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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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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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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.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mpenning13, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DeanMoriarty, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JohnSnowNW, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

carlmoberg, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

deNerval, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

shortkut, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SkinniePost, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

smb71481, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Zraly, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Modernrickk, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Taologic, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mugenlude, Mar 10, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

msquared36, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

EricMango, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brwnchrstpher, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BryanCDM, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kmos27, Feb 24, 2014
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.