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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

623 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by MJR:
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MJR

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spills into my tasting glass with a semi-clear, reddish-orange color. A huge tan head fills almost half of my glass and shows no intention of going anywhere. Awesome head retention and lacing with this brew.

Smell: Spicy, with a strong aroma of orange peel and tropical fruits. A lot of sweet complexity in the nose here. Very inviting!

Taste: Starts with a fruitiness that turns into a fantastic spiciness. A bit of toffee, orange peel, caramel, and licorice. Tropical fruit. Very complex and full-flavored. Subtle hints of alcohol here and there. Nice warming effect. There doesn't seem to be any hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Oily, creamy, smooth, and slightly medium-bodied. It almost seems like a barley-wine in it's mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy!

Drinkability: Quite high considering it's almost 8%abv. This is a great beer to have beside you in front of a roaring fire with a good book. Allagash continues to impress...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 20:37:20 | More by MJR
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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.