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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

762 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 100
Gots: 147 | 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:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-16-2005

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.
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Photo of Beastcpa
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Automator
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of john0721
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

brown, off white head

brown sugar and dark fruit in the nose.

taste - dark fruit: prune, plum with raisin building as it oxidizes and warms.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gr8ful4Beer
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully pleasing. Had it aged 2 years. Worth the wait. Some fruit, nice texture. Sinuous ruby color.

Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmy13
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of azkkr
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/5/14

Appearance: Has the authentic Belgian look, with a massive, frothy head perching on top of the burnt caramel colored liquid; excellent retention with multiple strands of lacing left behind

Smell: Date and banana, with yeasty phenols, toasty tones and treacle

Taste: Treacle and toast, up front, with a growing dark fruit (raisin and date) influence; in the mid-palate, the phenolic tones develop as does a spicy character (clove, cardamom and a touch of ginger); a touch boozy, in the finish, but the flavors all meld together

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I recall in the early days of BA the reverence paid to the BSDA style and, with not many US craft brewers working in the genre, it has been a while since I have had one; this beer reminds me how good the style can be; rarely have domestic brewers tackled the style as well as AleSmith has done with this beer; a true Grand Cru

Photo of kingston213
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of the_encinitan
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NJB145
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SharkNado
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdlb44
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of stortore
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.