AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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90
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915 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
Ratings:
915
Reviews:
385
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
197
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 915 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwreay90
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cold_1
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 8/2013. It is a cloudy dark mahogany with a nice 2.5 finger sand colored head. Nice cap and lacing form on the glass. Sweeter aromas of bread, figs, dark plum and cherry mingle with toffee and caramel. Some banana esters, yeast and, clove are also are present. Flavor is sweet and yeasty in the front with some banana, gives way to the sweet toffee and caramel with hints of the dark fruit. Medium smooth feel with soft carbonation. A tasty brew even after it sat for 2.5 years.

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Photo of Jae61
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shareallthebeer
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Cylinsier
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75 cl

Pours clear cherry red, yellowish white head is a quarter inch thick and retains as a lacing.

Smells of citrus, coriander, fresh fruity notes like cherry and raspberry, and a grassy malt undertone.

Tastes of cherry, oatmeal, fresh grass, citrus, yeast and a dry woodiness.

Full body with tingly carbonation.

Awesome brew, lots of flavor and aroma. Very rich and full bodied. The taste isn't quite perfect with the different elements not fully blending together, but this is a small criticism. Overall, an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown color with a nice head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is similar though there's an interesting but somewhat odd clove taste as it finishes. The texture is on the thin and crisp side. A solid take on the style.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Sweeter than I expected, but in the glass it's one of the most beautiful beers I've ever poured. Head fades pretty fast, with almost no lacing. Smells like plums and raisins with distinct fruity esters from the yeast. I don't know how to describe the malt flavors when I sip it--quite a bit of complexity, but taste mainly follows the nose. The sweetness really dominates for me, and that's not a plus. I prefer something drier, but still. A little bitterness toward the end helps. Alcohol is well hidden, except that I can FEEL it half way through. Carbonation is a little lower than I expected--more would have been good. To cut the sweetness. Mouthfeel derives mostly from that almost syrupy excess, but is otherwise thinner than anticipated. Overall? I like it but am surprised that I'd rate the taste lower than all its other attributes. Too sweet.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Ruddy, brownish-red body; very thick, fluffy, lasting head. Fruity aroma with touches of caramel; raisins and dates; dark grain fresh bread. Upfront, toasted grain flavor; bread crust; mild toffee character; dried cherries; low-key booziness. Heavy body; smooth and luscious on the palate; warm with residual sugars; creamy texture.

A fine tasting, exceptionally warm and easy drinking strong ale. It presents lots of depth and complexity within its flavors and does an excellent job of keeping the alcohol presence within bounds. Malt-forward with a chewy caramel note. A very nice find...

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YNWA1892
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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