Grand Cru | Mazama Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Mazama Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by artoolemomo on 08-12-2013

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Hoptometrist:
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden color with big bright fluffy white head that left chunky lace.

S- Big yeast, bubblegum, pear, clove, and banana notes in the aroma. Very balanced aroma.

T- Big chalky yeasty notes, bubblegum, citrus, clove, pear, and banana notes that finishes with moderate bitterness (although stronger bitterness than I would expect for the style).

M- Very dry, pretty big alcohol warming, prickly carbonation, medium body, and slightly sticky.

O- A very nice Belgian Strong Ale that reminds me of one of my first craft beer favorites, Duvel. The drinkability is high and it has many of the characteristics I look for in a Belgian Golden Ale.

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Photo of kjouyoumjian
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid taste not overwhelmed by the high alcohol content. Tried at the Vancouver beer festival and it was the best of the lot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Nice goblet at PreFunk tonight. Lightly hazy golden, good enough white head.. More phenolic than estery... not very balanced... A bit too much sweetness magnifies the light fruity esters... Seems a bit thick IMO.... Surprising bitterness rises with warmth... I like the hops as it helps cut through the residual maltiness. Okay... I would buy it again.


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Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of BIll_Currie
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full Disclosure: The website describes this a cross between a Tripel and a Belgian Golden ale (which it is). However, it most closely resembles a golden ale, thus the classification.

Appearance- Served with a couple of fingers' worth of head which retained well. The head is almost pure cotton white with the faintest hints of yellow. The body is a hazy orange juice color. At first, the lacing left behind is sheeting but becomes spotty after time.

Nose- At first, it seemed this beer was too cold to give any real aroma. There were some slight fruity esters but nothing I could really distinguish. This did not change with time or agitation. The beer is good but it is rather lackluster in this department.

Taste- Starts of with a bit of mustiness/funk, some yeast bitterness coupled with spice: phenols, clove specifically. The 10% alcohol doesn't make an appearance at all. This brewery has definitely succeeded in produced a hybrid of both the Tripel and Golden Ale style. There are notes of orange peel and coriander. Some banana as well. At points, the yeast bitterness almost seem like hop bitterness- there is a bit of wood and resin to it. The yeast is very well balanced and outclasses Duvel.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Has a delightful effervescence. Its crisp, dry end balances the spice of the finish quite well.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Doesn't show any heat at all. A little under 4 bucks for a 250 mL pour seems reasonable.

Overall- Solid beer. A little bit closer to a Belgian Golden Ale. Somewhere in between Duvel and Damnation. A must try and a excellent Belgian for not actually being from Belgium.

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Photo of ethansteff87
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cparalph
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

No head but I think it was just the way she poured it. Nice warming with very pleasant slightly fruity smell. I would order again.

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Photo of dannykugler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

rated on rate Beer as quad. On tap at PreFunk. Hazy golden in color with small, silky head. Earthy, grassy aroma, more malty in the taste. Slick, but thick body, some alcohol warmth on the finish.

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Photo of VanKieft
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Grand Cru from Mazama Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 15 ratings