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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

713 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 98
Gots: 129 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SocalKicks, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of parris
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
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy amber brown color, produces a thin layer of off-white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar and fruit, a bit of alcohol and spice in the background.

T- Brown sugar and caramel blended with candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Some spice, fruit and alcohol as well as a phenolic, herbal orange and citrus flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, spicy feel, booze is well-hidden.

O- A nice Belgian-style beer, very drinkable for 10%, although I would still recommend splitting this bottle with friends.

WillCarrera, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ColinMcF
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ColinMcF, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of resistdefy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

resistdefy, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

SalMineo, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Small head atop a dark brown body. Not quite quad dark. Lighter side of a BSDA.

Smell - Belgian yeast, apples, caramel, and spices. Nice. Dry smelling, if that makes sense...

Taste - Candi sugar taste up front. Interesting, and nice, twist on what I expected. Caramel, but it's not a sweet caramel. Earthy hop finish. Spicy and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Too dry, I suppose. I guess it's to style, but not what I like. Good carbonation. Not really a smooth drink and possibly a bit thin.

Overall - It's nice, perhaps very good. Not as good or complex as other BSDAs, but nice in everything in provides.

Alieniloquium, Jul 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

bsuedekum, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JamFuel, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, wood, alcohol, and an unmistakable woodsy cologne scent. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, spice, banana, and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells, especially with the cologne deal going on.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby brown beer with big head of tniy bubbles that'll settle into a nice lid with some ropy lace

S: orange, coriander, spices, toffee, dark fruit

T: spices and fruit with booze infusion, raisins, figs, toffee, caramel, apples, clove, ginger

M: fuzzy and rich, medium body, fairly clean-finishing, wonderfully drinkable

O: AleSmith hasn't had a miss yet in my book - I'll venture to say that any big bottle of AleSmith beer is worth a buy, their Grand Cru being no exception - I'm gonna say these guys are in league with Founders, 'cept Founders produces some of the best 4-packs of 12 oz beers and Alesmith produces some of the best 22 oz bombers of beer

Greywulfken, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark, and translucent amber tone with ruby red hightlights; yields a a big foamy 2" head, light tan in color; patchy lacing. great nose offers sweet malt, candied sugar, dark fruit, a bit of spice, and a perceptible alcohol character.

taste follows the aroma fairly closely with a good dose of fruits - primarily dark, but i do get a subtle note of apple... very malty; sweet but not overly so... there's a substantial floral/spicy quality to it... very enjoyable. booze could be a little better hidden, but that's my one real complaint. medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall, as far as american versions of the style go this one is really well done. the more it warms the more impressed i am. not on the level of a rochefort but then, what is?

originally reviewed: 04-11-2011

BostonHops, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Unique in every way it looks, dark hazy beer amber in color and an off-white head roughly 1/3" above the body.

Smell: Light yeast and feel of banana (peel).

Taste: Complex and sweet but bitter with a touch of malt. This is truly good beer, it is not good actually it is great...for a beer that is not from Belgium it would impress any Belgian (and you).

Mouth: Medium to full, and everlasting after taste.

Overall: I would buy this again, this was great beer and just that impressing. I hope you like as much as I do, a blessing not in disguise, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

erha2, May 30, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a slightly hazy mahogany color with a small layer of tannish bubbles for a head; not much to speak of in retention and lacing. Aroma of dark sugars, cider and dark fruits. Alcohol warmth on the tongue, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, mulled cider. Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty nice overall.

Rifugium, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Irrationalist, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rydev24, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nmann08, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Stumpy29er, Apr 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

whatname, Apr 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

ejw127, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this '06 bottle to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours murky brown with a half finger tall off-white head leaving small trails of lace down some of the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, figs, some cherries and a bit of spicy/sweet belgian yeast. The booze is all but gone from the nose.

T - Starts off with a bunch of sweetness - mostly made up of toffee, brown sugar and caramel malt - slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, cherries, vanilla and some spicy yeast. Only a tiny bit of booze creeps as it warms up, warming the end of each sip. Finish has some sweetness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Big body with a creamy sweet feel and moderate carbonation. The flavors are fairly sweet throughout with very little booze detectable.

O - I liked this one. The flavors worked well and it was surprisingly easy to drink. It appears to be at its peak now, maybe beginning to slide a little bit.

orangesol, Apr 16, 2012
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.