Artevelde Grand Cru | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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 ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm kinda surprised this beer didn't get higher ratings, although this is one of my favorite styles to pour from a 750 so I may be biases. Pours brownish with a nice head into a tulip glass. Aromas of figs, raisins, malt and alcohol present. Taste is quite complex if a little uncombined.... figs, raisins, chocolate, maybe a slight bit of port wine all fighting for dominance. Finishes sweet. Very drinkable. Can't hold a candle to Abt 12, etc, but I enjoyed this beer very much.

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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 elricorico
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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 horndecker
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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 maxpower
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged 2003. Pours a hazy bright reddish-orange with a nice off- white head that leaves some lacing. Yeasty, spicy and fruity aromas. Rich bready and fruity flavors, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, better than I expected, well done.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep amber brown with a slight haze. The head was white and fell rapidly but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was dark fruits, but not pronounced. Also present was a strong biscuit/bready aroma and some begian yeast spiciness and fruitiness. The aroma contained a slight acidity and some slight alcohol presence which pronounce the spice phenols.

The flavor was light with a dark caramel and a slight flavor of dark fruits. The belgian yeast character in spiciness and fruitiness was restrained yet present. The flavor contained a slight alcohol presence.

The finish was just dry with lasting dark fruits and caramel. The body was medium, but seemed just a bit less due to the carbonation. A definite alcohol presence was noted and the alcohol lasted well into the aftertaste and long after consumption.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. 2001 on cork. L2 is notched on one corner of the back and 1 on the other corner. Judging from the reviews, time does not hurt this beer, but it doesn't significantly improve it either.

Looks like this is my first review of 2005...Happy New Year!

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Photo of Ego
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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!)

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

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

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.

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 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 BeerBuilder
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a murky brown color with an light brown head. The is malty and kinda yeasty with a bit of spice. The flavor is malty with a bit of peppery spice. It is medium in body and okay, nothing great. Would I have it again, I don't know. Less than I was hoping for since I love the belgians.

Oh, well

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Photo of kbub6f
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, gray-tan head dies in twenty seconds. Dark, dirty, hazy brown beer. No lacing. The aroma is sweet, fermenting plums and toffee. The front is tingly-tart, with more toffee and molasses. The middle is fizzy-fruity and shows a little chocolate. Dry, port-like finish has tart apples, alcohol and a little corky woodiness. It's not hideous, but definitely among the bottom of the heap of Belgians available around here.

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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 beerceller99
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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 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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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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 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 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 lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real "pop" upon opening the bottle-I was a bit concerned.Very nice carbonation in the glass though.Nice deep redish brown color.Slightly spiced aroma.Malty and yeasty.Good flavor-malty-hints of raisens,toffee and a hint of spices.Good body-could be a tad fuller for my liking.A nice grand cru-very simple and not overly complex which is a change.

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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 Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 yen157
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No real head to this one. Murky red-amber liquid. It didn’t look too pretty, but quite tasty. Sweetish, bubblegum-mint aroma. Not like bubblegum from hops you encounter in some other brews, but IMO a very distinct nose. Raisiny taste, with healthy doses of crusty bread. Mildly candy-like finish.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 diablo14
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rather liked this brew. had all the necessary tartness for the style but wasnt over the top like rodenbach for instance. could have been more complex, but then again, i think if someone can make a session grande cru, good on em. i think this is the one in that department.

red to brown color, with a quite subdued head for the style. hints of red wine vinegar, a full sense of alcohol, but also fruity, with plum and cherries coming to mind. sneaky hint of toffee hiding there as well. taste is of the same, with some slight spicy tinges, and citrus zest, mainly grapefuit and lemon. sweet, and medium dry, this has a pleasant crisp element and hop bitterness, but isnt as pronounce as in others of the category ive had. still well balanced overall when everything is taken into consideration. thing that i liked was that despite the red wine like tannin flavors that i sensed, there wasnt as much alcohol in the taste as there was on the nose. didnt wipe me out either.

huyghe dont brew the most complex beers going around, but they seem to brew belgian beers with the english creedos, to have some character, but stay within youself. they have a character thats different to others they are up against, and for that alone, there has to be some credit there. i quite like what they bring to the table as far as brewing goes.

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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 82 ratings