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

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 82
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served chilled, but allowed to warm up a bit, in a Delirium Noel glass. 750 mL corked and caged bottle with 2003 printed on the cork. Precisely when in 2003 is anyone's guess.

Appearance: Dark, ruby colored liquid with a light tan head. Very bubbly. Head recedes pretty quickly to a film of bubbles.

Smell: Prominent apple cider smells. Plum, raisin, pepper, grape and some odd medicinal notes. A decent sniffer, but not overwhelming. I was merely whelmed.

Taste: Sweet, slightly sour caramel malt with a heathy peppery wallop. Medicinal overtones. Take the general malt of a dubbel and merge it with the pepperiness of a tripel, toss in a bit of acidic sourness and you have this brew. Pruny fruit and banana esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some great effervescence.

Drinkability: I think their other beers (ya know, the one's with the elephants on them) are much better. That and Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru is available at near the same price. Still, it's worth checking out. It might just float your boat.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Grand Cru from the Huyghe family brewery is beautiful. This one is my favorite to date. It has a nice ruby-orange to copper-gold hazy color. Piquant aromas of citrus, plum, coriander, malt and some other spice I can't quite place. Tastes outstanding! So complex. A nutty, somewhat biscuity, malt sweetness rounded with spice and a dry and slightly sour finish. I knew I was in for a treat before I even opened the bottle, and my expectations were met. The cork was dated 2001, hard to pull out of the 75 cl bottle, but it's pop indicated good carbonation. Beige colored head was a little thin. The carbonation in this beer was rather fizzy, like cola carbonation. I bought a couple extra bottles to store for a while. Like a lot of Belgians, this beer could only get better with a few years on it. Make sure you don't drink this beer too cold because the complexity of this ale will get masked; 55-60 degrees is optimal. This Belgian is one that you don't have to split with a friend. It's a beautiful 7.3%er that I savored for about 2 hours.

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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 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 beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL: bottle. The color was a very dark brown, with a bit of head. The smell was a somewhat frutish malt. The taste was sweet...very sweet, with hints of a fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more bottles.

An enjoyable beer, suggested by the folks at the Sharp Edge. A nice, frutish beer, remisicent of Trois Pistoles. If I saw this one again, I would probably have it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.57/5  rDev -28%
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 lipschitz
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 330ml bottle with gold foil top, and no freshness date.
Pours murky auburn with weak head that fades almost immediately. The smell is fruity & acidic. Tastes of figs, raisins, slight malt tones and plenty of vinous alcohol. Mouthfeel is spritzy & slightly slick.
Notes: I was expecting a more balanced brew - it seems rather one-dimensional. My wife tried a sip and commented that it tasted like homebrew…and not in a good way. I tend to agree. While not bad, it’s really not very enjoyable. It would make a decent “winter warmer” nightcap, but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of nathi
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disapointing, An extremely simple beer for a Grand Cru, I like to be wowed when a brewery gives this name. A fruity and slightly sour aroma with some hints of malt complexity. A bit musky,. Flavor is very sugary and simple. Very little malt complexity. Some fruityness with hints of pear and berries, but even this does not work well with the lame malt profile. Sugary sweet after taste just is horrible and off balance.

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Photo of rastaman
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 82 ratings