Grand Cru | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Grand CruGrand Cru

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nbree00 on 07-22-2011

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4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of briancathy
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting, very unique and strong.

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Photo of artdob
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 16 ounce bottle, topped with a cork kept in place with a wire cage. Surprised that the head was extremely minimal and disappeared entirely almost in a blink of an eye. That said, sure pours a very attractive, unique orange color.

This beer has a nose that hits you from a distance. Nice yeasty notes balanced with apricot esters. Can just about sense the agave that is noted as part of this brew on the bottle notes.

On the palate, oh wow. After seeing the pour, my expectations turned real low. But this is so unique. A very rich, fruity apricot, fruit compote in the glass. Warming and velvety on the mouthfeel.

This was a fairly pricy bottle, I think I paid about $14 bucks. Being a huge fan of North Coast, had to give this a try. Rare that I would do this would beers that are on this end of the price scale (per bottle), but tomorrow am going back to the store where I bought this to buy several more bottles. I could see laying this one down for awhile and popping open when feeling like indulging in something special.

Initial appearance disappointment was mire than made up with everything else that followed. Beer nectar baby. Kudos North Coast!

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4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a beer! Finally had one that had been aging for 4 years. The first impression is that it's very thin. Not a ton of foam or lacing, very light color and body. For a brief moment, I forgot it was such a strong beer and did a quick glance down to recall what I was pouring. The smell is...well dang nabbit it's good. At first it's a lot of banana and Belgian yeast, slight malt -- not much clove -- I wouldn't have even noticed it if it wasn't from an apparent beer-smelling expert (a.k.a. Mom) teaching me smells usually lost in beer (women have damn good palates(!)). Anyway, at the very least the clove is negligible. It's been aging a while and I smell and little bit of sour grape...not much, just barely. It's appealing. Like what you get when you have a good fruity vinaigrette. The slight tart fruity smell complements it perfectly. The taste is about equal to what you'd expect from the smell with apple in there. It's malty, sweet but drying, some good apple flavor. Not kidding, it's like a malty apple juice with overripe banana, incorporated perfectly with the malt and slight grape. Nice. Finally, the mouthfeel is decently thick -- very thick for what is looks like but not compared to most other 13%-ers. Much more importantly, it COMPLEMENTS the beer. Somehow it's just perfect...looks light , feels thicker, but when you sip it it all just makes sense. It What a beer. I'm glad I took some time refining my palate and learning about beer before trying this gem, because it is simply a friggin' perfectly made beer.

This would dominate and be very appreciated if re-released. I hope North Coast does it. This is a darn friggin' amazing beer, and it's no wonder they named it their "Grand Cru."

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4.65/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +25.1%

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4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Golden orange. Sweet caramel, bourbon with fruits. Pretty hot still.

Really tasty for how many years it has on it. I'm really glad I have 2 more.

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4.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml into a pint glass.

Saw this at Ojai Bev Co. and had to try it out of my love for North Coast. Slightly dark honey colored brew with a small effervescence to it.
Im nearly recovered from a cold right now so my nose is not as strong today, but even so I definitely smell the bourbon with some sweet honeycomb aromas from the agave nectar. Also maybe some nutty peanut brittle.

The taste is phenomenal with bourbon and sweetness (from the nectar), slight dark fruit, malty with a striking old ale/barleywine reminder on the back end.

Good mouthfeel, some syrupyness and good thickness going on as the alcohol warms my tongue.

I hope I can find this again! I live in Santa Barbara and the only place that would possibly have this is Keg n bottle in isla vista.

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4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With an opaque amber straw color, the flavor is balanced with sweet apricot and dried fruits, along with delicious dark caramels, brandy overtones and a slight yeast undertone. The aroma is yeasty phenols and brandy, with an aftertaste of a more yeasty plum cake. Despite the lack of carbonation from not opening the bottle for a long time, it has a enjoyably munchy mouthfeel that act as a pleasant digestif. For a barrel-aged offering, I really like how it has the actual flavors one would expect from bourbon barrel aging without getting too boozy. Don’t forget to try out other great barrel aged options, mainly the Barrel Aged Numbskull and Olde Ale/Special Reserve from Alesmith Brewing Company, Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Company, Chanukah in Kentucky from Shmaltz Brewing Company and the Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing.

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger, white head that fades quickly and leaving no lace. Clear light amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Fruity yeast nose. Flavor is sweet, spicy fruit and yeast, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey, but worth trying at $14.20 for a caged & corked 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%

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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

It was worth having it

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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

Not your typical beer, but has a very complex taste and is highly carbonated. Hints of wine and oak, especially in aromas.

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 478 ratings