Peach Grand Cru
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #380
Ranked #43,895
3.61 | pDev: 15.24%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Peach Grand CruPeach Grand Cru
Notes: Peach Grand Cru is Great Divide’s newest limited offering. Brewed with Colorado fruit picked right at the peak of ripeness, this Belgian-style ale marries two of our home state’s well-known offerings: great beer and fresh Palisade peaches. Both sophisticated and balanced, this extraordinary, aromatic ale was born to be savored beyond the orchard.
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seedyone from New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.Cutting to the chase here I'd say this was too bitter for my tastes. I think of barleywines as iffy on the sweet side, but this showed a complete disregard for that aspect. To each his zone.

May 13, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

1.62/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Awful mouthfeel. Artificial peach taste. Horrid balance.

Great Divide's worst beer by far. Why was this even released?

Just wretched.

A drinking companion actually vomited after a single sip.


May 08, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, label says bottled on NOV 18, 2014. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is sweet and fruity, the brew smells like processed candied/syrupy peaches, caramel, bready malt, cloves and a bit of dark fruit (figs). I think the taste pretty much is just like the aroma, but there's also some sweet spiciness, brown sugar and a bit of booze noticeable. But for being 12% ABV, it's not as boozy as I thought it would be. All the peach to me in both the aroma and flavor is the candied/processed kind, and there isn't any "fresh" peaches from what I can tell. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I liked this brew and I'm glad I tried it, but at $19.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it again at that price.

Apr 24, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Orange to copper in color; opaque. Pours with a 1-2 finger cream-colored head that dies down quickly leaving a thin coating of foam on the surface of the bear and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mildy spicy, fruity.

Taste: Mildy spicy (think cinnamon, nutmeg); citrusy/mildly acidic; mild after-taste of peach and spices.. Dessert-like flavor of baked fruit.

Feel: Medium body; slightly fizzy from the mild carbonation.

Overall: Interesting dessert-like quality of baked fruit with spices. A spicy beer. Not something for every day consumption, but on occasion would be okay. Not in a hurry to have this again. I have had better spicy beers.

Apr 12, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at McNellie's Public house. Dark peach color with a solid head that slowly recedes. Smells of roasted malts and light peachiness with underlying alcohol. The malts were upfront and smooth and the alcohol hit in the back of the throat. The peach taste was a little bit syrupy and didn't feel liked it belonged. Medium-high bodied with high carbonation and the taste and smell of alcohol throughout.
Overall, I finished it and was glad it was a 8.5 oz glass and nothing more. The hops and malts overwhelmed the peach entirely and made me look for the peach. I was very much looking forward to this and ended up disappointed.

Mar 26, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a peachy orange color with a slight haze. Aroma of peach, fruity esters and a bunch of alcohol. The flavor is harsh and not what was expected. Astringent and biting, doesn't hide the booze. The belgian yeast is very earthy but doesn't add anything positive and certainly isn't working well with the peaches. I would not recommend this.

Feb 22, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 18, 2015

750 ml bottle, wine glass

A – Medium amber with tons of effervescence, very clear. Bright white foam head of about a half-inch, with moderate retention.

S – Golden biscuit and sweet caramel, very light toffee and a touch of agave syrup. Peach comes across as nectary versus juicy or candy. Some spicy, herbal hop aromas are in the mix.

T – Similar to the aroma. Biscuity sweet malt, deeper notes of caramel, and the impression of unsweetened peach syrup. Slightly spicy notes in the background.

M – Very full-bodied, somewhat thick and viscous, which gives some impression of malt sweetness even though it is only moderately sweet. Slight spice and bitterness help with balance, as does the moderate, sudsy carbonation.

O – I really enjoy the authentic peach flavoring, but find it a bit thick. Perhaps additional carbonation/attenuation would provide more balance. Still very good.

Jan 22, 2015
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craft4mike from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pretty disappointed.....barely any Peach, a hint on the tongue upfront. Unplesent astringent aftertaste. Drier finish than I expected for the style. Based on the ratings other people must like it but this was a complete miss for me. Glad I only had a sample if I had paid for a bomber id be upset. The only positive thing I can really say about it is the look and smell are amazing. The smell teased me and the taste did not deliver.

Jan 18, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Federal Taphouse, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is a dark golden shade with amber highlights and thin white head with fine bead that leaves streamers of lace that cling in rings. The smell is like ambrosia-tropical with peach scent and juicy quality with slight yeast ester and fragrant floral accent. The smell has an almost Hawaiian Punch (c) type juicy fruit aroma! The feel is semi-juicy/tangy with lightly sweet malt in the front with spiciness in yeast and light tangy and juicy contrast with mild spicy middle and moderately carbonated with mildly alcoholic finish.

The taste is very good in an almost champagne-like mix of vinous and yet peach quality with effervescent push adding emphasis to the acidity with a juicy tangy flavor and tropcial sweetness enters in the middle with a light stone fruit flavor and gently vinous element continuing with a semi-dry peach skin taste combined with alcohol in the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian with sufficient amount of peach to boost the alcohol and adds some flavor -the yeast has a nice Belgian quality with slight spice to offset some of the sweetness-I would like to try this in the bottle.

Dec 29, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dirty clarity. Dark amber color. Lots of ring lace with some blanketing in between the lines.

Sweet aroma of strawberry and candy sugar. No peach from my perspective.

Malty and sour are my first impressions. The swallow has a hint of peach. The aftertaste reminds me of the Belgian lambics, sweet and sour at the same time. Full bodied with an elevated level of carbonation.

Nov 28, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a fine half finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of candi and bready malt, peach and apricot, green apple, Belgian yeast. Flavor is bready and mildly caramel malt, peach, apricot, clove, hints of dried dark fruit. Starts semisweet and almost syrupy, but finishes dry with clove and grassy, straw. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting Belgian style ale that delivers on the peach flavor. Interesting flavor progression, starting like a fruity dubbel, but finishing more like a semi-dry, clovey tripel. A little unbalanced, but a pleasant change from the standard flavors in Belgian strong ales. ABV is very well covered.

Nov 24, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head consisting of large bubbles that died down, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peaches and dark fruits such as plums are present in the nose. The smell starts off a little weak but quickly strengthens as the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts and dark fruits but has strong notes of peaches.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The appearance of this beer is deceiving because it looks like it could be a Belgian Pale Ale but really tastes more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with the flavors of candi sugars and dark fruits (accentuated by peaches). If I was blindfolded, I would consider this to be a slightly lighter version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a peachy twist. It tastes a little strong, but most of the alcohol is masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Noted: Bottled on October 9, 2013.

Sep 06, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on October 9, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, yeasty, and sweet Belgian Cru style aroma with big hints of peaches and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, and funk. Big scent of peaches along with some other fruit hints of pear, apple, banana, and grapes. Sweet malt hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, straw, and cracker. Big scent of Belgian candied sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. A pretty solid fruity smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly sweet Belgian taste with big notes of peach and malt. Belgian yeast along with some notes of clove, funk, and peppers. Big presence of candied sugars. Big upfront taste of peaches. Also some fruit notes of pear, banana, apple, and grapes. Solid malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with some raisin and fig notes. Pretty light hop presence. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sweet and somewhat sticky but not cloying. Kind of boozy but it still goes down easy.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Grand Cru. The peaches add a good kick. Not quick as big with the dark fruit as the style typically is but its still good.

Mar 07, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear dark amber orange.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, honey, peaches, Belgian breadiness.

The flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, breadiness, a honey sweetness, and then some overly sweet peach essence. Some Belgian spiciness comes through as well. It finishes slightly dry, a bit phenolic with hints of alcohol.

The beer is overly sweet. However, that does at least hide the alcohol and it surely does not drink like a 12% ABV beer. Everyone we shared the bottle with as quite surprised. Still, a disappointing one. Hits of peach, but as said earlier "sugary booze bomb" is a good descriptor.

Feb 07, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a very small, off-white head of foam. It left little lacing. It smelled of fresh peaches, caramel, bread crust and floral notes. Sweet peach taste with caramel, toffee and a boozy punch.

Jan 10, 2014
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ZoomanCru from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

App: The most pure brown I have seen in a beer. Some head with large bubbles and minor lacing. No effervescence to sustain it, the head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sour and earthy belgian yeast like smell hits first, slight peach pulp like notes floating in the background. Not very assertive. As the beer warms a little aromas are more apparent, becoming more belgian and pungent. A lot like a fruit wine.

Taste: Warm and intense belgian tastes of fruity esters, warmth of high alcohol. Malt is prominent, but the yeast reigns, supported by a very pleasant peach sweetness that really captures a ripe fruits potential. Balance is exquisite. Malt, fruit, and hops all combine to form an incredibly rounded, strong and complicated brew. Definite alcohol warmth, but without the spirit like after taste of many higher ABV styles. Wait for it to warm to cellar temperature (54F). Temperature is really important for this brew. Too cold and you won't get the peach flavors you're paying for, too warm and it tastes too much like alcohol.

Mouth: Medium carb and a lingering sweetness typical of the belgian style.

Dec 11, 2013
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Wichita. Bottled 9 Oct 13

Pours an effervescent copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Viscious with minimal head retention & lacing

S: Canned peaches, pears & booze

T: Pears, a touch of peach brandy & dryness up front. Slight oakyness as this warms, then honey, a little bit of woody hops, & boozey pear & some golden delicious apple& leafy hops. Finishes dry, fruity & somewhat boozey

MF: Medium bodied, sticky with moderate carbonation, warming

Drinks a might slow due to the ABV & complexity. This will get better with age. Great Divide should've stuck a bunch in Brandy barrels & aged this for a year or so.... Was hoping for more now...

Dec 07, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the newest peach grand cru incarnation from great divide. this pours like apple juice. clear golden in color with a little richness but no head hardly at all. it smells overly sweet, and not particularly like peaches. sweet malt and alcohol dominate in a simple and only semi appealing combination. the taste is better, with the peaches being sort of jellied or candied, too sweet for sure, but I can taste them. there was one sip though, right about in the middle of the glass, that tasted exactly like a bite of a ripe peach. I wish I could get that through the whole thing, but I couldn't. it was there and gone. for that I give it credit, because its hard to make beer taste like peach, but the rest of it was a bit of a sugary booze bomb. well carbonated though despite the lack of head, makes it no so heavy. I could never drink a 750 of this alone, its a task to be shared with friends. a decent effort, but the peaches are just sort of lost in all the alcohol.

Nov 20, 2013
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours clear orange amber with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet peaches with some earthy funk.

The flavor is sweet and acidic peaches and yeast with an odd chalky tannin like bitter finish. It's a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK boozy belgian peach beer.

Nov 20, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 10/9/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight peach aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, peach, and some metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the flavors are all muddled in my opinion.

Nov 16, 2013
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's on 11/2/13

A: 1 finger head with lacing. There was really bad lighting so I'm not exactly sure of the exact color but it was very copper.

S: Sweet and very Belgian. A bit bready but only got a bit of the earthy pith of peaches.

T: Not too sweet. Like a tripel but with none of the spice. Not fruity at all. A bit of that earthy pith skin part of the peach. Weird aftertaste. Bready.

M: Soft with light bubbles.

O: Not what I was expecting. Odd malt backbone. Not good. Bleh.

Nov 09, 2013
Peach Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
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