AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by rajendra82:
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The beer arrived in a handsome bomber, courtesy of BA dogfoodog. After removing the gold foil, I was expecting to use the corkscrew, but the plain old crown cap made liberating the beer a much easier proposition. I was also surprised by the green glass, which seems to be more of an exception for and American craft brewery use. The Duvel tulip I had appointed for imbibing awaited, so without further looking, I poured the beer. The body was Burgundy in color and quite clear. There was very little head to start with, and it faded right away. Despite the D etched at the bottom of the glass, there were no streamers, and the beer sat very still.
The smell was richly layered with dark malt goodness. I could smell raisins, figs, red beets, and grapes. The taste was pretty much the same, except some hop bitterness and oak wood like dryness became apparent at the end of each sip. This and a hint of sourness kept the taste from being too sweet. I was expecting a little more complexity from this beer, but overall this ended up being a little bit bland. It was slippery and smooth on the tongue, and not as thick as I initially suspected. By the end of the drinking session, the 10% ABV started to wear me down a little. A good pick up however for a Saturday night like this, where I can stay in bed late tomorrow.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2007 03:51:41 | More by rajendra82
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4.49/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Crystal clear. Deep copper. Thin foamy head.
S: Cream Soda. Vanilla. Prune.
T: Raisin, prune, fig, vanilla, slight chocolate. Well balanced with the flavors and the booze.
M: medium carbonation, medium body. Velvety goodness.
O: great beer. Well balanced. Easy drinking for a big beer. Will buy again.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 01:28:04 | More by jellikit
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.