North Coast Grand Cru

Well, we’ve hit something that I didn’t think I would ever have the dedication to hit…post #1000 (note: it’s not review #1000 because I had a few months that I would do a top five list)! I started this blog knowing nothing about beer and just trying whatever I got my hands on. Although I don’t profess to know everything (or even all that much) about beer, I’ve gotten the chance to explore a lot of great beers so far. Here’s to post #1000…and the next 1000.
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ABV: 12.9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reminiscent of North Coast Brewing’s Gold Medal-winning Twentieth Anniversary Ale, North Coast Grand Cru is brewed with pilsner malt and agave nectar, then aged in oak bourbon barrels. We’ve had a good time exploring the brewing possibilities outside of the standard beer styles. North Coast Grand Cru doesn’t fit neatly into any established category. We brew it exclusively with Pils malt with an addition of agave nectar in the kettle. The beer is then fermented with the same Belgian yeast that we use to ferment our North Coast Brewing Le Merle. It’s subtle, complex and lightly hopped with a deceptive 12.5% ABV, and aging it in oak gives this unique beer an extra dimension. The result is really ‘champagne-like.'”

Random: This brew was aged since 1/27/2012.

This brew poured with no head at all on top of a cloudy, light orange-colored body. There was mild carbonation visible. The nose was apple juice, agave nectar and a touch of citrus. The taste was much more Belgian than the nose. I got apple juice, banana, the usual Belgian spices, Belgian yeast and honey. After a few sips, I got some peppercorns too. There was no booze detectable on this one either. The body was thin with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with apple juice and honey. Although there were a lot of different flavors, the body was too thin and the beer could have been more balanced. Only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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