Grand Cru | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Grand CruGrand Cru

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-08-2011

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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now that looks like beer. Poured into muadite chalice, pours a nice hazy deep auburn with a rocky off-white head. Nose is subtle but complex with notes of caramel, chocolate covered figs, dark fruits, fig jam, tootsie roll, and a hint of booze.

Lots of visible carbonation. Beer must be pretty hazy since it's color stays the same when I hold it up to the light.

btw, this beer has exactly a year of age on it.

Wow. This beer is quite exquisite. On the first sip I noticed bright and dark fruits; plums, pears, pineapples, mango. Chocolate sweetness up front followed by fruit bowl flavors. Caramel like stickiness. Huge body. What is this? Some sort of beer wet dream? Dark ripe cherries on the finish cover up all of the big 11% abv. I'm literally in awe at these flavors.

Some spicy phenolic notes only add to the complexity. Grape jam like sweetness only adds to the mystery. Spicy hop presence along with alcohol add to incredible balance.

The body holds up so incredibly well.

One of the most complex beers I've ever had, makes sense that it came from great divide. This beer is pure magic. If you have it, let it age to a year after the born on date. This is the nectar of the creators.

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Photo of Rusty18
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of DenverLogan
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beauty...smooth, strong but not alcoholic, great aroma and equally wonderful mouthfeel and overall taste. Super brew all around comparable to a fine Belgian (e.g. des Rocs) or Californian (Alesmith) using the same style name. While the term/style Grand Cru in the U.S. means less than in the wine industry, it does signify a finer production from a brewery. This brew has superior flavor, balance, and body...a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.82/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we shared was a Great Divide Grand Cru, served at around 50F. The color was a brilliant maroon red. The smell was perfect; sweet, caramel candy, syrupy. The flavor is fig, raisins, and perhaps cherry. The alcohol is sharp, but covered well in the sweetness of the beer. It is nearly cloying, but the complexity of the beer, if sipped more then covers this as well. The carbonation was appropriate and the flavor goes great with creamy cheeses. If you could pair it with a fruit jam, this beer would replace it well. This is a great American example of a Belgian Dark Strong, well balanced for the style and complex.

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Photo of xcbrewski
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of shick1
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on January 13, 2011

Tasted this one after a year and change. Miracle of miracle I managed to hold on to it.

This pours a ruddy dark ruby-brown color with a generous amount of foam releasing all sorts of goodness: bold aromas of stone fruits and dark cherries, worn leather and drying tobacco, and some figgy sweetness rounding it out.

It has a great flavor, with a noticeable mellowness (from the aging, I suspect) on what I imagine could easily have run hot when fresh. There’s a thick molasses maltiness with notes of dark cherry, dark tobacco and the leather that I picked up in the aromas, as well as some raisins and other dried fruits (figs, dates?). Its alcohol percentage of 11% becomes more present as it warms, lending the flavor a touch of astringency as it finishes. A real sipper, it holds up to warming.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite well with a pillowy light tan head, and has a cleanly filtered ruby red colored body.

The aroma is of cola, cherries, vanilla, and metallic qualities.

The taste is woody, figgy, cherry cola, l o l a Lola, with a slight smokiness.

Feels full in body, lightly carbonated and warming in the end.

Overall a very complex beer, and a good sipper.

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Photo of Glibber
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been on Belgian kick the last 5 months after I went down to my beer store and purchased and subsequently drank a Rochefort 10. I have been consistently dissapointed- although truthfully it may be more the style I was searching for. The Grand Cru is the closest thing I have found to the Rochefort 10.
A very dark pour with minimal head, not much of a smell, but the taste bursts with dark fruit- especially raison and some plum. Not much carbination, but a complex flavorful drink. I am shocked that the ABV is 11%. I had no idea. I loved this beer and wish I could find it in Idaho.

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Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Sailracer
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of gnemesis
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured half of a 22oz bottle into a snifter on 04/11/11. It was bottled on 01/14/11.
Brown body with a thick and creamy big-ass head. Good retention and significant lacing. This grand cru smells of caramel, dark fruit, loads of sweet, and some fruity eaters present. The taste follows but adds some notes of Belgian candy sugar and a touch of booze. Medium body and medium carbonation. I loved this beer! I must find more and age a few before Avery stops Michigan distro

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, with label indicating bottled on Jan 11, 2011. so about a year old.

appears brown, with ruby highlights when held to light. decent cream colored head. good retention. nice rich aroma of caramel, figs, spiced rum. very nice.

great complex malt flavors in the taste - raisins, brown sugar, toffee. sweet, but not cloying. smooth carbonation, medium body.

overall - wow, very pleasantly surprised. not hint of the abv, and very complex.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark clear ruby red with a finger of khaki head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: a lot of dark belgian sugars, dates and figs. Sweet malty goodness.

T: belgian sugars followed in by dates, plums and figs. Fruity sweetness. Toasty biscuit and a backbone of alcohol. A sweet smoky flavor lingers in the back.

MF: full body and a bit chewy. Warm and very effervescent.

D: first from Great Divide because its impossible to find around here. But defiantly worth looking for.

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Photo of Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown with purple highlights, good head but not very "Belgian"-like.

Smell: Tart cherry, hint of toffee.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, raisins, cherry, a little tartness. As it warms up more caramel sweetness comes through.

Drinkability: Tasty, not too expensive (got the bomber for $7), nice for a big Belgian-style beer.

I picked up a bomber of this mostly because the price was right. I've enjoyed Great Divide's beer in the past, but haven't had much from them in a while. This one was quite tasty, I liked the sweetness along with the bit of tartness. Recommended!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. Label says bottled on Jan 14 2011. It's ready.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before fading to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Cascade-like lacing.

S- Sweet, toasty malts with a medicinal sort of booziness that's like a cross between woody and smoky.

T- At first, there's dark fruit: old raisin, plum and spoiled red grapes. Next, the yeast breaks through with a sweetness and hint of banana. Also some vanilla and dark chocolate notes. More astringency, but not as strong as in the smell. Also a touch of glass taste, black pepper and some bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is excellently hidden as each sip becomes more inviting than the last.

M- Oily and a bit dry from the tannins. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I don't dig the aroma all that much since there's a lot of astringency in it, but the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability more than make up for it.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Way fairly impressed with this. Especially after the mess they had own their triple.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice silky head, excellent lace.
Nose has ripe pitted fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts, peppery Belgian yeast and bready malts.

Taste is sweet and malts forward. But very bready and nutty with some spicey and herbal flavors from the yeast.

Medium to full body has a nice soft carbonation and respectable finish. Great balance and drinkability.

One of the better non-trappist brewed versions of the style I've had. Also one of Great Divide's more quality offerings.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my pint snifter a enchanting deep purple and red with light piercing the darkness, to fingers of head spoken cream melts to under one in a matter of 60 seconds no residual to speak of...

Dances under my nose with enticing chocolate and whiffs of alcohol, raisin, date pie and heady belgian yeast

The flavor is a mouthful, sweet pit fruits, raison, date, prunes dominate and pine nuts in hop to the side, also predominant is the belgian candy and yeast. I have needed a taste like this for some time, this could be the best colorado Amero-Belgian i've had in some time, if ever, the best great divide I've ever tasted for certain

Strong, chewy full body with warming alcohol and medium carbonation champagning with small bubbles

I would recommend this to all, I wonder if they do it on tap?

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Photo of pat61
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.

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Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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