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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

660 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 96
Gots: 118 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bottle conditioned.
AleSmith Grand Cru really needs to be tasted to be truly appreciated. Toasty, caramelly flavors, as well as flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strain, predominate over a tapestry of subtle nuances. Winner of the blue ribbon at the 1999 California State Fair, it is a thing of beauty. It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-16-2005)
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

2007 vintage

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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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.