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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: 95
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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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

07-06-2012 04:18:52 | More by bsuedekum
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JamFuel

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-01-2012 19:30:23 | More by JamFuel
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 04:58:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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KyleMA

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-27-2012 22:52:04 | More by KyleMA
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Greywulfken

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:49:21 | More by Greywulfken
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dmsohyea

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-22-2012 23:53:22 | More by dmsohyea
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 21:56:27 | More by BostonHops
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:21:44 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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erha2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-30-2012 02:30:16 | More by erha2
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:22:09 | More by Rifugium
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-13-2012 01:33:33 | More by Irrationalist
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-29-2012 19:39:40 | More by rydev24
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-22-2012 16:42:49 | More by nmann08
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Stumpy29er

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-21-2012 06:58:55 | More by Stumpy29er
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-20-2012 18:43:29 | More by whatname
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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-19-2012 03:30:20 | More by ejw127
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 21:34:24 | More by orangesol
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jisak74


4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-14-2012 22:03:25 | More by jisak74
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smi

New York

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-14-2012 01:43:48 | More by smi
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RebornStussy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-13-2012 22:28:23 | More by RebornStussy
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hannydawg

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- Rich mahogany color with reddish hues. 2 finger off white head sticks around for a while with minimal lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruits dominate with figs, plums and raisins present. A peppery smell is also present, as well as caramel malts.

T- Sweet caramel malts, plums, raisins, and a bit of alcohol present that was hidden on the nose.

M- Medium bodied, with ample carbonation, but the alcohol comes through too much, something the Belgians seem to hide much better.

O-Not a bad BSDA, a but too sweet, and the alcohol is more present than I care for.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:53:06 | More by hannydawg
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-08-2012 21:49:34 | More by jwat
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

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

A - pours a ruddy mohogany brown hue with some hints of ruby in the rim. small off-tan head which quickly dissipates. leaves little lacing.

S - a very fruit forward nose. figs, raisins, dates, and grapes are showcased along with a pithy note.

T - dark bready notes up front which meld nicely with notes of white grapes and fruit juice sort of sweetness. as it warms on the tongue there are hints of spice in the vein of spearmint.

M - crisp texture. not what i was expecting from a "quad" style ale. medium body with a high carbonation.

O - a very nice interpriation of a BDSA. easy to drink for the style but enough flavor to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 05:25:56 | More by Teleweizen2
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-21-2012 02:29:15 | More by nickhiller
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Murrhey

Montana

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a rounded wine glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high.

A- Three finger, very thick tan head. Very long retention. Darker brown-orange color.

S- Boozy and cherry smells. Dark fruits and somewhat sour.

T- Warm and subdued tastes, dark and alcoholic.

M- Smooth and winey. Heavier taste.

O- Very strong and tasty. This is a good beer,

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 05:01:57 | More by Murrhey
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.