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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

609 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grand Cru is brewed with a touch of peated malt and spiced with coriander, sweet orange peel and a hint of anise. It is deep golden in color, full bodied and has hints of smoke and licorice in the taste and aroma. The malty, warming finish is perfect for colder weather.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
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BrewMaster

California

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labled as "Batch # 10."

Appearance: Dark, cloudy orange to red with an off-white head. Very creamy head with excellent retention.

Smell: Malty sweet, fruity aroma. Light candy sugar aroma with a hint of strawberry.

Taste: Rich maltiness with a fruity overtone. This beer is mostly malty. The malt profile is strong and very well defined. Rich, slightly biscuity and bready malt flavor. A bit of light sea spray flavor along with sea weed and moss. Citrusy with a sour note to it along with some floral notes on the end of the flavor. Lightly hopped with floral notes and a clean sandy ending. Subtle and hardly noticeable spiciness in the middle to end. A bit of cinnamon and allspice along with apple.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and malty makes it soft on the palate. Wonderfully smooth and agreeable. No offensive flavors biting at the mouth. Well carbonated but not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This beer is beautiful and complex. I will gladly buy another bottle of it. No harsh or offensive flavors, just good beer. I really like the spicines balances with the big malty base. Compliments to the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 04:47:16 | More by BrewMaster
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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.