AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
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AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
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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:
#2,895
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
931
pDev:
10.37%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
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Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has really nice malts with crème brûlée and burnt sugar notes. Taste is malty and sugary but not really sweet. Really balanced with caramel flavor balanced by a background bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Complex yet balanced with well integrated flavors.

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Photo of farrago
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Modest head of deep tan color, struggles to reach one finger and after reaching the surface really barely covers half of it, no lacing to speak of, of course these aspects are not all that pertinent to this category of beer. Amber to brown hued liquid, would certainly have pleasant shine were it not for the vast amount of particulate floating inside which takes up as much space as liquid per se, extremely random fat bubbles laze up towards the surface. While the nose features German chocolate cake, toffee, butterscotch to cola bean elements, it can jab too with both meadow grassiness and a vinous quality which evokes green grapes next to the plum, cherry scents, mild doughiness, more compact when colder, more layered as it warms. Full-bodied although it does shed weight rapidly past the mid-palate. Carbonation is weak so the sugars accrue, albeit here too it displays spine. Not that boozy, no burn nor headiness. Banana, bubblegum, golden raisin, grapes and maraschino cherries abound. The yeastiness like unbaked pie crust. Molasses, brown sugar and a subtle coffee bean roast. Turns things around and finishes surprisingly dry. Tastes classic and unforced.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alphajackson3
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage can't be determined, date rubbed off.

Deep and rustic garnet body color, but has some nice clarity looking towards the head. Two finger and creamy head, slightly pink with a khaki like colored body, very neat looking brew.

Aroma is a giant unexpected shock. A very acidic and wild ale yeast sensing quality, that flirts with infection, but comes out like a real nice wine barrel, or red wine vinegar. Touches of burnt caramel a little, lots of classic plum and raisin character too. Fascinating.

Infection is nowhere to be found, but a delicious angle none the less. Caramel and soft taffy with Belgian brown sugar like qyalities. Large amounts of milky chocolate, with spicy clove like phenolic character as well. Slightly tannic, no sourness to taste that is hinted from the nose at all. Even a chewy black candy licorice quality comes with some warmth.

This is a really neat and delicious animal, I have shelved this for so long. No more, great memorable beer.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of hophugger
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper-gold in color with minimal head but great foamy lacing that forms wavy patterns down the side of the glass. Aromas of yeast and overripe citrus. Taste is on the sweet side and it takes precedent over the yeast and other flavors. Cool mouthfeel and a sweet sticky finish

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Photo of BergBeer
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date on the 750ml bottle. It pours a clear reddish brown with an impressive head of foam. Slow to shrink and a good lacing brew. Smells of caramel malt, Belgian yeast and spices, dark fruits, bit of butterscotch. Light presence of booze. Belgian flavours all the way. Yeasty, bananas, raisins, dark pitted fruit that add a wee bit of tart twang. Caramel malt is there but only as a supporting player. A bit of booze in the taste. Sipper? You betcha. I can dig that. Close to, if not, full bodied. Serve it to me at a blind tasting and I’d swear that it was Belgian.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not very familiar with the style, but what I liked was the clean after taste lingering sweetness (lack of metallic after taste I associate with similar styles). Minimal head which I also thought odd, pretty good lacing. Overall quite sweet, good flavor, but nothing to drink again. Oak, CA, Mar 2017

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
1.15/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bad bottle

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Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 931 ratings
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