AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
From a 750 mL brown champagne bottle served at cellar temperature, where it has been quietly waiting for a year. Brewed with imported malts and hops, dark candi sugar and Trappist yeast; bottle-conditioned with no vintage date. Pours cherry brown, punctuated with particulates, and heavy carbonation which builds and subsequently replenishes a finger of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells pleasant, with whiffs of apples, plums, raisins, caramel and perhaps some hops. Plums, grapes and their dried counterparts on the palate combine with dark malts, crisp red apples, light phenols and floral/spicy hops which contribute a mild bitterness. Nearly hot with ethanol, and there are prevalent rosy/floral and solventy fusels which lend a noticeable sweetness. However, the high carbonation and well-attenuated body help to counter the sweetness and dry the beer right back out. It may not be the most complex Belgian, and the higher alcohols can be distracting, but this is still a pretty decent brew that is dangerously drinkable. A good beer for the cellar, as I feel this one could age for years and years.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2011 23:08:28 | More by mmmbeer
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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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