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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

630 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 76
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +10%

KFrank729, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Drknight, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Jeremy0682
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Jeremy0682, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of scootny
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

scootny, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -26.7%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

rudabegga9, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BKotch, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of pschafer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

pschafer, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

nkeckhar, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Dad_of_Rad
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Dad_of_Rad, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Knapp85, Nov 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

millerbuffoon, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of rEBELlION
4/5  rDev -2.2%

rEBELlION, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

shigg85, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev -2.2%

MacQ32, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

claspada, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Phramboise
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Phramboise, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of goodonya
4/5  rDev -2.2%

goodonya, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

DrinkSlurm, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

csfcmitchell, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber/golden in colour- much lighter than I expected. Moderately-sized white head. Decent retention. Some lacing.

Nose contains sweet malts, candy sugar and significant fruit scents. Also a touch of caramel.

Taste contains sweet bready malts, honey, strong fruit flavours which are hard for me to identify. Some lighter flavours, perhaps orange, but there also seem to be traces of fig or other darker flavours. Candy sugar, quire sweet. Some spicing.

Full bodied, highly carbonated but not irritatingly so. Chewy.

Overall, quite good. Unusual for the style.

jrenihan, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Salud24, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

braican, Aug 19, 2013
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.