From the neck, notes of caramel, malts, wood, somewhat like a sour brown ale. Pours clear amber with thick off-white head, dissipating to a nice clingy ring. This brew has legs and a definite Grand Cru mouthfeel. Finely carbonated, mildly bitter finish, with flavors of sour apple, wood, malt, spices, and sugars. I was expecting more sour from my initial sniff test, but it really is very subtle with the sweetness and alcohol. A well balanced beer and those beer geeks that have had their toenails jettison from other Lips of Faith beers, should not shy away from this nicely done brew. This one is not over-the-top, and is quite delicious. Tasted from the bottle @ 54F.
Brewing, there was Abbey Ale. It was the first beer of home brewer and New Belgium co-founder, Jeff Lebesch. So the love brews deep for Abbey Grand Cru.To date, Abbey Ale has garnered no less than 16 medals at the Great American Beer Festival 7 of those being Gold. Take that award-winning recipe, precisely increase the hops, malt and fermentation time, and the result is a Grand Cru worth collecting. And that s exactly what many of us at New Belgium, as well asa growing number of fans, have done.By saving it for a few years, Abbey Grand Cru will continue to improve and age deliciously. Optimal storage is a cool (40-55F), dark place where the bottles can remain undisturbed. But lest we forget, it is a great beer and great beers deserve to be enjoyed. Best served at cellar temperature in a wide-mouthed glass. Toast to the monk s virtue and have a heavenly experience.