007 at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.
330ml bottle at 14 years of age. Pours with a fine level of tanned colour head. The appearance yields deep, deep mahogany highlights. A dark brown coloured body. A tilt towards the light will showcase some clarity.
The aroma is intense! A potent harmony of dark and saturated fruits, sweet chocolate, oak, rich liqueur, anise, caramel and burnt toffee. What really stands out most is this charred, burnt (not roasted - but burnt) toffee. The caramel also is extremely present. The whole production carries a teeth rotting sweetness. I thought the Gouden Carolus line was rich - but this brings it to the next level. It is (almost) too much!
The body hasn't held up incredibly, the backbone of malt has faded but fortunately the flavours still remain. Only a trace of carbonation is left (which is more than enough for a beer of this character). A silky texture. Aging so long this has mellowed into a daze. No hint as to the alcohol but at only seven some odd percent it does come across that much lighter than other Belgian strong ales. Equally, it has held up that much less.
The taste has quite evidently mellowed with time. There is a strong presence of raisins and dates. A soft, light roast imparts an ashy or sutty quality to the malts. The flavour is dominated by figs, oak, and ripe raisins with light butterscotch topping. The yeast on the bottom is so thick I couldn't see through it even up to the light. I don't believe I've ever seen such thickness on the bottom of a bottle.
A wonderful tipple that I can only imagine finding in Belgium! I ordered it in large part because it was the same age as my sister, 14 year old beers aren't easy to come across. But I was equally impressed with how rich and tasty it was. Enjoyed!
08-27-2007 17:01:39 | More by biegaman
4.15/5 rDev +15%
This has been at the back my fridge for at least 2 years. Cork date 2003, sampled July 2006. Pours out a dark ruby-tinted brown with a slight initial head that fades completely away quickly. Aroma is malty, vinous, with a slightly tart, spicy undertone. Very fruity up front, with tastes of plums and caramelized cherries, with a strong malt underpinning. Alcohol is peppery and quite apparent despite the relatively low strength. Finishes somewhat musty, with a lingering ghost of fruitiness. A little flat in carbonation, possibly lost over the time. Full-bodied otherwise.
A solid dark belgian, reasonably unique and quite drinkable.
07-08-2006 03:03:25 | More by allengarvin
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
Nearly headless here but the dark opaque brown color looks descent. Big aroma for such a little head; bright fruits, dried fruits, plum, cherry, red grapes, slight caramel and a smooth yeasty character. Fruity malt character also displays some earthy, hearty grain notes and much of the same fruits as in the nose. Caramelized sugars are almost smokey. Nice medium yeasty twang marries well with the fruit notes. Mouthfeel is above average with a creamy carbonation and smooth, full body. Finishes with some light spice, maple, and vanilla notes. This was quite an unexpected treat and a turnaround from a lackluster poor.
05-03-2008 14:44:55 | More by cabsandking
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
.750 Corked and caged with a date on the cork of 2003.
The beer is a hazy brown chocolate color with some amber at the bottom of the glass. 1" head dissipated quickly to a ring. Plenty of carbonation to keep the ring alive.
Smell of caramel, toffee, alcohol, malt, apple(sort of a wine character) rich almost malolactic aroma.
Taste is spice, toffee, some earthiness, rich dark fruit. Slight sweetness, brown sugar. Very nice and complex.
This BSDA has a long finish and a nice alcohol warming effect. Well carbonated for having some age on it. This is a great beer to sip and enjoy. I listened to some Floyd, ate some smoked cheese and loved every minute of this beer. I am very impressed by it.
07-22-2005 01:24:59 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.08/5 rDev +13%
Presentation: 750ml bottle.
Pours a copper/brown color. Highly effervescent with an active light brown head and slippery lace. An aroma that is slightly astringent, with fruit, dried fruit, caramel and a candy sugar background. Aroma also has some bready/earthy qualities. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with lots 'o co2. Flavor has a sweet start, tartness in the middle and a nice dry finish.
A well balanced beer.
08-15-2004 02:55:45 | More by SeanChouffe
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
1993 vintage at Delirium Café in Brussels.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a beige head that thins to a film, leaving patchy lace.
Smell: Notes of cherry, caramel and medicinal phenols.
Taste: Very mellow. Light cherry and medicinal phenols, with graininess and bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light-bodied, with a crisp, dry finish.
Drinkability: Easily drinkable, definitely mellowed.
12-01-2006 02:21:00 | More by EPICAC
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance This one poured a deep brown in color with lots of carbonation and a nice head that went down rather quickly.
Smell There are some nice, darkish yeasty notes to this nose along with some good, summertime fruits. Theres a light lime aroma here as well. Mostly though it is the dark yeasty malt that dominates.
Taste The big, darkish yeast comes out huge at the taste. I really enjoyed this aspect of the flavor profile. There are some good fruits here as well. Leading the way is banana, tangerine, green raisins, and dates.
Mouthfeel This BSDA is almost full in the body and has some good carbonation that gives the mouthfeel a light, fluffy sensation. This is a difficult feel for a brewery to achieve and I thought it was the strong point of the ale.
Drinkability This is carrying a pretty low rating on the site for a Grand Cru (3.62 review average after 33 reviews at the time of this rating). It's a good, much better than average ale, but I think when you label the bottle "Grand Cru" you heighten expectations. That aside, I enjoyed every sip of it. Think "Belgian Strong Dark Ale", ignore the light sour note at the taste, and this will be a terrific experience.
Oh, yeah, and don't look at it.
12-19-2004 04:04:37 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Underated tasty Belgian with good sweetness in there and spices. Very drinkable and reasonable ABV. Nice head, yeasty aroma.Caramel, and candi. WInter spices that worked great on a hot day.Good medium plus creamy mouthfeel. 2002 vintage that I picked up in back of the premier Gourmet shelf.
08-20-2006 03:18:19 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +10.8%
No real head to this one. Murky red-amber liquid. It didnt look too pretty, but quite tasty. Sweetish, bubblegum-mint aroma. Not like bubblegum from hops you encounter in some other brews, but IMO a very distinct nose. Raisiny taste, with healthy doses of crusty bread. Mildly candy-like finish.
01-11-2004 19:23:53 | More by yen157
4/5 rDev +10.8%
This dark brown brew was poured out of the 750ml bottle and had a small and compact head. The aromas were very spicy, slightly boozy, fruity and a bit malty. The mouthfeel was very nice on this brew, with the carbonation level being just right. The drinkability was pretty good as well, but this stuff was a little on the strong side...
09-25-2003 02:31:20 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev +10.8%
750 ml corked and caged 2003. Pours a hazy bright reddish-orange with a nice off- white head that leaves some lacing. Yeasty, spicy and fruity aromas. Rich bready and fruity flavors, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, better than I expected, well done.
01-14-2005 23:03:40 | More by maxpower
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
I'm kinda surprised this beer didn't get higher ratings, although this is one of my favorite styles to pour from a 750 so I may be biases. Pours brownish with a nice head into a tulip glass. Aromas of figs, raisins, malt and alcohol present. Taste is quite complex if a little uncombined.... figs, raisins, chocolate, maybe a slight bit of port wine all fighting for dominance. Finishes sweet. Very drinkable. Can't hold a candle to Abt 12, etc, but I enjoyed this beer very much.
07-15-2005 00:03:15 | More by ChrisBowers
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a hazy brown with a fizzy head that refuses to stick around. It's really somewhat murky with GREEN (?!) highlights around the edges. A singlur gaseuous patch in the center of my glass streams up constantly through the pour. The green edges are hideous.
Nose is of concord grape skins, leather, pears, green apples and faint hints of toffee. Very sweet and inviting aroma.
It hints your tounge with that fruity sweetness, grape jelly and underripe pears, followed by a slight spice, some musty, leathery aspects and caramel, followed with sublte traces of brown sugar oxidation. It's rather nice, if not just a bit too sweet.
I've never said this about a belgian beer before, but how about some hops? Just a bit of Saaz spiceyness would really liven this beer up.
Also, ditch whatever's making that green tint. That's just gross.
01-11-2005 21:11:00 | More by nogoodreason
3.9/5 rDev +8%
I tasted this brew on tap at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands in March 2009. It was guesting on tap and I had not heard of it, so went for it.
Served in appropriate glass, it looked nice; a very dark porter-like brew with a nice off-white head. No haze or cloudiness noted. Instant medicinal, soaked raisins aroma. The taste was alcoholic, phenolic, warming, robust and a bit metallic.
I would not describe this as easy drinking, certainly two were enough for me and I moved on to other brews.
I was glad to have had the chance to try this on tap. I would imagine the bottled version would be somewhat mellower?
04-09-2009 08:02:28 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Was told this was rather tasty and discounted at 2 bucks it's worth a try.
A - Very little head maybe just a tiny lace ring. Color is a deep hazy chestnut brown. Mild sediment at the base so it might be as old as the other Belgiums I had tonight.
S - Strong caramel, plums and raisins, fruity yeasts, and a of rum and vinegar.
T - Despite the mild vinegar tone this beer is exceptionally good. Smooth ripe stone fruit with notes of dried sweet apricot and plums. Caramel malt sweetness throughout is also a plus.
M - Not drying at all this one drinks smooth maybe some chalky aftertaste but aged well.
Overall if it's still around I might pick up another couple. Quite a smooth easy drink Belgium strong ale.
01-01-2013 06:23:27 | More by DrDemento456
Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.