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Grand Cru | North Coast Brewing Co.

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3.71/5
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477 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by nbree00 on 07-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,803
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
477
pDev:
16.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
102
Trade:
3
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3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden dark color on it, minimal head 1/6". There and gone. Reeked of pruno like alcohol.

Taste was even more rubbing alcohol like heat, nothing else exists, all obscured. Finally the belgian yeast and spice rack comes through, and that sucks too. Maybe some raisin.

This is a terrible deal and price. Not a good beer. Not everything is meant to be blended together.

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Photo of lurfMalderFulder
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
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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Photo of Dwreck
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got a bad bottle. It was flat, no head retention, no lacing, tasted as if it went sour.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MLoxxer
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was sold to me in a 500ml bottle. During the first pour into a 330ml chalice I noticed that there was almost no head. What little carbonation there was disappeared very quickly. The liquid does have a very hazy appearance and is quite translucent. The aroma is pleasingly strong and complex giving the impression of a well conditioned bottle of ale. The flavor, as one might expect is quite alcoholic yet mild and pleasant. My first impressions were reminders of the old Samiclaus Brown and Samuel Adams' Triple Bock. The flavor is pretty sweet, malty, and reminds me a bit of a sweet dessert wine. This offering is good, but not great, I would still rather have a well aged bottle of Gulden Draak 9000 or Piraat, but for the price this will do.

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4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateF90
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very interesting brew right here. not sure if all of these are bourbon barrel aged and this is just a double listing, or if it really is a special edition, tough to say, but i love the beer. its orange in color with some sediment, plenty of age on this bottle but no oxidation at all. the head is white and thin, but it leaves fine lacing as it drinks down. pils malt and agave nectar for the fermentables, supposedly thats all they use, which i find fascinating. the nectar is probably mostly for the alcohol spike, but it has a peachy orange marmalade sort of thing going on with it too. the bourbon barrel is the most obvious feature in the nose. the belgian aspect has fallen out a lot, if it was ever there at all, its very subtle. the yeast is unique, just not characteristically belgian, maybe some saison elements to it, lots of spice in that regard. the light malt base does a good job of being complex despite being delicate, i like that, and the beer has a great many fruits happening from sweet melon to apricot and peach, candied orange peel, very dynamic. the booze is not harsh, but its very apparent, i think it should be that way in this style. one of the more unique north coast beers out there, and possibly my favorite i have had from them. love everything about it except that its gone. top level brew, not adequately appreciated here on BA i dont think.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 477 ratings
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