Grand Crüe
Sixpoint Brewery

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
3.95 | pDev: 8.35%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02/13/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Late head from slight effervescence. Very cloudy.

First taste impression is figs/raisins & brown/caramelized sugar, but not overly sweet.

This brew & I needed to warm to each other. Less chilled the cloudiness gave way to an almost rosy hue. The flavors mellowed to a port-like richness. Wondrous how the flavors & richness of the oak & the wine started to shine through. Like a port there was a ton of sediment.

Obviously a great experience but not for the everyday.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a sixpoint keg label on the side no bottle date.

Pours a very dark redish brown with pretty much no head at all. Smells of brown sugar with some bready malt. Taste is very sweet with some very heavy fruit presence almost like cooked pineapple. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty on par with a barleywine. Overall this has been a long time want and I'm very glad to have tried it, I get the impression that this bottle is pretty old I would have liked to try this fresh.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been sitting on this bottle for a while. At a random tasting I had a bottle numbered 1 of 3 of this before the release.

A: The beer poured a murky reddish brown color. Quite a bit of sediment in the glass even with a careful pour. A minimal amount of brownish head with no lacing.

S: The nose was really nice on this beer. The merlot barrels came through nicely. Lots of dark fruits. The wine came through quite clearly and paired well nicely with the base beer which was a Belgian inspired barleywine. The barrel aging gave it a nice complexity.

T: The nose was a little better than the taste. Quite a bit of dark fruit with some esters in there as well. The wine taste was in there in spades. A touch of sweetness but most of it has faded since I had this last. The alcohol was there but was more of the warming variety than anything else.

M: Syrupy medium bodied. Carbonation was light but spot on the the ABV.

D: This was kind of a letdown for me. Good beer but for $17 a bomber it needs to be great. Split it with some friends which helps. Funny I just had Bolshoi at EBF and now this. Sixpoint beers hold up quite well.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque red-brown/black color with a finger of fluffy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring that laces nicely.

S - Lots of sweet brown sugar in the nose. There is also deeper carmel malt and some dark and light fruit elements to round out the flavor a bit.

T - Starts off with a lot of carmel flavor and brown sugar. Also some pear flavor as well as some dark fruit (raisin). Through the middle the sharpness of the fruit and sugar fades a bit and a smooth blend of them continues with a yeasty flavor added. The finish has the light fruit flavor, touch of dark fruit, and some sugar sweetness that lingers for a while.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is much more balanced than expected. Little bit of booze is felt on the tongue.

D - Pretty drinkable. Lots of sweetness, but it is nicely balanced by other flavors so it does not get in the way of enjoying the beer. Very interesting mix of the brown sugar sweetness and the various fruit flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Gfunk720. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings forth a moderately-dark brown liquid with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a nice amount of dark fruit character along with some caramel and malty sweetness. The flavor is fairly loaded with dark fruits with dates really standing out. A fig presence in the background also. However, toward the finish and leading into the aftertaste, there is quite a bit of bitterness that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer. Drinks pretty well and is a solid American version of the style, albeit a bit thin and with an off finish.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber received as an extra from a generous BA. Split several ways with family members, with my portion poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a rather unattractive, turgid, bronzed maroon, obscure enough at the center such that the only carbonation that's visible is right at the surface, large bubbled, rustic-looking, and very slow, suggesting a thick, chewy body. The head is average for a beer of this abv%, a fizzy, crystalline, snowy looking thing with good retention that leaves a nice fuzzy collar and a persistent dollop of surface lace. The side lacing bumps it up half a point from a 3.5, though, as successive sips leave swirls of sandy, glittery, clumpy lace sticking up and down the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: An intensely saccharine, fruity notes A slew of canned fruit-like notes reach up and grab you without any need for agitation - granny smith apples, pears, peaches, and a few heavier fruits, everything ripe or overly ripe, browning even. Caramel malts are presents, as are a handful of earthy spices, but this nose is all about the fruits, perhaps somewhat to its (one-dimensional) detriment.

Taste: Better than I imagined it would taste from the aroma. Much dryer, for one, with a nice balance free sugars and dry, toasty malts to make for a pretty varied and enjoyable malt base. Caramel, brown sugar, dark toffee, and earthy, lightly dirty toast create a nice base for a dash of spicy phenolic notes and fruits. The fruits are still here, but are a little more varied and subdued than in the nose. Raisins and dates definitely shine through and mingle well with the base malts, but the yeasty esters of the nose - cherry, pear, and peach most predominantly, but also mango, faint citrus, and passion fruit at times - are still the dominant fruit overtone.

Mouthfeel: Thicker, with soft, subtle carbonation, but enough that it stays away from the heavy, fat, or cloying. Works well with the residual sweetness and the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A good but not great example of the style that probably had a little too much time in the cellar to over express those yeasty fruit esters, I wish I'd have tried this one fresh (though if it was any sweeter than this one is here, maybe not!). As it is, it's definitely a solid, enjoyable beer, though the 12.4% is definitely making itself known - drinker beware.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mahogany colored liquid that is capped by a rocky, two-fingered head; clumps of lace stick to the chalice

Smell: Figs, dates and burnt caramel

Taste: Dried dark fruit sweetness, up front, followed, by a tannic, herbal bitterness that builds, after the swallow; while the dark fruit flavors persist into the finish, the bitter herbal aspect dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable boozy warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not quite sure where to classify this one; as eithers have suggested, it is more like a strong ale than a BSDA; still, it is a nice beer and it is always a treat to find a Sixpoint beer in a bottle

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Beerworld.

Pours an extremely murky light brown with a wispy beige head that leaves a sticky collar which tracks down the glass leaving boozy legs.

Aroma is very, very sweet with candi sugar, caramel and pears. There is also an interesting citrusy presence which takes the form of orange zest. Maybe some licorice and raisins.

The taste is also sweet with more fruit and caramel up front. There is also a hefty candi sugar presence and massive in the background with a very light spiciness in the finish. Definitely some alcohol burn as well.

The mouthfeel is thin the for style for me. It's slick with very low carbonation and dry in the finish.

This is not one of my favorites from Sixpoint. It's too thin and lacks the complexity and body to be considered a serious Belgian dark.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this fine libation.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet brown sugar and caramel aromas as well as the usual dark stone fruits. Not the most intense nose for a BSDA, but solid.

T: A similar collection of traits on the tongue. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and dark candi sugar. Plums, black cherries, and raisins.

M: Medium to full in body with a very lively carbonation.

D: Fairly complex and surprisingly easy to drink despite a rather high alcohol content (I was guessing more around 8%).

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with NYCWheatFanSC.

Pours an incredibly hazy kind of light brown. Almost no head, only a little ring of loose bubbles around the edges. Not the prettiest beer I've ever looked at by any means. Has a toffee/caramel sweetness to the smell, also a hint of cocoa and cinnamon, and some earthiness. Also some powdery, almost straw like smells from the yeast and pale grains. Pretty good, nice and complex. The taste starts out with a slight burn of alcohol, followed by a big kick of malty sweetness, like a dry caramel syrup - don't get me wrong, there's plenty of sweetness, but it doesn't get to you because of the alcohol, the yeast character (a slightly earthy, spicy taste), and a tiny bit of an earthy bitterness. I'm enjoying this, vastly interesting. The body is a little thinner than I'd expect for such a big beer. It finishes kind of dry with a burntish taste, and the lower carbonation makes the alcoholic finish more noticeable, I think. Overall, I see this as a beer that is good, but could definitely be improved upon. And the power of the ABV would keep me from drinking too much. Anyway, I was glad to have tried a Sxpoint beer without going to Brooklyn.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty muddy brown color with a small creamy khaki colored head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of caramel malt with some prunes and raisins; hints of honey. The taste is of prunes and raisins some honey and caramel. No belgian yeast flavors or candi sugar presence. American strong ale seems to be the correct style. Little to no hop presence. The feel is moderate to heavy, soft carbonation, light grassy bitterness and some alcohol burn. A strong beer for sure, though don't agree with the BA classification as I don't detect any Belgian characteristics. Seems like a strong ale to me. A good malty presense, though could use some more flavor to match the over 12% ABV.

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Photo of vacax
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a deep amber color with some white head though not much retention. The aroma has dates, candi sugar, spicy and perfumey hop, quite nice. It seems like a Belgian amber or barleywine moreso than a typical BSDA. The flavor is intense with floral notes, plum, and raisins then there is a strong alcohol warming accompanies by a grassy and herbal hop bitterness on the palate. The roselike hops stick around on the palate for a minute or two. Body is somewhat heavy with a lower level of carbonation that I like in a strong ale like this. Pretty tasty brew, but the intensity means a bottle of this is intended for sharing.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i completely agree with the previous (alpinebryant) reviewer's review -
i would like to add that the taste and bellywarmth of alcohol that you would expect for a 12.4% brew -
bottled on date and abv section of the label are blank.
i'm happy to have tried this one, but again $16.99 is a bit steep -

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was told that this was made specifically for CBGB club in NYC and that this had aged for a few years in a cellar. CBGB is where many a famous Rock bands have made their start and broken out into the spotlight. Date filled label: not stamped with a date. Clearly not a Grand Crue. Perhaps this was made for a band with a similar name?

Pours a clear copper color with no head at all. There are some completely clear bubbles that did appear around the edges, but not something I would consider a head.

Smell of Caramel, roasted malts, raisin, molasses and belgian yeast.

Taste of belgian candy sugar, belgian yeast, roasted malts, caramel, and raisin.

Carbonation seems to be on the flat side, and a slightly syrupy mixture. Not a bad beer, but not worth 16.99 IMO. I think most of the delight with this beer was that it was a Sixpoint brew in a bottle, which does not really happen. They serve mainly on draft.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce hand bottle. I want to say that Alan (NutBrown) sent this to me as an extra in a trade, but I'm not sure. Regardless, I got this back in 2007. Uncapped and poured into my Adnams tumbler. The ale appears a clear crimson chestnut color with a good inch of lasting, light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of raisins, figs, dark molasses, caramel, cocoa, cherries, prunes, mildly spicy yeast. Body could be a tad fuller, but it's no biggie. Decent carbonation levels and each sip leaves a slick coating on the tongue. Certainly does not come off as a 12% ale. The alcohol heat has mellowed nicely. A really nice beer. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand bottle...thanks to BA sixpoint for this.

Appears a hazy dark amber with a small, light tan cap that never really fades away. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, flowery hops, and raisin bread.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, vanilla, and some candy bar nougat coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, packed with esters, and light hops bouncing along the tongue.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004, Hand bottled, sent by Barrelman. Excellent job.

A - Murky brown like muddy cider. Clumpy off white head leaves to ring. Some sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruits, apples, yeast and bread. Caramel thread there too.

T - Definitely in the Barley wine area. Big malt with some apple, eartlhiness and a little of the Belgian funk at the end, but not much.

M - Medium to full, great carb, great coating.

D - After 1/2 a bomber I am feeling the alcohol. Not a long session beer. Good, no, great stuff.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Barleywine? I'm down. Poured along with the Merlot.

Pours a nice copper brown with some lacing no head. Both are about the same color.

Smell: Caramel, Spicy Yeast, Fruity notes, it's almost brandy-ish.

Taste: Raisins, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Very Earthy. Thick with a low carbonation.

This reminds me of Mikeller's Big Worse, but a little better. Theres a kind of "funky mess" thing going on.

From a trade with Sixpoint.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eh. A nice Belgian style. But a Grand Crue? I dunno about that. Thick earthy flavor brings a pretty high level of the funk. Lots of bitter edge from thick amounts of hops. Feel is good. And it is a nice one to drink, just not one of my all time favorites from Sixpoint.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told to save this one for the holiday season, so I did just that!

22 oz. bomber poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a cloudy brown with a head of almost nothing. Some bubbles are scattered here and there on the top, but really noting much to look at. Smell is a sweet bouquet of fig, caramel, molasses, honey, and faint yeast. Very similar smell in comparison to a red wine, cherries and vanilla, mmm mmm! Taste has a good amount of honey and apple sweetness with a lot of prune and raisin like flavors. Subtle alcohol flavor warms midway through with a yeasty aftertaste. For 12.4% abv, they hide the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is medium to full with just about no carbonation. I can't say enough about the guys at Sixpoint. They'll be attending the Extreme Beer Fest in February and I highly recommend checking these guys out. I'm jealous of everyone down in Brooklyn that have their beers available at their local bar. Keep up the great work Sixpoint!

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz pour at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn NY12/7/2007
poured a dark reddish brown, almost a plum color with a thinish head with a light tan hue. Left some patchy lacing

Great nose, dark fruit, prunes, plums some cherries, and some earthy belgian yeast funk

Slightly sour, plums and cherries on the tongue with some caramel.

Little carbonation medium bodied

Alchohol is apparent but nothing will lead you to believe that this is 12.4% so watch out...other than that this is a super drinkable beer

Another winner from Sixpoint

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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask: at what Stanton Publick used to be.

A- Little to no head at all(as expected). Very dark inky blackish brown. Served in a challis and ruby/crimson hints could be seen at the curves of the glass.
S- Strong alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a scent that was remarkably pinot noir esque with lots of red fruit.
T-Red fruit (cherry, berry, and plum)....light chocolate, and molasses, and a light lingering alcohol taste in the finish.
M/D- Low to no carbonation....very wine like....coated the tongue, and was extremely complex. I would really like to sit down and have a couple glasses of this at my house....the atmosphere at the bar was not the best to enjoy a beer like this.

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Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a cask fest at brzen head:

Poured out a dark cloudy brown color with a light tan head. Nose offered some malt and spice, ropunded out by fig and sherry. Some alcohol there too. The taste hits you first with some sweet malt and caramel, but spice, hops, and fruit bring up ther other end for beautiful balance. The 12.4% is no where to be found. Very well balanced, slick mouthfeel, a bit heavy on the finish.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Collins Bar for a Secret Stash night.
This brew loses some style points because it doesnt drink like a Belgian at all; much more like a barleywine, and a boozey barleywine at that. I went into this really wanting to enjoy it because I like what I've had from Sixpoint so far and I like Belgian strong dark ales.
Poured a murky brown without any head.
Didn't get too much out of the odor even though it was served warm. Got some booze out of the odor, alcohol soaked fruit but not in a pleasing way.
Tasted like a pretty good barleywine. Much hoppier than I expected with a pretty bitter finish. Roasted malts or caramelized fruits.
Quite smooth for 12.4%, I'll give it that.
Just not quite worthy of the title Grand Crue.

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Photo of rem5
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the VIP session at the American Beer Fest this past weekend. I must say, I thought this was the most memorable beer I tried the whole day. I went back for a couple more tastings... it was THAT good.

A- 4... only because it was quite cloudy. Common for homebrew but I dont think it fits the style guidelines.

S- Smell of amazing fruits, prunes, dates etc.

T- Nice malt character, good esters, very well balanced. Full body but not overwhelmingly so. Fruit smell was obvious in the taste as well.

M- 12.4%? You would never know. This went down extremely smooth.

D- Almost too enjoyable to drink. This is my new favorite beer.

I recommend this to anyone who can get their paws on it. From the other reviews it seems this is not widely available. It really gives native belgians a run for their money and its exciting to see american craft brewers creating something this amazingly good, and just 45 mins away from my house too. I forgot to mention, the head brewer himself served this to me. Thanks Aaron Stumpf! See ya at the next tasting!

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