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:
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Added by Todd on 04-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of ypsifly
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz w/ no dates.

Golden straw with a white head that stood 1 1/2" and quickly fell to a thin ring. Little lacing and light carbonation.

Smells sour with spices(coriander?) and malt present. No alcohol detected.

Has a slightly sour tanginess with a dry finish. Again, no alcohol detected.

I found the mouthfeel to be light, somewhat lacking in body.

Despite the fact that I was not impressed with this beer, it is quite drinkable. I bought a sixer on my way to a party and really appreciated the drinkability and high abv.

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Photo of Truh
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strolled down Bourbon Street with this one on 11/3/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Light film of starting head. Golden yellow hue, crystal clear with some lively action throughout. Lager nose up front with coriander, basil, licorice, anis, and lime juice. Strong licorice on taste, with core of jumping spice and a slight buttery coconut lining the mouth. This was one of the first fine ales I had while making my conversion, a gateway ale if you will.

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Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent gold with a small white head. Has an apple orange citrus aroma. Flavor is sweet up front with a somewhat unpleasant sourness that overpowers a light bitter finish. Leaves a mild honey aftertaste. As the beer warms, and airs, the sourness decreases and bitterness increases in the finish.

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

Light gold. Glowing white head is creamy as can be with great lacing. Some rubbing alcohol pervades the aroma along with compost pile and peppery rot. No real malt flavor to speak of, just a light sugar base with a wave of phenolic spice and alcohol. The feel is where this beer shines - ultra smooth, thin and creamy. Really this beer is amazing in the way that it is soothing just to sip, regardless of the mediocre flavor. Since the regular white has a great feel, better flavor, and less alcohol, I will drink that instead of this.

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Photo of putnam
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, very clear gold with white soap on top. Fruity, grape bubblegum aromas intrude on a nice base of toasted grain, organic toiletries and cream notes. It is creamy-textured with a subtle surge of bittersweet alcohol on the finish. The overall effect is rather dry, with serious fruit flavors of banana and candied yams kept tight with a measured presence of bitterness. Savory, buttery biscuit-flavors provide character. More simple than complex a beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. This is my first time trying a beer from this Michigan brewery. I found a single of this at a local Whole Foods.

Pours a bright yellow color with a fluffy white head that turns into a thin lacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Aroma of spices, cloves and lemon drops.

Grainy and yeasty mouthfeel. Sharp lemon bitterness and coriander. Peppery spice and juicy. An alcohol warmth cuts underneath each sip. The sharpness becomes a little invading at times with a slight cheap vodka burn, but then again this beer rings in at 8.0 % ABV.

This is a tasty Belgian inspired witbier with some kick. You could tell me this beer was a Tripel and I would believe it. Not bad, I would have this again.

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Photo of counselor
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours lite straw color, somewhat hazey with a micro-thin head. aromas of spice, corriander, orange and citrus that improved as the beer warmed up. The mouthfeel was thin, almost flat. The flavors of bread, spice, vegetable and citrus slipped by too quickly unless I swirled the beer around and purposefully looked for them. This was a fair beer, but one I would not seek out again.

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Photo of stirgy
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a cloudy, light yellowy straw color. Low carbonation and topped with a small filmy head of foam. The aroma has light and lemony grains, sweetly spiced and candied malts. Light, fruity with a touch of sweet licorice spice. The taste is light and spicy with a bitter tang citrus finish. Light in body and a bit sticky. Overall, drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mschofield
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling well carbonated orange-gold, topped with just a thin white film, no lacing.
Dominant orange note to the aroma, coriander and other spices, some grassyness, floral, peach. Strong and full aroma.
Robustly flavored, peach, honey, strongly orange again, coriander, herbs, spicy taste. Give a bit of a tingle to the lips.
Medium-full, somewhat syrupy.

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Photo of Todd
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a very pale, hazy straw beer with a thin white lace. Moderate retention and stick.

Soft aroma, light herbal, lemon rind, zest and phenols. Faint medicinal and soft soapy and bubblegum notes.

Creamy at first, with a grainy/coarse feel underneath. The overall character is a bit bland, at first, but allow the beer to warm-up a bit to unlock the nuances. You'll find a light bready malt character of, orange sweetness, some lemon rind and splash of zest smacks the palate, followed by notes of herbal, clove and coriander. Hint of grass. Alcohol spice and warmth, especially as the beer warms-up. Finish is dry, with notes of grain and a yeasty character that coats the palate in a rougher dry feel.

A decent example of what is really a "Double Wit." Could use a bit more depth of overall character, but it's still rather refreshing ... and powerful.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its release from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy gold with a smallish head that is bubbly in texture and an off white color, the lace is quite thin and patchy. Nose is malt, citrus crisp, light hints of wheat; start is somewhat sweet, nice grain profile. Finish is strict in its acidity, the hops meek and pleasant, and the aftertaste vinous and quite dry, noticeable alcohol warming in the tummy, just wonder if this 8 percent ABV is a bit much for this style, a drinkable brew none-the-less.

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

Off white head atop a clear, pale golden brew. No yeast evident at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is yeasty and spicey. Bready malt, alcohol, and a bit vinous.

Taste shows a bready malt backbone. Yeast, spice, and alcohol have plenty to say. Bit fruity. Some dryness and crispness, but sweet overall. Reminded me of a tripel in many ways, but I liked this better than most tripels I've had.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability, although a bit sweet for my liking.
Overall, a good beer. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

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Photo of marc77
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear auric hue. Topped by a rocky, lofty, porcelain white head with respectable retention. Tattered lace remains. Lemon zest and honey sweetness upfront in aroma. Subtle banana esters, yeast must and vague herbal hints follow. Becomes more floral as it warms, with both nectar and perfume hints surfacing. Enticingly aromatic. Snap of orange peel bitterness incipient in flavor cedes to a rounded impression of honey drizzled white, lightly grainy cracker. Clove esters in flavor are more prominent than the aroma suggests, while banana is more subdued. Alcohol presence is well controlled, and exists only as a slightly minty and peppery undertone. Moderate in body, with a dextrinous, but slightly sugary and coating mouthfeel. Finishes with brusque hint of medicinal phenol, but otherwise with lingering hints of marzipan and candied lemon. I've never had the original so I can't compare, but this is a fine, albeit prosaic strong Belgian. Akin to a saison / tripel hybrid in overall character. Quite tasty and superbly drinkable.

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Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is golden, with cascading bubbles and a film of white head. The smell is a citrusy wheat. The taste is a very citrusy wheatiness with a bit of clove spicing, and a bit of noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thank you to trbeer for the bottle. A strong wit, with alcohol on top of the unique wit characteristics, and though the strong wit may not appeal to some, I found I enjoyed both this and its younger brother. Certainly one I'd probably give another try to.

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

I wonder why this is currently listed here as a witbier; it's anything but. Crystal clear golden color with a moderate head at best.

Spicy clove aromas with a bit of a peppery fling and an undercurrent of mashed bananas. Starts a bit prickly on the tongue with a sort of sugar cookie appeal -- I'm a kid again; gimmie more, mommy! -- that's snapped up with a phenol twist. Finishes a bit dry with some citric acidity. Very well put together little beer.

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

Have I said yet that beer fans should definitely make MBC's taproom a stop on any journey through Michigan? The folks here told me Peter Celis, who is no longer involved in the US operation, did drop by recently and said it this the best beer he'd ever had. Definite complex Belgian body, with cinnamon taste, coriander and grains of paradise. But it's also lighter on the malt than a dubbel. Slightly citrusy and tangy bitterness. Makes friends out of enemies.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bottled batch, not available on tap at the time of review. Shared a bottle with Sakaroo at MBC.

Clear, golden brew without a head or lacing, receding into a thin scum of bubbles. Aroma is of cloves, cheddar cheese, wheat, and bananas. Taste is sweet and phenolic with a smooth mouthfeel and a somewhat ruddy finish with lingering phenols, cookie sweetness, and a cloying mouthfeel. Vanilla and distant citrus fruits are noted in the finish. Alcohol is barely perceptable in taste or aroma, a mark of quality at 8.0% ABV. Enjoyable.

Update 6-5-04:
Having enjoyed this several times on tap at Michigan BC, I decided to pick up a bottle of this at MBC, as it's hard to find up here in TC. Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful orange-golden with peach accents, forming a modest white head with good retention and nice sheets of sticky lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is tasty, with a delicious nose up front of that unique Celis Funk, like distant smoked sharp cheddar cheese, cloves, orange peel, rose petals, peach, coriander, bananas, and brisk water with a clean ferment . Mouthfeel is lively with a medium-dense body and smooth finish with a phenolic aridness in the finish. The taste is an exact echo of the aroma...emphasis on cloves, Celis smoked cheese funk, rose petals, tons of sticky pale malts, black marker and burnt rubber. There is a suggestion of alcohol in a peppery flourish towards the finish. The mouthfeel in the finish is a bit flat and ruddy (due to the abundant coriander, methinks) and semi-dry. Alcohol is evident in mentation, but only slightly so in taste and mouthfeel.

Rich and beautiful, semi-dry, woody and spicy, reminding me of a Gew├╝rztraminer brewed by Unibroue. Ah...this is like falling in love all over again. Just a wonderful, wonderful brew in the Double-Wit style. Highly recommended!

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Celis Grand Cru from Michigan Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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