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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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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

12-31-2011 03:27:55 | More by hawkmage
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-27-2011 05:21:21 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. I reviewed a fresh bottle (which was lost in one of BA's "lost review" moments) and didn't care for it much. We'll see if this is any better with some time on it.

3.0 A: Opaque medium brown color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Brown sugar, caramel, and a rum soaked raisin type booziness. Fig and prune fruitiness. Some toastiness in there as well. Peppery spiciness. Light bready maltiness. The flavor profile looks better on paper than how it actually smells. The aromas don't balance each other out that well. Still, not bad.

2.5 T: This has mellowed to the point of being boring. Brown sugar and caramel are the strongest flavors. Almost tart fruitiness featuring dates, figs, and raisins. Light peppery spiciness. Booze is in check though.

2.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is right, but it's a "passive" carbonation as opposed to the spritzy Belgain yeast carbonation that I like. Seems almost oily. Smooth though.

2.5 D: Didn't care for it fresh and I care for it even less with some age. It's not undrinkable, but it's boring with a subpar mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 05:11:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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Jules11788

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-22-2011 17:49:35 | More by Jules11788
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-19-2011 08:04:12 | More by CelticAleMan
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rpaul2012

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-19-2011 05:25:50 | More by rpaul2012
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-17-2011 19:17:02 | More by tclapper
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from 2010

A: Pours a deep amber with ruby hues. Decent size two finger head that fades really fast with zero lacing. Average clarity.

S: Very spicy with cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves on the first whiff. Brown sugar, caramel, toasted biscuits, figs, raisins, cherries and apples round out the mix.

T: The spice rolls out front with cloves and apples bringing a little bready goodness. As it gets to room temp some notes of berries emerge with cherries in front. The stone fruits from the nose are not really evident the more I drink and any hope of toffee/carmel goodness is lost as the finish falls a bit flat.

M: A bit thin with carbonation along the line of "spritzy." I really think the beer is over carbonated and the depth of flavor is lost in the effervescence.

D: Sadly this beer comes up short of being anything truly great. The flavors fall a bit flat for me after a really inviting nose. All in all still a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:41:27 | More by Neffbeer
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johnhenryconway


3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-15-2011 13:00:03 | More by johnhenryconway
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joesc230

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-12-2011 04:27:22 | More by joesc230
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-09-2011 02:03:42 | More by jophish17
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-06-2011 13:41:33 | More by Exiled
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-04-2011 17:28:26 | More by mhaugo
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Wax sealed upon purchase (fresh). Opened and reviewed 12-3-11

Aroma- Burnt caramel, toast, raison, with some hints of cedar. Touch of oxidation.

Taste- Huge raison flavors, some bready yeast carrying through, with a touch of wet paper from it's age. Touch of cranberry, with some dark (burnt) sugar coming through on the finish.

Overall- This one has held up and then some. I see this beer lasting at least another couple of years. My 2006 bottle would be lucky the get opened in 2014. Lay this one down. Much better aged than fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:58:36 | More by leftmindedrighty
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-29-2011 20:01:54 | More by JAHMUR
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ficknish

California

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark brown. Big off white head.

S - Dark fruits. Orange citrus. Raisins.

T - Toasty malts. Alcohol. Raisins. Stone fruits. Dates. Leather.

M - Big body. Strong alcohol heat.

O - A complex mix of strong flavors and smells. Love how big it is in flavor, smell, body, and alcohol. Very intense beer. A little too intense with the alcohol flavor. Might drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 07:38:16 | More by ficknish
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-25-2011 15:03:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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JMBSH

Colorado

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-25-2011 04:05:02 | More by JMBSH
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mcb4538

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-24-2011 22:47:37 | More by mcb4538
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-24-2011 14:38:31 | More by deapokid
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-24-2011 01:01:09 | More by djrn2
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-22-2011 21:36:33 | More by brandoman63
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 17:19:20 | More by DoctorB2B
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 04:49:16 | More by Magery
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-20-2011 02:55:22 | More by rab53
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.