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Celis Grand Cru - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-28-2003)
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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The aroma is banana and clove. The taste is pretty much the same. This is a good beer but I'm just not a huge Belgain fan. So I probably don't appreciate is as much as one might.

buschbeer, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Brenden, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of GregoryVII
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The apperance is a brilliant bright straw color, or a light gold. Bubbles cling to the side, coating the inside of the glass, and there was a 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is very crisp and fruity, a bit like slightly soured apple juice. There is sweetness, no real hop aromas. For 8% there isn't much alcohol to be whiffed either.

Celis Grand Cru tastes off sweet. There is light malt, a decent amount of hop bitter. In that sense you could call it clean, except for the fruitiness. The sweet fruit notes are definitely slightly spoiled.

The body is light, crisp and has good carbonation. When swishing it from side to side it does come across as slightly watery, or sugary.

It's an interesting beer in some ways, dissapointing in others. I feel like the yeast is the only real character in this beer. Everything else is kind of blah.

GregoryVII, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours from the bottle almost a clear white, but collects to a pale yellow in the glass. looks quite a bit like champagne. only gave me a thin film of head, and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

nose of banana, pear, hay, and maybe some clove.

taste is strong in the banana and pale malt. has a bit of grain, spice and mild hop character. for being 8%, alcohol content seems well hidden.

mouthfeel is light in body and a little on the fizzy side. would prefer something a bit more substantial.

goes down easy enough. fits the style. not bad, but not great.

divineaudio, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resembles grapefruit juice in a glass. What head there is doesn't last long.

Smells Belgian, lots of spices and citrus notes. Some oraange and pineapple fill the nose.

I was surprised by how much sweetness this had, without being too sweet. So many spices I couldn't pick out just one, but orange seemed to be the dominant flavor.

A lot going on regarding mouthfeel. There's some sweetness, a little bitter from the spices, and a general cleansing feel.

I'd like to think I could go through several of these because it's pretty good, but with all the spices, I might not be able to. Plus, while you can't tell it by taste, it's full of alcohol.

RickS95, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of jvmudd01
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very clear light yellow color when poured. Definitely Belgian esters present. Very slight and delicate aroma. Light and mild taste with banana flavors. Alcohol is very well hidden. Spices are subtle with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very low bitterness considering the style.

jvmudd01, May 05, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden color with a solid white head. Okay retention but no lace.

S: Aromas of sweet honey, corn, cloves, and a bit of pear.

T: Lightly spiced, with hints of clove and coriander. Nice sweet malt with notes of real honey. Hints of citrus and a nice blast of yeast.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Okay. Does not really come together though.

tpd975, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 o. Pours a lemony hazy gold with small white head. Retains only as a small film.

Smells of malts, bananas, coriander, and esters.

Tastes grainy and malty, with mild banana and coriander elements. Not as sweet as the smell leads you to believe.

Feels moderate to full, with very mild but consistent carbonation. Warms a bit going down.

Pretty tasty. Definitely worth a try for the price range. Not the ultimate beer in the style, but it holds its own. A bit strong to drink a lot, but you could have a couple.

Cylinsier, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came from Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy golden yellow in color with a 1 inch cloudy white head that dissipates very quickly; smells of yeast, straw, grass, malt, grains, lemon, cloves, coriander and light spices like cinnamon. Overall odor is pleasing, but faint.

Tastes of grains, yeast and lemon up front, then light hops, honey, roasted malt, cloves then an alcohol finish which resembles bourbon or rum. You can taste the alcohol in the finish, which is tart and crisp on the dry side, leaving a sweet fruity aftertaste. The alcohol is present and warming, but not overpowering. Light and crisp feel to the body with very light carbonation, and a smooth creamy mouthfeel that allows this brew to go down like water. Lacing is lame and barely clings to the glass.

Nice taste overall, but not very exciting; this beer did not stand out from other Belgian style ales, yet was still enjoyable and had enough flavor that I would have it again. It was very drinkable and would be a great session beer, but it just doesn't have a huge flavor presentation that makes it stand out.

CHickman, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of crhensel
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into tulip) Poured a very light yellow with barely any head to speak of. This was EXTREMELY light, in my opinion for a Belgian Style Ale. Nose had some hint of herbs and spice that I really couldn't place, and a little bit of a doughy yeast smell. The yeast was not too overpowering in the nose, but it was there. This also held through with the flavor. A little bit too much yeast was coming through, although there was a bit of the spice that masked it well. Overall a decent brew, but not even close to the epitome of the style.

crhensel, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifer. It pours a light, straw, yellow, medium head, with a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and spicy, with pear and peach notes. The beer is sweet with strong fruit notes and the spicy Belgian yeast is very strong. The finish is crisp. It is a bit thin, but overall a good drink.

bonkers, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden slightly cloudy and has a nice head.
Smells of yeasts and some citrus undertones. Also has a bit of a sour smell to it. Not like fruit sour but maybe something closer to a Flemish beer.
Has a bit of a harsh flavor, maybe the beer has gone bad a little or maybe it just tastes this way and can be attributed to the alcohol.

I had this on tap and it tasted much better, hopefully I have just come across a bad batch.

Spineypanda, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of xybreeder
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice head, would like to see it more lively on the carbonation front, lacing is nice though.

S: Citrus & sweet (caramel?) nose; nice strong characteristics.

T: Tastes like a witbier. Citrusy, warm, slight hop taste.

M: A little watery, which obviously helps it stay smooth.

D: So here's the problem; due to the watery texture, I'm betting you could go through a few of these without even noticing, problem is, @ 8%, you'll notice! :)

A so-so brew, not sure it's worth the price (I've had better beers at cheaper prices), but all-in-all, a nice brew if you enjoy some of the characteristics described above.

xybreeder, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent arrival of BOTMC. Popping the top this brew has a light fruit smell of grapes and sweet malts. Pouring into a goblet it is a non-threatening golden colored ale with a bunch of bubbles fizzing up but not much head. Taste is where it's at on this brew. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, this is one smooth brew. The taste starts sweet and fruity then transitions into very slight bitterness. The finish is like that of wine, sweet and dry, leaving one to anticipate the next sip. AC is evident but not really detectable over the fruitiness. This is probably one of the smoothest drinking beers I've ever had, at 8% that's scary. Another fine selection from MBC.

mooseisloose, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of dnjmed
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color that reminds me of MBC, a finger of head.
Yeasty aroma that seems to me to have notes of orange and some kind of nut.
Citrusy yeast taste that is like Duvel lite. which makes it a bit of a tease to drink but i find it very enjoyable.

light bodied and crisp.

dnjmed, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Very clear with little carbonation, not much head, and not much lacing. Not the most attractive beer to my prefs.

S - Orange peel. Very subdued smell.

T - Very light and without much taste. As I drank it I found that I started to notice more of a sweet taste with a soft bite (probably due to the ABV?). Wasn't bad, wasn't great.

M - Unoffensive, almost water-like quality.

D - Not a strong flavor in the beer which makes it very drinkable, almost like water. The high ABV would be the only thing to slow down drinking a few of them.

cosmicevan, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Bottle has a date on it of 2/9/10, must be the best by date (?)
Pours a straw colored golden hue with a slight head. Head went away really quickly though!
Smells of...honestly...banana...and ones that are a little past their prime at that.
Starts off tasting decent but then takes a little noise dive for me. Maybe it's the banana smell, but something isn't working here for me. I love Duvel so maybe I am judging this one a little too harshly against that. On with the show, after bite of alcohol is present after every sip. Seems to mellow out after a few sips. Decent mouthfeel. It isn't a bad beer but I wouldn't jump at this one again.

kbutler1, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pale yellow body with effervescent bubbles rising to the top and causing a maintained 1/4" snow white head.
S-Very yeast-like and somewhat malty.
T-Quite typical of a belgian style blonde overall, but on the uptake sweet charming with a lingering slightly hopped aftertaste.
M-Very tightly knitted head froth with a bit of a syrupy feeling and a dry afterbite.
D-I am surprised by this beer and can think of regaining faith in BOM clubs.

RJUGA03, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of whyhoughton
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid (cheap-ish) beer (<7$ a sixer, and 8% doesn't hurt). The yeasty and fruity taste follows this beer through the entire session. The only real 'downside' is that it doesn't work very well with most food... maybe a citrus/sugar-laden vinegrette?

whyhoughton, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clear golden color; light amount of foam with a cloying ring of lacing.
Smells decidedly yeasty with corriander and orange peel notes in the aroma.
Similar in flavor with a dry, puckering yeast, spicy corrainder profile with orange and lemon to round it out. Nice.
Alternately crisp and dry, with a medium body to keep it drinkable.
Nice little Belgian-style ale; nothing groundbreaking, but melds a Duvel-like golden ale with a witbier fairly well.

Natural510, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of justincolts
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very light golden color, with very little head, which quickly fades away leaving almost nothing. There is a lot of lacing going on. Smell is nothing to really brag about, maybe some citrus vibes going on. A pretty good taste, some citrus and spicy flavoring. Kind of thin on the mouthfeel. Great drinkability for an 8% abv beer.

justincolts, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale straw color and comes with a short 1/2 finger head that fades immediately to a very thin and incomplete skim; body is slightly cloudy and shows light carbonation; oily and loose strands of lacing cling to the sides; I guess I'm used to seeing a huge 2+ finger head and pretty cloudy body from my Belgians...

Smell: Smells more like a white wine than a beer - light and slightly soured fruits (grape-like); slightly yeast and a very mild scent of spices in the back (corriander).

Taste: Much like the smell, the light and slightly sour grape-like fruit aspect is shared with a yeasty/straw like aspect; slightly musty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is stronger than it appears and is actually pretty potent and lively; body is crisp and light and still manages to leave a pretty firm coating of stickiness on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue; belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Drinkability: It's not bad - it's an alright tasting beer, but for something labeled as a Belgian Strong Pale, I don't feel it competes with some others out there. I also likely wouldn't attempt too many since it does clock in at 8%.

bamadog, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crisp clean golden pear color topped by a two finger bright white head. Tiny bubbles spiral around as they float to the top. Retention is decent but not overly outstanding. Spotty lacing clings to the glass through out.

Aroma is strikingly similar to many witbiers. Strong coriander and orange peel smell dominate the nose. Very pleasant aroma over all.

Smooth spiciness hits the tongue and is soon followed up with a slight citric bite. A solid wheat malt base is picked up behind. Not an overly complex flavor but solid none the less.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy. Light to light medium body. Finishes fairly dry.

A pleasant beer to drink when all is said and down. Nothing here is going to overwhelm you but this is a very solid offering. I would absolutely drink this again, but not a top of the list type of beer.

kzoobrew, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a small white foamy head that doesn't retain for long and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeasts with sweet citrus, bananas clove and spice scents. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, yeasty with some sweetness and spices. A very good American interpretation of the BSPA style. Well done, Michigan Brewing Company.

Mouth feel: Sweet, crisp and slightly dry on the finish. Good carbonation balance.

Drinkability: I love the BSPA style, and this is one of the few American versions of the style I would seek out and drink again. Very drinkable!

ChopperSmith, Aug 30, 2009
Celis Grand Cru from Michigan Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.