Celis Grand Cru - Michigan Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours out a clear dark straw with a very white head that drops to a thin but consistent layer of small bubbles on top.
Smell. The first thing i get is a grape aroma that is sweet. Reminds me a little of grape big league chew, or if talking about beer, a red stripe, as that gives a similar aroma to me.
Taste. A mild flavor for a bspa. Initial thought is a pilsner malt flavor. Alcohol warmness hits me quick, but is not overpowering. Has a small sweetness, but does not have much fruit flavors, and a spiciness flavor is more dominant. The lower carbonation and the lack of a strong sweet flavor really reminds me euro strong lager. But as it warms up, there is a stronger sweetness that comes out. And the aftertaste does bring out a sweetness that is close to a simple syrup flavor, but certainly on the milder side.
Mouthfeel. Body is medium. Carbonation has its presence, but is not as bubbly as others of its style. Has a nice balance though as i think it's hop character comes out a little more than other bspa.
Overall, i can't completely pinpoint this beer. I overall do like it, but i don't consider it a great example of the style. Nonetheless, I do think it has a nice drinkablility to it. I can't pick it out, but it really reminds me of another beer i have had in the past that is totally not in this style. I say it's a real good beer for its price (paid under $2/bottle), easy drinking, and very suitable in many occasions, but if looking for a great belgian strong pale ale specifically, look elsewhere.
I checked my score, which i will not change, but i do find it misleading. I think it is better than many other beers that i have scored at this level, but when comparing to the style and so many other great beers that fall under this style, I had to give it this score.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2008 01:10:21 | More by acrawf6
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Celis Grand Cru from Michigan Brewing Company
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