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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Light head and nice lacing. Clear gold with a mere hint of haze.

S: Smells like chardonnay. Straight up, nothing else.

T: Grapes and whiskey. Lightly carbonated, with a lingering yeastiness. I can taste the floral Belgian influence, but this tastes more like bourbon barrel aged white grape communion wine than anything else. Odd.

M: Pleasant, spicy, carbonated, and smooth.

O: I actually quite liked this beer. Tastes much more like a BPA or bière de champagne (or much more actually, a bière de chardonnay). Would have again.

P.S. The bottle is incredibly hefty. If you ever get in a fancy bar fight, this is the bludgeoning tool I'd recommend.

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Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
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