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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-07-2013)
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kscaldef

Oregon

2/5  rDev -49%

12-23-2013 16:28:39 | More by kscaldef
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

08-22-2013 23:09:29 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Big off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Very malty. Fruity malt. Red wine. Cuts the depth with a bright wine aroma.

Taste - Very caramelly. Some fruits. Kinda monotonous. A bit of red wine, but mostly a Belgian malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Feels light. High carbonation and bright flavors lend it lightness.

Overall - Disappointing BA beer from AleSmith without being offensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 02:47:39 | More by Alieniloquium
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jeff1973

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2013 05:09:23 | More by jeff1973
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2013 22:49:23 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-12-2013 07:27:49 | More by zestar
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-23-2014 19:44:16 | More by brother_kenneth
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zhanson88

California

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at the Alesmith taproom. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours out a turbid mahogany color. Not much head, but what there is is off white. Very little head retention or lacing. Not the most attractive beer.

Smell: Bit of caramel and toffee up front, remainder is barrel dominant. Bready and spicy rye character and bourbon, as well as vanilla.

Taste: Small amount of caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Remainder is predictably heavy barrel dominated. Very heavy rye, with vanilla and tannins.

Mouthfeel/Overall: A bit thin, probably right at medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of barrel. Overall a pretty nice beer. Could use some time sitting to mellow the barrel out for me. As it sits the barrel pretty much makes this beer. Could definitely be more balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 04:59:26 | More by zhanson88
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge thanks to Kevin R for opening this one, along with many other AleSmith goodies. It pours just slightly darker than the regular Grand Cru - deeper brown and rusty copper with even less clarity than before. The head is about the same, though it seems to fade just a bit quicker. Needless to say, no lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma contains many of the components present in the original Grand Cru, you know, the typical notes you'd find in Belgian strong dark ales - dates, raisins, plums, brown sugar, toffee - very sweet and malty. However in this barrel-aged iteration, each slice of the pie is a bit more soft and tame and combines much more nicely with each other than they originally did.

Aside from softening up the aromas and giving the beer more time to "mesh", the red wine barrel aging also adds some large vinous notes to the aroma. Wet oak, light vinegar, mild grapes, and a touch of vanilla in the back end. Red wine barrels are some of my favorite barrels to age beer in; I already like this beer better than the original and I haven't even tasted it yet.

Much like I was expecting (and hoping), the flavor follows suit with the aroma in the fact that the flavors are yet again similar to the original, yet much more refined, soft, and mature, giving them a chance to blend in a much more enjoyable fashion. Vinous flavors are abound in the same capacity as they were in the aroma; vinous oak, grapes, and a touch of wine-like booziness.

The Barrel-aged Grand Cru is not quite as sweet as the original, either, which bodes pretty well as it was quite sugary. The barrel takes away some of the sweetness, softens it up, and counter it with oak and boozy warmth. The mouth feel is also a little sharper, with noticeably higher carbonation... A cause of secondary fermentation perhaps?

Overall, this is not a beer I'd spend twenty dollars on for a single bottle, nor would I trade away lots of other good beer to get a bottle. It's just not *that* good. However, I feel that the red wine barrel aging did quite a bit to improve the base beer - something that I wasn't particularly fond of.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 11:27:56 | More by tectactoe
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-21-2013 04:04:06 | More by drewone
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-12-2013 15:37:20 | More by mrebeka
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_morandi_

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-14-2014 20:11:08 | More by _morandi_
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, fruit, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly subtle barrel aged presence.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 02:33:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2013 15:19:46 | More by baybum
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-26-2014 22:38:33 | More by Tom-Peters
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-20-2013 21:21:36 | More by JAHMUR
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-15-2013 18:03:15 | More by drummermattie02
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Alesmith and I was quite glad to try this without spending the money on a bottle. Super dark red color, might be darker than the regular but I haven't had it in a while. The aroma was real nice, wine, barrels, booze, alcohol. I enjoyed the aroma quite a bit. Flavor was more wine and didn't quite match the flavor. It also had none of the graininess that I've tasted in the regular Grand Cru. This was a nice beer but a whole 750ml would be a little much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 02:35:17 | More by ArrogantB
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

05-10-2013 22:18:18 | More by warnerry
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2013 13:35:41 | More by ShanePB
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

08-22-2013 23:09:04 | More by IrishColonial
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +2%

06-10-2013 21:51:12 | More by SocalKicks
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-15-2013 14:12:24 | More by Hugonaut13
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

03-12-2014 14:26:16 | More by SourAddict
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2013 11:34:21 | More by Rempo
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Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.