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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
89
very good

717 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 98
Gots: 128 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

warmbier804, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mrchrisray, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

alostplot, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

MastaShonuf, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Zachtheporter, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Noelito76, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Millax25, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

BrownAleMale, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

KevinGordon, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cultclassic89, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Oakhtar, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

zestar, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MikalMick, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

vande, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

atrocity, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sarge3130, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of seand
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

seand, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dannyfayy, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Apr 19, 2014
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2.81/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.