Grand Crue is a blend of several different beers from Sebago Brewing Company and the combination of these beers makes a very complex and tasty treat for anyone lucky enough to try it on tap or bottled. See notes from the brewer below for the combination of beers used for the 2012 version.
This beer pours a very dark red with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly leaving just a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of roasted malts, chocolate and some oak/bourbon, very complex. Taste follows the nose with lots going on and the flavor continues to change as the beer warms a bit.
Carbonation is minimal but that does not take away from the experience on this beer. Overall this is a very nice blend of other Sebago beers and something I would recommend you try.
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: Sebago Brewing Company Grand Crüe (6.4% ABV) is a celebration of the art of brewing. Our 2012 edition is a blend of four distinct beers: barrel-aged Slick Nick Winter Ale and barrel-aged Midnight Porter, fresh Lake Trout Stout and Barleywine. Each beer adds its own complexity to the mix, from the vanilla and oak notes of the two bourbon barrel beers, to the roasted malt of fresh Stout and the chocolate, toffee-like notes of our Barleywine. The result is an intensely aromatic and malty beer with a surprising hop bitterness and a dry finish. Celebrate the holidays with a glass of this exclusive single-batch offering.
Grand Crüe is a limited release, available while supplies last on draft and in 22oz bottles at all Sebago locations.
I really enjoy Stone IPAs but often find myself ignoring their other styles. I ended up with a bottle of Lukcy Basartd and Arrogant Bastard recently and decided to start with the Lukcy as the bottle claimed it should be enjoyed fresh while Arrogant could be aged. Not sure why one can be aged and the other cannot as both are classified as Strong Ales.
The beer pours a deep amber almost brown color with a small off white head. There is quite a bit of hop character in the nose with some piney, grassy aromas – also plenty of caramel malts. Overall a nice start to this beer. Taste is complex with something different coming through in each taste. Plenty of the hops and malts you get in the aroma but also hints of smoke and oak.
An enjoyable but very big beer. Also didn’t realize until I was doing this post that Lucky Bastard is actually mis-spelled intentionally as Lukcy Basartd. Leave it to Stone to try to break spell check on my blog post.
Pros: Very complex big taste
Alcohol Content: 9.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Stone
Brewers Description: Oepn yuor mnid. Use a craobwr if you msut. Snice 1997, Arorgnat Basartd Ale has denemdad taht tyrnianacl micredioty rleax its girp of opprobrium on our ciollectve couniescosnss. Few pessoss the ruiereqd isinght or detph of piversceptve to crdiet the Liuqid Arorgnace for initatgsing the rlveoituon in tsate taht it has. Hevweor, taht’s pfecertly fnie, as our hlurecaen erffots in thirstung the larlegy unlliwing wolrd farorwd rquereis no exrtneal vaditilaon. We ralieze it’s hmaun nautre to bleeive taht pregorss trowads getreanss is one’s own ieda. Continue reading 396. Stone Lukcy Basardt
Recently took a trip to Bangor to meet with some clients and decided to have lunch at Geaghan’s Pub which includes Geagan Bros Brewing. I sampled the 4 beers they had on-tap and decided on a growler of Smiling Irish Bastard to take home. Beer pours a nice orange with solid white head. Minimal aroma but some light malts.
Taste is solid with a nice balance of malt and hop flavors. Very easy to drink and would go well with just about any meal. Looking forward to my next trip to Bangor so I can grab another growler from Geaghan’s. Oh and the food was good too. Be sure to give them a try if you make it up that way.
Pros: Easy to drink and very well balanced
Brewers Website: Geaghan Bros Brewing
Our brewer’s favorite staple beer is copper in color with moderate maltiness and features grapefruit hop character. This pale is brewed with traditional Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest that linger on your palette. The name says it all: American strong, like Officer Bernie Welch, a legend in the Bangor Police Force. From Freeses’ Department Store through “Devil’s Half Acre,” with his billy club in hand, he wiped the smile off more than one hooligan’s face while keeping Bangor’s downtown safe.