Grand Cru
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Wheat Beer - Witbier
4.09 | pDev: 9.78%
Feb 15, 2015
Jul 22, 2008
Notes: 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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mattycasey from Massachusetts

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

Feb 15, 2015
3.74 by rderedin from Maine on Dec 19, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by laituegonflable from Australia

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.

Dec 06, 2013
3.5 by Syraquse from New York on Sep 16, 2013
4.25 by dgilks from Australia on Jul 05, 2013
4.25 by gregory12 from Connecticut on Apr 12, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BillyBoysPie from Kentucky

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.

Jan 22, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by pershan from Maryland

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.

May 07, 2009
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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by rtratzlaff from North Carolina

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.

Mar 24, 2009
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnQVegas from Tennessee

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.

Jan 31, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BDIMike from Ohio

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...

Jan 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hopdog from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 07, 2009
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2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by LilBeerDoctor from New York

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)

Dec 26, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

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.

Dec 10, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Billolick from New York

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.

Nov 30, 2008
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3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Viggo from Canada (ON)

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.

Nov 26, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BeerFan from New Jersey

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.

Nov 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PBoegel from New York

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.

Nov 06, 2008
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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by waltonc from California

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.

Nov 06, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dnichols from Washington

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.

Nov 01, 2008
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4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by treyrab from California

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.

Oct 23, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Nickls from District of Columbia

(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.

Oct 23, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lexluthor33 from New York

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.

Oct 21, 2008
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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bitzy from New Jersey

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).

Oct 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by aubuc1 from Florida

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.

Oct 16, 2008
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CrellMoset from Virginia

On tap at Tyler's Taproom and Restaurant, Durham, NC, enjoyed during the break between the two sessions of the WBF, served in a traditional American pint glass, properly logoed.

Appearance: A hazy, yellow/golden-bodied beer with a head of average retention that yields a ring of snow white foam. Carbonation is light and sparse.

Aroma: Wheat, other pale grains, light citrusy notes, floral hops, clove, banana ... is that everything on the checklist? Certainly so. Fits the bill for a "witbier meets tripel" matchup.

Taste: See above, really. Fruit, wheat, floral hoppiness, earthy yeasty spices and fruit ... it's all there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even, full-bodied, a little spritzy, even.

Drinkability: This is most certainly not a witbier, heh. It's definitely more like a Saison, or at least a Belgian strong pale. Maybe that's what happens when witbier meets tripel, I dunno, but either way, it's a pretty damn good beer. Has all those great Belgian notes that a Belgian beer should have while managing to keep all of them in balance. Recommended if you see it on tap.

Oct 08, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by wagenvolks from Texas

On-tap at Raleigh Times bar.

I'm poured a generous, 20 oz pint of crisp yellow, goldenrod-colored brew. Slightly hazy & well-carbnated, the head of Grand Cru is nicely retained, off-white, and leaves satisfactory spackels of lacing along the insides of the glass. Lots of spice prevalent in the aroma: coriander, citrus peel, pepper, and more. The yeast brings light, fruity notes of lemon, banana, and a hint of pineapple. The hops (and apparently chamomile flowers) add a floral finish.

The flavor is could easily qualify as a "Double Wit", with its intense presence of cloves, coriander spice, banana bread, and yeasty deliciousness. A lasting kiss of honey, more spice, and some hops seals the deal. Body is a bit thicker than I'd like, which doesn't really detract from the mouthfeel, but it does limit the drinkability. Overall, though, this was a tasty brew that I'd definitely recommend to others.

Oct 04, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Pinto21 from Arizona

On tap at Boxer's here in H-dun. Got a pitcher for my two associates and I.

Nice white lacing and head. Copper cloudy gold color that just looks great.

Smelled of orange, banana, and some clove. It was a bit overpowering though

Taste was a bit more calmed down and was the same as the smell. Really a tasty and complex beer. The alcohol was a bit present but just added to the complexity of flavors.

Best Witbier I've had so far

Oct 01, 2008
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Imstillthegman from Delaware

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!

Sep 30, 2008
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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Douglas14 from California

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.

Sep 30, 2008
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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rhoadsrage from Illinois

(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.

Sep 26, 2008
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3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TheycallmeTim from New York

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.

Sep 16, 2008
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3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by bonbini26 from New Jersey

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

Sep 10, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by blackie from Oregon

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

Sep 03, 2008
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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

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...

Aug 31, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Hojaminbag from Colorado

Grand Cru Witbier? Sounds good to me.

Orangish yellow body with a small white head. Decent retention with a few spots of lacing left on my glass.

Smell is interesting. Orange and coriander are noticeable, along with hops.

Taste follows the nose. Orange and coriander are noticeable. Surprisingly, I can really taste the hops in here too. A little bit of wheat falvors toward the end. An interesting beer for sure.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel here.

Decent drinkability, but not something I could drink a ton of.

Aug 31, 2008
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3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by tempest from New York

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.

Aug 30, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brianmerrilyn from New York

I scoped this one out using for a gin mill in NY to quaf another Brooklyn creation. Gramcery Tavern was the closest place and I was very impressed with Garrett's latest batch.

A: Served in a Irish style pint glass, murky golden straw color with a one and half finger head with lots of bubbles, wonderful sticky lace and biting retention.

S: The nose was all sorts of estery malty nirvana. Beyond the bananas, i got some vanilla and plenty of yeast as well as standard citrus with perhaps some grapefruit.

T: Wow Garrett, you have outdone yourself again. This is my first Brooklyn wit, after being a fan of both of his wheats for almost ten years and counting. The tang of the citrus hits your pallet at first, somewhat following the nose, but then a gush of glorious esters of banana come into the fray quite nicely. The malts in this beer truly make it for me, beyond the yeast and hops. Would never know this was a 8%ABV and another example of a magnificent the brewmaster.

M: Medium to thick with spices up front with plenty of carbonation keeping all of the flavors together.

D: This went do very easily with a beautiful boquet of aromas combined with a powerful zesty then sweet taste. I cannot wait to pick up a growler of this or try fresh from the vats on Friday nights at the brewhouse.

Aug 25, 2008
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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by phattysbox from New York

Growler purchased from whole foods Beer Room on Houston. Poured a light orange hazy color, with a decent head that lasts all the way down. Looks a great wit!!

Smells fantasticly wit. Wheat, crisp citrus hops, lemony and grassy. Initial taste is sharp bubblegum candy which quickly retreats to expose wheat with a short hop bite. This follows with a distinct belgian yeast flavor that is very impressive.

This is one of the tastiest witbiers I have had... The alcohol is not even present and thus sneaks up on you. Good thing I had friends along to consume the growler. Excellent drinkability given the ABV.

Aug 24, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by atsprings from North Carolina

On-tap at The Raleigh Times. Served a hazy golden yellow with a thin head that diminished to a ring. Aroma was some sweet malt and spice. The taste was a nice blend of sweet malts, crisp Earthy hops and corriander and orange peel spice. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is another great beer in this series, one they should consider bottling.

Aug 22, 2008
Grand Cru from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 53 ratings