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Artevelde Grand Cru - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Artevelde Grand CruArtevelde Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

JohnfromDublin, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of cabsandking
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cabsandking, May 03, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : creamy and abundant foam, amber color (disturbed by yeasts)
Smell : Good aroma of malt and caramel light fragrance.
Taste and mouthfeel : slight bitterness
Drinkability : good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-15-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

biegaman, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of janubio
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(33 cl bottle). Dark brown colour with red edges to the light. A good brownish head that fades too quickly. Massive aroma of fruits (raisins, prunes) and spices, but maybe too messy noteasy to discern. Vinous. In mouth is fruity, but I noticed more the kind of cherries, and some vanilla. Some acid notes and chocolate too. Not a bad beer at all, but there's something fails to convince me completely. Maybe flavour and palate are not as stronger as I expected, maybe it's because it only have two months left to expire. It deserves another try.

janubio, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of nightcrawler
1.6/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I have a suspicion that I picked up a bad bottle of this beer. There were a few clues to this line of reasoning. The cork, which was labeled 2003, was a bit sticky and the foil over the cork was dusty.

As this beer has an alcohol content greater than 7%, I had hoped I might be in for a treat with a bottle aged 4 years. Alas, I was mistaken.

The pour foamed quickly and died to skim. Strangely, bubbles continued to rise from the sides of the glass where my fingers were holding it. The color was murky, dirt water brown, with a haze that appears to be suspended yeast. I suspected I was in trouble.

I was hit by nice malt scents followed with a slightly sulphury odor. There was no sweet or sour taste for me. It was very astringent.

I ended up pouring 2/3 of the bottle down the drain.

From reading the other reviews, I am more than willing to try this beer again. However, I will find a different source and hopefully a better beer.

nightcrawler, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jwff
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Eased out the cork with a slight "sigh." I'm a little hesitant to even drink this beer in the first place because lord knows the conditions and extremes this beer has been through. Cork say 2003 (relax).

Pours out a dense brown but when held up to the light displays a huge ruby undertone. I was expecting something flat but the streams of carbonation are more than holding their own. Head settles to a white coating. Aroma is a bit watered down.. damp/humid might be a good descriptor too. Upfront is a weird sweet green apple scent. Raisins and brown sugar stand out a bit with minor hints of banana bread and nutmeg in the background.

Taste has a fruity tartness opening that is hard to ignore. It's somewhere between a knockoff brand flavored tootsie roll and a piece of Bubble Yum Grape. A little butterscotch and brown sugar in the finish. Honestly that's all I have to say about this one. Age/storage hasn't been a great helper to this one.

Great carbonation working in the mouth here, and a richness is still intact despite the factors working against this one. Drinkability isn't strong because the alcohol shows itself after it's already in your stomach , and the beer doesn't really settle once it gets there either.

Great Grains Presents: An Artevelde Grand Cru

jwff, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Cork was slightly askew under the cage, and there was a little stickiness to the neck of the bottle. A pliers assisted pull produced a very meek pop and showed 2003 on the cork. Label has 7.4% abv. and notched numbers at the bottom that MIGHT indicate a date, but I can’t read them.
I stored this bottle in my fridge from about 2004 just before the brewery pulled out of Texas.

Aroma: Plum and grape jam, some floral notes, and a light Belgian yeast note. Very grape, juicy even.

Appearance: Pour gave a good finger head (a relief given the bottle state) but dropped back to the scantest of covers. Goblet is dark brown with clear ruby edges.

Flavor: Again, grapes lead the way for me. Quickly following is a firm yeast note. The profile is much like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (ok, BA agrees with me). I’m reminded of Terrible from Unibroue. Some other dried fruits come out and a light rum note as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light Medium body, thin texture, low carbonation (possibly due to age).

Overall Impression: A nice beer. I half feared this would turn into a gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes for another gem robbed from Texas by the TABC, but while this is a fine beer, I don’t think I’ll crave another.

HardTarget, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

EPICAC, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

allengarvin, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany and brown rust color. Descent head that untypically died down quick for a Belgian. The lack of head retention dissapoints me. There is a small amount of beading visable through the murkiness.

Smell: Plums, raisins, alcohol, bready Belgian malts and some candied sugar. Smells kind of old.

Taste: I get an intriguing woody flavor paired with all manner of overly ripened fruits and a very stale nutty malt character. For a beer that is 7.3 abv, I get alot of alcohol vapors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Halfway down this beer loses some of its effervescence and becomes slightly slick in its body.

Drinkability: I would drink this again although I would not pay for it. There are much better Belgians out on the market. That being said, it was an easy quaff but not up to the standard I expect out of Belgian beers.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of JugglerPeter
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just opened this beer while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Why is that important? Becuase the color and sweetness paired very well with chocolate. My first impression was a very fruity sweetness in the smell and taste, both upfront and aftertaste. A very distinct toffe taste dominates this beer giving it a very nice flavor. The drinkability is my only concern. The alcohol taste is very strong for 7.3% abv, a little too much for my tastes. Overall it is very good, but i will pair it with food rather than drinking by itself next time.

JugglerPeter, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

ChrisBowers, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork Date 2003, Sampled May 2005
Pours a lightly hazy amber color and is topped by a light brown head that disappears after a bit. The aroma is a mix of spicy notes, chocolate, prunes, musty earth, and figs. Quite an interesting melange of aromatics actually. The taste is sweet up front, but then moves to a spicy note in the middle. I get notes of cinnamon, figs, prunes, raisons, and a certain woodiness. This beer finishes a tad on the week side, it quickly disappears losing the rich fruity maltiness surprisingly quickly. This beer has notes that are quite reminiscent of a lightly aged beer; hints of sherry and rich meaty malt notes. This beer is reasonably tasty, in fact all of the flavors and aromas I consider quite desirable, but it just seems to be lacking in some way that makes it a bit disappointing. The flavors do not meld enough into a synchronized whole.

Gueuzedude, May 21, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that stands nearly two inches tall. My wife says it looks like a desert with chocolate and cream. Very appetizing, one of the best looking beers I've poured into my tulip glass to date.

Smells very grape, tart and wine like. A bit of a candy sugar smell as well. This beer is off to a roaring start, and I haven't even tasted it yet.

Grape juice. Sweetened grape juice. A lot of it. A bit malty, a bit tart in the end, but mostly one dimensional. Some raisin and spice creeps in as it warms. Aftertaste is tart, almost a tad sour. Not a bad taste, but doesn't floor me.

Carbonation is sharp and the body is medium, almost a bit sticky. Better than average but not exceptional. The beer is about average for drinkability, considering the style and strength. Alcohol is notable but not overpowering.

If it tasted as good as it looked I'd be stocking up.

elricorico, May 20, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted a 750ml bottle.
The color of this ale is a deep walnut, very attractive, with a decent off-white head with a bit of staying power and a little lace.
The aromas are of roasted malt up front, followed by citrus and melon, a bit of spiciness; clove, perhaps.
The taste is also malts first thing, then stewed fruit; figs, prunes; eventually a chocolate note emerges, very little hops prescence, and a sweetish finish.
Nice body and a smooth mouthfeel, drinkable.
Very nice, but not transcendent.

horndecker, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle with gold foil up the neck.
Pours a hazy brown color, off white foam that starts with nice head, then disappears to a thin collar. Held up to the light it is more brown with orangish/red highlites. Sharp smell of brown sugar and lemon, also lots of alcohol on the nose. Taste has caramel, burnt toffee, cloves, and a licorice type finish. Bit of an alcohol burn going down with a slight tinge of metal in the aftertaste.

BigBry, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

maxpower, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of nogoodreason
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nogoodreason, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep amber brown with a slight haze. The head was white and fell rapidly but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was dark fruits, but not pronounced. Also present was a strong biscuit/bready aroma and some begian yeast spiciness and fruitiness. The aroma contained a slight acidity and some slight alcohol presence which pronounce the spice phenols.

The flavor was light with a dark caramel and a slight flavor of dark fruits. The belgian yeast character in spiciness and fruitiness was restrained yet present. The flavor contained a slight alcohol presence.

The finish was just dry with lasting dark fruits and caramel. The body was medium, but seemed just a bit less due to the carbonation. A definite alcohol presence was noted and the alcohol lasted well into the aftertaste and long after consumption.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. 2001 on cork. L2 is notched on one corner of the back and 1 on the other corner. Judging from the reviews, time does not hurt this beer, but it doesn't significantly improve it either.

Looks like this is my first review of 2005...Happy New Year!

GCBrewingCo, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is from the brewers of the delicious Delirium line...
$8.99 at Home Liquors, Hackensack, NJ (1 pint)
best by date/date info listed as:
L: 1 2 3 4 (4 is checked) 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (2 is checked)
I hope this means it was bottled Feb 2004, the web link to the importer on the bottle is not valid, the web link to delirium.be doesnt help much either... they do say on their site (after using babblefish to translate) that this one can be aged for a good three years.. so, I probably won't get botulism (sweet!)

appearance:
semi cloudy brown with slight amber hues, good look to the carbonation, some bubbles seem to hover in the brew, ok lacing, good near white head that dissapates rather quickly

nose:
sweet liquor, ginger ale, peaches, malt.. later on down the pint I get more of a spiced fruit/apple scent

mouthfeel/taste/drinkability:
tastes like ginger ale bread laced with honey. the carbonation might turn some off as it feels damn near like a good schweeps to me. very clean finish on the take. no overall taste of the alcohol at a decently high ABV (certainly not an ABV beast mind you).. you really taste what you smell, no deception or surprises here, it really mellows into a nice spiced apple cidery type of thing later on down. I wouldn't label this a session beer, one pint is enough to keep the interest, more than that might be a bit much for most people.

verdict:
for the price I might just go with the st bernardus abt 12 if I 'need''a belgian. But for kicks and maybe a fall night this is a very nice, well crafted brew, interesting flavors and nose blend as one. it almost defies exact categorization, if you give it a quick pour you really get a nice crackling of sounds. This might be a nice alternative to a port as a digestif after a good meal, but not offset with any big cheese like gorgonzola etc.. a mild swiss or cheddar would be very very nice with this.

Ego, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. There’s 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.

RoyalT, Dec 19, 2004
Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.