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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

619 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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philipt

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a special personal importance to me.

This beer is a quite clear copper in color with a minimal, off-white head. The majority of the yeast remained in the bottle. Smells malty with definite hints of various spices. Flavor is sweet, malty, and spiced - coriander, pepper, citrus flavor. Not too hoppy in general and I certainly do not notice the alcohol while drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 15:52:16 | More by philipt
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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.