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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:
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Added by nbree00 on 07-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,796
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
476
pDev:
16.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
102
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 153
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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Photo of Farral
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of ryan33iowa
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

Photo of Gr8ful4Beer
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of vma
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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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwvance
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akrz47
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 just...works. 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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Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting in the cellar for quite a while. Guess now is as good a time as any to give it a go.

Off-white bubbles pop up quickly and fade just as fast leaving a golden brew. Sour light fruit to the nose. Among the orange and green apple, slight notes of gum are revealed and followed by a good dose of booze aroma. Hot and boozy up front with more light fruits, fruit juice, fruit peel and a bit of spice following. Has an effete body that's supported only by the alcohol heat.

Not terrible, but going to sip on this one all night because it scares me to some extent.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 476 ratings
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