Grand Cru | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Grand CruGrand Cru

Brewed by:
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

two finger thick off white head with nice lacing on a murky brown with golden hues. Mostly dark fruit with banana, oak and vanilla notes to the flavor. The aroma is mostly dark fruit with some banana and spice notes. medium body, smooth and moderate carbonation. A nice reprsentation of the style but the belgian yeast contributes mildly and is otherwise not too memorable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly faded away, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark malts in the nose along with notes of raisins and hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is somewhat malty and has some initial sweetness. There are notes of dark fruits, which become stronger as the beer warms up. There are some hints of alcohol and spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The sweetness in the beer makes it a bit cloying yet it’s not that difficult to drink because the alcohol is for the most part well masked from the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/31/11; tasted 1/5/12

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny color with a very modest cap that becomes a ringlet in short order, though it leaves more than a few dots and dashes behind

Smell: Very fruity, with a Juicy Fruit character; considerable candi sugar, as well

Taste: Brown sugar and Juicy Fruit flavors predominate the front end, with a spicy clove and cinnamon character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and fruity flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad stab at the style but lacks the depth and complexity of flavor displayed by the great Belgian examples of the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices and dried fruits - some plum.

T - Good roasty malt with dried fruits (apple and plum). Some nice spicy yeasty notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a strong alcohol presence.

D - This was good but not great Grand Cru. Maybe it will improve with age.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 1/12/2011. Pours very hazy dark red color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, biscuit, molasses, toast, nuttiness, tobacco, earth, clove, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with very good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, clove, tobacco, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; pretty much zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! A ton of nice balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyed this one, very impressive.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria. Bottled in January 2011. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a very clear copper-brown with a thin off-white head that recedes quickly with a few spots of lacing. The nose brings forward some dark fruits and hints of cherry along with light caramel. Flavor is pretty tame, though blends dark fruits and a bit of earthy spice. Nothing too complex. Medium body and light carbonation. Overall, everything comes together and hits home better than any individual aspect.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oberon
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great Divide is one of my favorite breweries,I always look for new wares from them to snap up,I wish I wouldnt have grabbed this today though.Poured into a chalice a mahogany with a tinge of amber,a rather thin beige head atop.No aromas....really no aromas after a riveted pour into a chalice!Okay light phenols,that is it!Not much better flavor wise to be honest,light spiced phenols and some cake but its just to light in any flavor component.I had higher expectations,just another reason to check reviews before going out and buying anything.Damn!

I hate to give such a bad review to such a great American brewery, but I got to do what I got do do.

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Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma makes me think of Japanese plum vinegar. Maybe the alcohol fumes transport the funkiest of the yeast factors. Quite a lovely dark amber color with a decent foam.

First impression is a trip down Candy Cane Lane. A Dr. Pepper flavor. Sugary taste with touches of vanilla, bran muffins, dates, and sulfury golden raisins. Lots of butter and a tang of acidity. The sweet and bitter taste with the sour touch is not my favorite. A few sips are interesting, but it wears the palate fast. Best in small doses.

From 22 oz bottle bought at Mega Liquor in Hemet, California. I don't believe I've ever seen it in Colorado.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark ruby-toned body with a goodly-sized, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Straight sugar scent with some roast and a paltry touch of simple chocolate overlaying inebriated, alcohol-soaked notes of ripe berries and dark fruit and one turn of the pepper grinder.

Taste: Moderate taste of roasted malts with a portion of raspberry chocolate mousse sided with a small spoonful of fig jelly. Sweet additions of melted sugars and brown sugar. Alcohol provides some noted, though not quite caustic heat early on. Small pinch of dried bitter orange peel. Low hints of black pepper and clove. Mostly just a medley of sweetness, fruitiness, and booze -- at one point bringing to mind Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry, but maybe that's just the alcohol talkin'. Sweet, boozy finish with a lingering fruit-flavored liqueur taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. There's some heft to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: GDGC doesn't display the charming grace or seamless finesse of the Belgian-born ales, remaining a bit coarse and raw throughout, and somewhat undeserving of the 'Grand Cru' handle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks; bottled on Jan 12/11. Might set a bottle aside to see how this badboy ages....

Pours a ruddy chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head into my Vondel snifter. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight oaky sourness/tartness mixes with dark fruit

T; Plums, slight sourness, pears, burnt candi-sugar & persimmons up front, a touch of boozey warmth too. Pruney/candi sugar sweetness once warm, slight oakyness, much dark fruit, slight cola sweetness, more persimmons. Finishes caramel sweet with slight figgyness, & a slight oaky tartness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. Nice warming boozeyness, but thinning out a bit as well once warmer

Drinks pretty easy, I'm liking this but do believe this beer has long term cellaring potential for best results. This a step in the right direction for GD as far as their Belgian offerings go

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours an almost mahogany color with a creamy off-white head on top.

S: Sweet malts start things off with a big toffee aroma and some molasses. Hints of leather and dark fruits along with some mild yeast. There is a strong roasted malt component that seems sort of out of place in this style of beer.

T: Dark chocolate and perhaps even some coffee? Mild vanilla and some definite booze. Toffee and molasses, maybe some brown sugar, give the sweetness, but there is a fairly strong roast character as well. A touch of metal is also there.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't terribly impressed by this beer and I suspect the strong roastiness had something to do with it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on Jan 12th 2011 so we are good to go.

Pours a simple dark brown, giving a decent head that is sort of light brown off cream colored. Fairly good retention for the head. Body is a really nice dark cherry and fairly clear. Real nice colored body. However on the pour this makes a lot of noise and seems really fizzy. Some decent lacing too.

Strange peanut butter and simple soy bean paste and event yeast bouquet. Really BIZARRE nose on this beer, nothing offensive, but very odd for this style and not I would say... that I am very appreciative of the uniqueness of this nose. Before tasting I feel like I am going to be ambushed.

Ambushed, luckily not. Fairly sweet getting into raisin/dates territory, but kind of strangely malty and a nice body. Caramel finish but also kind of expansive outer heat searing in the palate but without a booming feel. For high abv I have to admit though this is very well hidden, however it does get into that sugary alcohol sweetness thing. No carbonation to detect.

Well, it's not bad, but nothing I am crazy for or would want to have again. Luckily this brewery makes some beers that are flat out fantastic, this unfortunately isn't one of them.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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