Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by bonbright7:
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After trying the other Allagash products with success, I felt obligated to try the Grand Cru in concert with an experimental Indian style dinner I was reading about known as Tangine of Chicken. I thought if the dinner didn't work out that we could at least have the beer as a back up instead of a side.
The Grand Cru is noted on the bottle as being brewed with some of the same spices I was using in the dinner, such as coriander. The beer poured well to a graceful oatmeal head that assured me of its freshness. The delicate aroma of the ale just filled the kitchen as I was starting to saute the garlic and onions.
I tasted the ale with its reddish orange hues that put the yeast right up behind the creaminess of the head and the flowing taste. I knew after that the ale was going to be good and started thinking I should start looking for this on tap because it clearly rivaled my favorite triple style beer, St. Bernadus.
As dinner progressed and became a fire breathing hit, the ale went slowly about quenching the fire of the spicy chicken.
I highly suugest this ale as a side to a hearty dinner with its full flavors.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2006 01:44:20 | More by bonbright7
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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 619 ratings.