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:
915
Reviews:
385
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
197
For Trade:
5
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DocWaters
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Alesmith brew house 8.27.16

L - Amber ruby red. Not much lacing

S - light on the nose, but sugar is you get deep into it

T - Sweet, honey, figs. Well balanced for a 10% bomb. Lingering sweetness in the finish

F - mild body and carbonation

O - A good Belgian strong but too sweet to drink much of

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fantific
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchster
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

10% ABV, 17 IBU, OG=1.088. No other specs per the website. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Woodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a clear medium dark amber, forming a nice creamy light tan/yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is very phenolic, earthy, hints of caramel, a little pepper, suggestions of oxidation. Mouthfeel is syrupy, lightly cloying, quite ruddy. The taste again, is very phenolic, sticky, and unfortunately, quite oxidized with wet cardboard/newspaper. Bitterness is very mild. Very very boozy, some harsh fusels in the aftertaste.

Unfortunately, this is going to be a drain pour. What a mess. Terrible beer. I've heard lots of great things about alesmith and have like the 2 other beers I've had, and am looking forward to the other 5 or so that I picked up.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THoffner
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With a bold mahogany color, it has an orange sorbet aroma with a malty sweet dried apricot and orangey caramel taste as well as a great, balanced mouthfeel. It does have some hops, but is balanced out with a malty backbone. It also doesn’t feel alcoholic despite having a high alcohol content. This is a great treat overall! Meanwhile, other beers to try out is the Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Company, the Dubbel Vission from Aftershock Brewing Company and, if you’re lucky to find it, the Shegöat from the Bruery.

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 915 ratings.
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