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Bugaboo 02-23-2011 10:24 PM

Grand Cru? What Is It?
 
What designates a Grand Cru? I've gathered that maybe it is just a name for a breweries best beer or beer for special occasion, but no style guidelines. Most recipes I see could be called dubbels or tripels if you really wanted to.
It's kind of frustrating.

Also I've seen it as a wine term which doesn't matter for us.

Nateo 02-23-2011 10:29 PM

"just a name for a breweries best beer or beer for special occasion"

Bingo. It's usually used for Biere de Garde or Belgian dark strong, but it could be any style, really.

dos_perros 02-23-2011 10:31 PM

Heres a thread about this on Brewers Network
http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/for...=20836&start=0
I think for beer it boils down to something special that the brewery is exceptionally proud of, I have had Wit Grand Cru's and Strong Ale Grand Cru's so I dont really thinks its a style per say but just something special. Hope that helps some. :mug:

redalert 02-23-2011 10:39 PM

Grand Cru is the strong version of a Belgian Wit ie. strong Hoegaarden.

Nateo 02-23-2011 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redalert (Post 2674976)
Grand Cru is the strong version of a Belgian Wit ie. strong Hoegaarden.

Naw.

http://www.averybrewing.com/index.ph...d=76&Itemid=75

http://www.allagash.com/grandcru.htm

Also, Great Divide's Grand Cru.

dos_perros 02-23-2011 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redalert (Post 2674976)
Grand Cru is the strong version of a Belgian Wit ie. strong Hoegaarden.

Yep I used to think that as well, even the co-owner of the LHBS thought this was the case also, until I bought the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru. I asked him if he had tried that and he replied no I hate Belgian Wits, fair enough to each their own, so off I go with my bottle back to the house. I pour it and instantly think this doesnt look right, thats because it was a Strong Ale not a Wit. Even the label clearly stated this if I had of read it before I got home and poured it. It was good, basically a mix of 3 of their other brews but certainly not a Wit. :mug:

Banjo 02-23-2011 10:55 PM

Lindeman's also has a Grand Cru that is a straight sour beer with no fruit.

cactusgarrett 02-24-2011 12:06 PM

Rodenbach Grand Cru - nothing Wit about that.

Bugaboo 02-25-2011 05:51 PM

I hate seeing ingredients for sale or in recipes called grand cru. For example, grand cru lme or yeast that have descriptions saying that they would be good for grand cru

RMitch 02-25-2011 06:00 PM

Can't forget Blue Moon.


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