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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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91
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609 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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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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Reviews by granger10:
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no batch listed.

This offering pours a hazy, dark orangish color with a medium sized white head. Tons of lacing around the glass. Aroma is really nice with a combination of cinammon, toffee, and slight alcohol. Taste brings more spices. I'm not too good at spices but maybe there's some nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon flavors in there. Then there's more caramel tasting malts and maybe even a little chocolate and light fruits. Figs seem noticeable. Yeast provides a bready depth to this beer. The fruity flavors come out a little more in the finish and provide a somewhat sweeter but light lingering finish. Good body in this beer but seemed a little undercarbonated for the style and maybe a little too sweet. But im really just nitpicking here, this is a really nice wintertime beer that I would definitely recommend.

Thanks again to Brewguru for the offering. Great trade all around Joe!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 18:30:06 | More by granger10
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scootny

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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

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A: Darkish golden color with a very slight haze.

S: Yeasty, sweet apple and cherry, some vinegar. Slight grass or hay underlying but the fruit is dominant.

T: Biscuity and fruity, like drinking a cracker with an apple on it. This would be great with a medium cheddar cheese. Spicy hops at the finish.

M: Bubbly at the start but doesn't linger. Body is lighter side of medium. Very nice finish.

O: Very nice beer. Not eating with food but is definitely something to enjoy with a good cheddar.

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Poured into snifter from tap at fireworks in Leesburg VA. Nice fluffy foamy head on a murky golden base. Really nice typical belgian aromas...
Taste is where it shine. Nice belgian base with a citrus flavor up front with a smokey backbone and a nice pepper finish. the smokeyness really takes this up a notch. Its so easy to drink and perfect for this cool fall evening. Great brew...highly reccomend this unique take.

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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.