Cru D'or | North Coast Brewing Co.

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for Whole Foods.

Added by hyuga on 10-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's been in the basement for a while. No date on the bottle so....

Appearance: Dark red to brown and a little turbid. Scant off white head with very little retention and no lacing (none).

Smell: Tart cherries and raisins. Slightly toasty malt and some spice-- clove mainly.

Taste: Pretty tart fruit flavors for a dubbel. Cherry is prominent at first, but the raisin/date sweetness takes over later. Toast on the finish is really pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Its OK I guess. A little to flat. The finish is pretty nice in that after the beer is swallowed, it feels like you've consumed something pretty substantial.

Drinkability: This may be past its prime, but without a date, I'll never know. Definitely been in my basement for at least a year. Since this beer has since been discontinued, I guess it doesnt matter. I like it fine.

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3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours dark amber/brown with a light fizzy head. Smells like sweet bread, lots of yeast and malt. Taste is a balance of smooth, bready malt with fruits - bananas, raisins, and currants - spiced with cloves and other fruity spices. Not overly nor artificially sweet, but the malt and fruits are sweet in themselves and well complemented by the spices. Medium-heavy carbonation works well with the yeast and fruit, with a creamy and yeasty mouthfeel, though the powerful yeast inhibits the drinkability a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into Piraat tulip 6.23.2010.

Clear reddish amber body, 3/4 finger white head, quick dissipation, a lot of carbonation climbing up the sides of glass shortly after pouring, quickly disappeared. A couple of minutes later there was scant carbonation rising from bottom of glass, suspicious looking. Malty sweetness in the nose plus fruity esters, plums/prunes, dark cherries, little hop aromas. Taste is more fruity than sweet, some pears in addition to above stone fruit, once again minimal hop presence, but a bit of grassy hops on back end. Mouthfeel is medium with decent effervescence. Decent drinkability, but this beer tastes a bit immature, though the taste profile is certainly more complex as it warms.

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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a hazy amber brown with a chunky head of tan foam. The head lingered for a moment and then receded.
The aroma is big, spiced banana bread with a touch of clove, raisin, plum, and sweet sugar.
The taste of the beer was too cloying and sweet for me, thin feeling and sugary. The spicy banana comes through as well and the alcohol has a bit of warmth.
I couldn't finish this one. It proved to be too sweet and cloying. I would possibly revisit this after cellaring one and getting a little age on a bottle. I love North Coast, but this one was a let down.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown mixed with tones of maroon. I wasn't too careful with my pour so there is quite a bit of suspended sediment, including some small black specks. From certain angles the edges have a strange apple juice look to them. The head began at a respectable two fingers and the retention was solid for the first 10 minutes or so, after that I couldn't even stir up head with agitation.

Smell: The smell is fairly sweet overall. There are a lot of fruity esters floating around. Picking up some dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum. Also getting some definite apple lingering in there. Behind that there are malty shades of molasses and caramel.

Taste: Everything from the smell is present with the molasses and the caramel on the forefront. The ester flavors are also present, the dark fruits are still here but it seems the apple has slide slightly ahead of them along with something else possibly pear. All the esters work together to provide a nice, slightly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: I put it a bit on the thin side, a low-medium body. The carbonation is on the low end also. Not the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: I sipped on this one for quite awhile and at the beginning it was too sweet for my liking, but as I worked my way through the sweetness died down a bit and I began enjoying it more and more. Definitely a solid beer.

Overall I can tell off the bat that the Dubbel will not be my favorite beer style, but it won't be on my shit list either. I will definitely be seeking out some of the more highly regarded takes on this style.

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Cru D'or from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 196 ratings