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Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

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630 Ratings

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 75
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jacewg, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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MLFrank, Jul 03, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a snifter. Batch 119.

My pour is a dirty, hazy amber color with a bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma has a nice spiciness to it, I imagine from the Belgian yeast strain and the combination of spices added. Nutmeg, coriander, and a bit of cinnamon are all present, working nicely with a sweet, yeasty, and bready malt character. Some candied green apples, red apples, and plums are also noticeable.

The flavor starts on a fairly sweet note, with a nice caramel malt presence. Up front I am also reminded of baked bread, with a strong spicy yeast presence. Some dark orchard fruits, mainly red apple, plum, and cherries add a subdued fruit note. Toward the end the spices come through more fully, with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and a bit of pepper all noticeable. As the sip finishes, it dries out a little bit, with a slightly tart green apple note.

At first the body feels full, with a bubbly carbonation and a sweet taste. As the taste progresses, however, it becomes more on the dry side, with the ghost remnants of whatever hops were here originally. The body lightens up, and the carbonation moves from bubbly (maybe overly so), to a bit more creamy.

I have been hanging onto this bottle for a while, so it is obviously lacking any hop presence whatsoever, but I found it to be rather enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
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maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.