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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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Photo of Illinick
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with caramel hues with a tan, fluffy head that shrinks from 3/4'' to thin layer to a simple ring. Excellent lacing.
S: Spice, yeast, dark fruits, some exotic and spiced fruits. Also scents of figs and nuts, alcohol, candy and typ. Belgian yeast.
T: Prevalent hop flavor, some exotic and tart fruit. Dark fruits, fig and nut more prevalent. Also alcohol warmth and typ. yeast flavor and some candy. Deep in flavor.
MF: Ligth medium in MF that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: A solid brew, but nothing special. I give it props for being organic, even though I am not a huge organic advocate. A solid brew but falls a tad short.

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Photo of EPseja
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a dark caramel apple brown color with cidery highlights and the translucency to match. When held up to light, it takes on a strange bloody hue that's quite intriguing. Unfortunately, that's where the interesting stuff stops. The head never quite reaches two fingers, and retreats as quickly as it came, leaving naught but a dusting atop the surface of the beer. Lacing is barely evident save a few clumpy spots here and there. I expected more form a dubbel!

S - Dark, sweet fruits baked into a candy sugar sweetened spice cake with candied cherries on top. Some notes of Dubbel Bubble bubble gum (oh the irony!), candy cigarettes, burnt raisins and allspice.Very dessert like and pleasant overall, but missing the traditional organic funkiness that is found in real Belgian Belgians.

T - The sweet spices in this beer do not come crashing through the front door. Rather, they hang back while the unassuming sugary caramel malts enter first. When the spiciness does hit, the party kicks into high gear. All of the notes found in this beer's aroma are in full effect and all over the palette, from the middle through the finish. The swallow of this beer is slightly vinous and a tad cloying, but not enough to cause detriment, especially as the beer warms. The finish brings out the spicy, drying hop characteristics and (finally!) some of the yeasty Belgian notes I was looking for. Lastly, the warmth in your belly reminds you that this is indeed a powerful elixir.

Please note! Be sure to let this beer warm up before giving it the once-over. Not only does the alcohol mellow, but all of the taste complexities fall nicely into balance at higher temperatures.

M - A bit aggressive on the tongue, but the gentle foaming brings relief as it coats your mouth. The swallow is thick and wide. Decent, but a little too big.

D - This is a very tasty dubbel! Also, score style points for being 100% organic as it is more difficult to brew quality beer without the use of "controls" for haze, carbonation, etc. This beer makes for a nicely drinkable one-off for a relaxing evening. Just be sure to sip is slowly so it lasts. :)

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Photo of AaronRed
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cloudy at first, maybe there is more yeast in there than I anticipated. Not much head. It has a nice sweet malty aroma, you can smeel the alcohol. Taste hints or raisins and other dried fuit. Does taste like a Belgium, but not as easy to drink. This beer lingers around a while both in your mouth and in your glass. I did enjoy it though, you just need a while to drink it.

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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 DogFood11
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First thing that took me back was the color was very dark for a tripel at least in my experience. This is a copper to brown color below a thin covering with minimal lacing. Picked up a huge light fruity aroma, bananna being the main cog, vanilla, very sweet malts

A very interesting tripel w/ some spiced aspects. Yeast is a bit chalky. For the most part I got caught up in some really sweet light fruity flavors with just a touch of hops barely creaping through. Crunched through a smokey dryness at the end of each pull giving way to the sweet syrupy malt finish. Smoke comes back a bit in the aftertaste.

Syrupy mouthfeel quickly dissentigrates after the carbonation sizzles through.

Notes: Tasted more like a tripel than I was anticipating after the appearance and smell. I thought it was an average tripel. The taste complexity is there it just needs some subtle adjustments and this could be a good one.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, this ain't no Tripel. Nor does it claim to be. More akin to a Dubbel plus one.
Pours a deep mahogany with a tight tan rimming.
Nose goes through carob, pineapple, black tea, Cigar ash, root vegetables, brown sugar, and spiced rum.
It begins with stauch caramel maltiness that immediately gathers towards figs, dates, and tropical fruits. It is short lived, as a smokey dryness wells up, bringing carob and cocoa impressions with a minor rhubarb tartness. Fruitness resides with burnt plantain notes. Yeast qualities are earthen and dark. With its ensuing purple grapes, it develops a mossy, bemushroomed, tannic dryness that brings Viking (WI) firmly to mind. It's a fucked up, damp, murky, forceful yeast, but I seem to tolerate it fine, and thus it presents much like Vike's Abby Normal, which I enjoy a lot, as I do this. The reference won't mean much to many, but those that know will understand. It dries further on the close with burnt black tea and minor dark rum flares.
Lighter than median in build, the carbonation is steady, fine-grained and light. For its strength, this is a dowright quaffer.
It's raspy and funky, but I liked it plenty. Again, if you're looking for a Tripel, you're about a digit off, and you'll be pissed. Label this a Dubbel (or a Belgian {Strong} Dark) and dudes will be tripping over themselves to snatch this up. And rightfully so, as this is generally solid and a decent bargain.

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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 SkeeterHawk
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer at the Whole Foods off of Westheimer and Wilcrest here in Houston.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with only a quarter inch head at first pour. The head fell within a minute or so to a small ring around the glass. There weren't many bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Lots of fruit in the aroma. There are cherries, plums, oranges, even banana, and just about anything else I can think of. There is also some not so subtle spiciness from the yeast.

Taste: There is a whole lot going on in the flavor. There is a whole lot of fruit and spices. I get a bit of citrus and a whole bunch of ripe fruit flavors. I get plum and a bit of raisin, but I also get red apples in particular. There is some unrefined yeast that gives it an almost unpleasant esteryness. The flavor lasts long into the finish, and leaves a bit of a warming on the back of the throat when the beer gets done.

Opinion: Well, this is obviously not what I would call a Tripel. I would call it more of a Belgian Pale Ale than a Tripel. Anyway, this beer is really fruity and reeks of Belgium. Some like this, but I like the more subtle yeast flavors. This one has the yeast kicking you in the head while you are on the ground even before you know you're down.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/01/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mahogany or a dark cherry like colored pour. At first a decent sized 3/4 inch head, but soon fades to almost nothing. Light lacing left.

Smell- Dark fruits, but more in the catagory of cherry, raspberry, blackberry? Rather than your plums, raisins and dates.

Taste- Tripel? Maybe a Dubbel. Bits and pieces of caramel and a bit of cotton candy or powdered sugar flavoring. Bit of an odd medicnal taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't really taste bad, in fact it's kinda good, just not as a tripel.

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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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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 Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Whole Foods, its got no freshness indication, and its all organic. Pours dark honey amber, with a moderate tan head, that leaves next to no lacing. nose is of butterscotch cookies and raisins. Notes of vanilla, rum, alcohol and caramel. This is pretty dark to be called a tripel. I found it to be warming and quite flavorful. A little thin in the middle, but comes thru with a smooth, mouth coating finish. More respectable Belgian style brew, produced in the good old USA. Nice everyday Belgian.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Columbus WFM. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin and wispy light beige head, and minimal lacing. Fruits and spices in the nose. Medium-bodied and not very lively, with dark fruit, spice and malt flavors. The finish is mildly sweet with a clove aftertaste. Decent but not great.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a turbid, cloudy brown color with a light coating of off-white foam across the top. Nose has got a fair amount of sweet malt aroma, along with fruity-vanilla notes. Lots of fruit in the taste: candied apples, bubblegum-vanilla, and moderately-spicy phenols. Malt is more prominant than many Belgians, with a medium caramel-toffee flavor. A little acidic at the end. Medium-bodied, carbonation on the low side.

Highly drinkable Belgian-style. North Coast has really been turning out some great beers recently.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber almost ruby color, nice creamy head quickly Vanishes to just a hint of lacing around the edges of the glass.
The aroma has hints of sour cherry, raisin, belgian sugars and yeast. The mouthfeel is somwhat thinner than anticipated. A very nice balence of spice, sweetness, and malt flavor. Nice smooth finish, with just a hint of sourness left on my tongue. Very nicely done. Time to go get another 4 pack...great price too @ $5.99

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearly states that this is a "belgian style abbey ale" on the 4 pack holder, not a tripel. Anyways, the appearance is a deep amber leaning towards the brown end of the spectrum with almost no head to speak of. The aroma begins with a nice dark candied sugar followed by some spices (corriander and clove most likely), some fruity and funky belgian yeast, some toasted bread and light floral and grassy hops. Flavor begins with sweet candied sugar, followed by toasted bread, spices (corriander and clove), funky and fruity yeast character, and some grassy and floral hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but drinkability is above average. Another nice belgian style brew from North Coast, but not mindblowing like the Saison.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Certified organic product, lists water, organic malt, and hops as ingredients. Evidently they’ve found a way to make beer without yeast.

Aroma: Aroma is primarily luscious bubblegum with rotten apples, pine, all spice, some minor phenols, and a bit of a vinous grape. Truly intoxicating

Appearance: Ruby brown with good clarity, a thin head of creamy coffee left no lace.

Flavor: Over ripe apples, Belgian banana, spiced apple and a hint of farm cider. Fruity and rich in flavor

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-heavy body, and a bit syrupy in the texture.

Overall Impression: Wow. Rich, complex layers of taste, outrageous smell, more, give me more, MORE! Ahem, highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This belgium ale has a little of everything! It poured a medium copper brown with a light tan foam that dissapated in a flash. The smell of spices and fruit filled the nose. The taste had a wonderful sweet/tart feel in the mouth. There was a taste of fruit and spices with a hint of caramel. What a wonderful balance to this ale. Another winner from North Coast!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark caramel with a medium head. Aroma is some candy sugar and raw grains, like a dusty grain storage room.

Taste is malty, sweet with a small sour mash note. A little yeasty and with some indistinguishable dark fruit. Heavy on the carmelized malts and candy sugar, very much in line with a traditional Belgian-style ale. Follow this with just a touch of unsweetened lambic, something wild and yeasty and just a little bit soured and lactic.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy but not too much -- the carbonation keeps it from getting sticky. I like the interplay of sweet and sour, never found that before. Not at all bad for an organic (certified) beer. I bought a four-pack blind and am glad I did.

Who lists this as a tripel? Bottle and package carrier all say "Belgian-Style Abbey Ale." Spot-on for this style, but nowhere near a tripel.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Uh... OK. It looks exactly like a dubbel should -- only it's a tripel. Well, I guess I'll just go with it, then. Iced tea amber. Initially a full, fizzy, light brown sugar-colored head, but it -- and apparently all the carbonation -- vanishes almost immediately. No lace. Just sorta... sits there.

Smell: Tight and spicy, with hints of cola, cake batter, allspice and burnt sugar. Fruity yeast as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is thin, but it's surprisingly tingly given that it has zero apparent carbonation. The taste is pleasant, but not remarkable in any sense. Caramel, cola, mild citrus rind, a bit of yeast spice and sweet-and-sour fruit; peach or apricot, perhaps? Finishes sugar sour.

Drinkability: I know it's been beaten into the ground, but I simply have no idea why this is considered a tripel. From a technical standpoint, perhaps, but this is a textbook dubbel in every other conceivable way.

It's... OK. The price is reasonable, the taste is adaquate, but I'd like to see the carbonation issue addressed before I recommended this one.

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Photo of hyuga
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a certified organic beer that was made exclusively for sale at the Whole Foods grocery chain by North Coast. The North Coast website has it listed as a Tripel.

Rather dark for a tripel, amber in color. Has a thin head that quickly settles to a ring.

Very fruity aroma; dried peaches and plums with some fruity yeast character as well.

Surprisingly citrusy hop character on the palate, which is the first thing I notice. Kind of like west-coast America meets Belgium. Fruitiness continues, more peachy on the palate. Malt gets bigger in the middle and is slightly caramelly. Finishes a little on the dry side with a crisp hoppiness.

Not as heavily carbonated as many tripels, but I don't think it hurts the mouthfeel. The crispness is good and it's rather smooth. The body is a bit light too.

This is a pretty decent beer, certainly different and unique for something listed as a tripel. It seems rather young and could be more complex, but I'm not sure how it would do with aging. It hits me as kind of a tripel-dubbel cross.

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