Great Lakes Grand Cru | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aracauna on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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6
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2
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2/5  rDev -51%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Brewmeist
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint.

Pours a hazy dull amber color, average head and lacing. Smells sweet, hint of hops, lilac. Average ale, has a subtitle pilsner hoppiness, slightly sweet, Belgian style yeast, well balanced, a little fruity. Nice carbonation, not a pallette offender. Overall a nice BPA, very similar to ommegang's. One of the better offerings from GL brewing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Listed on the menu as 7.8% abv 30 IBU

Aroma of wheat and peppery spice. In the taste, wheat, pepper and coriander. Bready malt notes and a dry spice bite. Little presence of hops, which come across earthy if anything. Light dusty yeast notes and grainy malt. Mild but tempered sweetness with the spices and dry orange peel. Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated with a spice bite. Overall, this is a nice little Belgian style gold. A thoroughly enjoyable rarity from Great Lakes.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the hand pump at TJs into a tulip glass on 6/9. This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to have any Belgian style from a cask setup, so I guess this will be the beer that provides the measuring stick to see if I will try another if the opportunity arises.

The pour is somewhat atypical of what you would see from just about any beer that is hand pumped. The head that forms is more indicative of a highly carbonated Belgian style than it is the 1-2 finger head that an English cask ale would produce. Reaching a full 2 inches in height before being allowed to settle a bit and get topped off, this beer from the start looks like a Belgian. There is some slight haze in an light orangey colored body, something akin to peach or apricot.

The aroma is fully of spice and fruits. Strong clove, white pepper, and coriander are all present, adding to this beer's Belgian pedigree. Apricots, peaches, and even some slight citrusy notes find their way in here, as well. There is a bready sweetness that rounds it out and pulls it all together, too.

On the palate, the spices do start to run away with this. Far more phenolic than the aroma indicated, the clove and white pepper does have a dominating effect on the palate. Warm alcohol also squirms its way into the finish. The stone fruits are less notable, but still present. A touch of sweet candi sugar comes in late, but it is not enough to counteract the dominant spice. I would have hoped for a bit more balance here.

Out of a cask, I don't get the distinctive Belgian effervescence that the yeast so often gives. While the consistency was medium just as a Belgian Strong Pale should be, the overall impression of the texture fell short of what I expected. Belgians are better out of a tap, for sure. I hope I can try this one that way sometime.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Head disappears after a minute, but leaves some nice patches of lace.

Sweet bread malt up front, with a nice amount of fruity esthers. Maybe some green apple and pear notes. A bit of a Belgian yeasty, spicy feel.

Sweet up front, with a nice bread-like malt similar to other Great Lakes beers. Fruity notes, ripe apples and pears. Slightly earthy and yeasty at the finish, but remains a bit sweet.

Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation to lighten the body a bit. Just a bit of warmth. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i believe this is a 7.5% abv...

on-tap at the brewpub.. a couple of pints here.

pours orange and murky with a belgian style minimalist head and lacing of white bubbles that lay soupy and thick on the surface. smells yeasty with big orange blossom nose. body is lighter than it looks. a little too much alcohol bite for the abv, but intense, flavorful sweetness.. coriander and floral notes help hide it. finishes real clean with a bit of bitterness to last you through to the next sip. excellent american grasp of a belgian style here.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Tulip glass, poured from a 32oz crowler purchased from the brewery on 03/23/16. From the can, 7.8% ABV, 30 IBU.

Appearance: Clear deep copper color with a white head that died back to a persistent ring. Some persistent strands of lacing.

Smell: Yeast, phenol, fruity esters, clove.

Taste: At first, quite sweet, with definite Belgian style fruity esters and a candi-sugar like taste. As it warmed up, some more yeasty flavors, coriander, and leafy/earthy hop finish noted.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and has a nice thickness to it, but undercarbonated for style. However, I can't fault that too much since I'm at the limit for how long the Crowler was going to hold the carbonation. I suspect it would have been more effervescent if I had served it up right away.

Overall / Drinkability: A Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is among the sweeter ones I've ever tried, but full flavored and quite enjoyable. It needs to warm up a bit to let all the flavors out, and its best to have when fresh, but after 3 days in a crowler, still quite good. Definitely glad I had a large glass of this (I split the crowler with the Mrs.) and I'll have to try again fresh when I see it at the brewery on a future visit. Went well with food, which was pulled pork BBQ and roasted root vegetables (beets, parsnips, potatoes, carrots).

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a big poofy white head. It's very citrusy with orange and clove. It's very drinkable as well with a good malt backbone. A bit hoppy-bitter for style. Before I even found out that it was basically Holy Moses big brother, I noticed the similarities. Both are excellent beers.

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nrbw23
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Head has little retention and leaves some spotty lacing down the glass.

S- Overall a pretty big smell. Smells of a ton of spices, malts, yeast, and fruit.

T- Pretty much exactly what I'd expect and followed the nose really well. It actually reminded me of Holy Moses on steriods. Quite a bit going on here and I'd say rather complex.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation was right on.

D- By no means is this my favorite style, but it is right. Its solid for the style just not my favorite.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Hazy light amber color with a thin and fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly. Nil lacing. Zesty citrus aroma, with a bit of sweet spice. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue with a straightforward sweet and spice balance that interplays with citrusy hops flavor. A bit of alcohol comes through as the glass progresses. The finish is lightly bitter and lingering. For a "regular" Belgian ale this is pretty darn good.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the glbc tap room, poured into a pint glass

A: orange amber color, slightly hazy, slight head with fair retention

S: light citrus and spice notes, slight yeast and pepper

T: well balanced beer with light caramized malt, citrus, and clove like pepperyness.

M&d: light to medium bodied, like most glbc examples it is drinkable and almost sessionable for higher abv.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of shivtim
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub. Listed at 7.8% ABV.

This is a very hazy straw color. Lots of little particulates. Looks almost like an unfiltered wheat. Small ring of off-white head, and sticky lacing.
Nose is very bready. Lots of yeasts and orange juice. Some orange rind too. Sweet and dense. Nice.
Taste is sweet Belgian sugars, yeasty and sugary citrus. Slight spiciness and lots of orange. Pretty tasty.

Solid mouthfeel and drinkability. A very nice offering from GL.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grimace who drove this in staight from the brewery in a 2 ltr ticanter for my tasting delight.

Pours a nice light amber ale with much retention and little head. Very smooth and crisp on the palate and a heavy presence of alcohol at the finish. Tons of spice and hop overtone. As the beer warmed the alcohol and spice thickened. This is a great beer and I reccomend if you can get some to try it. This was my first from Great Lakes and am looking forward to trying some of their IPa's in the future.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prairie Moon in Evanston. Served in a bowtie for $7.

A - Served to the brim - no short pours here. There's a thin cap of foam that leaves behind splotches of lace. The body is a light hazed apricot color, with some slow-moving streams of bubbles.

S - Sweet stone fruits and fruity esters, faint banana, a bit of yeast spice, and light candi sugar.

T - Taste is a bit heavier on the spicy and peppery Belgian yeast, although it's still sweet compared to something like Duvel. Light peach and stone fruits along with some cake/bread character. Finish has a bit of coriander and clove - is this an Imperial/Double Wit?

M - Pleasant carbonation, smooth texture, lightly sticky finish, and medium-full body. No obvious alcohol present, although at 7-8% that's not surprising.

D - This is quite nice, although it's not a super unique take on the style. I would have preferred to see Rye of the Tiger or Rackhouse, but this was a nice gesture by GLBC nonetheless. Hope to see more of these brewpub exclusives in Chicago (or at least get some growlers!). I easily drank my glass and would gladly had another if I weren't in a rush.

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Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"pub exclusive" on tap. This from product description:

"Full bodied Belgian Ale Spiced with Coriander and orange peel with subtle citrus flavor and a complex finish"

A Opaque orange, cloudy, yellow orange with one finger head.

S Citrus, malty

T citrus, malty, complex, interesting, challenging

M Smooth, thick

D Very good to excellent. It is too bad that GLBC (Great Lakes Brewing Company) didn't offer this more widely than just a pub exclusive.

Notes: My favorite GLBC beer so far.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped up in Cleveland for dinner and a drink. Had the opportunity to try two new beers, this one included, and was very excited.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber gold with a creamy looking half finger of white head sitting on top. Amazing head retention for coming off the tap, and the head sits there for the entire duration of the drink. Lots of sticky lacing left in layers down the side of the glass as well. A looker.

Smell- Lots of fruity esters and yeastiness coming off of this one. Banana, some bitter orange, and spiciness. Smells big and tasty.

Taste- Again, very fruity and yeasty. Lots of banana, orange, and bready yeastiness. Spices, cloves, and coriander come through as well. Quite complex but goes down incredibly easy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and creamy for the style, which makes the drinking experience even more enjoyable. Drinkability is stellar, a very easy drinking but quite complex brew.

Overall, I was surprisingly impressed with this one. Quite enjoyable, and I recommend that if you can get to the brewpub to give it a try.

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Great Lakes Grand Cru from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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