Cru D'or | North Coast Brewing Co.

Cru D'orCru D'or
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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 benclimbs
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +18.3%
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 +18.8%
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 +1.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -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 JAA
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -6.4%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.1%
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 -3.6%
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%
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 -7.8%
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 -2.2%
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 -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 captenaj
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at the Sandy Butler deli in Ft Myers Beach Florida. I had no idea what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: The brew poured a deep coppery brown with a two (small) fingered head. As I poured, I said to myself that the beer was just about the most perfect color a beer could be.

Smell: A very slight hops smell was present, with a fruit-like aroma detectable beneath this. The alcohol was also obvious.

Taste: Very smooth and pleasant. The hops were present but not powerful at all (a big plus in my book). There was also a taste of raisins or other rich smelling fruit.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. The bite of the alcohol was too prominent for my taste.

Drinkability: I would love to drink a few of these but at 8% ABV, I would have to say the drinkability was limited.

Overall a very nice beer that I would love to try again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick and thin film o of tan head comes and goes and just a little bubbling. Very interesting aroma of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and a little maple syrup. Very light brown sugar mixed with heavily toasted and light roasted malt. The yeast adds some banana and wheat flavors. Some boozey warmth helps round out the taste and palate.

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a clear reddish-maple syrup color with a big foamy 2" bone-colored head. The head settled to an active 1/8" cap in 5 minutes or so. Some minor lace stickage on the glass.

S= Lots of candi sugar and esters up front, especially bubblegum and something darker and richer like molasses in there too. No hops to speak of. Some alcohol in the nose after I swirled the glass.

T= Started off with a malty, candi sugary sweetness that lead into the huge estery burst midway. I was surprised to find a pleasant hoble hop twang way in the back of my tongue with each swallow. Not really bitter, just the mellow hop flavor. Finish was more phenolic notes with a moderate warming alcohol character.

MF= Medium bodied with a high carbonation level and a bit of a crisp effervescent mouthfeel.

D= Though I am a huge Belgian ale fan, I don't drink a lot of dubbels. This is really one of the better ones in my opinion. The fruity esters really make this one unique and the appearance and carbonation were spot on. Highly drinkable despite the abv.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some subtle fruity yeast. Taste is a nice mix between some candi sugar notes with some traces of fruity ester. Missing some dry fruits elements and candi sugar presence is a bit overdone. Average body with good carbonation and light alcohol ester.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a brilliant cherry maple syrup hue that glows even deeper crimson with light behind it. A light orange caramel head of two, almost three, fingers has impressive retention and leaves some snowflake like lacing down the glass. steady active carbonation up to the surface.

aroma is rich, earthy, and definitely belgian. Impressive aroma. dark fruit, floral hops, toasted malts, sugar, maple, and a touch of alcohol - brandy. Some pepper, taragon, and a hit of earthy funk. enticing.

Taste of caramel, toffee and roasted malt up front, quickly replaced with yeast, bread, and spice. pepper, clove, cardamom. A slightly hoppy finish lends a touch of bitterness. cocoa, earthy, woody, and just a hint of a pleasant belgian funkiness.

Ample clean carbonation is the highlight of the mouthfeel. A smooth, fairly full-bodied brew with a clean, drying crispness. Solidly enjoyable.

surprisingly enjoyed this one. Nothing amazing, but a solid, truly belgian style brew. The yeast strain is excellent, and really brings some nice qualities to this one. I could definitely see drinking this one every now and then... especially at the price. worth a shot. plus, the "organic"-ness is a plus as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with amber edges and a big foamy yellow head. Malty aroma with nutty, spicy and dark fruit notes. Slightly carbonated, bery crisp with malty full body, candi sugar and dark fruits such as raisin, prune, sugar cane, cocoa and grape.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured slowly into a goblet.

Appearance: Clear, reddish-brown body with shades of burnt orange around the edges. Head is initially 1/4 in height, khaki-colored, and foamy, but fades to a thin cap after a short while. Lots of carbonation can be seen, even in this dark brew.

Smell: Molasses, honeysuckle, figs, and other floral, fruity aromas that are hard to name. Doughy malts and some spice also present, but not as strong as the aforementioned sweet notes. A really nice overall smell here. Wish I could describe it better.

Taste: Candied fruits and molasses stand out first, followed by some molasses, spice, doughy malts, and Belgian yeast. With that said, overall taste is a tad bland. Also, the alcohol stands out quite a bit.

Mouthfeel: A much lighter body than I was anticipating. Flavors leave the mouth quickly, too. Pretty high carbonation, though probably standard for the style. Nice spiciness. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves the mouth a bit numb.

Drinkability: A pretty light dubbel in both body and taste. Easy to drink, but a little boring. Also, light body makes alcohol more apparent than it should be IMHO.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with lots of tan head. Very strong sweet brown sugar smell.. maybe sugar coated raisins. Taste is bitter at first and sort of watered down, followed by a strong burst of alcohol. Not a lot of the complex flavors characteristic of these Belgian style beers. While this isn't a bad beer, its probably below average for the style.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice big rust tinged, light brown head and no lace. Aroma was a very nice but fading orange on top of a malt with caramel. Flavor's not bad with similar characteristics. Nice. Perhaps a bit thin in the mouth. Pronounced carbonation. Decent finish. Don't notice the alcohol too much. Could almost be a session beer if you didn't get too snockered. Brought this bottle back from Miami a couple months ago.

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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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