Grand Cru - Yards Brewing Co.

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70 Ratings

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronLover on 06-08-2013

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by JeffBrenner:
Photo of JeffBrenner
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml. Pours a slightly dark amber. Darker than one might expect for the style. It pours with a slight head which fades quickly leaving a white ring. Smells pretty good, with notes of citrus, probably lemon or orange. Light lacing around the glass. Filtered, so it has decent light penetration. Feels pretty good in the mouth, but can be a bit boozy. Overall a pretty decent cru, but definitely not the best out there. I would still definitely suggest this for a cold winder night or a snowball fight, as we did.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Look: Towering head drops a lacing show, bright golden hue has a perfect clarity.

Smell: Rich aromas of clove, yeast, rose water, peppercorn, tropical fruit, and bread.

Taste & Feel: Very warming with a sturdy malt backbone, pineapple skin and Portuguese sweet bread come to mind. Peppery and spicy clove in the middle. Faint chalky yeast and dried fruit in the finish.

Very well put together, obviously the brewers behind this beer have a firm grasp on what Belgian brewing is all about. Way too much fun sipping on this one.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three plus fingers worth of active cascading light airy bond white colored head comprised of huge chunky bubbles with a slightly rocky top... Really good retention... Turns a bit richer and creamier as it settles leaving a full veil of uniform lacing... Audibly fizzy... The color is a deep rich warm amber... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A slight to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation bubbles rise throughout while other bubbles choose just to cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A bit of potent muskiness right from the get go... Band aids... Some Belgian yeast notes and a light wheat presence are buried a bit beneath the surface... Hints of apple and pear... Perhaps a slight whiff of honey... Touches of white pepper and clove... Some light green grape notes as well...

T - Almost exactly as the nose would indicate... Musky... White grapes... The apple and pear are dial up a notch or two... Belgian yeast... Some enjoyable wheat notes... A very subtle spice presence...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Smooth... Dense... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent....

D - A very enjoyable Belgian Strong Pale Ale... There's lots of good stuff going on here, but nothing quit remarkable... Solid and enjoyable... A wonderful Belgian interpretation from the City of Brotherly love... Offerings like this and Trubbel De Yards are expanding my already lofty expectations for Yards...

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid about 4 bucks for a hefty pint full of this goodness at the Allegheny six pack shop.

A - Color is a deep orange brown slightly hazy with just a 1/4 inch of head but great lacing.
S - Residual sugars, floral hops, and some malts giving it a apricot or peach smell very fruity.
T - Solvent alcohols do remind you this one is pushing almost 10% but it does give way to sugary malts, bubble gum like sweetness, and some hops to boot.
M - Medium and sort of heavy in body it took me 25 minutes to finish the glass.

Overall this was pretty exceptional for a Belgium ale very smooth for a strong pale. Almost close to true Belgium counterparts at a fraction of the cost.

Photo of ajm5108
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really tastes more like a dubbel than a grand cru, and a pretty flat one at that. Mostly dry malt and bready yeast with some vague citrus, very generic.

Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden honey in color with a slight haze. Poured with a thick, foamy head that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sugary sweet banana aroma is prominent with earthy tart apple core in the background. Smooth creamy feel with tight rich carbonation through the middle that thins quickly at the finish. Tart apple and fruit flavors from beginning to end with marshmallow and sugar notes and a sweet belgian maltiness beneath. Finishes with a hoppy floral, slightly tart, and slightly boozy finish. Tart and sweet flavors nicely mask the near 10% abv.

Photo of jwhancher
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Gift from the Easter Bunny this year. 750-mL capped bottle. Bottled on date is exactly one year ago today of 4/29/13.

Pours a cloudy pale golden with very nice white fluffy head. Good carbonation. Smells of typical Belgian yeast esters with some spice and peppery notes. As it warms, I get some candied fruit and cherry aromas. Tastes similar as aroma but with greasy wheat and probably some pilsner or pale malt. Tastes and feels a bit too chewy for a belgian. I think that's the main detractor here. If they dried this out some more, they'd have a real winner worthy of the Grand Cru title. Until then, this is a worthy beer to try.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into a chalice

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy amber-orange color. Upon pouring there is a small white colored head that fades rather fast leaving a film on the top of the brew with only light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The brew was quite sweet smelling with a big aroma of apple and other light fruits of grape and a little bit of peach. Mixed with these smells are some light caramel aromas as well some honey. All these aromas give it a very sweet smell overall with a touch of light amounts of yeast and a grassy smell detected within.

Taste- The taste begins with a sweet fruit flavor of apple, grape and citrus upfront mixed with some breadiness and biscuit flavors. As the flavor advances some yeast comes to the tongue. With it so to comes a little bit of spice of coriander and clove. Toward the end the grape and apple get stronger in flavor and are joined by a little bit of a boozy taste. These are not the only flavors to come at the end of the taste with a grassy flavor developing more toward the middle and growing decently strong toward the end leaving a nice Belgian tasting and lightly boozy fruity flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just above average. Both were nice for the style and matched the sweet, boozy and in the end more grassy flavors of the brew.

Overall – A very tasty Grand Cru that blended rather nicely the sweet fruit and sugar tastes with Belgian yeast and spice as well as a good touch of grassiness. One to try out if you get a chance.

Photo of Jonada
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a goblet

Appearance: Golden honey in color with 1 finger of a white soapy head. Body is lightly hazy with some mild carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Red apple, white grape, clove, spice, and banana.

Taste: Apple, clove, pear, Belgian yeast. Malt sweetness is balanced by medium booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation bordering on high.

Overall: Solid beer and I would have again, though I'm not quite sure it lives up to the Grand Cru title.

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a lot closer to a Belgian tripel, but still a superlative beer. Buttery sweet and smooth, hazy golden with initial high head. Slick mouthfeel, interesting finish. Lots of floral, haystack, a touch of spiciness. Pours with a nice high, fluffy head, and stays with the beer until the end.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color. The head featured is an excellent 2-finger offwhite shade with really nice retention. Given its frothy texture, though, it doesn't really leave much lacing on the glass.

S: There are some really nice apple and pear notes from the yeast. Pale malts and candied sugar make a nicely subtle backing to the fruit esters. I even pick up some peach and apricot notes as it warms up. I really like how fruity the aroma is.

T: ...and the flavor is just as fruity. There are tons of apple, pear, pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors from the fruit esters. I don't pick up much pale malts or hop bitterness; this is dominated by fruitiness. Hell, it even comes across as 'juicy'. For 10%, there isn't much alcohol presence at all.

M: Despite the sweet flavors, this one is relatively light and crisp. No alcohol can really be felt on the palate. I'd like about 10% more carbonation, but otherwise, I can't complain about the mouthfeel too much.

O: I really like this. I'd even suggest this deserves a bit more hype. While it's too sweet to be a proper Duvel clone, the fruit notes are too wonderful for me to care that much.

Grand Cru from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.