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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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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-07-2013)
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark amber, though with very good clarity, and a finger of cream colored head which recedes to a thick ring and swirls on the surface. Superb retention and a few dots and streaks of lacing.

S: Malt-forward with lots of sugar-coated dark dried fruit, with subtle oak, oak spices, slightly acidic red wine, tar. The base beer comes through in spades.

T: Juicy dark fruit (plum, blackcurrant), red wine, a little chocolate, slight acidity, finishing with a mild sweetness and fruitiness. The barrel characteristics are really muted here.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth and milky mouthfeel. AleSmith really nails the mouthfeel on most of their beers, and this is no exception.

O: The flavors are in balance and this is quite drinkable. It's an improvement on Grand Cru and adds a little complexity and nice flavors. That being said, the barrel characteristics are pretty muted and don't quite meld as well with the base as they could.

pmarlowe, May 07, 2013
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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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 08, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Dark red bordering on brown with a frothy beige cap.

S: Strong vinous profile, redolent of grape and oak. Mild lactic character with evident tartness. Vanilla blends with caramel, honey, plum, prune, and raisin. I'm getting a little citrus that reminds me of orange.

T: The flavor is dark fruit forward, with notes of plum, prune, raisin, and grape. Grape seems to take over in that category. A surprisingly strong amount of vanilla from the barrel with some caramel as well. Oaky and tannic finish. Mildly tart with a gentle alcohol presence

M: Upper medium to lower full body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and tannic with alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice beer and one I was happy to try, but I'm glad I didn't buy a bottle.

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Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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