Brooklyn Grand Cru | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Described by Garrett Oliver as being "essentially a strong Witbier" and brewed with ...

Malt/grains: Canadian two row barley malt, Madsen white winter wheat (unmalted)

Hops: German Hallertauer Perle

Additional sugars: Tremblay Farms Wildflower Honey (Chemung County, NY), white corn sugar.

Spices: Bitter Curacao orange peel, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, chamomile flowers, Indian coriander.

Yeast: Belgian witbier yeast

Added by redmagik99 on 07-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ebenezer's Pub 2/14/15
Grand Cru 2009
Lovell, ME

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Photo of rderedin
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So... interesting to find this here as a retired offering, since it was served at (and, apparently, brewed for) the GABS Festival in Melbourne, May 2013. At least, the one served at GABS has the same specs (incl. ABV) as this. So I'm guessing it was just a one-off revival.

Pours a straw colour, only slightly cloudy, when more would be OK for the style. White foamy head, retaining pretty well. Looksnice.

Smells like a wit. Loads of coriander with plenty of tangy orange as well. Some notes of cinnamon, star anise, clove and green pepper around the edges. Good witbier smell.

Taste is similar. Lots of candied orange particularly upfront before spice takes over midway and onto the back. Cinnamon and coriander that gets slightly astringent and leaves a slight bitter hang. Again, to style, and pretty decent.

Mouthfeel is slightly too fizzy, bit of carbonation shining through and I would have expected a bit more presence from the sediment.

Really surprising to find out it's 8.4% as it tastes and feels like a to-style wit. I guess, points for hiding the alcohol but at the same time I feel it should be bigger and more exciting for all of that. The main difference between this and a 5% wit is simply that this will get you drunk quicker.

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Photo of Syraquse
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gregory12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sergio's World Beers, Louisville, KY.

In a pint glass. Healthy inch and a half of dense bone white foam over very bubbly golden liquid. It looks great.

Effervescent in the nose - rhubarb, golden delicious and granny smith apples, light barley scents and crisp pine notes. Great light smell, but there's clearly substance here. Some of the sweet yeast is present. I'm excited about getting to drink this.

Yum. Super flavor - starts with some bitter lemon and rhubarb. Sweet yeast and apples are next. Then crisp pine notes, but very subdued so the fruit flavors still dominate. Super.

Very few things beat the feeling of this beer in your mouth. Effervescent, lightbodied, and refreshing but still has depth of flavor, is easy to drink, and makes you remember why you drink beer.

Great beer. Really, really great. I'm hoping to encounter this again even though it was brewed once.

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Photo of pershan
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Let me just say that the very first keg I ever had on tap at home on my CO2 system was a keg of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (15.5 gallons of heaven, IMHO). I have always been a fan of their beers, and their Grand Cru is no exception:

A: A slightly cloudy straw-yellow with a thin white head poured into a pint glass - so far, so good.

S: Maybe it was because I had just had a Flying Dog Woody Creek White, but I didn't discern much of anything in the aroma - maybe just a bit of malt sweetness.

T: A big malt and hop presence, with alcoholic esters, caramel, and hop bitterness dominating - this is a big beer to be sure.

M: A slight bit of fizziness, with some bitterness and astringency on the sides of the tongue and back of the mouth, but not cloying or overdone.

D: A nice addition to Brooklyn's stable of beers, well worth the price - good job to Garrett Oliver and the rest of the crew at Brooklyn.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Grand Cru came to the table a cloudy golden body with a bone white head.

This beer is bready and spicy in the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell with an alcohol presence that pleasing rather than hot and sharp.

Overall, a good spicy beer with plenty of character.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft, Brooklyn.

Pours hazy gold with a slight orange tint, with a healthy white head.

Aroma is fruity - bananas and apricots, with a big fresh-baked-bread note coupled with a spicy yeast presence.

Taste is sweet candy and wheat up front with a big yeasty spice presence, with overripe golden fruit coming on a fairly clean, lightly yeasty finish.

Light bodied, creamy carbonation.

Really a nice beer, very drinkable for the abv and style.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice cloudy golden color with a bit of a darker tint. There isn't much of a head to the beer, just a thin white one that goes away immediately.
Smell has a nice fresh wheat to it, but also a strong bit of sugar as well.
Taste is much richer than the smell. It starts with a nice fresh wheat taste, but has a very strong sugary punch to it along with some plum-like fruits.
Mouthfeel has a smoothness to it. There is almost a grainyness to the sugar, like it hasn't been stirred in yet, which I actually like.
Drinkability is great for such a strong and complex beer. There is a ton of taste to this beer, but nothing that overbears the tastebuds. Great beer that has awesome taste and even good for a long session of drinking, which I think I might commence right now...

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaler sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness (bananas), citrus, and some spiciness. Tastes of same fruitiness (applies, pears, and bananas), citrus, and spices. Lively body. Reminded me of a Tripel.

Notes from: 7/30/08

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Gingerman. Pours a light yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma is pretty faint but predominately honey. Flavor of Belgian yeast, honey and other fruitiness, very odd tasting. Thick and syrupy texture, almost like a mead. Couldn't finish the glass. This is an odd, strong, sticky, heavy beer and I did not care for it.
5/4/4/2/10 (2.5/5)

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma with a nice yeast. Orange with a white head and big lacing. A little aggressive carbonation. Taste is yeasty, orangey,corriander, cloves, and the mouthfeel of honey and wheatish - it rolls off the tongue.
A great Belgian, lovely.Cole's with Mike.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always nice to try a new creation from Good ole Brooklyn Brewery. On tap at Barcade in Brooklyn (within a mile of the brewery) Poured cloudy light yellowy amber, off white head, spritzy nose of clove, banana, lemon/lime and a hint of ginned up alcohol. Flavorful, bold, com0lex and truly tasty stuff. More of all the flavors picked up by the nose. Citrus, pepper, tart apple, Belgian yeasty goodness carry the freight. Love the style, nice job here by the Brooklyn brewing crew. Bottle this one please.

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Photo of Viggo
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goblet on tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy light amber, almost banana yellow, very thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, then disappears completely, few spots, looks alright. Smell is neat, bananas, oranges, lots of spice, vanilla, bubblegum, apples, alcohol, yeasty bread, pretty neat, spice is just right. Taste is banana and clove, bubblegum, wheat, honey, yeast, alcohol, oranges, spices, oats, dry bready finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with high carbonation, a little rough on the palate but generally pretty well done. I wouldn't turn this one down.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Previous draft-only Brewmaster Reserve beer that was on tap in my basement. I used my old Blanche de Brooklyn tumbler for this one. Poured a cloudy yellowish color with a nice, white fluffy head. Nice lacing down the entire glass. I could smell the orange and lemon peels. Taste starts out on the sweet side. Picking up notes of honey and coriander. The Hallertauer Perle hops then move in on the back end micely so it's not too sweet. Very easy drinking for a 8.4% beer. Brooklyn's website describes this as a Strong Spiced Ale. A witbier is spiced and this is on the strong side, but I prefer to call this a Double Wit with some Tripel characteristics. Excellent carbonation for this medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on tap late summer at Mahar's in Albany.

Aroma profile was outstanding, light perfume like flower and spice, a touch a munich like maltiness as well as subtle peppery spice.

Flavor was much the same leaning toward a little more peppery spice from the yeast in the finish, extraordinarily drinkable and another great beer from the Reserve series.

Hopefully this is one that gets made at least once a year.

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Photo of waltonc
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger. Apparently this is a witbier, but it was definitely much different than any witbier I have had before. The first flavor that jumped out at me when sipping this was, surprisingly, corn! Maybe my tongue was just thrown off from drinking stout beforehand, but I was definitely tasting corn in this. Floral, slightly sweet, and very well balanced. Mouthfeel was medium with fairly generous carbonation. A very good brew overall.

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Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured a slightly hazy, yellow body with a two finger white head that retained well. There was a sparse curtain of lacing that held up well before falling into the liquid.

S: It smelled like light sweet grains and malts with floral and citrus hops.

T: It had a nice clean sweet malt front with distinct wheat flavors and sweet lemons complemented by floral hops and spices.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a smooth and zesty presence in the mouth. Medium to heavy carbonation with a clean dry finish.

D: It was a tasty, complex and enjoyable beer. It was light enough and smooth enough to go fairly long into a session.

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Photo of treyrab
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zeno's has outdone itself once again by getting this on tap! Tried it tonight with jac5084...

A: Semi hazy yellow copper with almost no head. Very low carbonation which surprised me. This one does not lace the glass at all either.

S: Very, very complex smell...but different from other grand crus I have had. It smells of tons of light fruits, particularly banana. None of the dark fruits I usually get from grand crus. A lot of spice and Belgian yeast also. No noticeable hops.

T: Tastes like a banana that has been sitting out for a week...very sweet banana, almost candy-like banana...but it is phenomenal. Nice orange flavors also complemented by a nice yeast/spice flavor.

Overall, this is an exceptional grand cru. A little more complex than most, but way more refreshing.

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Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy orange gold color, very thin white head which was a function of the pour given by the bartender (they filled it to the rim with the brew, and didn't leave any room really)

S - Orange and lemon were the predominant aromas, with a good yeastiness for the style.

T - Not nearly as tart as the smell suggested. Definite orange and lemon flavors, with some sweetness

M - A touch creamy, and not as carbonated as expected. Very rich for the style, but it was very good

D - Hugely drinkable and refreshing especially given the ABV

Overall, this was like a hybrid between a Belgian Wit and a German Weisse to me, and very interesting. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Golden color with some haze.

The aroma of citrus,wheat,banana and some spices.

The taste is sweet,malts,honey hints,hops and oranges. Sugar and some coriander.

The feel was yeasty,medium body and carbonation. Creamy and not way I could tell that it had such a high ABV.

Notes: I liked this,but I felt it was a tad too sweet to have more than one. The balance was good and I must say I did enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Popped in Rattle and Hum for a lunch time beer and knew to pick this one right away (Brooklyn Brewmaster's series duh!!!). Having tried other witbiers before along my journey of craft beer palate development (the past 2 years), I I knew ths one would probably be just as awesome if not better. Especially since Garret Oliver is a master of all styles of beer and has porven himself him and again.

This beer really hit the spot. It took the witbier style to a whole new level. The sweetness from the wheat, spices, and honey layered nicely in between the banana, clove, and other spices; all typical for this style. The ABV was hidden so well that the tinge felt at the end of each sip only added to the greatness of this fine brew. In the end, I couldn't pin down what exactly made Brooklyn Grand Cru so "Yummy", But I could've had a few more pinrs if I had time.

P.S. This could be the perfect for converting girls (or even guys lol) to the world of real beer. THe cute british bartender at Rattle -n- Hum said she loved it (wink,wink).

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the lost kangaroo pored in to a chimay goblet.

smell is candy sweet, banana and a little spice

taste is a little bubble gummy with a wheat beer base. some spicw also.

good carbonation and a preey bold taste make the mouthfeel good

not much alcohol feel and great taste with great smell make it very drinkable

Had a glass from a keg aged one year, and now the beer is lightly sour and has improved considerably. Age it if you can.

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Brooklyn Grand Cru from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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