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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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696 Ratings

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 98
Gots: 127 | 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%

Kurt92118, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jgluck
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jgluck, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a brownish, caramel color with dense brown head. Incredible retention (as with many of their tap beers) and displays generous lacing. Superb clarity for a darkish beer.

S: Sweet bubble gum and cherry, and a bit of red fruit.

T: Sweet and a little tart with cherry and dark dried fruit. The fruit or yeast is reallly pronounced which contributes to the tartness.

M: Medium-full body--a bit syrupy--with medium-light carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.

O: Pretty good. A touch sweet for my tastes, and very fruity.

pmarlowe, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rolive
5/5  rDev +23.5%

rolive, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

2GOOFY, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours dark reddish brown with large head that recedes quickly. Very effervescent. Aroma of mostly fruit (plums, figs, pears) and yeast. A hint of spice. Flavor is heavy on prunes and fig, with a bit of toffee giving this an interesting complexity. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. A good bite on the way down to balance out the sweet fruit. A lot going on here. Solid brew.

BMMillsy, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarioM, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

750mL into a chalice. Pours a clear amber w/ moderate carb, light head settles to a thin film.

Aroma is dark fermented fruit, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Dark fruity malt, candi sugar, toffee, vanilla and booze. Rich, sweet and tasty.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, but finishes fairly dry.

Overall a solid, enjoyable BSDA.

draheim, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

chrisxmartin, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle from 2007.
Pours a dark ruby brown with a smallish bubbly off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a fair bit of melanoid, spice, peeper, and a touch of alcohol round out the nose quite well. The flavor is sweet up front with brown sugar and caramel. Melanoid, prunes and plums come in with a bit of alcohol and licorice midway through. Long lingering sweet burnt sugar lingers long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I really enjoyed it. I would have liked a touch more carbonation, but I can live with it as is.

johnnnniee, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kendellmarie, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

akttr, Sep 29, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity and a ruby hue. The creamy off-white head leave lacing on the glass and falls slowly but is easily roused.

S: Fruit, spice with a malty sweetness is my first impression. There is a moderate plum and raisin fruit aroma with a moderately-low peppery spice that seems part yeast part hops aroma. A nice rich malt with a little caramel mixes well with the perfumey alcohol and dark fruit.

T: The fruit, malt sweetness and alcohol the dominate flavors here with a moderate flavor of plum and dried cherries. The moderately-high hops bitterness more than balance the malt sweetness bringing the balances moderately bitter despite the initial sweetness. There is a quick bitterness and fruit in the after taste and an off-dry finish. The alcohol brings a floral sweetness towards the finish.

A: This is a medium-full bodied beer with a high level of carbonation and substantial warmth. There is a satisfying moderate creaminess as well

O: Like candy coated plums with a healthy balance of hops. A rich beer like this would be complement to a rich holiday dinner with ham.

MadScientist, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JohnnieQuest, Sep 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

solargoat, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

alecvdpoel, Sep 05, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge frothy tan head. Fades slowly but leaves almost no lacing behind, just hints here and there.

S: Fruity, get some raisin, fig and grape. Lots of caramel with some brown sugar. Earthy with a bit of cocoa. Finally, some spices.

T: Lots of raisin, apple and grape skin up front. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar in the middle. Finishes earthy and spicy in typical belgian fashion.

M: Heavy, borderline syrupy.

O: Not a bad BSDA. Heavy on the molasses and fruits for sure, more barleywine than belgian in my opinion. Having said that, there's plenty of spice and earth from the belgian yeast. Pretty decent brew but nothing amazing or outstanding about it.

Dope, Sep 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Chrisdslap, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

BillHilly, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep amber hue with a body completely free of haze. Effervescence is very low, but the head is a nice thick finger of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: rich malty aroma with a little bit of a biscuity character and a light component of dark fruits. It reminds me very much of a Scottish wee heavy. Not typically what I'd call "Belgian" in character, but not bad.

Taste: malty, thick flavor with a light hint of dark fruits. This tastes exactly like a wee heavy. Did I get a bottle that is labeled wrong? It's not bad, but again, there's nothing Belgian about this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly large carbonation, considering its low apparent effervescence. Creaminess is wonderful in this beer, though; I love it!

Overall: this is a decent strong Scottish ale. Is it the Belgian style that AleSmith is marketing? Not really. If they were going for that style, it's not really a success.

flagmantho, Aug 30, 2012
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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