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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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686 Ratings

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
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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Photo of Murrhey


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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,

03-16-2012 05:01:57 | More by Murrhey
Photo of kojevergas


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

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.


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


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -1%

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


3/5  rDev -25.7%

02-14-2012 22:12:24 | More by zbooks
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

New York

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

02-04-2012 03:09:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-03-2012 19:17:50 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-29-2012 05:10:43 | More by ales4baldo
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-22-2012 20:51:37 | More by djaeon
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-22-2012 16:54:57 | More by xnicknj
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-21-2012 15:53:29 | More by crashoveride
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4/5  rDev -1%

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


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -1%

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


4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-08-2012 02:53:53 | More by Bung
Photo of bacher468


4/5  rDev -1%

01-07-2012 18:40:02 | More by bacher468
Photo of AwYeh


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

2010 vintage; 750 ml poured into nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy brown, dark copper color. Foamy off white head with light lacing; good retention.

S: This is quite a fancy smell; reminds me of what wines smelled like when I was younger and first exposed to them. Lots of dark fruits going on, particularly plum and raisin, along with a light tartness.

T: Following smell, dark fruits are what really show up here, complemented by another light tartness– mostly plum and apple flavors here, but a bit of sour pear shows up too.

M: Heavily carbonated, I feel like this could be easily introduced to a non-beer drinker as a kind of unique wine. Medium bodied, with a decent amount of alcohol on the finish– though it does add a certain spiciness rather than detract from the overall experience. Quite dry on the finish as well.

O: It's an interesting, and quite good beer, even if I prefer some of Alesmith's other offerings and some other beer's within the style over this one. Nonetheless, I recommend checking it out; you could easily enjoy this one more than me, and given its qualities, I would hate to discourage anyone from picking it up.

01-03-2012 08:19:58 | More by AwYeh
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-02-2012 04:22:21 | More by jstewart1130
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-31-2011 21:07:50 | More by Stoffel
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-31-2011 18:47:27 | More by acurtis
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

12-31-2011 03:27:55 | More by hawkmage
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-27-2011 05:21:21 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.63/5  rDev -34.9%

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. I reviewed a fresh bottle (which was lost in one of BA's "lost review" moments) and didn't care for it much. We'll see if this is any better with some time on it.

3.0 A: Opaque medium brown color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Brown sugar, caramel, and a rum soaked raisin type booziness. Fig and prune fruitiness. Some toastiness in there as well. Peppery spiciness. Light bready maltiness. The flavor profile looks better on paper than how it actually smells. The aromas don't balance each other out that well. Still, not bad.

2.5 T: This has mellowed to the point of being boring. Brown sugar and caramel are the strongest flavors. Almost tart fruitiness featuring dates, figs, and raisins. Light peppery spiciness. Booze is in check though.

2.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is right, but it's a "passive" carbonation as opposed to the spritzy Belgain yeast carbonation that I like. Seems almost oily. Smooth though.

2.5 D: Didn't care for it fresh and I care for it even less with some age. It's not undrinkable, but it's boring with a subpar mouthfeel.

12-27-2011 05:11:45 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Jules11788


4/5  rDev -1%

12-22-2011 17:49:35 | More by Jules11788
AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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