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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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644 Ratings

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 82
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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.
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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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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
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