Grand Cru - Bourbon Barrel Aged | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sparky44 on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
26
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
27.89%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briancathy
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting, very unique and strong.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange, with a white head, head was full of tiny bubbles, no head retention, just a soapy film, good amount of carbonation streaming up the side, decent amount of lacing as well, looks pretty good.

A: Not getting any bourbon barrel presence but the agave nectar comes through pretty strong giving the beer a honey like aroma, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, overall, smells really sweet with a hint of spice.

T: Bourbon, agave nectar, Belgian yeast, hint of spice and cloves, finish is sweet as the agave nectar reemerges imparting a honey like flavor to the beer, aftertaste is of agave, honey, hint of spice and clove, very complexity with some depth.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, looked highly carbonated on the pour, but it’s not.

O: A little too sweet for me, I was expecting more spice and clove with a touch of agave but with the addition of bourbon the beer is really sweet, too much for me. It’s a quality beer but the combination of bourbon, agave, and Belgian yeast just doesn’t mix for me.

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Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bholt5
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apperance is a beautiful golden color with little lacing. Smell is of bourbon with a hint of dark,sweet fruit. Mouthfeel is moderately thick although the carbonation seems very light. Taste is very heavy on alcohol with bourbon Flavor hitting first. hints of vanilla and malt round out the flavor followed by a unique sweetness on the finish. Overall a nice alternative to big bourbon aged stouts but don't let the color fool you, this is a bomb of a beer.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of pcarney8
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rothobinide
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Specules
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml into a pint glass.

Saw this at Ojai Bev Co. and had to try it out of my love for North Coast. Slightly dark honey colored brew with a small effervescence to it.
Im nearly recovered from a cold right now so my nose is not as strong today, but even so I definitely smell the bourbon with some sweet honeycomb aromas from the agave nectar. Also maybe some nutty peanut brittle.

The taste is phenomenal with bourbon and sweetness (from the nectar), slight dark fruit, malty with a striking old ale/barleywine reminder on the back end.

Good mouthfeel, some syrupyness and good thickness going on as the alcohol warms my tongue.

I hope I can find this again! I live in Santa Barbara and the only place that would possibly have this is Keg n bottle in isla vista.

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Photo of AWB3
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Dwreck
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got a bad bottle. It was flat, no head retention, no lacing, tasted as if it went sour.

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Photo of Angerhaus
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Poorpatz
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of HamGlade10
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very interesting brew right here. not sure if all of these are bourbon barrel aged and this is just a double listing, or if it really is a special edition, tough to say, but i love the beer. its orange in color with some sediment, plenty of age on this bottle but no oxidation at all. the head is white and thin, but it leaves fine lacing as it drinks down. pils malt and agave nectar for the fermentables, supposedly thats all they use, which i find fascinating. the nectar is probably mostly for the alcohol spike, but it has a peachy orange marmalade sort of thing going on with it too. the bourbon barrel is the most obvious feature in the nose. the belgian aspect has fallen out a lot, if it was ever there at all, its very subtle. the yeast is unique, just not characteristically belgian, maybe some saison elements to it, lots of spice in that regard. the light malt base does a good job of being complex despite being delicate, i like that, and the beer has a great many fruits happening from sweet melon to apricot and peach, candied orange peel, very dynamic. the booze is not harsh, but its very apparent, i think it should be that way in this style. one of the more unique north coast beers out there, and possibly my favorite i have had from them. love everything about it except that its gone. top level brew, not adequately appreciated here on BA i dont think.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Grand Cru - Bourbon Barrel Aged from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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