Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel AgedAlesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
87
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This Belgian-Style Ale has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer. Enjoy now or continue to age in a cool, dark place.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-07-2013)
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Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt with some residual sugar, some caramel and light dry fruit notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with caramel malt and light dry fruit notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but not as complex as I was hoping and barrel was not as apparent as I would have expected.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to Phyl21ca for the bottle!

Pours a rich amber color, clear with a short off-white head and no lacing. The nose is rich, sweet toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel and some wood. On the palate, the grain bill shines through with big toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molassas coming though; the barrel is also more present with some wet wood and grapeskins. Nice.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Serve in a goblet at 50-55°, 2012 on bottle.

A - AleSmith's red wine barrel-aged Grand Cru pours a turbid-looking ruby-hued tawny brown in color with a fleeting, loose eggshell head that dots the tulip in little more than specks of lace.

S - Barrel-aging at it's finest, AleSmith's Grand Cru escapes the confines of a dark Belgian beer and breaks into the world of wine with a glorious aroma of distressed leather, oak vats, and dry, Merlot-like vinous red wine grapes. Subtle spicy yeast emerges through the deep and complex barrel-aging for a relaxed blend and smooth nose. Quite extraordinary.

T - Dark rock candy sweetness splashes the tongue, quickly followed by powerful dark malt and Belgian yeast-driven dark fruits. Moist fig newton, Crasins, and prune linger with a touch of peppery spice before finishing out with grape skin tannins and dry oak stave.

M - Sparkling carbonation prickles the lips and throat before descending to bloat the burp chamber otherwise known as the stomach. The beer's sweetness is thankfully cut by dry alcohol and an even more bone dry red wine finish that leaves the tongue feeling like sandpaper. Aside from the bothersome effervescent of this beer, the profile has a wonderful smoothness to it!

O - AleSmith's wine barrel-aged Grand Cru smells voluptuous and incredible; an early indicator that the $40 price tag was well worth it but, beyond that point it's worth seems to diminish. Like regular Grand Cru, the beer tastes heavily of dark fruit - great! - and dark, alcohol-boosting sugar - not so great. The Belgian character is there and, don't get me wrong, the beer is damn good but, it's red wine barrel influence seems to disappear rather quickly, only adding faint grape and oak flavor with a dry red wine finish in flavor. In a beer this sweet I was hoping for, and think there should be a little more barrel prominence, especially with the cost attached.

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Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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