Grand Cru
Celis Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #158
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #16,832
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
23
From:
Celis Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  6
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a yeasty smell mixed with tons of bready aromas and a decent showing of clove and coriander. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of orange and lemon peel as well as a bit of grass.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat more bready flavor that is on the slightly crisper side. There is a lot of yeast and spice of clove and coriander right from the start, along with a decently moderate showing of orange, peach, and caramel. As the taste moves forward to the end flavors of a herbal and hay taste come to the tongue and with a touch of warming alcohol, one is left with a nice crisp and heavily yeasty spice taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thinner and crisper with a carbonation level that is average. The thinner body was great for the style, but a little higher carbonation may have been slightly better overall. In the end the feel was decent.
Overall – A rather flavorful brew. I see this as a hybrid of a classic tripe (in crispness) and a grand cru (in yeast, booze taste, and fruit). An interesting and rather tasty brew.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions (Houston, TX) served in a shaker pint. Pours slight hazy golden yellow with a modest head of white foam and sparse lacing. Yeasty, spicy nose with some pale malt and sweetness. Flavor follows with fruity esters, spicy Belgian yeast, sugary sweetness, and slight alcoholic kick. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lacks some of the depth of other Tripels, feeling like an “imperial” witbier (or maybe an outcome of the glassware?). But otherwise pleasant, balanced, and altogether too drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a regular lager with a creamy head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is strong and the sweetness is obvious. The taste is outstanding. Again the sweetness is strong and delicious. Typical of a Belgian Tripel. No disappointment here. The mouthfeel is smooth and the tongue begs for more. Overall an outstanding U.S. example of a worldwide great style. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nabbed it for bang for buck reasons...$9.99 for a sixer of 8.6% ABV beer is tough to pass up.

Brewed with Saaz and Cascade hops.

Spicy phenolic Belgian yeast is evident, and there's faint fruitiness I guess from the Cascade hops, but it's aptly subtle. Pale malt gives this its backbone.

Tends towards the dry side, but it's still kind of refreshing even at its high ABV. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of weight on the palate; it's a filling beer without feeling too bready. Smooth. Approachable.

The spicy finish (hitting heavy on clove) is a highlight of the beer for me, but this still doesn't have an overt Belgian taste to it; the mixture of American and Czech hops as well as what tastes like an American pale malt foundation lend it a scattershot flavour profile.

There's plenty of banana up front through the midpoint, which would feel more at home in a German wheat beer than it does here, where it calls unwelcome attention to itself.

I'd prefer higher attenuation, more of a bone-dry feel, a more complex and varied malt profile, and a more traditional hop regimen. But it hides its ABV well and I can't complain about the price given the high alcohol percentage. It's a nice buy for those looking to get plastered on craft without breaking the bank, but I don't know that it's in line with Celis' other (better) beers. It doesn't hold a candle to the best traditional Belgian tripel style beers (e.g. Gulden Draak), but I'll enjoy polishing off the sixer.

Drinkability is limited given the filling feel of the beer as well as its ABV.

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Photo of Beerprincess22
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ITs back!!! Grand Cru was my first real craft beer I ever had. No other Belgian Tripel can compare! It’s like liquid gold in a glass! The body is smooth yet bold. Slightly sweet on beginning and ends dry. The balance is the key. High quality ingredients must be the secret because there is nothing like this!

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Photo of puck1225
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap into a shaker pint (?!). Nice golden yellow color with a good white head and lacing. Sweet fruity smell. Taste of candy sugar and banana. A bit boozey. Not a bad tripel.

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Photo of donspublic
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into sniffer nice 1 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Clear golden in the glass. Smells of Belgian yeast, fruity, funky ripe bananas. Taste initially of sweet malt, Belgian candy sugar, some banana consistent thru the middle and ends with a dry finish. Good drinking tripel.

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Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: At first, slightly hazed but that clears up. The color is a brilliant golden/orange. A dense white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Easters and yeast up front that are great. Slightly banana like, phenolic, spice and peppery. Light apples even. Really nice.
T: Like the nose, esters and yeast galore. Bananas, peppery spice, apples. A bit of grains and pale malts. I get a bit more phenolic character here than the nose, but not over done in any way. Then a sweetness comes into play. Really nice.
M/O: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation that is ultra smooth. This is really enjoyable to drink, and something I can come back to again and again. Another offering I can't wait to see packaged.

Again, glad to have this under the original family banner. An excellent example of the style that does not get over the top sweet like many American made Tripel's can. Highly recommended, and something that will take up some space in my fridge when available.

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Grand Cru from Celis Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 23 ratings