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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

670 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 96
Gots: 121 | 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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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -7.2%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
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%

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

Montana

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into an oversized wine glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of fluffy white cream, nice thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Incredibly frothy. Quite beautiful and appealing. Colour is an exquisite dark amber. Very impressive and inviting.

Sm: Cherry and raspberry fruit esters. Some cream. Warm clean complex malts. Fresh biscuity yeast. Amber hops. A moderate strength aroma. I'm excited to try this.

T: Clean amber malts form the foundation, with nice cream atop. Some caramelized malt. Some toasted malt. A nice yeast note. Hints of fruit esters - cherry and raspberry. Nicely balanced and built, but not as good as expected given the brewery and current ratings. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with cream, and enough coarseness to allow the flavours to come through. Just thick enough. Complements the flavours pretty well.

Dr: Highly drinkable - especially considering the high ABV, which is extremely well hidden. It tastes like it's about 5.00%. I'd have it again, preferably on draught.

I don't recommend an oversized wine glass as the proper glassware for this beer.

B

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 05:00:36 | More by kojevergas
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red amber, massive, fine off-white persistant head and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of malt, Belgian spices, slightly sour. Sweet malt and fresh fruits; apple, pear and raisins. Starts sweet and fruity, but finishes dry with a hop kick. The aftertaste is overly astringent and bitter. Alcohol is noticeable. The finish knocks this one down a bit in flavor. Not my favorite Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:47:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-21-2012 19:30:24 | More by John11486
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.7%

02-14-2012 22:12:24 | More by zbooks
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Nightrain87

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-13-2012 07:14:21 | More by Nightrain87
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a generic tulip- pours a a sort of rosewood color with a HUGE three finger head that sticks around for a while and has a few streaks of lacing.

Smells very much like a Belgian strong ale- yeasty and malty with a little spice (seems to me like cinnamon and nutmeg).

Tastes excellent- again very much like a Belgian strong ale; yeasty and malty, but not overly yeasty as some can be. It is pretty sweet but not sickeningly sweet. I do taste a hint of nutmeg but it is mostly just perfectly balanced yeast and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is fantastic- light to medium bodied and very well carbonated. Sparkles on the tongue. This is an excellent beer (as are all of the other Alesmith brews that I've had). Get if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:09:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

02-03-2012 19:17:50 | More by chrispoint
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ales4baldo

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-29-2012 05:10:43 | More by ales4baldo
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-22-2012 20:51:37 | More by djaeon
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-22-2012 16:54:57 | More by xnicknj
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crashoveride

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

01-21-2012 15:53:29 | More by crashoveride
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AGDMainer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

01-20-2012 19:19:59 | More by AGDMainer
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours toast-brown color with massive foamy head leaving spotty lacing throughout - typical for a big Belgian like this one. Sarts with the tangy flavor of Belgian yeast, then fades to a medium-light flavor of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Finishes dry and well-balanced with a slightly toasty flavor. Vanilla and chocolate aromas predominate, along with the Belgian yeast/candi characteristics. Clean and crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content makes it feel like a Belgian champange. Quite decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:48:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

01-14-2012 21:58:58 | More by Stoutsman
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Bung

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Assuming this is 2010 since I just picked it up during our Christmas trip. Fairly clear dark amber pour. Nice fluffy off white head, retained very well.

Aroma, Malt, yeast, but the largest scent is dark fruit, plum, black cherry.

Taste, pretty varied and changing. Starts with the plum, grape. Malty caramel, earthy yeast. Last more molasses, chocolate covered candied fruit.

Medium bodied, smoother and lighter on carb than the appearance would lead one to believe. Warming, but alcohol is not overly present. If not for the carbonation I'd say this tasted more like a port. 8 oz. is probably about enough though, due to the lower carb.

Not bad and the price wasn't outrageous. The rating number is probably a little higher than my feeling of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:53:53 | More by Bung
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.