Artevelde Grand Cru | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Artevelde Grand CruArtevelde Grand Cru
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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 dcmchew
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with two finger beige head, foamy and sticky.
Big smell of caramel, dark fruit, red wine, cherries and floral honey.
Really fruity from the first sip, with nice raisin and plum, really sour cherries, banana, acidic red apple, with oranges and lemon throughout (bitter grapefruit at the end). Some red grape mustiness also. Malts are lightly roasted, but sweetened with nice caramel notes and Belgian sugars. Very spicy, with peppercorn and anise, some hints of vanilla, and fainter licorice and maple. Yeasts are a bit sour and "dusty". Hops are green and spicy, mildly bitter.
The finish is somewhat earthy and bitter from the hops and the roast, but the big acidity/sourness balances things out (mostly). Alcohol is a bit too aggressive also. Somewhat fizzy also.
In the end, it's a decent refreshing BSDA, with some off notes though that keep it in the mediocre category.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep, dark, eggplanty brown, with a big, fizzy toasty tan head.
Aroma: clean, with notes of toffee and cocoa, but rather "eh"...
Taste: big carbonation, full–on cola feel, some spiciness, a touch of toffee. Mostly it tastes like fizzy coke, without enough intervening flavors to offer even the suggestion of something else. Finish rounds out too quickly, body is medium at best...kind of a dud, methinks...didn't thrill me at all...

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a decent tan head and good carbonation upon the pour. Belgiany yeasty spicy malt aromas; raisin-like Dubble-ish aroma. Raisiny malt flavor dominates -- very much like a Dubbel. Mediujm bodied with a spicy raisiny finish but a bit airier than expected considering carbonation.

An excellent stronger Dubbel and very enjoyable ! Not complex but pricey considering other Grand Crus (Abbey Des Rocs) are excellent and cheaper.

Label states "Since 1654"

Bought: 01/11/03
Tasted: 02/24/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. brown champagne style bottle corked and caged with gold foil wrap)

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Dactrius
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has sweet creamy malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a very mellow malty flavor with a smooth creamy finish. It is full of crystal malts and has a fruity yeast flavor that adds a bit of spice to the taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Belgian. It is incredibly smooth with good flavor and aroma; a fine drinker.

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork Date 2003, Sampled May 2005
Pours a lightly hazy amber color and is topped by a light brown head that disappears after a bit. The aroma is a mix of spicy notes, chocolate, prunes, musty earth, and figs. Quite an interesting melange of aromatics actually. The taste is sweet up front, but then moves to a spicy note in the middle. I get notes of cinnamon, figs, prunes, raisons, and a certain woodiness. This beer finishes a tad on the week side, it quickly disappears losing the rich fruity maltiness surprisingly quickly. This beer has notes that are quite reminiscent of a lightly aged beer; hints of sherry and rich meaty malt notes. This beer is reasonably tasty, in fact all of the flavors and aromas I consider quite desirable, but it just seems to be lacking in some way that makes it a bit disappointing. The flavors do not meld enough into a synchronized whole.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 desint
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork says 2.003

Nice looking clear mahogany tone. Hefty light beige head has excellent retention. Lacing is moderate. The aroma's got it going on. The sweet candy and sweet spice thing. Whiffs of cotton candy and sweet cinamon bread come to mind. Sweet cookie dough and biscuity malts. Great aroma. The mouthfeel seems a little empty. Light body and lightly carbonated. Gives the feeling of lifelessness in the mouth. The taste does not follow through to the extent that I'd like with the aroma, but some nice qualities to exist. Sweet candied tones and the "menage a trois" of figs, raisins and dates. A little boozy sweetness. Not bad, but I just wish I would have kept smelling this one a little longer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jrallen34
2.11/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with a decent white head and ok lacing.

Immediately after uncapping I was hit with a smell of banana, but in a totally unpleasant way. That was the dominant smell with alcohol.

The taste is very plain and boring. A very poor effort here.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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 RoyalT
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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 francisweizen
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This dark brown brew was poured out of the 750ml bottle and had a small and compact head. The aromas were very spicy, slightly boozy, fruity and a bit malty. The mouthfeel was very nice on this brew, with the carbonation level being just right. The drinkability was pretty good as well, but this stuff was a little on the strong side...

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Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 82 ratings