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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

686 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 99
Gots: 125 | 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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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Colorado

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-16-2011 01:14:55 | More by KGarrett
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solargoat

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.8%

09-06-2012 10:49:01 | More by solargoat
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joesc230

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-12-2011 04:27:22 | More by joesc230
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

08-06-2013 20:24:14 | More by topdown
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +23%

(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.

03-13-2008 18:43:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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KellyScottMad

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

09-02-2013 01:36:34 | More by KellyScottMad
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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California

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Indiana

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New York

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

08-06-2004 00:11:32 | More by Crosling
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Texas

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Florida

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Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

750ml bottle: Vintage 2003. The beer pours an opaque red hued brown color. About a non-existent head on this one. Notes of caramel, alcohol, maybe chocolate, plums, maybe some yeast and a lot of others that I can’t quite place. It is very complex in there. The flavor is a bit sweet, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Actually a bit dry tasting also, as well as a touch syrupy. Notes of the chocolate, fruits and caramel to the taste. Very nice.

08-29-2004 20:09:13 | More by Boto
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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.