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Grand Cru | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,835
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
481
pDev:
16.98%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
100
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 158
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy copper with solid stream of carbonation. Off white head fades quickly, no lacing.

S: Sweet-ish malt resembling raisins, mild oak, some notes of caramel and whiskey, a touch of tropical fruit... very rich, rounded, warm.

T: Strong on the whiskey notes (spice, nuts, wood), toffee malt and sweeter caramel, raisins still there too. Sweetness is made matured with fruit notes (the agave nectar surely). Oak on the finish. Equally as rich as the nose, balanced, nuanced, lasting, and rewarding. No telling the ABV is so high- almost a shame, a burn would compliment the whiskey flavors.

M: Smooth, almost like a whiskey with mild carbonation. Full bodied for sure, almost thick.

O: This is a great beer. The flavors are unabashed and full-forced, without running over each other. Special compliments on not overdoing the barreling- it picked up the bourbon and wood, but wasn't overwhelming, a fine display of mature woodwork. I'm left smelling my glass in wonder of its character. I'll be buying more, if I can find it.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of aquazr1
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with no head. Slightly sweet with hints of oak and bourbon. Drinks rather easy for the ABV. Nose has a lot of heat but it doesn't taste as hot to me.

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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

North Coast Grand Cru pours a spectacular crystal-clear golden honey color with a short-lived spritz-y white head that soon settles to a thin cap of fine bubbles. After some time, a concentrated fountain rises from the center of the glass, directly above the etching at the bottom of the Duvel tulip.

The aroma is sweet and somewhat syrupy with notes of Belgian yeast and a touch of barnyard funkiness, along with damp hay, dried apricot, white grape juice, juicy tart berries, modest oaky wood and a kiss of bourbon.

On the palate, the agave makes itself known presenting a syrupy sweet flavor, as well as rum-macerated cherries, juicy apricot, fleshy peach, alcohol-soaked fruit bread, berry flavors, vinous notes and a super-charged malty sweetness. The ale finishes with hints of oak and bourbon.

The body is medium-full, with a thick viscous, oily texture and minimal carbonation, though a fair degree of effervescence is clearly present.

To be honest, both the nose and palate are a bit unrefined and overdone. I have a suspicion that a little more time would help to tone down the assertiveness of the ale. However, that being said, this bottle is already nearly two years old, so I'm not entirely convinced how it will fare after a few more years.

All in all, I'm torn: North Coast Grand Cru shows a lot of ingenuity and promise, but it comes off as green, immature—a bit too big for its britches, if you will. The "Grand Cru" designator should be reserved for the summum bonum of a brewery, which, by the likes of it, is an appellation that perhaps has been hoisted upon this brew too hastily.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DovaliHops
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost-clear, golden orange color with small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is spicy with some faint alcohol aromas and sweet fruit. Lemon and grassy aromas. A hint of butter as well. Taste is VERY buttery. Initially I get boozy fruit flavors, possibly the agave nectar, quickly followed by butterscotch and extremely minimal oak barrel flavors. Not really detecting any bourbon flavors, which is very disappointing. Okay, I lie...maybe a bit as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is fair...Overall, this beer was rather disappointing. Kinda a mess.

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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange, with a white head, head was full of tiny bubbles, no head retention, just a soapy film, good amount of carbonation streaming up the side, decent amount of lacing as well, looks pretty good.

A: Not getting any bourbon barrel presence but the agave nectar comes through pretty strong giving the beer a honey like aroma, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, overall, smells really sweet with a hint of spice.

T: Bourbon, agave nectar, Belgian yeast, hint of spice and cloves, finish is sweet as the agave nectar reemerges imparting a honey like flavor to the beer, aftertaste is of agave, honey, hint of spice and clove, very complexity with some depth.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, looked highly carbonated on the pour, but it’s not.

O: A little too sweet for me, I was expecting more spice and clove with a touch of agave but with the addition of bourbon the beer is really sweet, too much for me. It’s a quality beer but the combination of bourbon, agave, and Belgian yeast just doesn’t mix for me.

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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fizzy white head that dissipates steadily. Pours a clear yellowish orange and leaves a few stray arches of lacing.

Smell: Bourbon and oak, with some apple and banana Belgian yeast. Raisin. Not a lot going on, but smells good. Bit of floral vodka like booziness.

Taste: Sweet apple up front, then tons of oak and booze in back. Slow malty development in aftertaste (banana, raisin, underpinned by creamy vanilla oak). Very hot. Kind of musty mid palate.

I can see how one might find this blend jarring or unpleasant (very apple forward Belgian pale ale plus heavy booze and oak), or how one might find the overall beer too sweet, but it's working for me. It's a very straightforward Belgian golden ale, not top tier but pleasant as far as it goes, with a really nice barrel influence on top.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. A little creamy, a little juicy. Moderate carbonation. Meh.

Overall: I'm a big fan of this beer. It's fallen a little bit over the course of a year, but it was never exactly a complex or subtly balanced affair. Great sipper, with pleasing, familiar flavors if you're a fan of BSPAs and barrel aged beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 481 ratings