Basic Beer Info:
- Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company
- Beer: Peach Grand Cru
- Batch: n/a
- Beer type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
- ABV: 12%
- Date of tasting: 4-25-2014
- Temperature: Not sure, bottle had been out of the fridge for about 40 minutes
- Serving type: Poured from 22oz bottle into two tulip glasses
- Price: $12.99/22 oz bottle (Binny’s)
This bottle was a gift from my wife for my 31st birthday early last month. I have been gravitating towards Belgians lately and this bottle was a nice surprise. I am fairly unfamiliar with Great Divide Brewing Co. as they aren’t very well distributed here in Chicago, with the exception of their Yeti stout (both regular and aged varieties.)
It’s a beautiful orange/copper color with a fine white head as it pours from the bottle. As the beer settles into the glass, the head recedes to a thin pale ring at the edge, providing a nice lacing on the side of the glass with each sip I take.
Where’s the peach at? Seriously though, I was expecting to get hit with a nice nosefull of summer peach, especially after reading Great Divide’s description of the beer. Not a bad aroma though, I get a really sweet, nutty scent. Some nutty biscuits maybe. Perhaps a hint of vanilla, and if I wish it hard enough, maybe a whiff of stone fruit, maybe.
Yeasty, bready, caramel, a little tang, and then the alcohol heat, just barely, on the back end. It’s a solid Belgian ale, but again, where are the peaches?
Thin and effervescent. Refreshing.
I like it. Simple and well designed.
This was a tough one to nail down an Overall score to. Ultimately, it is a solid Belgian ale, few complaints on that front. I find it lacking in peach though, not much in terms of aroma, taste, or essence. So I dinged it a quarter point, or so, for that. I would be interested to taste this beer side by side with another non-fruited Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Weighted Final Rating1: 3.58/5
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