Headed stateside soon is St. Feuillien Grand Cru. A beer described as “extra blonde” ale brewed specifically for taste. Here I am thinking all beer was brewed that way. St. Feuillien is based in Le Roeulex, Belgium. Interesting, the brewery was named for an Irish monk that was beheaded in the 7th century. They have been operating since 1873.
Grand Cru is an extra blond beer crafted for sheer taste by St. Feuillien brewery. Grand Cru owes its strong character to secondary fermentation in the bottle, along with a quintessential blend of the most noble hops and the finest fermentation aromas.
Grand Cru is actually a wine term that beer has essentially borrowed. In wine – it means “great growth”, yet the definition is a little confusing. As of late, “Grand Cru” is essentially the best offering – or special vintage. Great Divide Brewing’s Grand Cru is just that. A special offering. A big Belgian offering from the Denver, Colorado brewer.
Grand Cru is our very special Belgian-style dark ale. Imported malts give it a round malty richness, and the fruity complexity and slightly spicy character come from brewing with a proprietary Belgian yeast strain. Don’t let the name fool you; while it may be a special occasion beer, this medium-bodied, elegant incarnation is anything but snobbish.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Taste Expectations: Dark fruits. Dates, Figs, Raisins. Candi Sugar. Some smoke. Boozy. Slightly sweet.
Food Pairings: Per GD Roasted chicken with thyme, braised short ribs, oven roasted vegetables, grilled sweet potatoes, roaring 40â€²s blue cheese, bread pudding.
Availability: 22oz Bombers. January – March, seasonally.