Artevelde Grand Cru
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #362
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #40,188
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 16.11%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
84
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Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  7
SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 84
Reviews by JohnfromDublin:
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this brew on tap at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands in March 2009. It was guesting on tap and I had not heard of it, so went for it.

Served in appropriate glass, it looked nice; a very dark porter-like brew with a nice off-white head. No haze or cloudiness noted. Instant medicinal, soaked raisins aroma. The taste was alcoholic, phenolic, warming, robust and a bit metallic.

I would not describe this as easy drinking, certainly two were enough for me and I moved on to other brews.

I was glad to have had the chance to try this on tap. I would imagine the bottled version would be somewhat mellower?

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Photo of beerceller99
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75 cl. bottle. Pours a dark caramel color with an off white head.No lacing. Reeks of sweet fruits and yeast;like freshly baked raison bread. A caramel and lemongrass sweet spiciness stands out with a chocolate malt and alcohol taste in the background. Light bodied, the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. A decent brew over all.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle of this with my hosts during a second Thanksgiving dinner. The beer was a dark caramel color with a medium-sized bubbly, foamy, fawn-colored head which left very little lacing on the glass. I easily picked out flavors of caramel and anise through its subtle spicing. A reserved example of a grand cru, this was considerably smoother than the Allagash I'd had two days previously. I do not mean to say that I like this better; on the contrary, I prefer the Allagash. I don't drink a grand cru for its smoothness. I want to be challenged, and I want to find food pairings with which the spices can play. The Artevelde was quite drinkable and abundantly carbonated, and I was very pleased with its transition from sweet, caramelized malts to spiciness. But in general I'd pass this one over for a more robust example of the style.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underated tasty Belgian with good sweetness in there and spices. Very drinkable and reasonable ABV. Nice head, yeasty aroma.Caramel, and candi. WInter spices that worked great on a hot day.Good medium plus creamy mouthfeel. 2002 vintage that I picked up in back of the premier Gourmet shelf.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Artevelde Grand Cru comes in a corked 750 ml bottle though this would seem to be more of a stylistic flourish than a functional bottling mechanism. The bottle itself is flat bottomed and its uncorking yielded no great effervescent "pop". A soft feathery head rose and fell upon pouring and left no lace. The head was beige and produced a modest yet colorfully spiced aroma with notes of ginger, raisin, and black pepper. The color of the brew was a hazy cinnamon.

The taste, like the aroma, is restrained but ultimately clean and well composed. This is not an overly complex beer and not a great Grand Cru per se. But it is a soothing drink and goes quite well with a good book. Exceptionally tiny bubbles contribute to a tight mouthfeel.

The bottom line for me is that while Huyghe's Artevelde Grand Cru is not an especially charismatic brew, it is very much appealing in its simple, semi-tart taste, clean finish, and gently spiced nose.

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Photo of horndecker
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted a 750ml bottle.
The color of this ale is a deep walnut, very attractive, with a decent off-white head with a bit of staying power and a little lace.
The aromas are of roasted malt up front, followed by citrus and melon, a bit of spiciness; clove, perhaps.
The taste is also malts first thing, then stewed fruit; figs, prunes; eventually a chocolate note emerges, very little hops prescence, and a sweetish finish.
Nice body and a smooth mouthfeel, drinkable.
Very nice, but not transcendent.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A massive Belgianesque head forms atop the dark amber colored liquid; several strands of foam stick to the sides of the tulip

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar and a Belgian yeast character that provides some stone fruit

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a bitter almost medicinal character provide the opening with a yeasty/nutty element that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors re-emerge to produce a balanced finish

Mouthfeel; Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not so crazy about the herbal/medicinal flavor but other than that, it is worth a try

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a fizzy head that refuses to stick around. It's really somewhat murky with GREEN (?!) highlights around the edges. A singlur gaseuous patch in the center of my glass streams up constantly through the pour. The green edges are hideous.

Nose is of concord grape skins, leather, pears, green apples and faint hints of toffee. Very sweet and inviting aroma.

It hints your tounge with that fruity sweetness, grape jelly and underripe pears, followed by a slight spice, some musty, leathery aspects and caramel, followed with sublte traces of brown sugar oxidation. It's rather nice, if not just a bit too sweet.

I've never said this about a belgian beer before, but how about some hops? Just a bit of Saaz spiceyness would really liven this beer up.

Also, ditch whatever's making that green tint. That's just gross.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been at the back my fridge for at least 2 years. Cork date 2003, sampled July 2006. Pours out a dark ruby-tinted brown with a slight initial head that fades completely away quickly. Aroma is malty, vinous, with a slightly tart, spicy undertone. Very fruity up front, with tastes of plums and caramelized cherries, with a strong malt underpinning. Alcohol is peppery and quite apparent despite the relatively low strength. Finishes somewhat musty, with a lingering ghost of fruitiness. A little flat in carbonation, possibly lost over the time. Full-bodied otherwise.

A solid dark belgian, reasonably unique and quite drinkable.

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Photo of elricorico
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a thick creamy tan head that stands nearly two inches tall. My wife says it looks like a desert with chocolate and cream. Very appetizing, one of the best looking beers I've poured into my tulip glass to date.

Smells very grape, tart and wine like. A bit of a candy sugar smell as well. This beer is off to a roaring start, and I haven't even tasted it yet.

Grape juice. Sweetened grape juice. A lot of it. A bit malty, a bit tart in the end, but mostly one dimensional. Some raisin and spice creeps in as it warms. Aftertaste is tart, almost a tad sour. Not a bad taste, but doesn't floor me.

Carbonation is sharp and the body is medium, almost a bit sticky. Better than average but not exceptional. The beer is about average for drinkability, considering the style and strength. Alcohol is notable but not overpowering.

If it tasted as good as it looked I'd be stocking up.

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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle with gold foil up the neck.
Pours a hazy brown color, off white foam that starts with nice head, then disappears to a thin collar. Held up to the light it is more brown with orangish/red highlites. Sharp smell of brown sugar and lemon, also lots of alcohol on the nose. Taste has caramel, burnt toffee, cloves, and a licorice type finish. Bit of an alcohol burn going down with a slight tinge of metal in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Ego
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is from the brewers of the delicious Delirium line...
$8.99 at Home Liquors, Hackensack, NJ (1 pint)
best by date/date info listed as:
L: 1 2 3 4 (4 is checked) 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (2 is checked)
I hope this means it was bottled Feb 2004, the web link to the importer on the bottle is not valid, the web link to delirium.be doesnt help much either... they do say on their site (after using babblefish to translate) that this one can be aged for a good three years.. so, I probably won't get botulism (sweet!)

appearance:
semi cloudy brown with slight amber hues, good look to the carbonation, some bubbles seem to hover in the brew, ok lacing, good near white head that dissapates rather quickly

nose:
sweet liquor, ginger ale, peaches, malt.. later on down the pint I get more of a spiced fruit/apple scent

mouthfeel/taste/drinkability:
tastes like ginger ale bread laced with honey. the carbonation might turn some off as it feels damn near like a good schweeps to me. very clean finish on the take. no overall taste of the alcohol at a decently high ABV (certainly not an ABV beast mind you).. you really taste what you smell, no deception or surprises here, it really mellows into a nice spiced apple cidery type of thing later on down. I wouldn't label this a session beer, one pint is enough to keep the interest, more than that might be a bit much for most people.

verdict:
for the price I might just go with the st bernardus abt 12 if I 'need''a belgian. But for kicks and maybe a fall night this is a very nice, well crafted brew, interesting flavors and nose blend as one. it almost defies exact categorization, if you give it a quick pour you really get a nice crackling of sounds. This might be a nice alternative to a port as a digestif after a good meal, but not offset with any big cheese like gorgonzola etc.. a mild swiss or cheddar would be very very nice with this.

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Photo of jwff
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Eased out the cork with a slight "sigh." I'm a little hesitant to even drink this beer in the first place because lord knows the conditions and extremes this beer has been through. Cork say 2003 (relax).

Pours out a dense brown but when held up to the light displays a huge ruby undertone. I was expecting something flat but the streams of carbonation are more than holding their own. Head settles to a white coating. Aroma is a bit watered down.. damp/humid might be a good descriptor too. Upfront is a weird sweet green apple scent. Raisins and brown sugar stand out a bit with minor hints of banana bread and nutmeg in the background.

Taste has a fruity tartness opening that is hard to ignore. It's somewhere between a knockoff brand flavored tootsie roll and a piece of Bubble Yum Grape. A little butterscotch and brown sugar in the finish. Honestly that's all I have to say about this one. Age/storage hasn't been a great helper to this one.

Great carbonation working in the mouth here, and a richness is still intact despite the factors working against this one. Drinkability isn't strong because the alcohol shows itself after it's already in your stomach , and the beer doesn't really settle once it gets there either.

Great Grains Presents: An Artevelde Grand Cru

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Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(33 cl bottle). Dark brown colour with red edges to the light. A good brownish head that fades too quickly. Massive aroma of fruits (raisins, prunes) and spices, but maybe too messy noteasy to discern. Vinous. In mouth is fruity, but I noticed more the kind of cherries, and some vanilla. Some acid notes and chocolate too. Not a bad beer at all, but there's something fails to convince me completely. Maybe flavour and palate are not as stronger as I expected, maybe it's because it only have two months left to expire. It deserves another try.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.750 Corked and caged with a date on the cork of 2003.

The beer is a hazy brown chocolate color with some amber at the bottom of the glass. 1" head dissipated quickly to a ring. Plenty of carbonation to keep the ring alive.

Smell of caramel, toffee, alcohol, malt, apple(sort of a wine character) rich almost malolactic aroma.

Taste is spice, toffee, some earthiness, rich dark fruit. Slight sweetness, brown sugar. Very nice and complex.

This BSDA has a long finish and a nice alcohol warming effect. Well carbonated for having some age on it. This is a great beer to sip and enjoy. I listened to some Floyd, ate some smoked cheese and loved every minute of this beer. I am very impressed by it.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly headless here but the dark opaque brown color looks descent. Big aroma for such a little head; bright fruits, dried fruits, plum, cherry, red grapes, slight caramel and a smooth yeasty character. Fruity malt character also displays some earthy, hearty grain notes and much of the same fruits as in the nose. Caramelized sugars are almost smokey. Nice medium yeasty twang marries well with the fruit notes. Mouthfeel is above average with a creamy carbonation and smooth, full body. Finishes with some light spice, maple, and vanilla notes. This was quite an unexpected treat and a turnaround from a lackluster poor.

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Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JugglerPeter
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just opened this beer while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Why is that important? Becuase the color and sweetness paired very well with chocolate. My first impression was a very fruity sweetness in the smell and taste, both upfront and aftertaste. A very distinct toffe taste dominates this beer giving it a very nice flavor. The drinkability is my only concern. The alcohol taste is very strong for 7.3% abv, a little too much for my tastes. Overall it is very good, but i will pair it with food rather than drinking by itself next time.

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Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artevelde Grand Cru - 1993 Vintage.
Sampled August 2007 at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

330ml bottle at 14 years of age. Pours with a fine level of tanned colour head. The appearance yields deep, deep mahogany highlights. A dark brown coloured body. A tilt towards the light will showcase some clarity.

The aroma is intense! A potent harmony of dark and saturated fruits, sweet chocolate, oak, rich liqueur, anise, caramel and burnt toffee. What really stands out most is this charred, burnt (not roasted - but burnt) toffee. The caramel also is extremely present. The whole production carries a teeth rotting sweetness. I thought the Gouden Carolus line was rich - but this brings it to the next level. It is (almost) too much!

The body hasn't held up incredibly, the backbone of malt has faded but fortunately the flavours still remain. Only a trace of carbonation is left (which is more than enough for a beer of this character). A silky texture. Aging so long this has mellowed into a daze. No hint as to the alcohol but at only seven some odd percent it does come across that much lighter than other Belgian strong ales. Equally, it has held up that much less.

The taste has quite evidently mellowed with time. There is a strong presence of raisins and dates. A soft, light roast imparts an ashy or sutty quality to the malts. The flavour is dominated by figs, oak, and ripe raisins with light butterscotch topping. The yeast on the bottom is so thick I couldn't see through it even up to the light. I don't believe I've ever seen such thickness on the bottom of a bottle.

A wonderful tipple that I can only imagine finding in Belgium! I ordered it in large part because it was the same age as my sister, 14 year old beers aren't easy to come across. But I was equally impressed with how rich and tasty it was. Enjoyed!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cheers2beers
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany and brown rust color. Descent head that untypically died down quick for a Belgian. The lack of head retention dissapoints me. There is a small amount of beading visable through the murkiness.

Smell: Plums, raisins, alcohol, bready Belgian malts and some candied sugar. Smells kind of old.

Taste: I get an intriguing woody flavor paired with all manner of overly ripened fruits and a very stale nutty malt character. For a beer that is 7.3 abv, I get alot of alcohol vapors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Halfway down this beer loses some of its effervescence and becomes slightly slick in its body.

Drinkability: I would drink this again although I would not pay for it. There are much better Belgians out on the market. That being said, it was an easy quaff but not up to the standard I expect out of Belgian beers.

Cheers2Beers

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Photo of Stoutsman
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : creamy and abundant foam, amber color (disturbed by yeasts)
Smell : Good aroma of malt and caramel light fragrance.
Taste and mouthfeel : slight bitterness
Drinkability : good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-15-2008.

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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 84 ratings