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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

685 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 99
Gots: 125 | 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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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-24-2014 02:43:29 | More by Latarnik
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Millax25

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-20-2014 19:30:11 | More by Millax25
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

05-20-2014 18:37:22 | More by BrownAleMale
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-20-2014 16:02:11 | More by KevinGordon
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-15-2014 04:18:51 | More by cultclassic89
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Oakhtar

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-11-2014 01:50:41 | More by Oakhtar
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-05-2014 08:50:04 | More by zestar
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MikalMick

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-04-2014 05:20:38 | More by MikalMick
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vande

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-03-2014 19:53:13 | More by vande
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-02-2014 18:08:07 | More by atrocity
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-26-2014 10:21:18 | More by Sarge3130
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seand

California

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours a translucent reddish brown with a fair amount of tan head. This dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass, which leaves mild lacing.

S: Candied honey sweetness, with a touch of booze.

T: Full candied raisin-y sweetness leading into some mild but noticeable booze towards the finish. Extremely well balanced, deep, complex, and sweet, but well short of the cloying line. The finish is a touch sticky.

M: Full body, medium carbonation, and perfectly matches the flavor profile.

Overall, this is truly an excellently constructed beer. Everything is very well balanced, and the end result is complex, rich, and very enjoyable.

04-26-2014 01:02:22 | More by seand
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-21-2014 16:55:41 | More by dannyfayy
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-19-2014 08:11:40 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.81/5  rDev -30.6%

I completed an IRONMAN 70.3 in Haines City on April 13 and popped this beer open that afternoon to celebrate my accomplishment. I wish I would have opened something else :(

I received this in a trade about 7 or 8 years ago. Popped the cork and there wasn't a lot of fizzy sounds coming from the bottle, which usually portends a lack of carbonation. The beer emerges hazy and muddy and ruddy brown in color with not much head on the beer or carbonation. Looks very dull and rather unappealing.

Aroma was sweet and caramelly and oxidized. This bottle has not held up well. I have kept this one is a cellar since I received it. No real spark or anything to the aroma.

Flavor was dull and muted as well. Sweet and alcoholic, mostly flat with very little carbonation. Perhaps a fresh bottle of this is delicious, but one aged in perfect conditions for 7 years doesn't hold up well. Not sure what to say about this one except it was a huge disappointment. Belgian styles are supposed to stand the test of time; not this one.

04-17-2014 20:54:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
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mpenning13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-16-2014 18:52:00 | More by mpenning13
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-14-2014 17:39:01 | More by DeanMoriarty
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-13-2014 22:22:10 | More by JohnSnowNW
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carlmoberg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-12-2014 23:53:58 | More by carlmoberg
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deNerval

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-05-2014 05:10:14 | More by deNerval
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JamLand

Hawaii

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-30-2014 02:36:07 | More by JamLand
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-30-2014 01:40:41 | More by Seattle_Suds
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shortkut

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-30-2014 01:32:56 | More by shortkut
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-28-2014 19:51:55 | More by SkinniePost
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smb71481

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-27-2014 01:42:31 | More by smb71481
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.