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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

628 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 15 | 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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pehodges

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-14-2013 12:13:32 | More by pehodges
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-12-2013 01:21:40 | More by ste5venla
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-04-2013 04:49:56 | More by JTomczak
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2013 00:36:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2013 02:59:12 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Lob

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-27-2013 01:12:15 | More by Lob
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-26-2013 19:28:35 | More by Ajlvt
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-26-2013 14:04:48 | More by lgmol
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-20-2013 11:33:15 | More by xseanprimex
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avschmitt

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-09-2013 14:55:54 | More by avschmitt
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +22.2%

07-08-2013 10:38:44 | More by Rocketman8911
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Ted_Infrared

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 14:52:32 | More by Ted_Infrared
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-05-2013 15:38:13 | More by Atomicskis5
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-05-2013 00:36:20 | More by WOLFGANG
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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-04-2013 16:33:17 | More by bobv
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-03-2013 16:05:36 | More by drummermattie02
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MLFrank

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-03-2013 00:53:41 | More by MLFrank
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

07-02-2013 01:23:00 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Eazy28

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

06-27-2013 02:17:44 | More by Eazy28
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-25-2013 08:28:36 | More by jaxon53
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.7%

06-15-2013 21:58:20 | More by smartassboiler
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-07-2013 20:37:14 | More by Boone757
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

06-03-2013 02:50:41 | More by maxwelldeux
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some hints of oranges and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't really taste like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale as it lacks the flavors of dark fruits and dark malts but it is a nice Belgian Ale.

05-29-2013 12:27:32 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-29-2013 00:15:14 | More by smithj4
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.