Great Lakes Grand Cru - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 23
Photo of UDbeernut
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ClevoPiwo
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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 TheViolator666
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"pub exclusive" on tap. This from product description:

"Full bodied Belgian Ale Spiced with Coriander and orange peel with subtle citrus flavor and a complex finish"

A Opaque orange, cloudy, yellow orange with one finger head.

S Citrus, malty

T citrus, malty, complex, interesting, challenging

M Smooth, thick

D Very good to excellent. It is too bad that GLBC (Great Lakes Brewing Company) didn't offer this more widely than just a pub exclusive.

Notes: My favorite GLBC beer so far.

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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 boulevard2
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grimace who drove this in staight from the brewery in a 2 ltr ticanter for my tasting delight.

Pours a nice light amber ale with much retention and little head. Very smooth and crisp on the palate and a heavy presence of alcohol at the finish. Tons of spice and hop overtone. As the beer warmed the alcohol and spice thickened. This is a great beer and I reccomend if you can get some to try it. This was my first from Great Lakes and am looking forward to trying some of their IPa's in the future.

Photo of letsgopens
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought a growler of this BSPA back from a trip to Great Lakes. It pours a very cloudy golden orange with some bright gold highlights. The tall, thick, frothy head holds impressively well and leaves some thick chunky lace.

Super yeasty with lots of herbal hops and fruit: citrus, apricot, banana, along with coriander, clove and faint pepper. Lots of Belgian wheat character. More clove and lemon at the end. Really nice; not just a wheaty banana/clove bomb. Complex and appetizing.

Again super spicy with more coriander and clove. Lots of yeasty wheat fruit; specifically banana, lemon, tangerine, and apricot. A nice amount of floral hops balance out the finish. Really complex and full flavored. Lots of depth.

Slick but turning a bit starchy and semidry in the finish. Low to moderate carbonation allows the mouthfeel to remain a bit heavier and very substantial. Well rounded but remains distinctive in all aspects. Another fantastic selection from Great Lakes.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Hazy light amber color with a thin and fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly. Nil lacing. Zesty citrus aroma, with a bit of sweet spice. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue with a straightforward sweet and spice balance that interplays with citrusy hops flavor. A bit of alcohol comes through as the glass progresses. The finish is lightly bitter and lingering. For a "regular" Belgian ale this is pretty darn good.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: A murky, cloudy orange poor with a tight white sudsy head.

Smell: Some yeasty funk and wheat bread. Not a whole lot going on here but very interesting.

Taste: Orange, coriander, cloves, allspice, maybe some cinnamon, and maple sweetness but that's in the background and not overpowering. A nicely balanced beer. Complex and very enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slight creamy. Coats the palate and is long in the finish.

Drinkability: Wow...this was gone in an instant! This is nicely done. I haven't had a lot of belgian beers but this is a great interpretation of the style.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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.

Great Lakes Grand Cru from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.