Grand Cru | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bottle conditioned.
AleSmith Grand Cru really needs to be tasted to be truly appreciated. Toasty, caramelly flavors, as well as flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strain, predominate over a tapestry of subtle nuances. Winner of the blue ribbon at the 1999 California State Fair, it is a thing of beauty. It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles.

Added by Jason on 04-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,985
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
957
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
204
Trade:
6
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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. Complicated bottled date of J6-07 2552.

Looks superb in the glass. Deep, deep amber body with a few reddish notes. Small off white head replenished by slow carbonation. Pours a bit on the syrupy side.

There is only a faint aroma of boiled candy.

I find it difficult to describe the flavors of this beer. There is some sweetness, some abv burn, and a touch of bitterness at times.

Mouth is close to full. Finish is warm, thick & Sweet with slight bitterness.

Overall, not a style I buy to often, but this was a nice sipper on a cold November night.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine ale pours a
murky deep brown red tinged mahogany with a nice head of off white
foam that settles to a thick ring and thin layer with nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of dates, brown sugar candy malts, subtle Belgian spice, moderate
yeast laden breaded notes, and dark fruit notes. Flavors follow the nose
with a lightly tart cherry and cranberry note intertwined in a dark candy
sugar that is awash in toffee and caramel with subtle clove and yeasty
bread notes. Warmth brings about a nice boozy warmth and
expanding sweetness around biscuit notes over fig and date
bread. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation
that is lightly fluffy, warming---boozy----and lightly dry and did
I mention boozy???

Overall---excellence from an excellent brewery!
Belgian done right in America!

Cheers!

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Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jboadway
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grand Cru 2016 on tap at Alesmith. Chestnut color, vanishing head, smells toasted malt and fruit, well balanced with the malt and fruit and spice, didn’t really get the chocolate in the finish... very smooth and easy to sip.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in April 2014
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany topped by a finger and a half of dense off white head which retains well and fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and toffee with some spicy yeast. Really intense stewed dark fruit aroma.
T: Taste is dark fruits and cherries with some toffee and dark caramel. Nice spice and clove notes from the yeast as well to help balance out the fruits and the sweetness. Swallow is more cherry and dark fruits with lingering clove and spice.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a very dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is fantastic. Great flavors and complexity on this one make it a real treat to drink. Fairly run of the mill when it comes to the flavors you want in a Belgian Strong Dark but executed to near perfection. Definitely worth a try if you can find it and like the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2015. Poured into a snifter. A clear copper-brown color with a modest tan head. Nice retention. Somewhat fruity aroma with cherries and raisins. A malt-forward taste up front with caramel and dark bread. The Belgian esters brought nice fruity notes as in the aroma. Full bodied but smooth with a fairly dry finish for the size. Very nice.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 15.70 (Including shipping)/capped bomber ($ 0.618/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle. Stored at 42 degrees prior to consumption and served at 53 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium amber, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.4 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, average retention time, diminishing to a two to three mm ring and a complete thin layer with rocks.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Weak - caramel, malt, candi sugar, a trace of yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins slightly sweet with candi sugar and toasted malt. “Dark fruit” is vaguely present. Hops, alcohol, diacetyl, and dimethylsulfide are absent. A trace of yeast phenolics is detectable. Ends.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – This matches the low end of Belgian Dark Strong Ales. I would recommend serving this at a higher temperature than that listed on the bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown with a nice off white white head that settle down rather quickly. Caramel is the dominant note with plum & raisin. Sweet but not excessively so with alcohol & malt, all nicely balanced. Oh, so good!

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Photo of erk0607
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/8/14 and opened on 2/15/18.

Look: Lighter brown, somewhat opaque with a tan head of tiny bubbles that turns to a sheen and soft foam lacing.
Smell: Slight coffee, toffee notes, caramel, plum, some grain
Taste: Dark stone fruit, caramel, toffee, sugar (Belgian sugar), some very mild yeastiness
Feel: Slick but only medium body, moderate but smooth carbonation, not very foamy
Overall: Very good. Would not hesitate to have more. Definitely let it warm up.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burgundy-brown with a tall grey head of 2 fingers.

Strong aroma of chocolate covered raisins, followed by bread pudding and rich caramel, and then some nice base grain aromas.

Flavor starts off with peppery yeast and plum, followed by caramel, raisin, some clove, ash, and a finish of bittersweet chocolate. What's missing is the rich caramel flavor I smelled earlier. Wish it were there.

Feel is sharp and very well carbonated, with a nice peppery dry finish.

Overall a pretty solid Grand Cru ale, though it would probably be better suited as an affordable $11 4 pack rather than a $13 bomber, even though it looks fancy the liquid inside isn't quite up to par.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Grand Cru from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 957 ratings