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Old 02-23-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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"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.

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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.

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

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

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Rodenbach Grand Cru - nothing Wit about that.

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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

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