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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
91
outstanding

731 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 99
Gots: 132 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Ferment1, Oct 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

solargoat, Sep 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

joesc230, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
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4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense amber body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a creamy light caramel colored head. The head last as a thin film with nice lacing for most of the beer.

S- This beer has a soft yeasty note of faint bananas and circus peanuts which are subtle and balanced soon give way to a bolder toasted note and a robust caramel sweetness at the finish.

T- The rich caramel malt flavor has some darker roasted notes to it with a soft alcohol heat and white raisin quality. There is a soft cola note that gives way to an apple butter note to the malt and a soft toasted malt flavor to boot. The finish is a soft herbal bitterness that wraps up the malt flavors quite nicely without big hop flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat and a tight little fizz in the finish that enhances the herbal bitterness.

D- This beer has a great depth of flavor and a perfect support of the wonderful caramel malt. This grand cru is like a great loaf of fresh bread. It doesn't wow you with over-the-top flavor or huge amounts of flavor but it has that amazing freshness and subtle complexity to make this beer stand out.

rhoadsrage, Mar 13, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

WoW! This beer is the closest thing to a real Belgian Dark Ale coming from the States that I have ever had. The look and the feel of this beautiful beverage was that of a Rochefort. This beer is a thing of beauty. I wasn't expecting this from and American Brewery, but I like it very much. I will be buying this again.

KellyScottMad, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Nose: very fruity nose (plums) over spice and malt, dried fruit, brown sugar
Pours hazy reddish amber to deep brown with a thin white quickly dissipating head that provides light lace. Has legs.
Palate: Starts sweet with a wine quality, plums, brown sugar, toasted grains, with a gentle, balancing hop finish.
Mouth feel: Very creamy medium to medium full body, medium high carbonation, warming but not harsh or solventy alcohol.
A classic

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy.

Intoxicating, deep and dense nose of plump raisins, plums, figs, grapes, bananas and clove.

Incredible and an instant "5" at first taste. Round, very dynamic and very full-bodied. Front is mainly fruit, cherries, plums and dark grapes. In the backround a big caramel and nutty body of deep malt is present. On the finish is port wine and a spicy yeastiness.

Simply Delicious. Alesmith is one of the best.

Crosling, Aug 06, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

n2pux, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.