AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of my last remaining spoils from a November 2007 trip to San Diego. I figure I can drink this now that I know AleSmith will be coming soon to the Philadelphia area.
APPEARANCE: Pours into my New Belgium tulip a dark reddish brown. A dense, rocky bone-white head forms on top and slowly drops to a full one-finger high cap.
SMELL: It's showing its age a bit, but really wonderfully so. Intense vinous aromas with a hint of oxidized sherry notes. A caramelly malt base seamlessly blends with complex dark fruits. There's quite a bit going on here, but it's too integrated with itself to be very distinguishable.
TASTE: Oh that's good. The wine-like character comes through in the taste as well and is accompanied by raisin, plum, cherry, and every other dark fruit you can imagine. The yeast character shows itself in the form of some funky Belgian esters as the beer crosses the palate before finishing as rich, luxurious dark chocolate. A magical ride, for sure.
MOUTHFEEL: Just starting to take on the fuzziness of a soft carbonation due to age. The body is medium if not a shade lower which seems just about right to me.
DRINKABILITY: Tremendous. The alcohol is only a remote hint in an otherwise harshless beer. I'm thrilled to be able to sit down with this bottle all night.
A killer brew that holds up to some significant aging. I feel like this may be its peak (2-2.5 years or so). Now I just need to be on the lookout for more.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2010 02:08:39 | More by jmalex
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