AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into an oversized wine glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger head of fluffy white cream, nice thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Incredibly frothy. Quite beautiful and appealing. Colour is an exquisite dark amber. Very impressive and inviting.
Sm: Cherry and raspberry fruit esters. Some cream. Warm clean complex malts. Fresh biscuity yeast. Amber hops. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to try this.
T: Clean amber malts form the foundation, with nice cream atop. Some caramelized malt. Some toasted malt. A nice yeast note. Hints of fruit esters - cherry and raspberry. Nicely balanced and built, but not as good as expected given the brewery and current ratings. I like it.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with cream, and enough coarseness to allow the flavours to come through. Just thick enough. Complements the flavours pretty well.
Dr: Highly drinkable - especially considering the high ABV, which is extremely well hidden. It tastes like it's about 5.00%. I'd have it again, preferably on draught.
I don't recommend an oversized wine glass as the proper glassware for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2012 05:00:36 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
2.96/5 rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Very dark with a deep red tint.
Aroma is roasted malt with a hint of smoke.
Malty and fruity - dark fruit like plum and cherry. Very sweet finish.
Very smooth and substantial.
A little too sweet for me. Seems to get sweeter as it warms. Lacks complexity, maybe it would be better aged. Tough to get through the whole bottle because it gets syrupy. First Alesmith I've tried that isn't great.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 22:35:51 | More by msquared36
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.