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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

666 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 119 | 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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deNerval

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

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

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-27-2014 01:42:31 | More by smb71481
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vma

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-24-2014 05:47:16 | More by vma
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Zraly

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-23-2014 20:16:47 | More by Zraly
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-21-2014 04:47:36 | More by Modernrickk
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Taologic

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-16-2014 00:25:53 | More by Taologic
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

03-15-2014 23:25:55 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

03-12-2014 19:53:01 | More by Caudalie
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

03-10-2014 18:51:31 | More by Mugenlude
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msquared36

Ohio

2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Very dark with a deep red tint.

Aroma is roasted malt with a hint of smoke.

Malty and fruity - dark fruit like plum and cherry. Very sweet finish.

Very smooth and substantial.

A little too sweet for me. Seems to get sweeter as it warms. Lacks complexity, maybe it would be better aged. Tough to get through the whole bottle because it gets syrupy. First Alesmith I've tried that isn't great.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:35:51 | More by msquared36
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EricMango

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-07-2014 07:09:46 | More by EricMango
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bigjoe786

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-07-2014 02:53:08 | More by bigjoe786
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-07-2014 02:27:27 | More by threedaggers
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brwnchrstpher

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-28-2014 12:58:41 | More by brwnchrstpher
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BryanCDM

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-25-2014 05:16:57 | More by BryanCDM
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

02-24-2014 00:59:18 | More by kmos27
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-23-2014 23:57:56 | More by hilgart1
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Wedcat

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-20-2014 20:30:45 | More by Wedcat
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-18-2014 19:43:19 | More by imyourhero21
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a ruddy copper that is fairly clear with a creamy three fingers of beige head that rapidly settles to a film that beefs back up with a quick swirl . Decent retention; little to no lacing.

S:
Spicy, yeasty, phenols. Raisins, bitter orange, nutmeg, with roast nuts underneath it all.

T:
Spicy and complex with some very prominent fruity notes. Orange, coriander, caramel, dark fruits, earth and a subtle rind-like medicinal hop flavor underlying it all. Pretty over-arching lacquer-like alcohol flavor present.

M:
Warm, medium- to full-bodied and coating. The alcohol has a nice, even warming feeling and the relatively strong carbonation counterbalances the creamy, warm coatingness of the rest of it.

O:
Good take on a big Belgian beer.
If I described this beer with one word it would be spicy. Everything about it is phenol-laced, yeasty, and warm as could be. Not the best-looking beer (but pretty good for how stiff it is). Everything else is a tingly counterpoint to the brandy-like coating warmth of it. Spicy, boozy, darkly fruit-tinged.
Would have again; worth having if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:54:32 | More by TheDoctor
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-15-2014 00:25:57 | More by liquorpig
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.