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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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702 Ratings

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 97
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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2/5  rDev -50.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of mmapes
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in September, opened in March. Bottle suggests cellaring for 6 to 24 months.

Pours a big head of medium-sized bubbles. Amber/peach colored, very clear. Smells of dried fruit -- apricots?

Tastes very much like it smells. It's nice but a little one-noted. Sweet finish after a tangy start. There are some sweet malts but not much in the way of hops. The apricot smell/taste is prevalent -- is that from the Belgian yeast?

Nice, but not very complex.

Would buy again if it weren't too expensive. We have one more bottle in the cellar. Will see how it ages.

mmapes, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of KidsDoc
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

shehateme, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sprucetip, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Amerikon, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

gshak, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

kbuzz, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

dtx00, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

SnatchyMcPants, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hoptologist, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TXhomebrewer, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jvillefan, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Roger85, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Brabander, Jan 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured slightly chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with about half an inch of light brown head that quickly recedes with moderate lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars, dried cherries and other stone fruits.

Taste follows through the aromas with a light sourness and I got a slight hint of smoke in the background. Almost like a slightly sour scottish ale.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

All in all a good beer, with what seem to me to be a bit of an identity crisis.

srhoadsy, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ObiWanKushnobi, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very similar look to a barley wine style ale, dark amber color. Clean look with a much smaller head then I expected. Had to aggressively pour this one to get a more traditional belgian head, which subsided quickly.

Smell: A very bright yeast aroma, not what I expected out of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The booze is hidden well behind the again very strong belgian aroma.

Taste: A smooth clean taste, again, not what I expected from this beer. There are some slight exotic fruit flavors at the front of this beer but subside quickly to a traditional yeast taste. A very thin body to this beer, certainly didn't make me remember or favor this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Drank like a regular belgian beer. No flavors stood out on the tongue.

Overall: I had higher hopes for this one. Alesmith brings it with most of their brews but I won't recommend this one. Maybe it is unfair I had Unibroue Maudite a couple days before so it had some high standards to meet. Solid beer but did not live up to my expectations or the price tag.

KFBR392, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Daniellobo, Jan 09, 2013
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.