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Old 05-20-2007, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default Grand Cru

I tried doing a search for this, but because there is a minimum number of characters required, I couldn't search for "cru".

My question is, what is "grand cru"? Is it a style? I read something on Wikipedia that mentioned it was a designation of the best beer the brewery produces. Are there any guidelines for what qualifies as a grand cru?

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Old 05-20-2007, 04:44 AM   #2
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So I went to my Oracles (www.askmenow.com) and they couldn't come up with anything better than what's already on Wikipedia.

It's term used for the best beer made by a brewery, usually reserved for Belgium beer styles.

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Old 05-20-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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I made a belgian grand cru per a recipe... It had 6.6lbs lme and 3lbs of honey. It should come to something like 7-8%abv, so it's probably a big beer also.

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:00 AM   #4
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When I looked it up, their was a few articles that said it meant "great vineyard"

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Yes, apparently it originated as a wine making term and is specific to a certain type of wine. The term Grand Cru, as applied to beer, seems a bit ambiguous.

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Besides being a "best beer" the term also applies to seasonal beers and beers brewed for special events like weddings.

I'm doing mine as a Belgian Ale with honey and spiced with Corriander and Orange Peel.

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Old 05-25-2007, 02:39 PM   #7
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Celis has one. Big beer. Sweet and almost a syrupy consistency.

Don't care for it.

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Snoqualmie Falls Brewery makes a nice Grand Cru:

Spring Fever. Orange hues, rich malt flavors, spicy coriander overtones, almost tropical aromas reminiscent of crushed pineapple and banana, this is one beautiful beer for fans of Belgian styles! Spring Fever is crafted from the finest English Pale Ale, Munich, Carastan and Belgian Aromatic malts, Columbus and Czech Saaz hops, spiced with coriander, and fermented with authentic Belgian ale yeast. Don’t let your customers miss out on this special treat for Spring!


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Alcohol, by Volume 7.0%
International Bittering Units 32 IBUs
Original Gravity 1.070


It's ready early spring, and out of season on tap, but you could probably still get a few 22 oz bottles.

http://www.fallsbrew.com/beer.html

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http://www.alesmith.com/grandcru.html

I like the Alesmith Grand Cru a lot. They give a description of theirs, and that's about what I think of it as.

Now I want some. I am totally going to Alesmith on Friday.
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Celis has one. Big beer. Sweet and almost a syrupy consistency.

Don't care for it.
I really liked it but havent been able to find it for some time now. I do know it got you buzzed fast and it was an energetic buzz!
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