Artevelde Grand Cru | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Artevelde Grand CruArtevelde Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
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4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle.

Pours a copper/brown color. Highly effervescent with an active light brown head and slippery lace. An aroma that is slightly astringent, with fruit, dried fruit, caramel and a candy sugar background. Aroma also has some bready/earthy qualities. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with lots 'o co2. Flavor has a sweet start, tartness in the middle and a nice dry finish.

A well balanced beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown pour with a very lively, off-white head. The nose is semi sweet and lightly spicey. The taste starts semi sweet and and has a carmel-sweet finish. The mouthfeel is very livley and fresh and leans towards a dry finish. A nice beer with decent drinkablilty.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a deep brown in color with lots of carbonation and a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – There are some nice, darkish yeasty notes to this nose along with some good, summertime fruits. There’s a light lime aroma here as well. Mostly though it is the dark yeasty malt that dominates.

Taste –The big, darkish yeast comes out huge at the taste. I really enjoyed this aspect of the flavor profile. There are some good fruits here as well. Leading the way is banana, tangerine, green raisins, and dates.

Mouthfeel – This BSDA is almost full in the body and has some good carbonation that gives the mouthfeel a light, fluffy sensation. This is a difficult feel for a brewery to achieve and I thought it was the strong point of the ale.

Drinkability – This is carrying a pretty low rating on the site for a Grand Cru (3.62 review average after 33 reviews at the time of this rating). It's a good, much better than average ale, but I think when you label the bottle "Grand Cru" you heighten expectations. That aside, I enjoyed every sip of it. Think "Belgian Strong Dark Ale", ignore the light sour note at the taste, and this will be a terrific experience.

Oh, yeah, and don't look at it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep amber brown murky but so appeasing to the eye poured into my 20oz. Gulden Draak this is the life, vivacious tan billowing head what eye candy, big patches of lace here nice carbonation perfect appearance. Aroma: A fair but oh so pleasant yeast strain used here, darker roasts form chocolate esque tones with a sweet candy sugar scent what a nice smooth and mellow Grand Cru. I must admit when I see Grand Cru I expect it would be kicked up a notch this one however keeps the drinkability factor at an all time high. If this makes sense this beer reminds me of a brown sugar infused honey BBQ sauce scent on the grill with the faintest amount of smokiness, oh so good. Taste: Very smooth bittering hops not so much prevalent but very much noticeable blended with a warming creaminess this is just a great drinkable belgain Grand Cru from the same folks who brought us the Delerium trio for that we have much to owe the Huyghe family brewery. A mellow sweet combonation of chocolate and darker sweet roasts to make a humbling but wonderful experience for the taster not so much an upfront barrrage of flavor here but so much subtleness this one must be found and tried, awesome beer. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge smooth drinking what can one more ask from they're favorite begian brewer. Drinkability: An upfront barrage of subtle flavor with the most endearing yeast character, I have fallen in love with this ale so many great characterstiics thrown in here, not one over powers the next.

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Photo of rastaman
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Better than the standard Artevelde, but still not that good. Sugary yeasty chartacter, medium body, not very complex, and on the sweeter side, with a caramelised sugar flavour. Not so good.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brilliant beer from the producers of Delerium Tremens! This hazy, crimson ale appears as chestnut in the goblet but reveals its reddish highlights when held to the light. It's densely creamy, light tan head holds remarkably well (bolstered by the effervescent bubbles rising quickly from beneath), and it leaves wide walls of lace about the glass. The nose offers dark fruit, but mainly cherries; and a delicate whiff of alcohol. The body is medium; and its fine-bubbled, effervescent carbonation gently tickles the tongue before warming to become quite creamy across the palate. There's more fruit in the flavor than the nose suggests, and it's bright with berries and citrus as well as the forementioned cherries. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but not distracting; and in fact, it may add to the experience as one is expecting a higher alcohol beer and it lends a touch of spiciness towards the end of the glass. It finishes dry with its juicy fruitiness quickly receeding as a wash of alcohol dries the mouth. Very well done and quite enjoyable. A "must try" beer for any fan of the Belgian styles.

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Photo of elricorico
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ManforallSaisons
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The serving is a bottle bought a few months ago from Beer Mania shop in Brussels, poured into a Belgian tulip-glass, which it nearly filled with huge head of sabayon-looking yellowy foam. The beer looked coffee-colored, or a deep ruby when held right up to a bright light. The smell was of a bakery -- yeast and caramelized sugar -- with some hop flower and grass or hay in the background. The taste is an explosion of toffee and caramel, allspice, nicely balanced by subdued hops with an anis character. I expected a good chew but it wasn't thick-tasting, more of a butteriness, and a tongue-numbing alcohol dose. As for drinkability, I didn't want a second, but then I am almost always content with the first, and this was especially quaffable for a beer of this character.

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Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cheers2beers
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.


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Photo of cabsandking
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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 desint
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330mL brown bottle with gold foil around neck and cap. Poured out with hardly any head, with quick dissipation. A murky deep copper red tone, the nose is sweet and citrusy, with caramel highlights. Sweet fruity toffee flavour, some lemon, mouthfeel is watered down. It has its moments, but nothing special.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after the removal of the basket & cork from the 750ml brown bottle resides in the glass a deep bruin, the head was creamy and huge, and the color a toasted grain tan after its demise, the lace forms a thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a sweet toasted grain aroma, crisp, clean with hints of a home cooked cherry cobbler, doughy and mouth watering, start is sweet with a nice malted grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable, dry and long lasting aftertaste, a fine drinking brew to please your palate.

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Photo of nightcrawler
1.66/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I have a suspicion that I picked up a bad bottle of this beer. There were a few clues to this line of reasoning. The cork, which was labeled 2003, was a bit sticky and the foil over the cork was dusty.

As this beer has an alcohol content greater than 7%, I had hoped I might be in for a treat with a bottle aged 4 years. Alas, I was mistaken.

The pour foamed quickly and died to skim. Strangely, bubbles continued to rise from the sides of the glass where my fingers were holding it. The color was murky, dirt water brown, with a haze that appears to be suspended yeast. I suspected I was in trouble.

I was hit by nice malt scents followed with a slightly sulphury odor. There was no sweet or sour taste for me. It was very astringent.

I ended up pouring 2/3 of the bottle down the drain.

From reading the other reviews, I am more than willing to try this beer again. However, I will find a different source and hopefully a better beer.

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwff
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was told this was rather tasty and discounted at 2 bucks it's worth a try.

A - Very little head maybe just a tiny lace ring. Color is a deep hazy chestnut brown. Mild sediment at the base so it might be as old as the other Belgiums I had tonight.

S - Strong caramel, plums and raisins, fruity yeasts, and a of rum and vinegar.

T - Despite the mild vinegar tone this beer is exceptionally good. Smooth ripe stone fruit with notes of dried sweet apricot and plums. Caramel malt sweetness throughout is also a plus.

M - Not drying at all this one drinks smooth maybe some chalky aftertaste but aged well.

Overall if it's still around I might pick up another couple. Quite a smooth easy drink Belgium strong ale.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle at DELICE & CAPRICES , Brussels

Dark ambery brown colour with big beige foamy head, which leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, some alcohol and mild fruity- and yeastyness. Pleasant. Flavour is raisins, caramel, sweet malts, some nectary and fruityness as well as mild hopping. Alcohol shows as a very slight glueish note being in the background. Biting carbonation.

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Photo of MsNitch
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Big, bright and airy, this robust brew forms a massive head on top a dark, stormy body. 4.0

S: Big malts, caramelized sweetness and light floral hops with belge yeast

T: Boots in with a strong caramelized malt as to be expected from the smell, then turns out a red fruit taste and delicate bitter herb script before finishing with rebound on the sweet side

M: Medium body with a mid level of carbonation, sits a little too long on the palate

O: Although a lovely brew the bittering agent isn't balanced with the sweetness the way that I was looking for after the first few sips. Great aesthetically and a fantastic back story, I feel that it holds more love for Grand Cru enthusiasts then with someone of my bitter loving tastes.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 81 ratings