Grand Cru | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yen157 on 10-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by rdrummer:
Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this as part of a variety four-pack. It was the best of the bunch, which was saying something since there was a Perkuno's Hammer in the pack. This is better than the standard Lunacy, which I like a lot. It was the 2000 Grand Cru, which has held up very well. It is a gold to amber color with a large white head and lots of lacing for this style. It has the aroma of hops with a fruity undertone. It really smells most like one of the Trappists. The taste was richer than the standard Lunacy. It had that great hoppy bitterness but it was cut with a sweetness that is almost honeylike. It feels great in the mouth with a really crisp, tangy feel and without any alcohol back bite, even at 9.5 ABV. This is one that I could drink more of if it was easier to find. I was lucky to find this one, and I live in New Jersey.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2000 or 2001...I forget. Pours with a vigorous off white head settling over yeasty, hazy cloudy orangey-gold liquid. The nose gives hints of honey, light witbier spice...sweet and very fruity smelling. Heavy and sweet maltiness tasted right off the bat with more of that honeyed sweetness present too. A subdued, aged hoppiness appears with a nice alcohol burn noted in the long and flavorful finish. What a grand mistake...all brewing mishaps should fare so well!

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy orange/amber colour with a smaller than expected head that leaves a decent sticky lacing on the glass. smells mostly sweet, with caramel, butter, honey, fruit, hop and malt all evident. it has a full, thick smell (if that is even possible). the body is more in the medium range and it is quite a tasty brew. i've actually yet to sample the lunacy so i can't compare the two side by side, but if this is any indication of it's potential, i can't wait to sample the original. still sweet with a nice spice kick to it and a ever, ever so slight alcohol presence toward the back. so slight it gives just a touch of a warming effect which is quite welcome and nice. all the while there is a nice malt presence throughout as well. finally, a spicy hop finish that is rather dry and smooth completes this one. this is a mistake i sure can't complain about.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle of this rarity from beerluvr many moons ago. Big props for the hookup! I am drinking a room temp bottle in a snifter. THe only difference on the label is a black marker GC on label and 2000 GC on bottle cap.
The beer pours a bright amber color with some thick sediment that clouds the brew a little. Tightly packed bright white head of 1 cm fades to a significant surface layer. A sweet fruity scent is evident on the pour with peaches, apple, white grape and orange mixing with some alcohol and a little spiciness (nutmeg or cloves). The nose is very appealing on this one.
1st sip is slightly lighter than I expected with very fine carbonation as well. Flavor is sweet as the nose advertises with apricot and orange mixing with cloves and some bready yeast hits. I also get a bit of hot peppery alcohol. Beer does go down very smooth and easy. This is a very nice beer that I understand to be a brewer's mistake. Perhaps it should be made again?

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2000 Grand Cru...bottle is a bit dusty and has a lot of chalky buildup just under the edges of the crown. Pours pretty cloudy, the head appears and disappears very quickly. Interesting aroma, not as spicy as I had anticipated, but has a very malty, bready thing going on in the nose. Upon taking only one sip, this is already very different than Lunacy, which by the way I really enjoy. Alcohol is much more present (as it should be) and it's quite nicely warming. Clove spiciness and a peppery spiciness are both equally present. Mouthfeel is utterly smooth with just a hint of carbonation...placidly perfect. As this one warms, the alcohol comes through more and can taste every bit of the 9.5%. I wish I had tried this very young, now, and had a few more to put away for a while. While I will say that Lunacy is a bit more complex, this tastes just as good, is much smoother, and is great simply because it's a unique "mistake." Should you find this, get it.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a friend who recieved it directly from Tom from Heavyweight. He'd explained that the Lunacy Grand Cru was actually a "mistake" in the sense that he'd purpously misused a strain of yeast as compensation to a problem that arose. This is the beautiful result of that "mistake". Powdery mildew underneath the lip where the crown is. Only indication this is different than regular Lunacy by the label is a handwritten G.C. on the moons on the label. Pours a hazy brownish golden color with a thinner light tan head. Lots of suspended particles. Malty aroma, nutty and yeasty. Sweeter and stickier than traditional Lunacy. Nutty, biscuity, and fruity all at once; touch of hops showing up in the finish. Smooth and yeasty, I prefer this over Lunacy, but that's just me. Seek it out, if you can find it. It's well worth the quest. Even if you don't enjoy Lunacy... this beer's entirely different. If only Tom would make "mistakes" like this more often. Kudos.

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Photo of yen157
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the new variety pack. The plain white sticker read "Grand Cru (Brewed June 2000). Hmmm... what is this?

Poured tan-orange with a 1/2" eggshell head. Chill haze was pretty darn ugly until it warmed up. At that point the body (at least the 1/4 that was left) was orange gold and the beer was somewhat clear.

The brew had a biscuity nose with hints of gold raisins. Biscuits echoed throughout each sip. Warm milk, alcohol, bread, honey and graham crackers all made appearances. The coriander and perhaps bitter orange are nice and subdued. I seem to have picked them both up retro nasally. Some pepper and yeast flavors peppered the mouth (intended, yes). Wonderful mouth feel from the creamy carbonation.

After contacting HeavyweightÂ’s brewer, Tom Baker, I got the scoop on this oddity. During an unfortunate equipment problem back in 2000 Tom was left with a batch of Lunacy that was far too strong (almost 2% more) and more heavily spiced than Lunacy should be. Instead of tossing the batch, he sampled it and saw potential in this beer of mistaken identity. According to him, the beer mellowed and developed so nicely he plans to show it off at the The Connecticut Invitational Belgian Beerfest on 11/9. This guys is so good even the mistakes kick ass!

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Photo of UnionMade
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I sampled this at the CT Belgian Beer Fest in November, 2003.
The beer pours a hazy orange gold, topped with a thin collar of whitish head.
The aroma is a touch farmy and wild, with loads of sweet malt and apparent fusel alcohol. Slightly sourish, like under-ripe peaches or necterines, with coriander and belgian yeast spiciness. Faint phenolic clove and medical band-aid aromas. Loads of estery fruit, strong even for a belgian style, with a gamut of berry, grape and apple flavors. Very powerful aroma, suggesting a monster of a beer.
The flavor starts out with a surprisingly light pale maltiness, gaining sweetness into an incredibly estery middle. Hints of just about everything, with noticable white grape, apple and plum. A bit overwhelming. The yeast is apparent from the get-go, lending a slight breadiness throughout. A touch of wild bacteria adds a bit of sourness just before the spicy in the finish. Mild peppery coriander flavor, some sweet orange peel and clove, dropping into a thinner-like alcoholic wash in the swallow. The alcohol and spice serve to somewhat balance the malt, which becomes cloyingly sweet as it warms. Surprisingly smooth for how many crazy flavors it has, with mellow, aged carbonation. Medium to full bodied, with a chewy, syrupy mouthfeel.
A very strange beer. A bit over the top, with an incredible sweetness throughout, but definitely a beer to experience at least once. Heavyweight makes some of the strangest beers I've ever tried. I'm not sure if any additional age would benefit the beer, as it was already three years old and still retained the fusel alcoholic finish. It serves to balance the malt somewhat, but becomes equally overbearing towards the end. I had a hard time with the last few sips.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 Grand Cru. A late 2003 Lunacy used for reference.

Pour sounds like alka-seltzer. Hazy orange body. Some sediment. White head rose high and fell fast, leaving just a dusting across the top. Very slight carbonation, as opposed to a current Lunacy which foamed over the glass, and has a jet stream like a jacuzzi rising up the center of the glass. A nose full of alcohol, with some candy and light fruits hiding in the corners, and slowly reaching further out. Taste is malty, with a candy sweetness and a juicy fruity finish. Fortunately the alcohol so powerful in the nose is concealed in the taste. Yes friends, we can say it: "Dangerously Drinkable". Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, it just flows across the tongue.

Smoother and far less spicy than it's little brother, and a very pleasant surprise as far as drinkability. Even Tom Baker's mistakes can turn out great.

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