Celis Grand Cru | Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis Grand CruCelis Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Corn adjunct aroma, reminiscent of an American lager. There's a hint of peach and pear esters.

Flavor is similar, an odd pairing, seemingly of an American lager malt bill with Belgian yeast esters and a touch of candi sugar. Very easy drinking, for the style and abv, and no noted oxidation. Belgian esters are pleasant.

I like this better than the score reflects.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light pale golden in color, with a large, dense white head, which retains superbly. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising; the lacing arrays itself on the glass walls in a superb Belgian pattern.

Aroma: Opens with a strong note of of spicy alcohol, coriander and orange peel. There is also an understated note of earthy hops.

Taste: Opens with coriander and orange peel, and sweet alcohol as well. There is a solid pale malt presence throughout the taste, and a mildly sweet undercurrent of candy sugar and some clove as well. Finishes with a lingering, mild earthy hop flavor, and a brief burst of sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and velvety, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite wonderful, very drinkable and pleasant. Would be excellent for a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head and minimal lace and pale straw-gold color. Aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy, reminiscent of pears and bananas. Flavor is a sweet and fruity experience with some alcohol sweetness, bubblegum and vinous notes. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick and syrupy from all the residual sugar and high alcohol. Overall, I like this Belgian strong, although it lacks some of the depth and complexity of beers such as Duvel.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head, very good lace.

S: Bananas and pears, very estery, bready malt.

T: Strong yeast and ester flavours as with the nose. Light amount of booze, but it never takes over the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, soft on the palate, crisp for its size.

O: A solid American made Belgian-style, better for sure than a lot of what's out there.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a small white colored head. Paler color than I expected.

Smell is fruity with a strong bubblegum and banana scent, even with the glass two feet away from my nose sitting on a computer desk. Coriander and Belgian yeast scent. Earthy spice scent, either ginseng or ginger.

Starts out Mildly sweet with a good mild hop and coriander bite. Mild yet tasty the bubblegum and banana from the scent is in here. Mild yet tasty there is a slight vanilla taste here.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall it is good. Tastes something like a slightly sweeter Hennepin.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice clear pale golden color with a thick cap of white foam that holds some longevity, remaining well after the initial pour.

Smelling it, the nose is met with banana-like flavors from the yeast and grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is quite good as well, mirroring the nose with the fruity flavors and melding them together with an excellent bite that hits after swallowing and a light lingering dryness.

Very good beer. One of the better Belgian Strong Pale's I've had.

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Photo of JMad
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a pale straw color with a foamy white head. The smell is a blend of wheat, lemon and clove with a hint of banana and orange peel. You can taste the alcohol right of the bat, the wheat and citrus wash over and there is a peppery aftertaste. The beer is light with a whole lot of carbonation and it has a very dry finish. This is a solid beer, I would drink it again, but honestly I probably won't be buying anymore.

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Photo of nach0king
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looked like a bottle of Budweiser when poured. No head to speak of, minimal lacing, some fizz. Not good first impressions.

Nose was surprisingly light on alcohol - I got a lot of fruit from it, a touch of yeast. Smelled fresh.

Then the taste... oh, boy. Gasoline, cheese and syrup. Absurdly sweet and with an unappealing tang. Felt vaguely oily but on the whole this was just so horrible I didn't finish it. I'll not be trying this one again - it's not to my taste at all.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour of this was golden color with a decent white head on it. There was a little spiceiness on the nose and some yeast there as well. The taste of the beer wasn't really like some of the Grand Cru's I've had in the past. The taste was much more basic, seemed almost unfinished to me. The mouthfeel was drinkable but didn't really hit home either. This is an average brew at best for me.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A frothy, bright white head of good stature rises from the half liter glass mug, leaving some large bubble lacing stuck to the sides. The brew is a very clear pale straw yellow color, with just a little carbonation activity from tiny bubbles.

The faint aroma of hops is detectable, with maybe just a hint of spice. Once in the mouth, the herbs and spices are more apparent, mellowed by a soft grain bill, with a peppery citrus finish. Much more flavor and fullness in the mouth than the pale color implied, with a slightly sweet middle of the palate balanced by a good dose of hop bitterness for an intriguing take on the spiced Belgian brews.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 7/24/10 poured into a standard pint glass. This beer pours a bright light yellow, just a few shades brighter than lemonade. It produced an airy white head that dissipated rather quickly but left a nice lacing rim around the glass.

I get light spice notes in the nose, some fruitiness, and a little floral notes in the smell of this beer. Maybe its my sense of smell but nothing is very profound.

I get light lemon/citrus notes as well as an overall fruity flavor with this. I know I am getting little spices but I cannot pinpoint what they are.

I get a nice level of carbonation that covers the tongue and gives me the feeling of drinking a soda pop.

This is a light crisp beer that makes me feel like grilling out, or sitting by a pool. Luckily today was unseasonably warm but its now 10pm and none of the above are now true. Highly drinkable and rather enjoyable. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of this for $1.45 at the Lager Mill. This is my first from the Celis series from the Michigan Brewing Company, I have always liked most grand cru's so I figured this would be a safe purchase. No bottling date on this bottle. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into my sampling glass.

A- The label claims this an authentic Belgian style ale. I like the picture of some brewers brewing beer. This beer poured a pale straw yellow color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- I pick up some orange peel and lemon zest along with some clove, coriander and some other spices. The aroma is more spice forward then wheat forward.

T- Pretty much a mirror of aroma. This one tends to be a little heavier on the spices then I would want but it's not off putting. The taste is pretty average for its style.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty light and drinkable but the abundance of spices make it a one and done for me. The alchohl was hidden very well, had no clue this was 8%.

Overall this was an average brew. It lacked the balance that have come to expect from this style. I found the spices to be to much in this brew. I don't think I would buy this agian.

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Photo of xodin
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a finger and a half of head lingering for a little while after the pour. Very clear, crisp, golden blond appearance. Mild fruit smell, perhaps apple and cherry. Candy and esters strike initially, followed by a creamy swallow and mellow, carbonated aftertaste. More full in the mouth than it would appear for a blond. Lives up to it's style, but doesn't exceed in any particular manner. Certainly a drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of uno99
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My First Celis brew. I know quite a bit about the man, but havent drank a Celis besides Hoegarrden of course, and I'm sure that beer is a hollow husk of its former self now that InBev or whatever enormous company owns it. Incidentally I was shocked to see this brewed in Michigan

No BestBefore date or anything here. Served at 57 degrees.

A: Very dissapointing. extremely pale with no head or lacing. Almost looks like water on the edges of my lucifer goblet.

S: Well... lets see.. its a spiced strong wit beer. Smells of Corriander and orange zest. Some clove as well. Might be a little heavy on the spice for me. Smell isnt really great.

T: I keep wanting to compare this to Duvel and thats not a good thing since Duvel kicks the barley out of this. I'm sure its not bad, but Im just not a fan of spiced beers.

M: quite thick, and slightly sticky. not what I'm looking for when I reach for a Belgian Pale Ale, or a wheat.

D: Pretty disappointing. Not sure how much control Mr Celis has over this beer anymore, but It's quite average at best.

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Photo of RonJon24
2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Light gold, almost yellow color. No head what so ever.

S - Great Belgian smell, cant pinpoint what that smell is but it does smell intriguing and reminded me of some great Belgian beers Ive had in the past.

T - Does not come through from the smell. It was a little sweet, almost an essence of grape and/or honey.

M - Slightly syrupy

D - I like a good Belgian beer, but this one doesn't come through.

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Photo of Rikadyn
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Michigan Brewing Co. Celis Grand Cru (18D)

Serving: Bottle poured into a Pilsner

Pours golden straw with about quarter inch head, some lacing on the edges, smells of citrusy lemon notes, hops. tastes well rounded, some green tree fruit notes, mild carbonation on the tongue maybe little lemon on the back of the tongue.

Overall quite drinkable even with an 8% ABV, Could quite get away from you quickly if you had more than 1.

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Belgian style ale has a clear, light golden color with a moderate sized, pale white head. The scent is a mixture of pear and banana and the taste is equally complex. There is a tingling on the tongue and palate that slowly fades. The flavor is a mixture of banana, pear and clove with a slightly sweet and hoppy background.

The most amazing aspect of the Celis Grand Cru is that despite its complex flavor, and relatively high alcohol content, it is a beer that can be consumed regularly without any concern of it becoming mundane or overwhelming. Good job!

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Photo of AScribjr
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On my first stop on my Michigan beer tour. The Grand Cru on tap was a very nice start to my tour. The glass they poured into was proper for the beer, The look was really nice with a very nice head of foam. The first taste was wonderful , but, The flavor of the beer left my mouth looking for just alittle more.

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Photo of alkemy
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden yellow pour with about a half inch of white head and carbonation slowly bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. The nose is banana, bubblegum, vanilla, and clove. Really clean and crisp feeling in the mouth and going down. There's a fruitiness in the finish that reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum. This fades into an aftertaste of pears. Alcohol is really unnoticeable until a few drinks in when you feel a slight warming in your belly. The clove and banana are also really apparent in the taste. This is an oddly interesting beer. The taste and smell are completely contradictory to the look...it appears very much like an American adjunct. I'm pretty impressed by this one...way more than I expected.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The aroma is banana and clove. The taste is pretty much the same. This is a good beer but I'm just not a huge Belgain fan. So I probably don't appreciate is as much as one might.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thorough notes are from last night...

This brew is a pale yellow-gold. Consistent bubbling activity remains after the pour, which produces a soft white head just less than one finger high. Retention is good and some thin but consistent lacing remains on the glass.
The nose makes evident the coriander and spices spoken of on the label along with an evident Belgian yeast strain, grains (wheat), bubble gum, and citrus rind. Alcohol is surprisingly not evident given its later appearance.
Underneath a soft malt are flavors of candied sugars, coriander, clove, orange rind, Belgian yeast, and a strong but not overwhelming alcohol presence that mingles nicely throughout.
The body is medium and a crisp bite gives way to a smooth creaminess in every swallow. Carbonation is lively and adds to the smoothness. Spices and alcohol linger in the finish.
I have to say, something about this style speaks to me. I'm a less exclusive lover than some (superhopped or it's an F), but I can recognize that this is a good beer.

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The apperance is a brilliant bright straw color, or a light gold. Bubbles cling to the side, coating the inside of the glass, and there was a 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is very crisp and fruity, a bit like slightly soured apple juice. There is sweetness, no real hop aromas. For 8% there isn't much alcohol to be whiffed either.

Celis Grand Cru tastes off sweet. There is light malt, a decent amount of hop bitter. In that sense you could call it clean, except for the fruitiness. The sweet fruit notes are definitely slightly spoiled.

The body is light, crisp and has good carbonation. When swishing it from side to side it does come across as slightly watery, or sugary.

It's an interesting beer in some ways, dissapointing in others. I feel like the yeast is the only real character in this beer. Everything else is kind of blah.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours from the bottle almost a clear white, but collects to a pale yellow in the glass. looks quite a bit like champagne. only gave me a thin film of head, and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

nose of banana, pear, hay, and maybe some clove.

taste is strong in the banana and pale malt. has a bit of grain, spice and mild hop character. for being 8%, alcohol content seems well hidden.

mouthfeel is light in body and a little on the fizzy side. would prefer something a bit more substantial.

goes down easy enough. fits the style. not bad, but not great.

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Photo of RickS95
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resembles grapefruit juice in a glass. What head there is doesn't last long.

Smells Belgian, lots of spices and citrus notes. Some oraange and pineapple fill the nose.

I was surprised by how much sweetness this had, without being too sweet. So many spices I couldn't pick out just one, but orange seemed to be the dominant flavor.

A lot going on regarding mouthfeel. There's some sweetness, a little bitter from the spices, and a general cleansing feel.

I'd like to think I could go through several of these because it's pretty good, but with all the spices, I might not be able to. Plus, while you can't tell it by taste, it's full of alcohol.

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Photo of jvmudd01
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very clear light yellow color when poured. Definitely Belgian esters present. Very slight and delicate aroma. Light and mild taste with banana flavors. Alcohol is very well hidden. Spices are subtle with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very low bitterness considering the style.

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