Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Crosling:
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Yes! Yes! Yes! I have been craving this beer for the past few weeks and finally decided to pick one up. This ale is sitting in front of me right now looking so extravagent and so beautiful in a tulip glass. Pours with a golden hue and a monstrous perfect frothy belgian head. The head is not dense at all which seems perfect for the occasion. A impenetrable layer of lacing clings to the side of the glass. Could perhaps be the best lace I have ever seen on a beer. Looks like the inside of an erupting oceanic volcano when help up to the light. A feast for the eyes!
The nose on the ale definately improved as the ale warmed which was expected but this dramatically improved. Red licorice was the most apparent scent in the nose. A suddle smokiness, leather, honey, rich malts, alcohol, light fruits, sour fruits and spices also came streaming through my nostrils. The aroma was descent but definately the low point in this one.
Colossal flavor! Sour cherries, raspberries, caramel, cinnamon, ripe red apples, red licorice, yeast, wet blueberries dipped in sugar, plums, clove, and alcohol with a tart undertone that is hard to notice but apparent. Very smooth and heavy in the mouth. A nice hop bite on the back of the tongue with a lingering perfect plum finish. I feel like I am missing a lot of flavors here too. The flavors are so intricate and there are so many of them that it is hard to identify all of them.
A very well put together beer. I hope to see this in the top 50 someday.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2003 07:20:38 | More by Crosling
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This stuff is pretty light colored for a BSDA. Still a pretty beer to behold with a deep burnished gold and an dark off white head that leaves some nice lacing. In fairness I accidentally cracked this 32 oz bottle by accident as it was mislabeled by my vendor so it might have had a bit more carbonation and such had it remained at unopened and a bout an ounce or so fuller. Hardly flat it shows light carbonation as it sits and a leaves nice decoration as I drink. The nose is delicate and sophisticated. Lots going on. The peated malt is remarkable. A delicate smoke wrapped around sweet lightly breadiness. Hints of coriander honey and maybe a touch of citrus. Faint notes of bubblegum live in pods of anise. Taste is a great followup to the nose. Peaty malt abounds with a honey and spice cake center. Light fruits, apple and pear, maybe a touch of mellon. The anise shows itself a touch more and builds a great platform for the hops. herbal and spicy they nod back to the body of the brew while giving a clean dry finish. Notes of pepper linger along with cinnamon, graham and brown bread. Just a hint of alcohol but not enough to serve a warning. Feel is velvety with a light creaminess. Light enough to encourage sessioning with the aforementioned hidden alcohol. Just enough presence to lead you to sip and savor. This will compliment any food you find yourself near. From traditional winter to lighter fare with an artisnal flare. This is a beer that is sublime and superior. One of my new faves this year and so far my favorite from Allagash
Serving type: growler
01-15-2014 07:09:28 | More by scootny
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.