Cru D'or
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Sep 25, 2014
Oct 01, 2005
Notes: Brewed for Whole Foods.
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Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by zestar from California

Aug 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 26, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Noelito76 from New York

May 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Feb 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by harpus from Alabama

Jan 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by BillRoth from Maryland

Nov 28, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by petermethot from New Jersey

Aug 21, 2013
Rated: 3 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jun 24, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by match1112 from Illinois

Mar 08, 2013
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty wisps of foamy lacing cling on the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of raisin, prune, toffee, caramel, toast, chocolate, earth, bread, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, toast, chocolate, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; nicely robust with zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Jan 02, 2013
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Reviewed by yamar68 from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Huge thanks to match1112 for this treat. Not sure what the vintage is but he told me that the beer has a few years on it. Poured from 12oz bottle to Duvel over-sized tulip glass:

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a finger or two of tannish head that receeds to one side of the glass, no real collar but still a slight bit of lacing.

Big toffee and dates on the nose. Some mushy cherries and red grapes. Very smooth and no detectable oxidation or booze presence.

Those bright fruits have settled down quite a bit. Some figs, a very slight cardboard taste that lingers - just barely noticeable. Pretty dry finish.

It seems as though the beer has lost nearly all its carbonation. Just enough to produce a short-lived head.

Never thought I'd get the chance to try this beer - thanks very much Matt!
Jul 15, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by mechanicalprints from Arkansas

Feb 21, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

Feb 15, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by Stoffel from Texas

Jan 06, 2012
Rated: 4 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Nov 20, 2011
Rated: 4 by Exiled from Texas

Nov 17, 2011
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another gift in a recent trade. I was sent two of these and decided to open one up to see what it was about. Poured into a white birch glass.

dark brown, opaque with a huge billowing tan head that literally fell over the sides of the glass. I did not think it would actually ever go down. It finally settled down but left a ton of lace down the glass for the rest of the session. First whiff of the aroma was very fruity, albeit dark. Hints of apricots and raisins, along with some plum and a touch of alcohol were all readily present. The distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast was ever so present as well. Very nice, floral aroma. First sip was delicous. Very full flavored and lively. Lots of fruity flavors, again figs, apricots, banana, and a nice mellow spiceness melded well with a touch of alcohol that was ever so gently mixed in. Very nice warming feeling upon putting down a few sips. Mouthfeel was superb. Very rich, creamy and thick, great carbonation.

Overall this beer was awesome and exactly what I needed after dinner. I nursed this for almost an hour before all was said and done.
Jul 18, 2011
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Reviewed by TheBrewo from New York

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
We pour a dark brown hazy beer that maintains a nice reddish glow. It holds a one finger head of large tan bubbles, which sink rather quickly. The carbonation is lightly visible around the edges, and no sediment is noted. This beer's aroma is bold! It is marked by sugary sweet caramel notes, red licorice, hints of phenols, and a fine concoction of esters and yeast. The taste begins with bready malts. We then move forward to sweet fruits throughout the center, most notably, ripe apple and banana. There is also a rich, calming nuttiness to the flavor, which acts to curb the sip's sweetness. The aftertaste, while remaining well balanced, is borderline sour, and a bit earthy. Despite the sweetness, the beer is not syrupy, and remains medium bodied and lightly coating to the mouth. The carbonation, while present, is not a major player to the experience. Drinkability is medium, as some of the strong flavor highlights slow the sipping down.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about it was its remarkable aroma (and an honorable mention for being organic). It is sweet and inviting, and you could nearly smell it from across the table! Everything it suggested was touched upon in the rest of the beer, but by the end of the glass it can become almost cloyingly sweet.
Dec 02, 2010
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