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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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Has a moderate amount of head that dissipates rather quickly. Has aabsolutely beautiful color to it. It's a deep dark maroonish-brown that has a ruby quality when held to the light. Nose has a very rich aroma with a hint of black cherries. The taste is a dark fruitiness with a slight maple syrup quality to it. Extremely malty and very little hop flavor is allowed to come through.

All in all it is a nice American take on a Belgian dubbel. Good, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Dijeriduster
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery April 2009 - cellared at 50 degrees til 1/16/2010. First beer I've ever cellared....well worth the wait!!

A - Good thick head forms on the pour, great lacing. Head sticks around for a while.

S - Sweetish belgian smell, lots of malty ambers with a slight grape / currant overtone coming thru.

T - Wonderfully sutble beer after aging! Malty amber notes come thru with an undertone of currants. Currant notes come thru strong as it heats up. Slightly sour Belgian yeast aftertaste.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D - Quite high. Bummed I only cellared one bottle. This should be a main stay for North Coast - with a disclaimer noting the potential for cellaring.

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Photo of zdk9
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with slightly ruby highlights. A bit cloudy. Just a slight touch of foam atop the beer and not a lot of lacing.

S- Bannana, caramel. Actually quite a bit of caramel, like a flan sauce, or a coffee with caramel creamer. Some sweet and slightly roasted malts. A good strong smell.

T- Drier and hoppier than the smell. The caramel is there but greatly subdued beneath unsweetened chocolate. Roasted grains and straw on the back of the tongue, which accompanies some very earthy hops.

M- Dry and minerally. Sweeter down my throat.

D- An interesting dubbel, with a different taste than what I'm used to (though I'm not all that experienced with dubbels so take that for what it's worth). Good.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of these guys from a going out of business sale. Hate to see a decent beer retailer go, but had to take advantage of the deals! Poured into a Chimay goblet, murky brown color with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly into nothing.

The smell is strong, very floral with a little hint of caramel.

The taste is very similar, hints of caramel mixed in with a floral hoppy flavor. Definitely a belgian ale here, trademark flavors are present.

All in all a very good beer, as to be expected from North Coast. It doesn't measure up to the best Belgians of the style but it holds it own against American counterparts nicely.

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Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful garnet red clear ale, with a tan slight head.

Deep malty nose of plumbs, raisins, wafting alcohol, and figs. Really deep and satisfying, makes you want to taste it now.

This organic brew is very nice for the style, deep malty tastes follow the nose, it's round and flavorful, with a balanced fig finish, not sweet like some dubbels. Not complex but very satifying.

Big round heavy mouthfeel, with a softness that is nice, not overly carbonated.

A too easy drinker that hides the abv well, a great after dinner brew, just needs more complexity to be a great one.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with no head whatsoever, and just the *faintest* hint of edge lacing. The body was a nice dark amber color, which showcased some persistent bubble trains.

S- Smells of candy sugar, toffee and rum-soaked fruit. On paper this sounds wonderful, but something about these aromas came-across a bit muddled.

T- The anticipated flavors of candy sugar, toffee and rum-soaked fruits come through on the palate... along with some vinous notes and the distinct flavor of Belgian yeast.

M- A nice medium to firm body, with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar and a nice soft carbonation. Quite nice in the mouthfeel department.

D- Goes down smooth... not a bad interpretation of the style. And while I enjoyed this beer, I don't think I'll have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing Mike! Deep aburn pour with little to no head and a slight beige ring around the edge that lasts a while. Lots of prune in the aroma with burnt caramel and burnt sugars, some plum, and very perfumey. Semi sweet burnt malt, lots of spiced fruit, and slightly yeasty flavours. Maybe a tad cloying. Still pretty good. Thanks mike!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice brown color with a medium head which quickly dissipates. The aroma is a combination of Belgian sugar, malt and alcohol. About what you would expect from a dubbel, only with a little alcohol. The taste follows the aroma, only with alcohol playing a bigger role. This is a decent Belgian dubbel, but doesn't stack up to the efforts from breweries who specialize in Belgian beers. I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't try it again.

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

For a domestic attempt at a Bekgian ale this is a good attempt.

The pour yields a great tight head that leaves a nice lace. The aroma is malty and alcoholic and persistes throughout the drink.

The body is very good, not as thick as honey but nice anf viscuous. The finish is definitely maltyand aclcoholic. I'm not a big fan of high gravity being the star of the show but it works in thia brew.

The price was also very reasonable for this quality of brew.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle smell is sweet sugary malt with a pungent spiciness. Hints of black licorice and horehound candy. Some soy sauce like smell also in a good way. Pours to a cloudy dark brown with a tan multi-sized bubble head. Cloudiness gets even thicker on settting a moment, must be stirred by carbonation. Settles on a medium brown when the head recedes. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a enough carbonation to fizz the brew. Taste is great balance of sweet but sour maltiness and a background bitterness that is more predominant in the finish. A very delicious dubbel. A little too sweet to drink alot of but very good none-the-less.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head that quickly fades away.

S- The aroma is filled with dark fruits (raisins and plums), a hint of spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark fruits with some yeast and alcohol in the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied.

D- Overall, not a bad brew but there are a lot of other Belgian styled brews I would choose over buying this one again.

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Photo of TLove
2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good US dubbel, although maybe a bit generic.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Elaborate somewhat art-deco design around the image of a deer trapped-tied to hearty vines or what could be a chariot? Barely four words describing ingredients alongside the style label and the organic tag and certification. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown-orange hue with a moderate head that goes away in a blink. Almost no lacing and barely a very shy foam ring as it goes down.

S - Dark smell, dry fruit... Malt caramel. Nice but not particularly memorable.

T - Range of dark caramel flavors. Initially tasty and quite rich but somehow finishes a bit flat.

M - Minimal carbonation on a body that feels a tad too watery at times.

D -Nice drink to be had. Does not require much attention and as a side drink it is fairly pleasant for the style.

Notes: It clearly cuts itself as a dubbel but just noting that its a Belgian Style Ale on the label and calling itself Cur Dor, it may create some confusion for first time drinkers. Leaning a bit weakly on the marketing to the organic hype, it still remains a good, if average, US dubbel. Of course, the average being pretty good ,having one of this handy is quite a pleasure.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, this beer was a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. It had a yeasty, fruity aroma. The taste was some dark fruit, some caramel, and a tiny bit of pepper. Medium-bodied, and very nice to drink. I will have more of these.

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Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light brown foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toffee and caramel malt with light hops and peppery yeast.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front. Lots of caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate. Fruity notes come in next, mixing with the malt to create raisin and plums with more toffee. Finishes a bit peppery with darker caramel and some chocolate with a hint of tobacco.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a fairly dry but slightly soapy finish.

D - Nice malt character that comes together really well in the finish. The appearance is pretty poor with a lot of haze and poor retention. The aroma is a bit weak, but the flavor is spot on.

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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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Cru D'or from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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