Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
This one is a hazy, amber/brown color. One-finger of light beige foam makes the head. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and very sticky.
Smells of belgian yeast. Tons of orchard fruits, especially apples and pears. Light traces of sweet maltiness. Spices come forth in a cinnamon graham cracker sort of way.
Good presence of cinnamon and some cloves and corriander. Alot of orchard fruits are still here in the flavor. It's big on fermented apples, white grapes, pears and under-ripe peaches. Yeast comes across in a bready way. Very light hints of caramel. All of this is done in a very balanced way. I feel as if this one is almost too balanced to pick out all of the intricacies of such a complex beer.
This comes across like a malted, spiced cider, sort of. I mean that in a very positive way.
This one is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The little bubbles give it a hint of creaminess. It's quite nice.
This is a good year-round beer, to me. It is 'big' enough to be suitable in the colder months, yet crisp enough that I think I'd really enjoy it on a summer day also.
Yet another good offering from Allagash.
EDIT: Looking through reviews after posting mine, I see that this is labeled as a quad. I'd disagree with that, myself. It's more of a Belgian Strong Ale. A touch too dark to be a pale though and a little light to be a dark. A hybrid, perhaps? Just doesn't seem anything like my definition of a quad though.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2010 20:28:55 | More by coldmeat23
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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 623 ratings.