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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-08-2011

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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber or almost copper in color. Two finger head is off white and has good lacing.

S - Dark fruits that seems tart along with brown sugar and caramel malts.

T - Candied malts interact with dark fruits that bring on the tartness. Sweet & tart.

M - Light mouth & medium carbonation.

O - I like it because of the tartness aspect of this beer. It keeps the malts in check and melds well with the candied sugar.

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Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Barbie
2/5  rDev -45.9%

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 Jimmys
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into flying dog tulip. bottled on jan. 12 2011.

A: very clear. very dark copper. pretty looking color. head is slightly off white and foamy. good retention and some lacing.

S: a little vinous. tobacco. lots of tobacco. little bit of cedar. brown sugar. the fruit is pretty strong as well. plum background.

T: starts sweet. not too sweet, but jumps at the tip of the tongue. theres a mild touch of alcohol heat, but really just a touch. reminds me of a glass of port. the finish is a blend of cocoa and ash w/ a sweet lingering brown sugar.

M: a mild amount of fizz works well on this big body.

D: a pretty solid belgian strong dark. i was able to buy this about a year old and it seemed to hold up pretty well in the store. held up fine in my fridge as well. not sure if its not as great super fresh, but this has aged pretty well.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts, raisin, prune, and other dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and spices, candi sugars, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with raisin, prune, date, and other dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, the sweet candi sugars start to come through with some Belgian yeast flavors including some spices and esters. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits with some dark caramelized and candi sugars, some spice, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSDA. Good malt flavors with the sweet sugars and yeast character balancing nicely with the body.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Bomber poured into a snifter
Dated 01-12-11 so its almost 18 months old

A- A murky dark brown with orange accents. A one finger off white head with little retention. Nice alcohol legs that leave a film on the side of the glass.

S- Caramel is dominant here. I also get a good deal of dark fruits like figs and raisins. Very sugary. Theres a trace of the belgian yest strain as well as a peppery spiciness.

T- The first thing I get is a smooth caramel flavor. There is also a caramelized bunch of dark fruits like figs and plums. The belgian yest takes somewhat of a back seat here, this beer reminds me of a doppelbock. There is a faint spiciness here with some lemon zest. Very little alcohol taste

M- This beer is super thick and chewy and incredibly smooth. Warming of course at this high ABV. Gooey and syrupy, Awesome stuff.

O- This is a great brew. Honestly surprised at its BA rating being so low. However, mine is 18 months old and I see how it is a beer to be aged. Buy this beer, especially if its an old one.

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Photo of draheim
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz (bottled 1/12/2011) into a chalice. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany w/ a 2-finger khaki head that leaves sticky lacing. Vigorous carb w/ bubbles ranging from tiny to large. Looks like a classic quad/BSDA.

Aroma is dark fruit, bready malt, spice. A little muted though, even as it warms.

Taste is dark fruit, candi sugar, bready malt. 11% ABV well hidden. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, perfectly carbonated.

Overall a really solid BSDA. Tasty, drinkable, and gone before I know it. I'm very impressed w/ this one. Great Divide continues to surprise me.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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 LiquidAmber
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark muddy brown amber. Minimal head, but some lacing. Light and dark fruit aromas, but not very assertive. Sweet dark fruits, figs and plums mostly, syrupy. Light fruit and faint malt and hop finish. Tastes OK, but not that interesting. The flavors are not complex and do not make up for the high sweetness. A rare Great Divide miss.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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 edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Grand Cru from Great Divide Brewing Company
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