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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: 98
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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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a big AleSmith fan I picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ's in late April for $10.99.

Poured a deep red-brown with a champagne like head which quickly dissapated. Nose is of dark fruits, sugar, and alcohol. The first taste reminded me of champagne because of the high carbonation and high alcohol. There was an overwhelming blast of the dark fruits at the beginning of the taste quickly passing to a sugary alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is very lively but it was thinner than I thought it would be. Overall drinkability is good as the complexity of all the flavors make this very interesting. I would recommend that one try this once as I will probably not purchase again with the high price tag.

arizcards, Jul 10, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ObiWanKushnobi, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

PopnLoads, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

deapokid, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kmos27, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

gelasin, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JOrtt, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

yoitsarch, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JandJMD, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Reggae4203, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Yeti1979, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Evan, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ldhughes3, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jzlyo, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

AGDMainer, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice head and brilliant okay color. Very very well received among the group very flavored taste. This beer scored a solid b on our group scale which is hard to do considering the differing palates. This one could satisfy any crowd. A great mid day beer this one will be enjoyed again.

JaredWolgemuth, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of jpiper
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-9 months old. Little to no head quickly dissipates to a minor lace. Aroma is of sweet overripe fruits. Flavor is sweet malty, raisin, ripe fruit, with a residual sweetness and caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky. Poured at about 50 degrees F, got much better as it approached 60 degrees.

jpiper, Oct 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BryanCDM, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

earitt, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, deep amber color, 1/4" beige head.

Smells toasty, molasses, a bit smokey

Tastes toasty but smooth, similar to the smell, but much more rounded out, some vanilla, some butterscotch.

Big bodied, stronger than expected carbonation, but I like it.

Overall great beer, stand up Grand Cru.

parris, Aug 01, 2012
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.