AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
920
Reviews:
387
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
199
For Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
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 +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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1.15/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bad bottle

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Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful deep red garnet hue with 1-2 inch light tan head that quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Banana, clove, fruity esters, fresh cinnamon raisin bread, and sweet caramel malt. Can smell the Belgian yeast attributes from a foot or two away immediately after pouring.
T: Sweet banana, raisin, and caramel malt hit first followed by clove, cinnamon, and a hint of chocolate.
M: Extraordinarily soft and velvety smooth. Sweet fruit notes with some spice. The high ABV is imperceptible. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: A nice sipper that has some depth, but is easily approachable. Wish it was a bit more complex with the aroma and on the palate. Still a very solid brew.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 32-oz. growler
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: AleSmith in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $12.00
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Misc.: N/A

Apparently hadn’t had this before purchasing on a trip to AleSmith for Emily’s birthday. Grabbed a 32-oz. growler for the festivities later, hoping I would get to review it. Liked it at first sip, giving it a 4.00 on Untappd. Reviewed it roughly six hours later.

Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head, which thinned out quickly. Decent amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled dark cherry candy, cloves, banana, purple grape, herbal, cherry cough medicine, raspberry and hints of wintry spices. (Smell - 4.00)

Lots of fruits on the tongue. Got cherry candy, followed by a splash of booze, feeling the warmth. Also cloves, plum and purple grape, ending with an abrupt finish. More prodding got me cherry jelly, a touch of banana, dark raisins, wintry spices (nutmeg, touch of cinnamon), Red Vine candy and peppery spices. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, fruity finish (Feel - 4.25)

This was a good beer for any style. I highly recommend it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.16 | 93 | A-

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Photo of Toadvine50
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours brown with a light tan head. The overall clarity is rather hazy.

Smell: It has deep aromas from the malts and esters. The malt is bready. There is a deep dried cherry aroma as well. It has some spices in the aroma that are perfume like.

Taste: There are flavors of bready and some chocolate. There are flavors of dried cherries, plums, and floral elements. The overall flavor presentation is moderately sweet and moderately bitter.

Body: It has a moderate body with some noticeable alcohol warmth. It also has fairly high carbonation. The finish is also somewhat dry.

Overall, there is a complex combinations of flavors and aromas provided by the malt and esters. The overall presentation starts moderately sweet with moderate bitterness and finishes dry with a slight bit of tartness.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aidenkim
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark amber-red color and a cloudy texture. there was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long. OK lacing.

S: A solid aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of some caramel notes, light malt notes, Belgian yeast, some light spices (pepper, in particular, with some coriander), apples, malt, and dark fruit. A vibrant and easy to like flavor. It's definitely sweeter and more sugary than other BSDAs, but it seems to work here.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made American version of Belgian-style beer. Easy to drink, and never very overpowering.

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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