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Great Lakes Grand Cru - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Grand Cru
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004)
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Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Head disappears after a minute, but leaves some nice patches of lace.

Sweet bread malt up front, with a nice amount of fruity esthers. Maybe some green apple and pear notes. A bit of a Belgian yeasty, spicy feel.

Sweet up front, with a nice bread-like malt similar to other Great Lakes beers. Fruity notes, ripe apples and pears. Slightly earthy and yeasty at the finish, but remains a bit sweet.

Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation to lighten the body a bit. Just a bit of warmth. Pretty nice beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange with very thin white head.

Smell: Bready, orange, some light spice.

Taste: Very bready and fruity. Definite orange. Fairly sweet but the spicy yeast and/or hops keep it in check. Some coriander and clove on the finish.

Feel: Medium to full body, very smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Tastes kind of like a Belgian version of their Christmas Ale, which is a very good thing. Please bottle this in 4-packs!

Photo of boatshoes
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped up in Cleveland for dinner and a drink. Had the opportunity to try two new beers, this one included, and was very excited.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber gold with a creamy looking half finger of white head sitting on top. Amazing head retention for coming off the tap, and the head sits there for the entire duration of the drink. Lots of sticky lacing left in layers down the side of the glass as well. A looker.

Smell- Lots of fruity esters and yeastiness coming off of this one. Banana, some bitter orange, and spiciness. Smells big and tasty.

Taste- Again, very fruity and yeasty. Lots of banana, orange, and bready yeastiness. Spices, cloves, and coriander come through as well. Quite complex but goes down incredibly easy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and creamy for the style, which makes the drinking experience even more enjoyable. Drinkability is stellar, a very easy drinking but quite complex brew.

Overall, I was surprisingly impressed with this one. Quite enjoyable, and I recommend that if you can get to the brewpub to give it a try.

Photo of jay_schrock
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chillwave22
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the hand pump at TJs into a tulip glass on 6/9. This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to have any Belgian style from a cask setup, so I guess this will be the beer that provides the measuring stick to see if I will try another if the opportunity arises.

The pour is somewhat atypical of what you would see from just about any beer that is hand pumped. The head that forms is more indicative of a highly carbonated Belgian style than it is the 1-2 finger head that an English cask ale would produce. Reaching a full 2 inches in height before being allowed to settle a bit and get topped off, this beer from the start looks like a Belgian. There is some slight haze in an light orangey colored body, something akin to peach or apricot.

The aroma is fully of spice and fruits. Strong clove, white pepper, and coriander are all present, adding to this beer's Belgian pedigree. Apricots, peaches, and even some slight citrusy notes find their way in here, as well. There is a bready sweetness that rounds it out and pulls it all together, too.

On the palate, the spices do start to run away with this. Far more phenolic than the aroma indicated, the clove and white pepper does have a dominating effect on the palate. Warm alcohol also squirms its way into the finish. The stone fruits are less notable, but still present. A touch of sweet candi sugar comes in late, but it is not enough to counteract the dominant spice. I would have hoped for a bit more balance here.

Out of a cask, I don't get the distinctive Belgian effervescence that the yeast so often gives. While the consistency was medium just as a Belgian Strong Pale should be, the overall impression of the texture fell short of what I expected. Belgians are better out of a tap, for sure. I hope I can try this one that way sometime.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

This was the surprise of the session. Poured a warm, cloudy honey amber color with a tight head of off-while foam that laced very nicely. What a wonderful nose! The aromas of citrus, spices and cloves, mildly peppered..this is more intense than Holy Moses!

Its warm and soothing on the tongue, rich in spices, citrus...again more intense than Holy Moses. What is going on here? It evened out and finished beautifully, kinda slick and syrupy on the throat. This was a very nice ale, one that I will keep an eye open for and definitely enjoy more in the future, Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TruaxMJ
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a creamy gold banana juice color that was rather cloudy with a dollop of meringue that left tons of drippy lace in my glass.

Smells a bit like banana too with a crisp, sweet plumb and coriander that fades to a numb hop right at the bitter point of the plumb. There’s a spicy black pepper yeast and a touch of honey too.

The spicy dryness shines in the flavor with some stale white bread and a touch of sour black pepper that fades over to a dry fallen pine. A little orange juice leaks out in the finish rounding the trip off with a pleasant creaminess.

This one’s delightfully thick with a little sing of carbonation that helps the bite work its way through.

Wonderfully drinkable, completely un-offending and enticing.

Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful on-tap "pub exclusive" from Great Lakes enjoyed by me a few weeks ago. Reviewed from notes.

This beer is a cloudy orange/amber color. It reminded me of apple cider. White head is a good 1/2 inch thick when drawn before eventually settling to a very thin white ring lining the inside of my glass. Aromas of coriander, banana and orange, sweet Belgian candy, a trace of hops, and bits of clove and pepper. The taste is pretty much the same, along with a nice floral hop flavor balancing out all the sweetness, fruityness, and spice. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very good drinkability. I really wish Great Lakes would brew Belgian style ales more often because this one was excellent!

Eric

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a big poofy white head. It's very citrusy with orange and clove. It's very drinkable as well with a good malt backbone. A bit hoppy-bitter for style. Before I even found out that it was basically Holy Moses big brother, I noticed the similarities. Both are excellent beers.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Brewmeist
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint.

Pours a hazy dull amber color, average head and lacing. Smells sweet, hint of hops, lilac. Average ale, has a subtitle pilsner hoppiness, slightly sweet, Belgian style yeast, well balanced, a little fruity. Nice carbonation, not a pallette offender. Overall a nice BPA, very similar to ommegang's. One of the better offerings from GL brewing.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a snifter. The color is a nice hazy golden color with some lighter highlights when held up to the light.

The smell is a rich bouquet of citrus, various spices, yeast and a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Little to no hops present in the smell, as the spices and citrus (I'm guessing from the orange peel, not the hops) balance out the sweetness of the malt.

The taste is similar to the smell in its complexity. There is a nice full malty flavor up front with a flavor that is a tiny bit raisin-like. Spices and tartness from the orange peel come in next. The finish is pleasantly dry with just enough of that classic Belgian yeast dryness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a great take on a Belgian style pale ale by the GLBC. Alcohol is hardly noticeable making this one deceptively drinkable.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the glbc tap room, poured into a pint glass

A: orange amber color, slightly hazy, slight head with fair retention

S: light citrus and spice notes, slight yeast and pepper

T: well balanced beer with light caramized malt, citrus, and clove like pepperyness.

M&d: light to medium bodied, like most glbc examples it is drinkable and almost sessionable for higher abv.

Cheers!!!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Listed on the menu as 7.8% abv 30 IBU

Aroma of wheat and peppery spice. In the taste, wheat, pepper and coriander. Bready malt notes and a dry spice bite. Little presence of hops, which come across earthy if anything. Light dusty yeast notes and grainy malt. Mild but tempered sweetness with the spices and dry orange peel. Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated with a spice bite. Overall, this is a nice little Belgian style gold. A thoroughly enjoyable rarity from Great Lakes.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i believe this is a 7.5% abv...

on-tap at the brewpub.. a couple of pints here.

pours orange and murky with a belgian style minimalist head and lacing of white bubbles that lay soupy and thick on the surface. smells yeasty with big orange blossom nose. body is lighter than it looks. a little too much alcohol bite for the abv, but intense, flavorful sweetness.. coriander and floral notes help hide it. finishes real clean with a bit of bitterness to last you through to the next sip. excellent american grasp of a belgian style here.

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub. Listed at 7.8% ABV.

This is a very hazy straw color. Lots of little particulates. Looks almost like an unfiltered wheat. Small ring of off-white head, and sticky lacing.
Nose is very bready. Lots of yeasts and orange juice. Some orange rind too. Sweet and dense. Nice.
Taste is sweet Belgian sugars, yeasty and sugary citrus. Slight spiciness and lots of orange. Pretty tasty.

Solid mouthfeel and drinkability. A very nice offering from GL.

Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of whodeyvols
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of meetyouoverboard
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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Great Lakes Grand Cru from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.