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Obbie's Grand Cru | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by akorsak on 07-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a tiny head if fizzle that quickly fades away. No lacing to be seen.
Smell is of malty sugar, coriander, spices, grains of paradise, and some doughy sugar cookies.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugar and spice blast similar to the massive gravity witbier base like Celis's version.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a blast of spices and Belgian phenols.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harrisburg location, served in a goblet. Appears a hazed pale golden yellow color. A white cap quickly dissolves to only a handful of bubbles across the surface. A light swirl hardly revives a lacing across the top.

Smells mostly of banana and clove. Some mild fruity quality like pear/apple skins is present throughout. A little bit of spice evolves as it warns. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

Taste includes apple skins with clove and banana. Light peppery quality is noted across the back mixed with a warmth of alcohol.  Mild bready grain sweetness cones out with more sips. As it gets warmer, it almost has an apple cidar flavor about it. The contrast of residual sweetness verse spicy alcohol warmth keeps the brew interesting and enjoyable for the most part.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation visually that is slightly present more in the feel.  A little sweet but enjoyable with a nice mix of flavor. Slightly above average example of the style, not the best but certainly a welcomed offering by ABC standards.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light, slightly hazy, golden color with some light fluffy head that fades quickly but leaves some lasting lacing.

S: Very fruity scent as well as some spice.

T: Kind of sour fruity taste, maybe sour apples. Some spicy notes, there is a slight alcohol taste which becomes much stronger after being in the growler after 2 days.

M: Medium bodied feel and fairly smooth with good carbonation.

D: Smooth drinker, a little heavy but refreshing.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Abbey Bar @ ABC on 3/13/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Clear golden body tinted with a slight haze and sporting an extremely tiny, white head that quickly receded into a thin ring with some sticky lacing.

S - Hints of fresh apple and pear with a bit of spice and pepper, as well as some Belgian yeast. Pretty mild aroma for a Belgian-style ale.

T - Initial spicy flavor with clove and pepper and obvious Belgian yeast poking through. A fruity sweetness emerges with spicy apple and pear notes. Finishes with a mild candi sugar sweetness, more spicy yeast, and just a touch of an earthy hop bite.

M - Medium body with a mild syrupy texture and a bit of prickle from the carbonation. Finish is a little dry and quite spicy on the palate.

D - Very drinkable Belgian-style ale with no noticeable alcohol presence. Not overly complex, but there are some nice flavors that come out in this brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the Harrisburg location, this beer is an original creation of the Gettysburg location.

A: The ale is a golden clear color, a nice hybrid of orange and yellow. The head was decent sized on pour, over 2 fingers, and has retained nicely.

S: The nose is spicy with coriander pepper as the primary aroma. A candi sugar sweetness softens up the peppery zest.

T: A sip reveals a deep Belgian-inspired flavor. Coriander pairs with candi sugars and brettanomyces-like tartness, creating a biting flavor that is at once sweet and sour. The finish is stronger on the brett, abrasive and enough to make you pucker up a bit.

M: The mouth is harsh, far bitter and sour than I recall it being. That being said, the bite is pleasant in a way that only Belgians can be. The harshness pairs nicely with the spicy opening.

D: The ale doesn't come across as very heavy but the tartness lingers and assists in creating a big mouthfeel. This is an excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at ABC's Harrisburg location.

Served in a tulip glass. Golden orange in color, no head whatsoever.

Nose is sweet and fruity, some spices come through, as does a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is of sour fruits, malty sweetness, full spice profile, and Belgian candy sugar. As it warms the sweetness seems to lessen, and the fruits and spices become more bold.

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Obbie's Grand Cru from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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