North Coast Grand Cru

North Coast Grand Cru

Rated 3.525 by BeerPals
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Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

12.9% Alcohol by Volume

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Ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in bourbon barrels.

ID: 46355 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank2756
Overall Percentile94.1
Style Rank186 of 1172
Style Percentile84.1
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.840
Weighted Score3.525
Standard Deviation0.467

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  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours dark golden and clear with great head and lacing. Musty malt dominates the aroma, not too bad, but not really my thing. Some spice and bread notes add depth. Vanilla, honey, and just enough bitterness make for a pleasant flavor. The alcohol is craftily masked. Full bodied and smooth, gently warming. Enjoyable, but I could take or leave another one.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A little pricey for what it is, but still good brew. I actually got on clearance for $10, as I think the regular price was $14.99...probably the only way I would have sampled. Good representation of a Belgian. The main complain I have is that the alcohol is not hidden that well, but for the ABV% it is hard to do. A cloudy medium yellow to light orange appearance. Flavor is like a barleywine, with some fruit (both sweet and tart). I may prefer the straight barleywine Old Stock, but this was nice to try.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Strange brew, one of my top 5 for sure. Anyway the body was nice, a light to mid yellow, thin fizzy head that didn't leave any lace. The aroma is where it went south, it was kinda like day old vomit, yep vomit, sickly and sweet fruit. The flavor was a complete turn around from the flavor coconut upfront, with vanilla, honey, apple and some funk from the yeast. My wife got the same impressions I did so that's why I am hoping that the bottle was off in some way.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    An interesting brew, not exactly what i was expecting .. . Pours a medium gold coin .. light foam .. . well, you just mentioned it, greg .. . wow, quite a complex and unique beer, from honey, to premium tequila, barrel, oak, light vanilla bean, more honey, and touches of belgian and american yeast .. . a big beer; a sipper and damn enjoyable- good for a pre-turkey day drink! .. . . Yeah! And the sick bastard planted drugs all over the house!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This one was unique right from the get go. Probably the lightest and fizziest (good head) barrled beer I've had. Little hint of any alcohol on the nose til it reached close to room temp. Aroma of fruit coconut and vanilla. Weird combo, but it works. In the flavor, the alcohol is a bit more prevelant, but subdued for such a strong beer. Agave, belgian spicy yeastiness, apple-like fruit notes, and bourbon (obvious without being overbearing - i think it's a 2/3 blend). Smooth finish. Wanted more at the end.

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