Murray's Grand Cru | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Murray's Grand CruMurray's Grand Cru
31 Ratings
Murray's Grand CruMurray's Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of chaosworrier. Poured into a chalice.

A = Nice medium golden yellow, good clarity, small white head which receded quickly and resolved into a thin cover of foam on about half the surface.

S = Sweet smells of honey, flowers, yeasty esters. Well balanced.

T = Sweet honey, bitter hops with earthy and floral notes, some heat from the alcohol, well balanced but could use a little more of each flavor to really shine.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, good carbonation.

D = This is a nice drinkable Belgian ale. I would not choose it first in the style, but it is very enjoyable and I would definitely be happy to try it again when it is available.

 678 characters

Photo of koolk
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber in colour that initially has a strong head, however, this quickly dissipates.

Dull aromas of spices such as cloves as well as curacao and ginger. Not overly powerful nor complex. Some slight lighter malt flavours appear as it warms.

Palate has a mixture of sweet and bitter flavours that are appealing, however, the alcohol bite is a little too strong. Flavours of white fruit (grapes and bananas) mix with a familiar spicy/clove flavour.

Lacking creamy texture and at times appears somewhat watery, the balance of the brew is a little out of whack. The sweetness is also a touch cloying by the end.

Am I being harsh? I was expecting more with being a Murray's brew, but this just failed to impress. Allowing it to warm doesn't help.

 752 characters

Photo of aussielars
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at the Taylors Arm. Since they claim it's "the pub with no beer", I can confirm it's almost true. Grand Crue and Sassy Blonde were the only ones that were available for take-away as all the others were sold out.

Poured this one into a snifter. It had a glorious slowly disappearing big head which was a hazy golden amber colour.

Smell and taste was zesty, strong and spicy with a nice after-taste from the bittering hops. The aroma was reminiscent of the tart hefes. A bit of alcohol started coming through as beer warmed up. Medium to full-bodied.

I found this triple quite nice, but nowhere near a Westmalle for example. Still, nice to see that Murrays has gone off the beaten track and put something interesting on the market. Well done!

I can't wait till I can go past Taylors Arm again, when I'm not driving, so I can sample their Elephant's Head.

 872 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at the Australian Beer Festival in The Rocks 07.

The start was very inauspicious, but belied what this beer ultimately has to offer. I was pretty unimpressed with the appearance - a clear, piss-yellow colour with no head. What gives? It looks like Carlton Draught. Flat Carlton Draught at that.

Fortunately, it's all uphill from there. Decent Belgian-yeast nose. Hints of spice and honey and a really good solid body. It's pretty damn nice.

Taste is also very good. Decent spicy sweetness on the front, with a nice rich dried fruit character. The back has an alcohol harshness that's not entirely covered up. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a tripel, even with the drying character that comes from the candi sugar. But it's pretty decent overall. Very tasty.

It is pretty good, and may I just say well fucking done to Murrays for having the balls to brew us up an Australian Tripel. Can't stand up to the Belgians, but it's good to see us Aussies having a go.

 965 characters

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: bomber-size is always nice, if overpriced, but the cork on this one did not want to come out. copper color, slightly hazy but some carbonated streams in the middle, some lacing, little head become ring quickly
s: sweet honey-like aroma as well as yeast
t: pretty sweet malty flavor that finishes with mild alcohol warmth & lots of spicy hops that linger on the palate
m: medium body, mostly flat until end when carbonation makes an appearance,
d: seemed way under-carbonated until it really warmed up & could still use some, and the spiciness (guessing this is the 'unique murray's difference') was too much for me. that said, ended up enjoying this one, especially the sweet malty flavor & worth a try.

 707 characters

Photo of brendan13
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle. No before date even though there is clearly a space for it. The cork was an absolute pain to get out.

A - Deep golden colour poured into a snifter. Hardly any head formed, just a thin whisp that remains. Little bits of sporadic lacing.
S - Belgian yeast aroma hits first followed by some banana. A bit musty & light herbal spice.
T - Dry biscuity malt flavor with the same characters as the smell. A bit of a sweet finish.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation.
D - Yet another top beer from these guys. Like most bigger beers this isn't one to have a session on but a bottle every now and then would be good. Apart from a lack of head it's pretty true to style.

 714 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Murray's Grand Cru from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 31 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.