Celis Grand Cru - Michigan Brewing Company

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a modest head that leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Zesty and yeasty, with a lemon and coriander element

Taste: Opens with a yeasty Belgian pale flavor, somewhat herbacious; after the swallow, the herbal flavors build and are following by some alcoholic heat

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with brisk carbonation; warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A decent stab at the Belgian Strong Pale style, which is not my favorite

Purchased from beergeek.biz (505 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour of this was golden color with a decent white head on it. There was a little spiceiness on the nose and some yeast there as well. The taste of the beer wasn't really like some of the Grand Cru's I've had in the past. The taste was much more basic, seemed almost unfinished to me. The mouthfeel was drinkable but didn't really hit home either. This is an average brew at best for me. (390 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling gold with waxed lemon trim. Multiple streams of swirling bubbles give the beer an animated look prior to building and maintaining an attractive, bleached bone white cap. Broken sheets of sudsy lace end up on the glass as the foam gradually recedes. Even though I'm not reminded of the best Belgian ales, this one looks pretty good.

Celis Grand Cru smells like a decent witbier. My impression is that this beer is simply a higher alcohol version of Celis White. Coriander and orange peel are noticed, the former more than the latter, though neither one jumps out of the glass. At least there's no alcohol to intrude on what fruit and spice I'm able to appreciate.

I like it. The truly exceptional Grand Crus of the world, even the ones that use the witbier style as a jumping off point, aren't trembling in their boots. Still though, this is a more than good effort from the fine folks at the Michigan Brewing Company.

Alcohol is definitely present on the palate, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's incredibly well-integrated and gives the beer the power and the presence that it needs to be a member of this general style (Grand Cru isn't a style, but you know what I mean).

Pale malt and, I'm guessing, candi sugar provide a solid, sneakily sweet base on which the rest of the flavors cavort. Orange peel and coriander still earn equal billing, and now share the spotlight with a surprising amount of warm clove spice. We can't have a good 'Authentic Belgian-Style Ale' (as the label reads) without a kick-ass Belgian yeast strain.

The mouthfeel bears little resemblance to the best beers from the Continent. I'm not going to hold that against it, though, because it possess the qualities that I tend to like. It's full, silky smooth, slick on the finish and has a restrained amount of carbonation. I'm all over the map when it comes to carbonation preference; whatever works with each individual beer is fine with me.

Celis Grand Cru is the best of the Celis beers from the Michigan Brewing Company. I was tempted to grant the next highest flavor score, something that I don't remember pondering with Celis White. I would love to have this delicious, probably cellarable, beer available locally. Those who do should consider themselves lucky to have access to a relatively inexpensive Belgian-style ale that earns the name it has been given. (2,379 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazed light gold with a real orange hue with a thinner but well retained white head,very concentrated aromas quite spicey with big notes of tropical fruits with a noticable alcohol zing.The word concentrated can be used flavor wise as well somewhat spicey/clovey but those intense fruity notes and alcohol to me almost became wine like in character pretty acidic in nature and almost became to much.The big flavors are there but can it be to much?It was one and done for me I really didnt think it would go well with a Pizza Plant chicken parm stuffed pizza. (567 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear. Golden. Somewhat effervescent. Short but creamy bright white head. Average retention. Decent lacing. Coriander is obvious in the nose, backed by yeasty phenolics and a hint of orange peel. Medium bodied. Gently crisp. Full flavored. Sweetish, wheaty malt with a candyish side is brought to life by yeasty phenolics (clove, bubblegum) and spice. Coriander helps to dry it, as does a spritz of alcohol. Orange peel becomes apparent at the swallow, and it finishes spicy and dry. Very nicely done! Almost exactly as I remember it used to be. (545 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of Belgian yeast, strong spices and some caramel & fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The malt character is on the thin side but it’s hearty enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and still very spicy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style. Overall, it’s a pretty good beer that I could drink a few of until the ABV catches up to me. (904 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having no prior experience drinking a wit grand cru, this one appears a fizzy yellow deep golden with a fizzy white head carbonation seems high. Aroma has upfront banana, pear, and other tropical fruit notes with alcohol infused with apple tones and finishes with a nice grassy hop finish. Taste has a syrupy malty touch of honey with all of those fruit tones shining through, in addition a flowery grassy hop mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation a bit high the head dwindled quickly a bit sticky on the palate. Drinkability very tasty treat quite an experience I hope to try more of this style, a solid version in my unexperienced opinion...I liked it. (660 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, pale pear appearance, huge snowy head.

Lovely nose, fresh and zesty, big spice and lemon zest. Quite lively and alluring.

Sweet and creamy taste up front, spicy and citric, unique deliciousness. Clean, smooth, light-bodied, and beautiful.

Just a little tart and sharp, though...and the strength (8%) sticks out a bit, too.

So classy, and full of character. Nice one, Pierre! (399 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and fruity wheat malt scent with a Belgian yeast aroma. It also has a bit of spice scent as well. The taste is good. It has a light, smooth wheat malt flavor along with a light spice taste. It goes down easy and finishes a bit warm and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good grand cru/witbier. It has a light, yet warm wheat malt flavor with a bit of spice; a good drinker. (567 characters)

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a half finger of thin white head. Color is a slight hazy pale yellow. No retention and very little lace.

Aroma: Spicy and skunky. Some yeast. A very boring smelling beer.

Taste: Spices, orange, pepper. This part reminds me a little of a saison. But then there is the skunkiness going on, which isn't very appealing.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp and crips. High carbonation level with a light to medium bodied. Leaves a dry annoying aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is nothing for me. The bottle could be old, so I may have to re-eval it or I simply just think this beer didn't par up to the style. This beer is not worthy of the title "Grand-Cru" (682 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head, very good lace.

S: Bananas and pears, very estery, bready malt.

T: Strong yeast and ester flavours as with the nose. Light amount of booze, but it never takes over the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, soft on the palate, crisp for its size.

O: A solid American made Belgian-style, better for sure than a lot of what's out there. (387 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with the familiar old graphics from when this was brewed in Texas. Pours light and clear, a wit beer? I dont know, this one seems more like a Belgian Pale or Triple style brew. Notes of crisp apples, gin, yeasty phenolics, Belgian all the way. Alcohol quite present in this tasty Belgian style sipper from Michigan. Worth a try. (344 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Straw yellow with some head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lace clings to the glass.

S. Wheat, bubblegum, fruits.

T. Some sweetness and hops there for a balance. A bit of citrus. Rather delicious.

M. Medium bodied and almost creamy.

D. The 8% is hidden in this one. Definately a good decision. (303 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy bright gold color with a small white head that sticks around for a moment before fading into a small film. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left on the walls of the goblet. Tiny amounts of bubbles make their way up to the top.
Smell is of rich wheat, orange peel, and coriander.
Taste is of bold, sugary wheat with an awesome blend of orange peel and coriander bouncing off the tastebuds and sides of the mouth. Friggin awesome!
Mouthfeel is spicy and fills out the palate with the beautiful flavor. Slightly crisp brew with a bit of an alcohol bite and semi-dry finish. Man, this "double white" is supreme! I'm not really sure why there's lack of love for this one. I've had 7 of the top ten rated witbiers on this site and I would personally rate it as high as, if not higher than most of them. I'm telling you that it's...

Finger licking good! (866 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a small white colored head. Paler color than I expected.

Smell is fruity with a strong bubblegum and banana scent, even with the glass two feet away from my nose sitting on a computer desk. Coriander and Belgian yeast scent. Earthy spice scent, either ginseng or ginger.

Starts out Mildly sweet with a good mild hop and coriander bite. Mild yet tasty the bubblegum and banana from the scent is in here. Mild yet tasty there is a slight vanilla taste here.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall it is good. Tastes something like a slightly sweeter Hennepin. (565 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery.

A: Krystal-clear yellow with a white head. No retention, but it tries to leave a little lace.

S: Pleasantly light sour-tartness with a little bready malt.

T: Not as sour/tart as the smell suggested. I wouldn't have guessed there was any wheat here. It's perfectly clear (kristal), and has more of a pilsner-malt flavour (light bread & toffee). Mainly a sweet/sour balance, but there's some crisp bitterness in the finish. Slight earthy hop flavour with a prominant alcohol presence and a little smoke. The flavours are interesting and it's well-crafted (perhaps deserving a higher taste score), but it doesn't really do it for me.

M: Moderate body. Light to moderate carbonation (I think it might be livelier with a little more carbonation).

D: It's a sipper. (808 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden with adequate amounts of carbonation in the body. Pure white froth caps the top of the beer and sticks around for a while. Lacing is more than adequate with white, web-like patterns. Fresh aroma of lemon zest, wheat tang, orange spicing and corriander. The flavor really doesn't do much for me. An odd combination of bittering hops and spices and yeast. And there's some heat in this beer as well that really isn't integrated that nicely. Whatever this beer is (Grand Cru, witbier, Imperial Wit), I'm glad I only bought a single. (542 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its release from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy gold with a smallish head that is bubbly in texture and an off white color, the lace is quite thin and patchy. Nose is malt, citrus crisp, light hints of wheat; start is somewhat sweet, nice grain profile. Finish is strict in its acidity, the hops meek and pleasant, and the aftertaste vinous and quite dry, noticeable alcohol warming in the tummy, just wonder if this 8 percent ABV is a bit much for this style, a drinkable brew none-the-less. (527 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft in a pint glass, there was nothing notable about the clear, bright yellow appearance of the gran cru, which could have easily been mistaken for a regular American lager, except for less carbonation and head. As it disappointingly turned out, the aroma and taste followed suit, to the point of blandness, with only a bit of iron, spice and creaminess, followed by an alcoholic bite on the finish, to leave any type of impression. In my case, it was not a very good one! (484 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, seethru gold with a decent sized head and carbonation. A nice but faint smell of some lemon and spices. Light-bodied and smooth, goes down easy but not too much to speak of. There is some citric/lemon zest and some spices in the body (along the sides, mostly), but for the most part this beer goes down easy and with not much to write home about other than a s;ight sour fruit taste. Semi-dry husky finish is there for some balance; not a bad beer but kind of weak overall; will admit that the eight percent ABV is completely hidden. (549 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage 12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a miniscule white foam. Does not leave much opportunity for retention or lacing.

Nose is wit-like with a bit more punch. Coriander with a few whiffs of orange peel. Some yeasty, bready aroma comes through, but pretty clean smelling overall.

Some grainy, slightly oxidized malts come through with a hint of cardboard. Citrus zest is there with the omnipresent coriander lurking in the background. Some lemons and maybe even a touch of clove. Bit of grassy hops are a nice touch but the citric rind flavors are a bit too forward for me. This one could easily be classified as a double wit, although dont go thinking it is as flavorful as Two Jokers. Creamy, sweet mouthfeel and the carbonation level is about right. It is pretty flavorful and does not give a 'dumbed' down take on it built for the masses. Not bad, I like it more than I thought I would. (916 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has wit characteristics on the nose...corriander...orange peel.. not real assertive on the aroma but nice.

Carbonation is about right....relatively high...body leans big...again about right.

Taste seems like a blend between an Imperial Wit and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale....definitely some alcohol on the buds, along with the spicing of a whit beer (corriander, orange peel)...the booze feels like a shot of vodka was added to the mix...

This has some redeeming qualities but overall the flavors are too subdued and the booze taste present is too high..particularly for just an 8% ABV.

A decent stab at the style but overall a beer that could use some tweaks. (662 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thorough notes are from last night...

This brew is a pale yellow-gold. Consistent bubbling activity remains after the pour, which produces a soft white head just less than one finger high. Retention is good and some thin but consistent lacing remains on the glass.
The nose makes evident the coriander and spices spoken of on the label along with an evident Belgian yeast strain, grains (wheat), bubble gum, and citrus rind. Alcohol is surprisingly not evident given its later appearance.
Underneath a soft malt are flavors of candied sugars, coriander, clove, orange rind, Belgian yeast, and a strong but not overwhelming alcohol presence that mingles nicely throughout.
The body is medium and a crisp bite gives way to a smooth creaminess in every swallow. Carbonation is lively and adds to the smoothness. Spices and alcohol linger in the finish.
I have to say, something about this style speaks to me. I'm a less exclusive lover than some (superhopped or it's an F), but I can recognize that this is a good beer. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at AleFest Dayton: This brew pours a light yellow/gold color with a medium and foamy white head with good retention. Thin rings of lacing. The aroma is lightly spiced with some citrus. Light-bodied with a zesty spice and citrus character. Some yeast in the background as well. The finish is a little peppery, among other spices. Not bad overall. (352 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Corn adjunct aroma, reminiscent of an American lager. There's a hint of peach and pear esters.

Flavor is similar, an odd pairing, seemingly of an American lager malt bill with Belgian yeast esters and a touch of candi sugar. Very easy drinking, for the style and abv, and no noted oxidation. Belgian esters are pleasant.

I like this better than the score reflects. (415 characters)

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Celis Grand Cru from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.