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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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of rousee
1.75/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Very unimpressed with this offering from North Coast--a brewery I usually like.

Pours amber brown color with no head or lace. Smell is a fruity vinous mess with lots of booziness. Taste is very similar. There may be some elements of banana or other fruit but the alcohol heat overwhelms. A terrible example of this style. I was looking forward to it because I generally regard North Coast pretty highly and hadnt tried this one. I will not even finish one.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of granger10
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burnt mohagany color. Starts out with a creamy tan head but reduces to nothing with no sign of carbonation present after a couple minutes. Smells very, very banana yeasty flavored. Burning alcohol there as well. A touch of cherry and some tea-like floral accents. Flavor is similar. I just can't really enjoy this beer. Too strong on the banana yeast byproducts and a touch metallic even. Malty body is sweet with corn like flavors. Some lighter fruits and earthy flavors towards the back. Finishes burning with alcohol esters. A few bright points but overall, a poor example of a Dubbel.

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Photo of Offa
2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is decent but mostly bland except for an interesting and promising spiciness that soon faeds and becomes unpleasantly sharp

Fairly dark, murky red-brown with small bits in it, it has a fairly large, light tan head that quickly thins to a thin head that slowly dissipates to a dense ring.

The aroma is cloves, port, alcohol, brown bread, and stewed pears, fairly good and somewhat complex.

The taste is, at first, very peppery, spicy, with super-fortified port, with pears, and a strong, aggressive zestiness. This is interesting at first but this gets tiresome quickly and it fades fast, leaving nothing behond it. The finish is exceedingly short, ending abruptly and leaving no real aftertaste aside from a brief, light peppery bitterness that quickly vanishes as well. The feel is fizzy but thin.

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Photo of TLove
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle to a tall glass.

The appearance was a mint caramel color with a touch of clear/syrupy clash and light, thin carbonation. Head is bubbly off-white, minimal and dissipates quite quickly. The smell is a deep, sweetened sour-mash with a little bit of fresh coriander and egg noodle. There is a dominant maltiness and acidity to the beer, but the initial taste and finish are filled in with the contrast of the bitterness of fiddleheads and the sweet, syrupy caramel and dark fruit malts. The beer is very complex. There is no doubt about that. But it is a bit overdone and ends up being a bit sour and sweet/tart/overly acidic that throws everything off. There is a touch of sour plum, almost like a brine taste that carries through to the finish, but it comes through as a bit awkward. While I understand the tendency to dress up the American take on a Belgian Ale (hence, the "Belgian style" label), the beer comes off as awkward and quite undrinkable on the back end. From what is otherwise a very well-rounded and respectable brewery, this is a poor offering (honestly, I dont give a shit if its organic or not organic if its not good), despite the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of montageman
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Certified Organic" on the bottle - poured in to my St. Bernardus Chalice. Pours thin, clear brown - looks like apple cider. No head present at all. Smell is sweet and slightly fruity like every other Belgian style ale, nothing special. Taste is strange - there is definitely some Belgian characteristics i.e. brown sugar sweetness, malty backbone, slight hoppiness, but overall it tastes thin and watery. Mouthfeel is totally run of the mill - slight carbonation with a bit of cloying sweetness. Eh, this is OK, nothing terrible or terribly special. Middle of the road - try it if you want.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at about cellar temperature. Here's one from North Coast I haven't seen before.

Appearance- This is definitely the darkest colored tripel I've seen to date... a rich garnet with brown auras near the top and sides. The firm, bone white head stands almost two fingers high and settles rather quickly to a thin film. Lacing is sporadic and elusive.

Smell- Notes of vanilla, rum, and alcohol jump out of the glass... more like an old ale or dark ale would, not a tripel. This is odd, where are the more traditional Belgian spices typical of this style? The aromas are pleasant but a bit harsh... I'm surprised that the alcohol is 8% and not higher, based on the big presence.

Taste- Bold, soaked fruit (not the really dark, sweet kind like fig or date as might be expected) but more like clove and pear. The malts roll through the middle but the beer finishes with a cloying sweetness that leans too heavy on the vanilla/rum/alcohol theme, leaving behind a rather unpleasant wreck. The beer needs either more time or better incorporation of the individual ingredients for this to drink better.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decent mouthfeel, but the bold taste interferes with its enjoyment. I enjoy this style of beer immensely but I could not come back to this one in the near future.

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Photo of dnichols
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce short neck bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dark murky, cloudy amber with a slight tank head that barely reached half a finger and receded so fast I hardly had time to appreciate it. As the brew settled the head was an inconsistent sheen across the top of the brew and a ring around the edge. It initially left a full and even lacing.

S: It had the aroma of dark spicy fruits (figs, raisins, and plums), caramel and coffee and alcohol.

T: Candy without body, coffee without toasting, as well as dark fruits and spices (pepper and cloves). Initially the syrupy sweetness assaulted my tongue then the bite of peppers and cloves rolled though my mouth. It ended with the flavor of coffee and alcohol. It has the affect of reminding me of a cheap children's cough medicine...and that is not a pleasing memory.

M: Light to medium body with a dry sweet finish.

D: I had a hard time finishing one...but did out of respect for the beer. I tried to let it sit in hope that its character would change with a chance to didn't.

Comment: Very disappointing. Something is just not quite right with this brew. It is too sweet and poorly balanced. My first and last.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a thin white head. Nose is fairly boozy for only 8% but it's quite sweet, malty with notes of raisins, banana and bread.

Taste is a bit cloying, not too boozy, has hints of ginger and banana bread. It's got a nice mouthfeel but its sweetness is a bit too much for me.

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Photo of nomad
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, deep burgundy with a head that quickly fails, leaving light cocoa colored wisps on the surface. Smells of plain base malt, blasé caramel, and a faint roastiness. Weak cloves, too. Tastes of creamy nuts, light roast, light caramel, and plenty of phenolic fuzz. All three concentrate in the finish to create a flavor way past cloves and nutty roast flavor, tacky on the palette and none too pleasing. Thin-to-moderate mouthfeel. Not a beer I'd buy again, too mild yet heavy on the cloves and toast. Double, I'll have nothing.

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Photo of jaxon53
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of elink00
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really wanted to like this beer as an organic omnivore. Bought a four pack, tried the first one and used the other three as back ups for guests who usually drink Coors.

Chimay glass. Nice brunette color and smell was ok. Zero head unless vigorously poured into the glass. Lacing was, in accordance, not very prominent.

Flavor: Deep roasted malt, spice, burnt earth (yes, I've tasted burnt earth). Not completely poor taste since it is lightly carbonated.

Definitely drinkable but completely average vs others I've tasted.

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Photo of Citadel82
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this brew at Whole Foods Market in Middletown, New Jersey. They have a rather pleasant beer section and some unusual beers at relatively high prices.

Poured a clear copper beige with a short-lived white head. None of the clovey banana nose thing that I tend to associate with this style. Taste was bland. Was not the worst trippel that I have tried but was largely unremakable otherwise. Would not buy again as there are better ones out there for the money.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist off bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a small creamy light brown head that quickly disappears and doesn't leave much lacing either. Fruity, yeasty aromas, plum, brown sugar and bready flavors, medium bodied with a lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazed reddish amber with lots of bubble action and a decent sized head that stays put. Smells like wort and grape nuts. Has a pretty strong toasty quality as well. Some light fruitiness. Taste is not as worty as the smell, but it still is a big part of the overall flavor profile. It also brings on a lot of fig preserves and dates with some toasted almonds. Yeast is pretty subdued but add a vague Belgian character to it. Kind of sweet for me. Mouthfeel is about moderate with a smooth, soft and subdued carbonation. Drinkability is really hurt by the sweetness and the wort quality.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby caramel with ring around the collar that sticks with the beer.

Smells acidy, some malts, spicyness and fruityness to it present.

Tastes kinda bad. Some sweetness trying to come through, just an acidy mess really

Finishes with a warm alcohol taste.

If you like the style and really need to have it, get it, if not then skip it..

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep cherry wood stain with a less than 1 finger head. Laces all over the glass.

Aroma started with a whiff of soy sauce that was a bit unpleasant. Big fruit esters with some brown sugar came to the forefront on the later sniffs. Not much hops to detect.

Tastes sweet and malty. Fruit tones and a bit of beef brothy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry with a bitter aftertaste. Finish lingers for a long time.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
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 MCDuhamel
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass, a bit off fridge temperature.

A: Pours light brown into the glass, with a very pretty ruby luminescence when held to light. Pale, tight-ish head collapses quickly to a ring. No lacing. Moderately aggressive visible carbonation, with fairly large bubbles. The lack of any lasting head is disappointing for the style.

S: The nose is of dried fruit and, slightly, of wet cardboard. Pleasant, actually.

T: Begins with raisins and some malt, but quickly yields to alcoholic heat. A bit rough and unrefined, and the carbonation becomes a distraction. At the finish a hint of sourness. A general dryness is present throughout.

M: Light-bodied and spritzy.

D: Not difficult to drink in any way, but not noteworthy.

Overall: This is generally an unremarkable beer. It's not particularly flawed, but neither is it a standout in any way. The alcohol burn is surprising; at 8%, it is a big beer but not huge. The beer is a bit out of balance, and could use some refinement.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper, slightly cloudy with a foamy beige head that dissipates quickly. Sweet smell with hints of toffee.

Taste is strongish and alcoholy. A little harsh. Ends dry and maybe with some licorish in the middle. (It could be that's what is giving me the strong alcohol taste).

I am not sure of the style here -- The bottle lists it as a "belgian style ale."

From the name I was expecting a Golden. (if cru d'or means golden vintage). I've seen it listed as an abbey and a tripel, and now here on beer advocate as a dubbel. Whatever it is, there are more pleasing examples of each style.

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Photo of geetlord
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this beer poured a nice amber but lacked any significant head. It smelled malty and yeasty more or less as expected of this style. The flavors contained caramel, darker malts, and not much else. I found the mouthfeel to be slick and slightly oily in a manner which detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. Overally I found it to be decent but lacking any real character.

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Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a surprisingly modest head that fades quickly without leaving much lacing

Smell: Dark fruit, primarily fig and date, with underlying caramel

Taste: The dark fruit and caramel flavors blend nicely, up front, with a sweet candi sugar element arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors fade rather than develop complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: There are some Belgian elements here, but overall, the beer lacked the complexity and mouthfeel that I seek in the style

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a frozen pint glass

Dark ruby in color, big carbonation bubbles but no head or lacing. Smells sweet and musty, very slight woody smell but mostly caramel.

Taste is very mild, somewhat sour and oaky.

Mouthfeel is flat and thin. I could drink more of it, but probably wouldn't choose to.

By far, the least pleasant North Coast beer I've ever had. I hope I got a bad bottle. If I have another one that disagrees with this, I'll re-review.

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Photo of Jredner
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma holds caramel malt and perfumey alcohol. Amber/brown with a quickly diminishing white head. Flavor is mild and has the aforementioned perfumey quality to it along with the caramel malt and some bannana tinged yeastiness. Not bad, but not anything memorable either due the narrow flavor range.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear amber with a tan and low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a caramel malt aroma and a fruity character. The aromas were punctuated by alcohol. The aroma also contained a nice Belgian yeast spice and a strong fruity impression.

The flavor was graham crackers, molasses and some other not well done flavors. The flavor contained a biscuity character that was slightly burned and a banana fruit flavor. Also present was cinnamon and clove.

The finish was just dry with a lasting fruity clove flavor entirely too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium. This beer is a mess. Nothing coherent, just flavors and aromas thrown together. Was suggested to be a Tripel, more of a dubbel and better yet, none of the above. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle. USDA organic, only available at Whole Foods.

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Cru D'or from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 41.8% out of 100 with 196 ratings
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