Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Divide Grand Cru

Today I'm drinking Great Divide Grand Cru, a Belgian-Style Dark Ale brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Bold red lettering stands out against a dark gray background, and the cap and neck of Big 22 have red foil over them. There's the usual story on the side of the label, this one saying this beer is elegant but "anything but snobbish." Suggested food pairings include Roaring 40's blue cheese. I swear, I'm gonna need an escort at Publix if I ever try to buy half the stuff they suggest. The front label also says "ELEGANT" and "EXQUISITE" toward the top. Personally, I think they could have used different colors to at least make the writing more easily readable. Dark silver on not quite black isn't cutting it. Bottled on Jan 14, 2011.

Caramel, fig newtons, raisins, honey, spices, boozy, rich and different aroma. A lot going on there. Sweet candy, honey, and Belgian yeast are the most prominent flavors in the beginning. Actually, prominent meaning in your face! Some fruity raisin and black cherry flavors join in next. Strange little licorice, too. Sweet continues with more sweet on top of did I mention sweet? Sweet to the point of sheer unenjoyment. Flat and boozy, lightly hot. Incredibly, that 11% alcohol is not even enough to cut through the thick, heavy body of this beer. There is also some spice, but nothing is taming this beer to an even questionable balance. Flavors are decent but nothing is really working together here, and the sweetness is making it difficult to finish the bottle. Not sure I will. I much prefer Shvitzy Bitzy any day!

Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux Grand Cru, Single Stem

Grand Cru 800 - Wine Cellar Cooling Unit (Black) (Max Room Size = 100 Cu Ft

Grand Cru Gruyere Reserve Cheese by Wisconsin Cheese Mart


Vanessa said...

You're very kind! :) Although I agree that this one was tough to drink much of...very sweet.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Kind? Whatever. Pfft.

You're the one that is kind saying "tough to drink" when referring to this crappy beer.

I'm glad I didn't bring this to "beer tasting Friday" at the office where my diabetic coworker might have tasted it. I've had to call the paramedics before, but not because of beer!

marie said...

I've only had one in my life - the Beast from Avery. It was a lot like you described here.

What is a Grand Cru anyway? Wikipedia was pretty vague:
"This term has been used for beers, especially in Belgium, to indicate a more elaborate version of a brand."

Yes or no?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I don't know. To me, it means "the shit" or "the cat's meow" or "the bees knees"! You see what I mean. I love Great Divide but this beer was one of their worst.