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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, golden color with a nice fluffy head that leaves pretty good lace. The nose is of candy, sugar, and possibly a bit of hops. The taste follows the smell but it is way more complex...spicier and possibly with hints of vanilla and definitely orange peel. It is silky in the mouth. Awesome beer.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a small pokal)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden straw yellow with a gentle carbonation and a thin ring of white head.

S- The perfumed smell of yeast is dry with a bubble gum hint to it and a green herbal note at the finish

T- This beer starts with a dry spice note and a bigger bubblegum taste to follow then a slight sweet white bread flavor. There is a yeasty flavor followed by a clove note and a green finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture

D-This was a nice interesting beer but I didn't taste any of the big alcohol at all. The flavor was interesting but not as much depth as I would have expected from a grand cru.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap at Jimmy's No. 43 into a Goblet.

A--Solid gilt bronze body with small white head that died quickly.

S--Lots of sweet, but on the nose it's more clover honey than Domino sugar. After a second you get some sharp coriander amid a more mellow clovey potpourri.

T--This is a bit like eating a bowl of crunch berries for me. The sugar is almost too much, although it gets the point across with a sock of sucrose right off the bat and through the middle of the taste. The end is spice, spice, spice, with a quick bite of coriander to get you ready for the next tasting. But mostly it's honey, sugar--there's sorghum stalks growing about eight feet high now in the Brooklyn Botanic garden. It's like a walk through that, which is almost gaggy. Definitely /not/ a subtle beer.

M&D--Solid and easy going down. Not much in the way of alcohol. If you have a sweettooth this is plenty drinkable. For me, not so much. This is like a dessert wine, like a Muscat, except with grain, which is to say, something to drink at no recognizable time in the course of a meal or day. For a Wit I'd recommend Capt. Larry's Sun Block over this, or if you're not local Allagash White.

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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 tempest
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Empire Brewing Co. as a guest tap. Served in a pint glass for $5.

A double wit, eh? I was wondering what exactly to call this. The body was fairly thick, thicker than your average strong Belgian, and more heavily spiced. The coriander and orange peel were very obivous and the spice flavors lay over strong and sweet wheat and pale barley. While this beer was pretty tasty, it was a bit of a chore to drink. Thicker than I'd like, at least, for a Belgian.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On- Tap...

I admit that I had no idea what to expect with this one. What a pleasant surprise.

A- Hazy golden color with some orange tint. Nice white head with some lace and sediment.

S- Smell was earthy and herbal with a citrus/lemon grassy backbone.

T- The taste surprised me. I expected a wheaty and grainy beer but got a sweet and sugary beer instead. Needless to say, I was not upset by this. Sugary and candy like with a strong vanilla presence. Caramel and cream dominate, but oh wait, theres that wheat and citrus. This is a complex, tasty, and delicate beer. Each sip will yield a different flavor.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, but nothing too cloying.

D- Easily drinkable? Whats the ABV on this bad boy? Its so tasty that you really want more than one. One of Brooklyns best. Look out for this one everyone...

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Photo of Chinon01
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of like a Belgian Hopfen Weisse. Fat soapy head which clings. Murky, nearly opaque deep yellow. Nose is spicey, estery and citrusy. Taste is similar to nose with good phenolic bang. Little hop finish (but enough). High drinkability and mouthfeel due to fruit/spice balance.

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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 bonbini26
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap @ the cloverleaf tavern 09-09-08

a: the beer is a very hazy golden-white in color with a decently retained off-white head

s: lots ofyeast and soft spices on the, coriander, herbal hops, very aromatic

m: sweet and yeast flavors coat the mouth

t: soft yeast flavors and a wide range of wit spices dominate with coriander and then sweet orange peel at the front, plenty of flavor but with enough restraint that everything is in balance, wheat malts provide a light-moderately sweet backdrop, papery hops add a light flavor and bitterness

d: at little too much on the sweet side for me for this style, but the ABV is very well hidden in this beer

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Photo of redmagik99
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery - cloudy, hazy golden, ok head. smells sweet, banana and clove, some belgian spiciness. taste is sweet but definitely in a good way. just enough bitterness to balance. not nearly as spicy or carbonated as local 1 - very smooth. i love what the yeast is doing to this beer - as complex as any authentic belgian pale ale. reminds me of la chouffe. damn good, easy drinking. if i had to guess at the abv i'd say around 8%, but +/- 2 because the alcohol is so deceptive. i can't see this making it into the bottle any time soon seeing it hasn't even been reviewed yet so get yo asses down to greenpoint for this rare treat.

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Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: the beer is a very hazy golden-white in color with a decently retained off-white head

s: lots of doughy yeast and soft spices on the, clove, and coriander, herbal hops, very aromatic

m: light-medium body with a delicate medium carbonation

t: soft yeast flavors and a wide range of wit spices dominate with coriander and then sweet orange peel at the front, plenty of flavor but with enough restraint that everything is in balance, wheat malts provide a light-moderately sweet backdrop, papery hops add a light flavor and bitterness

d: a breeze, alcohol nowhere to be found...another winner from this limited series

imperial pint at Raleigh Times, sipped outside over the course of an hour on a fabulous night after a huge thunderstorm

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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 erosier
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet malts, spices, and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the nose. Sweet malts underneath spices that I couldn't put my finger on, and then yeast. It was a clean tasting yeast though which was nice.
M: Very smooth and warming feeling.
D: Pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a nice collar and tiny cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruit, spices, vanilla, and bananas...very enticing.
Taste is pretty damn good with pineapple and vanilla standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fruity, spicy, with smooth, semi-dryness in the finish.

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Photo of dmk139
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A nice wheaty feel to it. A must have for weisse beer fans. will have your head spinning after only two of these as the ABV is rather high for a beer of this nature. Was a little too heavy for my liking. Having said that, this is another hit from the Brooklyn Brewery

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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 cs45977
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another fine example of what brewers can do to challenge our perceptions of beer. I have heard Garret Oliver (Brewmaster at Brooklyn) say that every beer should tell a story. This Beer could win a pulitzer Prize for the story it tells.

A - Golden with a lot of haze. Small white head that laces very well.

S - One of the most interesting aspects of this beer, the camomile (yes as in the tea) adds a very different contrast and note aginst the spice and malt.

T - Outstanding! this beer is an adventure. There is a pronounced sweetness upfront that dissipates with the flavor of the camomile. A pronounced Belgian influenced wit flavor is found in the middle. The end is clean and dry . The guys at brooklyn (Garret an co.) have found a cross between a Belgian wit and good cup of tea...In a really exciting way.

M - sold. This beer coats the mouth and is very smooth. The carbination seemed spot on in the mouth.

D - This beer is a night-cap type of beer. High Alcohol (a sedative), clean hops (a sedative), and camomile (a sedative) combine to make this a beer before bed. But you will be dreaming of really great beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell...
Beautiful pour, with a full, five-fingered foamy and frothy head along with a sunlight-golden hue... Lots of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
This is certainly a true-to-the-style Grand Cru Ale in the Belgian sense, nonetheless an excellent American depiction...
Sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, with hints of vanilla, honey, pineapple, oranges, tangerines, and candied sugars...
Excellent stuff...

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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 Syraquse
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

Apparently this beer is pretty scarce, though I've seen it at a couple of different places here in Baltimore (Max's and Mahaffey's).

On tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose one gets some interesting aromas of honey, cherry, vanilla, and even some clove and banana. Honestly, this beer smells terrific. Flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with some moderate sweetness. The beer is almost viscuous it's so rich. It's also delicious. The mouthfeel is rich, plush and long. Very impressive. Abv. is pretty well disguised, but given the richness of this beer, hard to imagine drinking more then one. Nevertheless, this is very impressive, one of the better beers I've had from Brooklyn brewing in some time.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aerozeppl for this growler. Sent for Growling at the Moon.

This one pours out a fairly clear golden color. Thin white head leaves very minimal lacing. Lots of bubbles in this one.

The aroma consists of yeast, honey, coriander, orange peel, and some herbal hops. This one smells pretty darn good and only gets better as it warms.

The flavor is sweet and yeasty up front with some nice spice following up. There's a nice hint of sour fruit right at the swallow. Tasty brew.

Thinner medium body with very active carbonation. Slightly drying aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness. No sign of the alcohol in this one. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. Thanks for the chance to try this tasty brew!

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