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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

660 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 96
Gots: 118 | 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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

10-17-2012 19:06:12 | More by MCDub
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AldoTheeApache


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

08-03-2012 14:52:14 | More by AldoTheeApache
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Dcrane1975

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-28-2014 21:51:38 | More by Dcrane1975
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-14-2013 00:42:01 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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MystikCelt

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-15-2013 02:29:03 | More by MystikCelt
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

11-14-2011 07:11:08 | More by Jspriest
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

07-11-2012 00:29:22 | More by rolltide8425
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Crosling

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 00:11:32 | More by Crosling
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n2pux

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-16-2014 18:16:14 | More by n2pux
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2GOOFY

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

11-27-2012 02:10:33 | More by 2GOOFY
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

05-05-2013 01:00:33 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Boto

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 20:09:13 | More by Boto
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erica

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this one was a good 'un. It was a dark reddish brown color, I dont remember the head to be honest because I was doing some work while it was poured for me and when I got to it there wasnt much head at all. just a thin layer of bubbles. It smelled sweet, carmel-ish kind of. I knew it would be good. It tasted amazing- a nutty flavor with a butter-toffee taste in there as well. Definitely made me smile, and though I couldn't taste the 10%abv, I could definitely feel it going down all warm. Mouthfeel- just right, soft, and so very drinkable. I hope I get an opportunity to try this again sometime!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 17:54:26 | More by erica
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smarcoly

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Alesmith Grand Cru as a celebration ale for my sister-in-laws wedding to share with my new brother-in-law. It was the perfect selection.

Poured beautifully into a "Bruery" tulip glass with a small head and mild lacing. Nice dark golden color worthy of any strong belgian ale. Aroma is extremely enticing and tempting to just dive in and drink up. The flavors did not disappoint. Just the right balance of sweetness initially, followed by enjoyable caramel/malty notes, and slightly hoppy in the finish. Just the right level of carbonation as it was not too bubbly, but just enough to let your tongue know it was there.

I cant wait to pick up another bottle. Alesmith hits it out of the park with this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 05:49:34 | More by smarcoly
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BeerManDan

California

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was a dark reddish brown with absolutley no foam what so ever and no trace of lace what so ever also. Now, the smell was something else. There was a sweet candied smell with the aroma's of fruits and roasted malts. The taste was outstanding, with the sweet caramel/toffee/figs along with the roasted malts is just overpowering. I'll give it a five, but, it may be just a little to sweet for someone else!

Overall, toasty toffee/caramel/fruity nose, with layers of soft malt and hops. Extremely well balanced. Another winner from Alesmith!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 22:41:25 | More by BeerManDan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 batch (gold foil): I had been saving this one for quite some time and I wasn't disappointed. It poured a rich caramel/toffee colour with a thin ring of fine bubbles. Very mellow, well-integrated aroma, with notes of caramel, apple, toffee, and brown sugar. The flavour has a fine balance - moderate bitterness with plenty of bready malt. Apple, chocolate, and toffee all make contributions as well. The finish has a tootsie roll character and fruit lingers beyond that. No alcohol was apparent. Full bodied with low carbonation and an extremely smooth texture. Truly awesome. The balance in the flavour and aroma was superb. I wish I had more of these beauties in storage. I miss this beer already...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 02:44:02 | More by DrJay
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky, rusty amber pour with a massive, billowy head of oatmeal colored froth that retains exceptionally, leaving scores of delicate lace.

A convincingly Belgian nose exhibits big malt notes, candi sugar, figs, sour apple, raisins, yeasty must, (the yeast smells very Unibrou), and traces of crushed rock minerality.

Flavor certainly stands up as well, with complex malt, dried fruits, green apple, pinapple, cherries, lots of yeasty spice, and a dry, mineral laden finish that leaves me wanting another sip. Reminds me of a dryer version of Brasserie de Rocs Grand Cru.

Body is medium to large, with a light and airey mouthfeel and a soft, pillowy texture. A joy to drink and could easily convince one that this was crafted in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 16:12:56 | More by AlexJ
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xraided81

California

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 750ml bottles, pours a clear amber, with dark ruby highlights. The head quickly dissipates, and only leaves a moderated carbonation.
S- Vinous, dark fruit, dried cherries, sherry like aromas are present, and acidic smell, which is great.
T- bready yeasty flavors are present, with a subtly tartness is present in the back of the palate, the taste is all malt and yeast and very little hop presence.
M- a medium mouthfeel is present, surprising fro the maltiness of this beer. the high alcohol content of this brew is present in the mouthfeel, i feel the heat as i swish in my mouth.
D- Is great i would definetly pick this up if i came across again, i have never had an alesmith beer i did not enjoy, awesome interpreatation of a belgian beer, by an awesome brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:09:54 | More by xraided81
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am splitting a 750 with Stopper and pouring it at room temp into a snifter.

The beer pours a clear mahogany with some deep ruby highlights. A small beige head foams up and fades rapidly.
Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, plums, raisins, and a little bit of rum booziness.
First sip reveals a syrupy texture with very mild carbonation. Pretty hefty body. The flavor is similar to the nose and almost as complex. Brown sugar and caramel mix with dark fruit, plums and raisins, some tart raspberry, and even red grape. I also get the warming booze on the finish. A sipper but a damn tasty one at that. Definitely worth a buy!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:18:22 | More by sulldaddy
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donManguno

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind. Sent to me by Sitarist, who is the man.

A: Pours a translucent mahogany into my Duvel tulip, 2-finger fluffy cream-colored head that lasts a decent amount of time. Little lacing.

S: Smells like a BSDA, getting some dark fruit and raisins, and a great deal of sourness from the belgian yeast. As it warms the sourness recedes and I get a lot more dark fruit and caramel, as well as some chocolate undertones.

T: This is delicious. Straight from the fridge it's very tart, almost like a Flanders Red. Tart cherry and sweet sourness dominate. I let it sit for about fifteen minutes after my initial sip and now it's really rich. I get plum and cherry, caramel and some cocoa, as well as some winter spice, like cinnamon. I really took my time on this and let it get to room temperature, which brought out a lot more of the chocolate and spice. I am really enamored of this beer.

M: Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation. Velvety is a good word for this.

D: I want more.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:21:04 | More by donManguno
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a gorgeous velvety unfiltered caramel color with very little head.

S: Supported smells of caramelized sugar, with fresh malts, and a hint of cinnamon, yum!

T: Had a very holiday type of taste. Apricot, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, and well done beef. I strongly recommend this one for a Christmas dinner.

M/D: A light feel that actually had a spicy feel to it. The drinkablility was very good with strong sweetness and very tiny alcohol feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 00:29:10 | More by Kemmerlin
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a dark murky reddish/brown liquid with a very fluffy white/beige/tan head of foam. This beer also leaves very excellent belgian lace throughout the glass. The aromas are immense and lovely. They consist of chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, spicy alcohol, zesty hops, caramel and patent roasted malts, yeast, and much, much more! The taste is a lovely melange of heavily malty flavors. As Darren has already stated, this stuff is very reminiscent of a nice 12 year old single malt scotch whiskey. The flavors are all over the place, and consist of: chocolate, dark fruits, spizy hops and alcohol, chocolate and caramel malts, scotch whiskey, and more. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and reminscent of cask conditioned real ale. The mouthfeel is great when this beer is cool (cellar temperature) but it is even better when this beer is warmed up to a warm (70*F) room temp. The tiny bubbles really cling to your tongue, and make the drinkability for this beer excellent! A huge thanks has to go out to Boilermaker88 for trading me, what is possibly, one of the last bottles in the world of this finely aged, nearly 4 year old, brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 20:59:45 | More by francisweizen
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to olibeer22 for this great trade!!!

A- almost ruby red body, with a crystal clear body. lgiht brown foam built on top and then fell down quickly. not too impressive, but its not where youd expect it to be impressive either. its a lot lighter than i would expect, but theres nothing wrong with it.

S- amber scents, light plum characther, light on both malt and hops flavor, definitely dark fruit characther but beyond the plum, which is definitely strongest, but only the beginning. slight caramel charachter which im not the biggest fan of, but with all the raisen plum charachter is rpetty good

T- big malt charachter to start. with the beginning of the malt bursts begins a huge dark fruit burst being, as would expect from the nose, mainly plum and raisen charachter coming from the yeast, but which is much more than just that can say. the caramel flavor is there but its not a negative. very creamy throughtout and very delicious

M- creamy, medium carbonation, lingers on the tongue

D- amazing to have gotten it, sad sad sad that this cant make it out to madison

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:45:30 | More by Atron67
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.