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 HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +11.1%
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 +15.8%
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 -3.6%
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%
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.
3.6 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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