AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
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85.8%
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4.04 w/ 922 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,957
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
922
Liked:
791
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
10.4%
Alströms:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
200
Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a ruddy copper that is fairly clear with a creamy three fingers of beige head that rapidly settles to a film that beefs back up with a quick swirl . Decent retention; little to no lacing.

S:
Spicy, yeasty, phenols. Raisins, bitter orange, nutmeg, with roast nuts underneath it all.

T:
Spicy and complex with some very prominent fruity notes. Orange, coriander, caramel, dark fruits, earth and a subtle rind-like medicinal hop flavor underlying it all. Pretty over-arching lacquer-like alcohol flavor present.

M:
Warm, medium- to full-bodied and coating. The alcohol has a nice, even warming feeling and the relatively strong carbonation counterbalances the creamy, warm coatingness of the rest of it.

O:
Good take on a big Belgian beer.
If I described this beer with one word it would be spicy. Everything about it is phenol-laced, yeasty, and warm as could be. Not the best-looking beer (but pretty good for how stiff it is). Everything else is a tingly counterpoint to the brandy-like coating warmth of it. Spicy, boozy, darkly fruit-tinged.
Would have again; worth having if you can get it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a real beauty of a beer here, an elegant and well refined glass of ale. the color is dark, a belgian strong dark by nature, but more than that. grand cru has no meaning really, but in this case refers to a special beer released just once a year. a caramel colored brew with a dried fruit nose of raisins and molasses, and a classic fruity ester yeast strain. flavors of liquid cereal and brown sugar, like a real good granola. yeast and grain driven flavor, in equal parts, but sweetness lingers and prevails. a toffee or butterscotch dessert vibe, fancy from the get go, but i like the way it slides from soil minerals to sunny harvest grains to sugars melting and about to burn. the yeast makes it though, high gravity belgain stuff that cleans up all the heaviness. not overcarbonated, but its not too filling. more sugar than i need, and one bottle is way too much to take down solo. extremely well hidden alcohol is the most impressive feature. a beer for once in a while, but a special one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown with a touch of orange and a light brown head.

S: Orange, mango and a general fruitiness in the nose.

T: Lots of orange, banana and maybe some pineapple.

M: Medium-full bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

O: Typical of the style? No. Alesmith's best beer? Definitely not. A great beer in and of itself? Definitely. Try it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Starts with a thick, frothy two finger head that thins out. Active carbonation that pokes up through the head. A bright ruby / garnet color.

S: Huge yeast ester and phenol aromas with hints of granny smith apples, plums, and clove.

T: Graham cracker flavor from the malt and the esters provide tart apple and caramelized banana that sweetens the finish.

M: Medium body with a lingering sticky sweetness.

O: A loyal and accurate take on the classic Belgian ale. Perfect for fall / winter and pairing with the holiday meals.

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.8% out of 100 with 922 ratings
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