Beer Review: North Coast Brewing Co., Grand Cru
11/25/2011

Ding Points: 73.00

Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00

Tasting Notes:

Very heavy, thick 500 mL bottle with a large dimpled bottom. Must add significantly to the cost. Corked & Caged. Brewed with Agave Nectar and aged in bourbon barrels. In the region of $12-14.

Opens with a hearty pop. The pour is a golden, well carbonated body with little head, lace or retention.

North Coast Brewing Co., Grand Cru

North Coast Brewing Co., Grand Cru

Big, sweet pineapple notes greet the nose.

Tastes are less well-defined in terms of the specific fruit, BUT it is extremely sweet and still ‘fruity’. Mouthfeel is a little cloying for my taste, and the beer seems a little unbalanced in terms of the sweetness. I actually like the way the bourbon and oak come through in a very small, restrained and subtle way. I’m just not a big fan of barrel-aged and liquor infused beers, so the smaller the influence the better for me. Obviously, those that are looking for larger elements connected to liquor will be a little disappointed, but I was happy and satisfied with the lighter vanilla note.

A few sweet grape notes in there too, and there is, for a second, a champagne quality about the beer even if it is enormously sweet and heavy compared to that beverage.

I get some honey notes from the agave (presumably) and a yeasty finish. The end is quite bready, and the yeast tastes seem to exceed the normal parameters of the style. However, I don’t dislike it at all.

OK, but very poor value.

Other: 12.9% ABV, Belgian Strong Pale Ale


2 Comments

  1. Commander Suds

    “OK, but very poor value.”

    That’s about where it landed for me, but thank goodness for that sporting carbonation, can you imagine the slow-going mess it’d be without it? You’d still be fighting down that beer!

    Reply
    • Ding

      Excellent point on the carbonation, without it you’re right, this would be syrup!

      Reply

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