Grand Cru
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #156
Ranked #24,366
3.7 | pDev: 15.14%
Mar 01, 2022
Jan 08, 2011
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Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Never shying away from a challenge, the brewers of Great Divide don't simply dip their toe into the world of Belgian beer making, but just in head first into the Belgian Dark Strong Ale.

Pouring a dark and rusty brown, the nearly opaque Grand Cru crowns with a sepia stained head froth. Popping with spicy aromas, an allspice medley balances with dark and stone fruit along with a fortified wine tingle of alcohol on the nose. Sweeter to taste, the early palate opens up with a brown sugar and light molasses character to suggest spice cake in its first impressions.

As the highly complex ale spreads across the middle palate, the sweetness relaxes to an almost cola-like character to allow the spices and fruit to elevate. Raisins, plum, date, fig and currant lead the way in their dehydrated and wine soaked character before being rivaled later with the spices of cinnamon, peppercorn, clove, ginger and nutmeg for that all around and general spiciness for a superior balance. The taste turns bitter, tart and boozy late on the palate as the hops seem to blend into a tannic brandy heat.

Full bodied in texture, the tandem of alcohol, hops and yeast spices word together to break up the malt and assist with a malty-dry finish and a medium long aftertaste of brandy, red wine and mulled spices.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Quesophresco from Oregon

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jun 17, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by Stoutlad from Indiana

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Mohaggany or however that is supposed to be spelled. Aroma was boozy, not much else.

Taste hit the dark fruits, bitterness, and massive f'n heat. Burnt brown sugar. Serious, this is hot beer. Woof. In like a 1oz pour, sure, but drinking 12oz of this is like drinking fireball with raisins all night.
Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this on tap at the Town hall Brewery and from a 22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.
A: Brilliant chestnut under a 2” dark cream colored pillowy foam collar that produces this lace.
S: Winey, estery aromas with dark dried fruit.
T: Yeast driven dark dried fruit flavors supported by dark malt sugars, toffee and traces of cherry.
F: medium body to medium full, medium to medium high carbonation
O: A well made, drinkable Belgian strong dark ale.
Apr 20, 2015
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Rated by Joeyphunk

2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Sweeeeeeeeeeeet And thick. Hoping for a different grand cru
Feb 03, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 3 by zachgroves from Texas

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 1.75 by dheldman from Minnesota

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Smokesnotes from Michigan

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by atrocity from Virginia

Apr 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ToddGingerich from Indiana

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by motothrillz from New Jersey

Feb 02, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 14, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by ystazi from Illinois

Dec 23, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 23, 2013
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Reviewed by gillagorilla from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice hazy dark brown that gets darker with depth. A decent finger width head with minimal lacing.

S: Spicy and sweet. Quite Belgian with what smells like some candi sugar.

T: Typical belgian spice and style that has a nice level of sweetness. Good flavors here, but it has this strange taste in there towards the end. Also, there is quite a bit of of raisins and dried fruit in here.

M: Overall quite smooth but you can feel a lot of bubbles in there that aren't too prickly. It is a bit thin, but still good.

O: Tasty and glad I was able to find it even though I wasn't looking for it specifically. It is much better than the new Peach Grand Cru. I feel like this is either on the cusp of going downhill or just passed it.

Opened this with some of my neighbors and they fully enjoyed it, but they are mainly wine people. Doing my part to share the goods.
Nov 17, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 28, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by moonknight31 from California

Oct 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by hopkrid from Florida

Oct 14, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Grinky from Illinois

Oct 06, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Swamphogan from Ohio

Oct 06, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

Aug 12, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by enslighet01 from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by neckbracesub from Indiana

Aug 04, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by pathman from Ohio

Jul 10, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by jopezu from Georgia

Jul 07, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by xcbrewski from Colorado

Jul 06, 2013
Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
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