Great Lakes Grand Cru - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
10-11-2013 23:43:12 | More by Stinkypuss
4.48/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: Cloudy orange. Not much foam or lacing.
Smell: Not a lot up front. Slight bit of bananas.
Taste: First thing I taste is the phenols. Little bit of band aid, bubble gum. Definitely speaks of Belgian. Little bit of sweet, little bit of hops. Nicely balanced. Very fruity with stone fruit flavors - peaches, and plums. Slight bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Very light effervescence.
Drinkability: Delicious, but don't chug it. I'd like to try it over a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream or a tart fruit cobbler. Yum!
08-17-2012 01:55:41 | More by sonata2008
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
06-30-2012 01:30:01 | More by bsp77
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-22-2012 00:31:45 | More by Bierguy5
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
06-21-2012 00:09:07 | More by Brewmeist
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-11-2011 14:18:31 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
On-tap at Prairie Moon in Evanston. Served in a bowtie for $7.
A - Served to the brim - no short pours here. There's a thin cap of foam that leaves behind splotches of lace. The body is a light hazed apricot color, with some slow-moving streams of bubbles.
S - Sweet stone fruits and fruity esters, faint banana, a bit of yeast spice, and light candi sugar.
T - Taste is a bit heavier on the spicy and peppery Belgian yeast, although it's still sweet compared to something like Duvel. Light peach and stone fruits along with some cake/bread character. Finish has a bit of coriander and clove - is this an Imperial/Double Wit?
M - Pleasant carbonation, smooth texture, lightly sticky finish, and medium-full body. No obvious alcohol present, although at 7-8% that's not surprising.
D - This is quite nice, although it's not a super unique take on the style. I would have preferred to see Rye of the Tiger or Rackhouse, but this was a nice gesture by GLBC nonetheless. Hope to see more of these brewpub exclusives in Chicago (or at least get some growlers!). I easily drank my glass and would gladly had another if I weren't in a rush.
05-24-2011 15:51:47 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-14-2010 15:46:47 | More by shivtim
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Head has little retention and leaves some spotty lacing down the glass.
S- Overall a pretty big smell. Smells of a ton of spices, malts, yeast, and fruit.
T- Pretty much exactly what I'd expect and followed the nose really well. It actually reminded me of Holy Moses on steriods. Quite a bit going on here and I'd say rather complex.
M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation was right on.
D- By no means is this my favorite style, but it is right. Its solid for the style just not my favorite.
03-10-2010 07:22:29 | More by nrbw23
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-08-2010 03:20:55 | More by boatshoes
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-19-2009 23:02:09 | More by UDbeernut
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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.
09-19-2009 15:56:18 | More by ClevoPiwo
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from Great Lakes growler into pint glass.
A: Light yellow - straw color, a bit cloudy with a beautiful two-finger white head. Leaves very light lacing.
S: Smells very citrusy. Lemon zest, what I'm guessing is corrainder, oranges, a bit of sugar sweetness, a dash of floral hops as well as the typical Belgian yeastiness and various spices. Pretty big smell.
T: Taste is just as complex as the smell. Just the right amount of yeastiness and spiciness as well as the lemon zest, sweet oranges are the most present at the front. The hops don't come around 'til the aftertaste. Leaves the mouth dry.
M/D: Body is medium-light at the heaviest. Comes in strong, but leaves very quietly. Highly drinkable!
Surprised Great lakes could pull of an authentic tasting Belgian brew so well!
09-19-2009 15:34:01 | More by TheViolator666
Great Lakes Grand Cru from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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