Oak Aged Grand Cru | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bighuge on 11-18-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ratebeer Winter Gathering. JW77 I believe.

A: Pours a nice amberish orange with a small wispy white head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, honey, hints of butterscotch candy and mild notes of dark fruits.

T: Yeasty with very mild barrel tones. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit, tasty for sure.

M: Medium smooth, I enjoyed it.

D: Good.

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Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with DBhog thanks Bill!

Appearance: Pours a dark "iced tea" with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, off white, shows a hint of retention and lace which isn't surprising considering the 10.00% abv.

Smell: Nice blend of rum soaked raisins, plums, sweet oak, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Didn't enjoy it as much as the nose. A bit tangy with little to no hop presence and a strong cantaloupe / melon presence. Let it be known I hate cantaloupe / presence. The malt and the oak come off sweet which helps offset the "unripe melon" quality.

Mouthfeel: It drinks a touch thick and would benefit from a touch more carbonation IMHO.

Drinkability: Strong, slightly undercarbonated, and with a melon quality in the flavor profile that I don't enjoy so not extremely drinkable for me. As it warms the melon lessens and I find it going down smooth.

It's quite complex and worth seeking out....just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of younger35
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had during Town Hall's anniversary week with a buddy who was in town for the Darkness release. Drank from a small generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark hazy crimson yellow with a small fizzy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no cap, collar or lacing.
Smell- Big and bold with a dark sort of fruity intensity. Prune, plums, brandy soaked raisins - all the regulars. Slightly yeasty with a big Belgiumy influence that gets really concentrated. Brown sugar and Belgium candy add a bit of sweetness to nose and to the toast. Plenty of alcohol tickles the nose hairs as well.
Taste- Starts out surprisingly woody/oaky with a big vinous red wine influence. Somewhat bready with lots of a red wine influence. Slightly tannic and obviously vinous with a very concentrated, caramel woodiness. It's not necessarily oaky but a small amount of vanilla does come through.
Mouth- Thick and rich, almost syrupy at times. The carbonation is very very light as well.
Drinkability- This is a really really good brew. It's big and bold and full of flavor and the alcohol is really well covered. Too bad this thing probably won't last more than a couple days. F I love Town Hall.

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Photo of dfried
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Grand Cru is one of my favorite beers I have ever tasted from Town Hall. It has a deep amber color, and is slightly cloudy, with a thin head. What I tried was aged in oak barrels, so it had a slightly fruity smell with a tangy undertone. It had a complex flavor, again with the tangy-aged flavor underneath, but a dry fruity flavor that is a little spicy from the hops. At one point I said to my co-taster it's almost like taking a bite out of an apple. It's definitely a bit heavy, so I wouldn't recomend having too many, but its great for starting or ending the evening.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear scarlet red. Thin light beige head leaves adequate amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet, winey, oaky and fruity. Quite nice. Just a touch of alcohol noted on the nose. When tasting, I find it quite complex yet subtle to the palate. Fruitiness is based in melons and I like melons. Rum soaked passion fruits come to mind. The alcohol is a little more substantial on the palate, but integrated nicely. Sweet juicy caramel malts form the malty base. The oak is quite subtle. The heat lingers on the tongue a little bit after sipping. Body is a nicely rounded medium stature. Carbonation levels are appropriate. This one is starting to grow on me.

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Oak Aged Grand Cru from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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