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Cru D'or | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Cru D'orCru D'or

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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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 196
Photo of cpone
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to goblet. Pours a decent off white head that disappears quickly. Dark mahagony body. Sweet malts and dark fruits - raisin and prune. Taste is very sweet with some spice and the alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is medium leaves a sweet and slightly watery finish. Good beer and I give em credit for going organic on this one.

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

organic eh? hmmm...

a: This was a chill hazed reddish copper color. It poured with a giant, large bubbled head that quickly faded to a ring around the glass. It was easily revived with a swirl though.

s: Gently sweet, flowery, and yeasty banana-ish phenols are the most obvious aromas. Mildly warm with a little clove as well. Not all that complex, but very nice overall.

t: Pretty dry overall, with flavors musty, flowery, yeasty phenols, bananas come to mind. Some dark fruit flavors lead into a spicy finish.

m: Perhaps a bit on thin side. Also, the carbonation didn't hold up as long as it should have.

d: Very good overall. I don't keep track, but this is probably the best organic beer I've tried.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
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 bamadog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up on a whim - I've been told that organic beers don't last as long, but I was kind of intrigued with this one since it's a Belgian and all and they typically do well with age... not that I'm letting it age as it's only been sitting around for about 1 and 1/2 weeks. Pour is from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark carmelly brown in color, almost like a deep dark cider; body pours a little viscous and very cloudy, and gives a nice big 2 1/2 finger head that is a light tan/khaki color and made up of millions of the tiniest bubbles; decent retention as it dwindles slowly to a pretty firm and full skim on the surface; only the spottiest of lacing holds to the sides of the glass - most of it falls back into the drink.

Smell: Deep and rich caramel-like malts; some nice sweet and dark fruitiness comes out as well as some nice spices - corriander, nutmeg(?); very faint whiff of alcohol, and I kind of expected perhaps a little more at 8% but it's pretty well masked -- solid nose.

Taste: Some tart fruitiness is the predominant flavor, and there is a bit of a metallic bitterness in there as well (possibly from the acidic nature of the tartness?); the sweet and caramel/burnt sugary malts come in next and are blended pretty well with the spice notes mentioned above; I find the acidic bite and metallic nature are a bit of a turnoff of what would otherwise be a really tasty offering from a pretty solid brewery.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation keeps it lively on the palate; the tart nature makes me want to pucker a bit and the finish is fairly dry and prickly.

Drinkability: Minus that acidic/metallic bite in the mouth, it'd be pretty solid -- it looks really good and smells pretty solid, but man, those two off notes kind of ruin it for me.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixer of these for a tasting. Pours a nice brown with a tan head, a touch of lacing. Looks fine. Nose and flavor are consistent - solid candy maltiness with a huge mix of fruitiness in there as well. Maybe a touch of chocolate and caramel. Overall, pretty nice - maybe a good introductory Belgian, although not as chocolatey as dubbels generally are. Certainly nothing top of the line on this. Body was appropriate with good carbonation. Overall, solid.

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Photo of northaustin
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass. pours a nice brown with thin tan head that disappears very quickly and leaves no lacing

the smelll is very alive, with mostly yeast and banana coming through. candi is apparent but not overwhelming. not bad just not what i was expecting from the style.

taste is a tad watery at first but comes together fairly nicely. some sweet in the beginning followed by a yeasty taste with a slight alchohol burn.

mouthfeel is good. it certainly doesnt overwhelm the palate but it doesnt leave the sticky sweet that i want from a belgian dubbel.

pretty drinkable in itself but not a very good representation of the style. tastes more like a hefeweizen that a belgian dubbel. at 7.99 a four pack it is affordable and the 8% abv is masked well. i would buy this again if the situation were right.

worth a try.

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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with a 1-finger light brown head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mainly caramel with hints of chocolate malt & spices. The taste is stronger of chocolate malts than caramel, but the caramel is very apparent. There's also hints of cloves & wood. Mouthfeel is crisp. The alcohol kind of deadens the tastebuds.

This is a pretty good dubbel, but not as good as Bro. Thelonius.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at North Coast.

A - Poured dark black with a 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Dissipated quickly and had poor retention with no lacing.

S/T - Notes of complex malts, toffee, dark belgian sugars, and light alcohol.

M - Low carbonation malt dominated, thin bodied, and warming impression. Slight heat from the alcohol too.

D - Not North Coast's best effort. There may have been problems with the carbonation too.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with nice ruby hues. Tan, millet-y head - a fairly good-sized one - is pretty active, breaking down pretty fast to creamy looking wisps and ring.

I like the aroma. A part of it reminds me of a Chunky bar - with more straight-milk-chocolate than many dubbels, nuts and dark fruit / raisins. Tangy yeast. Slight roasted notes - chicory. Light spiced-rum alcohol notes at the end. Warming alcohol.

Dark fruits, raisin and especially fig, as many have noted, are in the taste. Ginger, interestingly. Dark toast notes. Yeast, with a very slight hint of bubble gum. Sweet bourbon. Honestly, overall, the taste is a bit lacking. Hints of much, but nothing beyond that.

Bready, but to my mind it is oddly effervescent for a dubbel. The feel lends itself to more than sipping, so the drinkability isn't hurt.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours golden red with a nice head, looks a lot like the old stock very pretty... Unfortunately that's the best part.

Smell is a bit of sour yeist with some citrus and maple.
Nothin special

Tastes of bitter coffee, sour fruit and a bit of rich malts, a bit of pecans too. Sounds nice but it's a bit lacking...almost has the homebrew or just cheap Belgian feel.

It's a dissapointing beer from a great brewer

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Photo of Newmerator
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cherry red. 1.5 fingers of head fades down quickly to a thin crown, medium lace and carbonation.

Smell is very fruity to the nose. mostly dark fruits. plum, fig, cherry. it almost has the smell of a sweet bourbon, can't quite put my finger on it. maybe a wild smell that reminds me of a cherry lambic. very distinct smell.

taste is really complex as well. not entirely sure the flavor they were going for. But after a Sierra Nevada Torpedo, that really kicked my taste buds into over drive! cherry and fig are very prominent. tastes more carbonated than it looks. i like it. but the alcohol isn't masked very well IMO.

mouthfeel is almost a bit too carbonated for my liking. very light.

Drinkability - I bought a 4 pack. and I think i would rather share this experience with my friends than have them all to myself. a.k.a. I like it. but not that much. One is more than enough for a night.


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Photo of jdhilt
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet baked molasses but not cloying. $2.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Kromes
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with fluffy beige colored head. Smells like belgian yeast...bready, spicy along with some roasted caramel malt notes, alsohas some floral notes to it. Smells delicious. A nice mix of sweet roasted maltiness and belgian yeast/spice. The rich malt flavor blends nicely with the spicier flavors. Good high carbonation feel and good drinkibility. In my opinion this beer has a cleaner flavor than most. I've noticed with others that there is a funkiness that permeates the beer, not that it's bad, but this had a cleaner flavor to it and I enjoyed that. Only thing that I did not like is that the caramel flavors started to dominate when the beer warmed.

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Photo of mullenite
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle may be around a year old, it has been in my cellar for roughly 6 months.

Poured a murky red-brown with a one finger off-white head that dissipated in to a ring around the glass and a spot in the middle. Leaves an okay lacing around the sides. Not a bad looking beer, but I wanted more from a belgian style.

Smell is dark fruits (cherry, fig, plum, dark grapes) and some mild chocolate. As it warms the smell moves more to a chocolate covered cherry, with the chocolate (not dark chocolate but more of a semi-sweet) being more pronounced.

Very little noticeable taste initially on the palate. The beer is very bland on the tip of the tongue and the dark fruit and chocolate flavors from the nose develop slowly as it goes down. There is a slight medicinal taste to it that seems to be coming from the alcohol but it really isn't all that bad. Not enough to keep me from finishing it.

Medium-full body with a slight prickly carbonation that are both really nice. Very smooth beer that is almost a little creamy.

Not sure that I would call this drinkable, if you like the taste than it definitely goes down easy but there is something about it that keeps me from wanting more.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, been seeing this one at Whole Foods for a while, so I picked up a 4-pack,

A: Pours a murky brown, with a really light off-white head, fair retention, not a great look for a Belgian.

S: Completely rebounds against the poor appearance, strikingly good. Strong notes of feremented malt and Belgain candi sugar, dates, raisins, very sweet smelling.

T: Continues where the smell let off. Heavy dark fruit, candied green apples, rum and interesting blend.

M: Light and fizzy, chalky, a bit off-putting, but not that bad overall.

D: A nice American made dubbel from North Coast. Relatively inexpensive for a high gravity ale, I check this one out again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
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 JAA
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of it's west coast stubby bottle into an east coast, curvy, not quite pint glass(Brooklyn Brewery). Looks like Imperial iced tea. Hmmm, now there's an idea. Darker and redder than average iced tea. Two finger head doesn't last long.

First aroma is chocolate malts, and it hits you like a mack truck. Come to think of it, the aroma and taste of this Dubbel, mirror each other in every aspect. So it's chocolate malt, then Brandy, then Banana and spice. In that order, both aroma and taste. The chocolate malt sticks out the most on the nose and the Brandy kicks your palate's ass.

A decent attempt at a Belgian Dubbel by a superb American brewery. Alcohol is a little too prominent, but overall a good, by the book, Dubbel. Relatively smooth mouthfeel and moderately good drinkabilty. A North Coast brew is always worth a try.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. Deep ruby brown color with a slightly fizzy tan head. Aroma of apples and bananas, maybe some pear too. Dark bread crusts and a metallic note. Flavor is sweetish but not as sweet as a typical dubbel. There's a pronounced spicy earthiness that cuts through the expected dark fruits and dough. Body is a little thin for the style, carbonation is about right. A decent American attempt at the dubbel style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This puppy pours out looing like a very vibrant, red-ish hued amber color with a very substantial dark-tan colored head, dissipates pretty fast, but there is some lacy remaing foam.

The nose is very hrbalized, fresh garden herbs, dank, wet soil, all-spice, herbal effects and a sweet but almost roastie malt.

The flavor has a nice, crisp herbal bite, the hops and earthy yeast really play on eachother very well, the heat rides in mellow and adds complexity. The malt is very understed for a dubble, I usually like the balance to be more in the favor of the malt with a big yeastie bite after that, but this one is just the opposite. Still, very easy to drink even though it's not totally on style.

Easily one of the most complex and fun Organic brews I've had.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chesnut in color with a light tan head that rises to 1/2" and falls quickly. Lot's of carbonation in the appearance.
Sweet candy sugar and toffee in the aroma. Also some fusal alcohol.
A good effort for an American brewery on the style. Caramel malts, toffee, apples, clove and some kind of pepper spice. Also lot's of alcohol, especially in the finish. Good flavoring but not very smooth imo.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with some zip in it.
In a Belgian styled beer I look for the Belgian flavorings to hide the alcohol. It's just what I like in Belgians. This beer does not do that very well as the alcohol is more noticable than the De Struiss quadruple that I had last night. With that said it is a good beer and a good version of the style.
Thanks to jdoncbus and the Educators' BIF for the beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright crimson color with a creamy, frothy beige head. Nice retention and sticky lacing, almost to the point of forming a bowl of foam. Good looking beer.

Smell is alot of sugary malted milk, honey and mild grassy hops. Has a pungent nose and is quite unique. I get some bananas...yes...that's it, it smells just like a bananas foster dessert, or maybe those bananas and fudge dippin' dots ice cream.

Taste is pleasantly different from many dubbels. It has a pronounced hop presence along with the traditional residual sugary and toasty malt profile. A tad thin and lacking a bit of real depth, but other than that it's quite a nice sipper, glad I bought it.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear mahogany color with a fair yellow-ish tan head and very solid lacing. The aroma is caramel clove and banana malt, very nice, mellow and tastey. The taste is root beer licorice and nutty clove with reasonable alcohol presence. It offers lively carbonation, fairly aqueous and drinkable for the style, but not something I personally would session. A unique and likeable Belgian alternative.

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Photo of dougfir
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber / brown, with a finger head on it.

Smell - Malty sweet, yeast, a little hops. Not overwhelming at all.

Taste - Starts with a sweet maltiness that mellows out with some slight hop bitterness and yeastiness. Not a ton of depth and it's missing any "Belgian Funk" that some other reviewers noted.

Mouthfeel - There's a good amount of carbonation and it's not too bitter at the end. Slightly syrupy, but it feels good with this beer.

Drinkability - It's quite good and goes down easy. The higher alcohol content isn't immediately apparent from the taste.

Overall - I like dubbels, but this one was just a bit too sweet and alcoholic for me...almost like a trippel. Not much depth or estery goodness that some other Belgian dubbels have.

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Photo of danielharper
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish-brown body, thick head that dissipates slowly. Head is creamy and bubbly. No significant effervescence.

Smell: Sweet cherries up front, slightly malty backbone. Slight Belgian funkiness. Aroma is mostly sweet and fruity, a bit monoaromatic, but decent.

Taste: Belgian yeasty tartness very strong up-front, with a strong flavor of chocolate-covered cherries immediately after and in the aftertaste. Very sweet, so sweet that it overwhelms the nuttiness that I'd expect from a dubbel. The alcohol is well-hidden, as there's no astringency here despite the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Moderate for a dubbel, which is still fairly thick by beer standards. No carbonation present.

Drinkability: It's a bit cloying over the long term. It's okay but hardly worthy of North Coast's best efforts.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Cru D'or from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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