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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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636 Ratings

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 79
Gots: 17 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

wgfxkmf, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

AndyEdgar, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

millerbuffoon, Nov 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

rderedin, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

on tap at Duckworths (NC)

Pour is a bit light for the style. The clear amber body is covered by a bone head that has great retention

Mouthfeel: near medium body with appropriate, medium carbonation.

Taste and Aroma: Plenty of alcohol esters and Belgian yeast. Also rather sweet. Wild yeast in the flavor that is not apparent in the nose.

O: unusual for style, this Belgian ale was disappointing but should appeal more to folks who like wild yeast in their beers more than I do.

chinchill, Apr 20, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange with brown leanings and a little haze. Not much carbonation and a thin layer of white froth for the head. Smell is where it gets interesting.. I'm getting apricots, peaches, yeast, clove, and a pinch of penuche. Slight notes of grain alcohol.

Brown sugary malt is the center stage of this one. A little apricot flavoring in the nose, and some dried fruit sugars are in the mix. Finishes dry with some tobacco notes.

The carbonation is a little harsh and not at all what I expected. I figured when I uncaged the cork and it immediately hit the ceiling the carbonation would be kind of chill, but this is still pretty biting.

I'd probably split one with a friend, but I don't see myself getting this again. Not my style, but I'm glad I tried it.

jwff, Feb 22, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dry, fruity smell, like champaign started this and a deep inhale appetized in the same way, but told of malt stronger than all. Cloudy amber brown appearance, little head and lace from the pour. I can't get over the smell, even when bringing this to the mouth, champaign. Mouth is thick, smooth and left a slightly bitter but mostly malt aftertaste with a fruity note on top, Not bad at all for mouth. Taste started with malt, but the taste of the spice, a little cinnamon, a little fig, a little grapefruit made this beverage. Nicely balanced.

This was a special beer, but it wasn't a really special beer to me. It was okay, but had this odd note in the maltiness that just seemed off.

Ricochet, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of CReilly
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Allagash Grand Cru:

App: Thick off white head dissipated over time over a Glowing orange body.

Aroma: Funky yeast with subtle sweet malt and nice citrus notes. low hop aroma. Additionally i picked up a pleasant tart cherry aroma.

Taste: Bitey Hops roll off the palate blend with subtle alcohol presence, some slight yeasty flavor and a peppery/spicey background with no discernable character. Bitterness lingers near the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat misleading dryness near the end.

Overall pretty taste

CReilly, Jan 14, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle- purchase info not retained. Batch 13.

I am a big fan of Allagash, and was pleased to find this Grand Cru for my appreciation. But I have to admit I'm disappointed. It's not a bad beer, but it is just too yeasty and spicy to be something to enjoy. Cloves and coriander are a good thing, but this beer seems to be all about that flavor profile, and nothing more. I'm sure there are other good spices used here too, but it just is too strong to make me interested in trying to figure anything else out.

I'll give this one a pass in the future.

Dukeofearl, Mar 10, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy, amber color. The head was thick and lasting. The nose was great. Losts of fruity and spicey notes. A nutty, spicey taste contols this beer. The spices are a little overwhelming and give this beer a bizarre taste. The mouthfeel is just plain awkward. As far as drinkability goes, its not great but strong enough to have another.

Maestro, Mar 19, 2003
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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is an orangish brown/copper color with a tall white head that disappears quickly. There is a lot of carbonation visible.
The aroma is mild, but has a bit of yeast and citrus.
The flavor is a bit fruity with a malt base. There is also a yeasty flavor with a mild bitterness near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

Naes, Jan 30, 2006
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3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, clear red. Heavy carbonation builds strong, lasting head. Not sure what the dominant spice here is but it's something they use in Sweetwater Festive Ale. Maple, molasses is a bit heavy. The strong carbonation makes for cottony mouthfeel I dislike. It gets a little too sweet as it warms, so this may be a better beer at a little cooler than cellar temp. The sweetness and the mouthfeel hurt drinkability a bit.

aracauna, May 23, 2003
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3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a big white head that laces the glass. A bit of sediment left over in glass make this a lightly hazy brew. Aroma is yeasty with a heavy citrus character and also some malty aspect there with a sweet backbone. Taste is slightly sweet, lightly citrus. Not much bitterness to speak of, a little at the tail end. A bit of grapefruit in there, but there is not as much spice or fruitiness to this brew as in other Belgians - it's sort of restrained. A solid brew, but I wish it stood out a little more.

saintwarrick, Mar 10, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice take on the belgian pale ale style. Use it as a replacement for SA to make your meals fancier! Amber pour with a nice frothy head, lacing that lasts. Smell is spicy and grassy hops. A nice hoppy bite, mostly grassy, but some citrus. Taste is quite mellow, with few discernable fruits. I mostly get molasses and caramel. A little weak for me. Slightly metallic aftertaste, but otherwise clean. Not too carbonated. Scrubbing bubbles for your palate!

fromage, Jun 19, 2006
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and Caged - Labled as Batch Four. I was expecting a "big" malty beer. It was a good beer but not the one I was expecting. Poured into a Westmalle Goblet, a big rocky head that receded slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma was slightly fruity, slightly sweet, not at all over-powering. Same goes for the taste, very drinkable but not overly complex. Attractive copper color was however very pleasing to the eye.

Citadel82, Sep 20, 2004
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A_Pours a cloudy medium copper/amber hue. The head is minimal from the start and somewhat dissapointing.

S_The aroma is mild. Tropical fruit plays with a sweetish malt to give the inital scent while a doughy yeasty presence rounds it out.

T_The taste mimics the smell. The inital sip and dominating flavour is mango and pineapple with a nice big caramel malt touch. After that, a warming note is felt from a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste brings some hop bitterness to play. The spice notes are somewhat muted but gives a touch of coriander, white pepper and possibly some ginger.

M_Medium body, a tad low on the carbonation.

D_A good decent brew with some depth to it but one that does not quite wow me in any way. While not as offensive as some American versions of Belgian brews it really doesn't make me want to have another when the real thing makes it over here.

sleazo, Oct 04, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unknown Vintage, not this or last year though

A rich & murky burnished orange with no head produced. Somewhat viscous and the carbonation is minimal, while struggling to make it to the top.
Nice aroma of butterscotch, port and alcohol.
Flavorful for a belgian stong pale that has sat for a couple of years. Spices have mellowed while the alcohol my nose detected is lost on the tongue. Thin body and forgettable finish, but this is still pleasant enough to drink. I like Allagash products. This is still very nice.

scott, Nov 06, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is reddish, brown, and gold. The beer is too hazy to see through. I try to not read the bottle when drinking a beer to avoid being pursuaded by the sneaky marketing gurus however this beer is dead on with it's description. There is definitely a full malt palete with a subtle fruitiness and spice. I am unable to pick out any of the spices which is the way it should be. As the beer warms up it becomes more syrupy and less refreshing however the bitterness from the hops makes the finish slightly more palatable. I would not purchase this again but would be willing to try the other offerings from Allagash.

($3.45, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Troy518, Jun 23, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery Provisions,

A: Pours a deep amber colour with a full white head, leaving good lace.

S: Banana, sweet malt, not particularly aromatic though.

T: The banana esters come through in the flavour with a hint of pear and sugar cane. Sweet malt flavour overall, a tad cloying at times.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation.

O: A solid beer from Allagash. Very low ABV for the style, but still feels bigger. Worth a shot.

Halcyondays, Apr 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 06:57 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle (Batch 12), served slightly below room temperature in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance: The ale has a nice bright orange color. When held to light, lighter reds appear. It pours with a big head that dissapates and leaves no trace of any lace. The ale does not have any visible sediment.

Smell: Pepper and spices jump out in the nose. The spices leave a floral scent (not hop flowers, mind you). It raises expectations for the taste.

Taste: The taste does not live up to the expectation in the smell. It tastes a little flat, as though the spices don't quite come through. The pepper carries through into the taste, providing a nice counterpunch to the relatively smooth malt character. There is not much hop presence here either, definitely a let down coming from the smell.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the mouth, the spices are fairly muted preventing an overpowering of the tastebuds. If only there was a little more character...

Drinkability: A very drinkable ale, it comes SOOO close to being excellent. Instead, it has to settle for being pretty good.

akorsak, Jan 09, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: The latest selection from BIF18. (Again, mad props to goodbyeohio for the brews). I’ve since figured out that Allagash is distributed here in MD, with a few different selections in the local places. This one was presented in a brown 12 oz bottle, but I recycled it before I wrote down which batch it was from. Nice labeling, with a bit of description on the top label.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it appears like a hazy spring sunset (ok, a yellow, tinged amber) with a tan head. Rolling carbonation feeds the rocky head. Had great retention and lacing.

Smell: Oranges and allspice mixed with a bit of yeast

Taste/mouthfeel: Spicy mixture of cloves, allspice and a little pepper. There was a nice malt profile that was very biscuity in nature. There were virtually no hops mixed in. The tingly mouthfeel was nicely mixed with the light alcohol burn.

Drinkable: This is no session brew or one I would rush out for, but yes, worth another. Cracked this one open just after ordering the first local crabs of the season. This was a nice segue to that spicy seafood mix.

Dithyramb, Apr 11, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Sparger, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.