Atomium Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Atomium Grand CruAtomium Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

If you like Belgian beers this one holds up pretty good, had three different ones tonight, and this one fits the bill.

Belgian beers have this fruity Honey twang to them followed by a slight bittering after taste. They are definitely in a class by themselves! I drank this one "Grand Cru" right after a Duval "Golden Ale" ...and you know what, they were pretty much the same thing me anyway. I noticed a difference in the triple and that was that it had three times the flavor!

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Photo of Newsman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with a vegan meal at Horizon's in Philadelphia. (This place, BTW, had the best beer list I've ever seen in a vegan joint. And even if you're an avowed carnivore like myself, it's good food, too.)

Sorry...on to the beer. Had the 11.2 oz. bottle brought to me with the appropriate Atomium goblet -- nice touch.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a massive head that took a while to subside, leaving lacing all the way down. Smelled of citrus, a bit of yeast, a bit of bread.

The taste was impressive -- a good mix of light malts and a bit more hop than I expected, but nothing overwhelming. A very good blend of flavor, with some notes of honey and baked bread lurking behind the initial rush. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel reminded me of champagne -- well carbonated. I wonder if the folks who had this on tap may have suffered from a lack of carbonation in the keg, because in the bottle, it wasn't a problem.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It may feel like a session beer, but I felt this one by the end of the first, so beware of that subtle alcohol.

I would absolutely have this again.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Grand Cru was yellowish gold with a huge head. It had a light yeasty smell with hits of sweet fruit. It's flavor continued with sweet fruit and a wonderful dry finish. After my first sip I wasn't convinced but by the third I began to really enjoy this ale. I had expected something different but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent yellow, slightly hazy, with a huge huge thick ivory head that stays for several minutes before falling to a heavy foam with substantial lacing.
Nose is grainy and sweet, lots of malt, wheat, orange, and yeast. Most enjoyable aroma.
Taste is wheat at first, followed by a citrus orange and lemon with a distinct yeast characteristic, finishing with a warming alcohol flavor. A bit of earthy hop balance present.
The liquid itself has a thinner mouthfeel, but its balanced with the active carbonation. Drinkability is good for the ABV.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Deep Ellum, in atomium chalice/goblet.

A- big rocky, 2-3 finger foamy head, retains to 1/2 finger or less, lacing is somewhat clumpy, but consistent in patches, clinging to the glass in larger bubbles. Straw golden, catches the light really well, fairly clear.

S- Poached pears, a little buttery, maybe fermented corn, preserved peaches. Very fruity nose overall, like a pleasantly mild mixed alcoholic fruit cocktail.

T- Fruity sweetness, very present, but not overpowering- overall pretty balanced and soft. Some butteriness, can't detect any real hop bitterness at all. Very pleasant to drink- finish is smoooth, fairly dry.

M- Smooth, initially think it's pretty full bodied, but it's delicate, with very little carbonation, leaving one feeling it's actually a bit thin. Overall, really really soft on the tongue and going down.

Overall, I was very happy with this beer- reminded me of don de dieu with its fruity profile, but with less carbonation. Had 2 glasses and was really surprised at the ABV- VERY well hidden, almost no sense of it until later when it takes effect. Definitely would get again on tap.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Monk's Cell at The Publick House. Nice copper color with not much of a head. Nothing noteworthy about the nose. Served in a goblet (off brand). But the taste was something unusual for a Belgian strong. There's an earthiness about it that I really enjoyed. It's much more complex than, say, Tremens, and stands out from something like Duvel without being odd or out of style. It's "discretely unique", I guess is how I'd put it. One of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

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Photo of rmcandre
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head. It took an impatient five minutes to pour this beer. The beer is honey colored and slightly turbid.

S: Fruit and yeast.

T: Sweet, fruity, and slightly yeasty.

M: Bubbly and thin.

D: Like it or not this is an interesting beer. It is a unique brew that will not bore.

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Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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