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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

619 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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Loki

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle

Poured a dark honey orange color with a good 1 1/2 inch head that fades to a 1/8 inch covering. Left good lacing throughout the session.

Spices dominate this nose of coriander, white pepper, anise, orange peel, and subtle honey.

Taste was much the same with the spice immediately upfront, then coriander, orange cream, and an honey and wheat finish.

Great brew and a benchmark Grand Cru IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 15:37:30 | More by Loki
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aracauna

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 01:29:54 | More by aracauna
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BierReise

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #5 750mm Bottle. Great appearance as with all of Alagash's ales. Classic large frothy head atop a slightly cloudy golden body. Outstanding flavor and smooth on the palate. Slightly spicy with notes of fruit and a sweet alcohol sensation. Overall great ale and an absolute pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 16:10:46 | More by BierReise
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mzwolinski

California

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What else could it be for #250 but a tribute to the two greatest brewing countries on earth – an American interpretation of a Belgian style. I’d heard good things about Allagash, but this was the first beer of theirs I’d had the chance to try. Lovely 750ml bottle with a wire-wrapped cork that explodes with the pent-up carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy amber, with a moderately sized, fairly creamy head. Ah, that Grand Cru aroma. Toasty malt, some nice cinnamon and coriander spices, yeast, and some very mild fruit. The beer is decadently creamy in the mouth, very smooth. Flavor starts of candi-sugar sweet, with the toasted malts developing mid-palate along with something like passionfruit. More cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness toward the end, enough so to make up for the lack of much in the way of noticeable hops. The beer leaves an aftertaste which is very husky and surprisingly pleasant. Seamlessly blended and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 17:07:27 | More by mzwolinski
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been saving this short stubby bottle as the last beer I drink from the mixed case the most generous NeroFiddled bestowed upon me.

It pours out, heavily carbonated, a thin white head atop ruby amber liquid. Smells of dried herbs, spices, alcohol, and cherries. Flavors of dark fruits, yeast, bread are present, with a mild hop bite and a touch of alcohol in the finish. A very tasty ale indeed, though I wanted a fuller mouthfeel. It seemed a tad thin, but that was its only downfall. Another great beer from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 19:40:22 | More by IrishRedRock
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nomad

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque light rum color with a good bubbly head colored just a touch tan. Scored with varying sized bubbles, it was very soft looking and was so on the lips. Had plenty of lace that was slow enough in dissipation.

Ah, a great nose of maple syrup and baking spices exploded, backed by notes of apples, currants, cedar. The turn on all of this was amazing. Taste was mainly crisp and tart, primarily of a light malt and light fruit (a soft flavor of cooked apples), and a burnt hoppiness that turned into a burnt bitterness toward the back of my mouth. Its base was a sour taste covered in a light cream.

The watery aspect to the sour made it slightly refreshing and very inviting. Dry finish from the hops and the sour begged me back, though it could be lighter and have more of a malt and spice presence in taste. Slightly active mouthfeel left a thin and clean watery feel on the tip of the tongue. Overall, damn tasty, like christmas sugar and spice, clear w/o yeast more earthy w/ yeast – good both ways. Easily a wintertime favorite in the New England.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 20:09:36 | More by nomad
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Gusler

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This big old bad boy pours an unclouded mahogany with a head that is Titanic in size, creamy in texture, light tan in color as it dissipates the resultant lace a silky covering upon the glass. Do I detect yeast, yes I do, caramel, sweet, fresh and clean, maybe a bit plummish, and even a nice hop floral aroma, a complex nose to be sure. Front is sweet, malt laden and the top middling in the feel to the palate; finish has a distinct hop spiciness, the acidity delectable and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, another keeper from this most spectacular brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 16:24:53 | More by Gusler
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great example of a winter ale. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a thin light beige head. Thin but very sticky lacing. Welcoming aroma of spices and malt. Medium-bodied, not to spicy and not too sweet. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and caramel lingering around. Finish is lightly hopped and a little fruity (apple and/or apricot, it was hard to pinpoint). I liked this easy-drinking seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 09:51:18 | More by Dogbrick
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goz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.
Pours a hazy medium amber, with a large, big-bubbled, white head, mostly diminishes to leave some good lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon). Flavor starts slightly fruity sweet, turns to the spices in the middle, and ends with a peppery spiciness and pretty dry. Medium body, dry ending, very lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 12:15:27 | More by goz
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StevieW

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big 750ml brown bottle. Cork and cage. Batch # 5. Opened with a loud sharp "pop". Murky deep carmel brown color. Glowing with hints of light gold around the edges. Beautiful, pillowly soft and creamy tan head. Covers the body of the beer perfectly and clings to the glass. Visually stunning.
Aromas that are matched by no other beer, that I have experienced. Smooth soft spices, pepper, cinnamon, earthy nutmeg and tart fresh brabdy soaked orange peels to finish.
The first taste was striking. Soft, subtle combinations of the above mentioned flavors all sitting perfectly on a sweet carmel malt backbone. The end is a softly presented shot of moderate hops. Candied apples, rum soaked raisans just whisper by. Hop stickyness lingers. Again the taste and smell of this one, is clearly stunning. Nothing like it. Perfection, IMO.
Smooth, so smooth creamy medium bodied feel. Perfectly balanced. Yeasty sediment settles into the bottom of the glass. Earthy full flavors explode. A great winter belgian made by the good people of Maine. One of the best I have had in any category. Seek this out, please.

P.S. I need to go to confession after reading the LongBeachBum's review. Wow !

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 03:49:19 | More by StevieW
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard about her, but we never met. However, after having been introduced to me by BA Murph, my confidence grew & after an introduction of only a few days, I had lured her back to Long Beach, all the way from Maine as well.

Running my hands up & down her reflective brown dress, I cuddled her, then fondled & lightly teased her zipper-cork. But she was having none of it. I had to grip & tug harder, she liked that, but still fought against my advances. Eventually as I worked her more, she gave in with an orgasmic expulsion of air that burst forth from her mouth as her unzipped cork gave me access to the flesh of her gorgeous body. But it was still partially hidden. I was so desperate to see her naked.

She moaned as her heartbeat raised. I carefully & slowly slipped her out of her brown dress with ease, she offered no resistance whatsoever as I disrobed her. Now she was mine. Her body writhed with uninhibited freedom as her brown dress was removed. She could no longer tease me from behind her camisole & she showed me all she had. She is stunning.

She revealed her smooth maple syrup colored body, it had no blemishes & her tulip hour glass curves just made her look better. Her head was upright at first, displaying her fine head of dirty blonde hair that sat high atop her head. As I brought her closer to my lips her head fell back, slowly releasing her hair down her back. I had to smell her hair, I always do – it had remnants of the spicy clove shampoo she used, but it also had a natural pheromonic fruity odor.

She tasted good. Damn Good. She sighed constantly as I tasted her body. Her malty stiff backbone twisted & turned as she offered me her hoppy chest sprinkled with black pepper. Her fruity middle begged to be savored. I work my way down to a slightly, but not unpleasant, yeasty third quarter. Her dark fruity back end just made me tingle all over. I'm loosing control.

Her mouth is so soft, slightly sweet, yet decadent & inviting. She feels good on your lips. She swells with delight as you work her body in your mouth. She has it all; Looks, Beauty & Class. Her Pedigree is obvious in the way she moves & handles herself.

Batch #4: My lust was at last fulfilled, I had expunged my deepest desires & had her. The deed was done.

I lay back & reflect on the whole satisfying incident. The catch is SO much better than the chase. A very mature Grand Cru, I always had a soft spot for attractive older women.

And I fancy having her again. Well, in a few minutes anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 21:33:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 10:41:38 | More by Maestro
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Scooter77

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/mahogany color with a thick creamy froth that hangs around until the last drop is gone. It leaves a beautiful lace on the glass, which seems to hang on for dear life. Wonderful aromas of sweet citrus fruit and spicy clove erupt from the glass. At first taste, a zip of spicy clove attacks my taste buds, quickly followed by raid of malt, citrus, and hops, finally finished by the sweet mellowness of honey and licorice. This is such a well-balanced and great tasting brew. This beer is yet another exceptional product from the Allagash Company.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2003 08:23:28 | More by Scooter77
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich reddish - light brown color with a super thick foamy head that was fun to watch grow in the glass. Nice floral hop and spice aroma with lots of good caramel malts. Smooth mix of hops, spice, sweet, caramel flavors that are full and rich. A little strong at first but gets better as it sits. A nice sweet spice goes well with the nice hop balance. Good smooth feel with good spiceyness and caramel soothness. One excellent Grand.

Way to go Maine, besides the scenery I have good reason to visit.

Very, very, exceptional stuff, recommendation is high.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 10:19:18 | More by tavernjef
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was another outstanding discovery we made in Maine...when they say spicey, they mean it, but boy, it's so understated!

So many beers can be so overwhelming and try too hard, but this beer was just so smooth...dark mahogany, nice head. A full, rich flavor with that hint of sweet spice.

I could make this a session beer, it's that good, but felt that due to the alcohol content, I couldn't give it a five.

Very, very, good, highly recommended.

pat

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2003 16:34:43 | More by PatandDavid
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label said "made with spices" but the spices were not overpowering. Poured a nice amber hue with good carbonation. Although it had a "light" ABV of 7.2, it did give me a nice glow as I drank the bottle. Great balance of hops, not gamey. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 06:48:18 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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longpondbeerman

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine brew. A medium off-white head faded to a thin foamy lace which only served to highlight the slightly clouded reddish-amber color. It has a muted fruity smell with a hint of maple, but the high alcohol content (7.8%) is neverthless distinct. The first drink was a delightful experience as the texture of this spicy ale was thicker than I expected with almost a buttery smoothness and just a hint of carbonation The taste is consistent; that is, it does not shift much from first blush to aftertaste, and there is a strong woodsy overtone. Loved it. Hats off to another exciting ale from my home state of Maine!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 14:47:21 | More by longpondbeerman
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inebrius

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm! What a fantastic nose of bubblegum, juicy watermelon, freshly tapped maple sap, crushed coriander seeds, banana cupcakes with orange buttercreme icing and hay. I'm almost content to sniff this beer only, but no, that would be silly. Starts maple--the real stuff, no corn syrup with maple flavoring garbage--and is quickly awash in an alcoholic whitecap that morphs into a mild bitterness riding a magic spice carpet that flutters across the buds in an exuberant fashion fit for analogies of hot tubs or backyard hosedowns. As warm as Nana's quilt on a snow-day.

Those Mainards can make some brew, eh?

Thanks Venom!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 20:05:17 | More by inebrius
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Wildman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a medium bubbly white lace that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and floral elements were present. A flavor of malt and caramel was present. The finish was a touch astrigent yet buttery, which was different.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 21:48:10 | More by Wildman
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doho95fu

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second brew I have had from Allagash, and I think this brewery is doing it right. Something about the beers just make me feel that they are fresh. The Grand Cru was a deep copper beer with a creamy medium-thick head. The smell was of fruit, yeast and honey and the taste was not too far afield which the same flavors represented. There were some currant hints which left a port-like aftertaste as well. The taste was just "smooth". Very drinkable and interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 05:45:10 | More by doho95fu
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Morris729

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #4
Pours deep copper in color with a huge creamy and pillowy white head that eventually fades into a nice thick and heavy lace. Nose is fruity with notes of clove, allspice, and fresh citrus. Nice crisp mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is spicy up front with flavors of clove and allspice blended with some candied fruit. Middle is more of a malty yeastiness with some raisin notes. Finish is dry with a kick of spicy pepper. No hop bitterness is present. Any fan of Belgian-style ales will surely love this brew. A very big thanks to paceyourself for sending me this brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 19:52:10 | More by Morris729
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer deserves to be in the top 50 hands down. It was a wonderful buy! The pour was rich with a white head and a beautiful foggy, dark, amber body. The only complaint I had was with the smell which revealed the increased alcohol conten. However, there was also a good spicy/fruity smell, which was very pleasing to the nose. The taste was great with some serious hops and fruits and subtle notes of honey and maple. It left a great, bitter taste in the back of my throat. Even though I had even warmed it up a bit it still felt like I was drinking water straight from the top of Khatadin. It was incredible!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 20:28:10 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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mophie

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian with a Down-East flair. I love it! Seriously, this is my first Allagash, and seriously, these guys are serious about their brews, and I respect them immensely for it. It's a great looking beer, deep copper-orange with a persistent white head that gives to that typical Belgian lace as you empty the glass. There's an in-your-face aspect to the taste that is a bit less subtle than other examples of this style. Is it a hint of grapefruity hoppiness? I don't know, but it's grown on me over the course of this six-pack. Definitely a bready quality to the taste, with hints of spice (a bit of coriander and clove), a little pepper, and some molasses. I can imagine Bert and I speaking a Down-East version of Flemish over this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 18:14:28 | More by mophie
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a rich dark copper color that is very sexy and it has a nice creamy head that last the duration, leaving a nice lace behind. The smell of herbs and spices fill the nose with great pleasure. Hops are not existent in the nose. A maltiness is ver subdued. A raison flavor hits the palate with great pleasure on the first sip. The after taste is one of plums that ligure in the mouth.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:02:07 | More by kunzbrew
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #5
A murky golden amber body topped with a hazelnut gelato. Massive cloudbanks of head initially, before receding to reveal a archipelago of foaming islands.

A Wit on acid, perhaps?
This one swallows the caramel pill and ventures through a land of multi-colored toasted biscuits dripping honeyed sticks of coarse grain. Dancing elfs throw about candi sugar. The checkerboard corridor then leads through a melting door with grinning horses holding coriander and orange peel. A pulsating sphere materializes of vinous, grape qualities. Menacing specters threaten with flashing alcohol notes, but never intrude on the pleasantness of this voyage inward. Spiraling flowers of hops provide closure to this trip.

Set and setting are important. And this lays the foundation with an impervious mouthfeel and a comsumablity factor that is rarely equalled.

One of the best American bastardizations of Belgian styles. Delightfully bizarre.

Big ups to the Notorious B.I.G.H.U.G.E.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 21:22:26 | More by cokes
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.