AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
BA SCORE
85.8%
Liked This Beer
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:
#2,961
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
922
Liked:
791
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
10.4%
Alströms:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
200
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of Grinky
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of retry4z
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temperature in an AleSmith Decadence glass.

A deep and dense Burgundy color with a beautiful three-finger persistent head.

Smells of raisins, caramel, alcohol, and some spices.

Taste is sweet, dark fruit, some spice, and a nice alcoholic finish. No bitterness present.

Full-bodied, with high carbonation.

Overall, I would try this again. It's sweet. This is one of the finest examples of Belgian strong ale. Would go very nicely with a fresh hearty burger.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a brownish, caramel color with dense brown head. Incredible retention (as with many of their tap beers) and displays generous lacing. Superb clarity for a darkish beer.

S: Sweet bubble gum and cherry, and a bit of red fruit.

T: Sweet and a little tart with cherry and dark dried fruit. The fruit or yeast is reallly pronounced which contributes to the tartness.

M: Medium-full body--a bit syrupy--with medium-light carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.

O: Pretty good. A touch sweet for my tastes, and very fruity.

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Photo of rolive
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark reddish brown with large head that recedes quickly. Very effervescent. Aroma of mostly fruit (plums, figs, pears) and yeast. A hint of spice. Flavor is heavy on prunes and fig, with a bit of toffee giving this an interesting complexity. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. A good bite on the way down to balance out the sweet fruit. A lot going on here. Solid brew.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a chalice. Pours a clear amber w/ moderate carb, light head settles to a thin film.

Aroma is dark fermented fruit, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Dark fruity malt, candi sugar, toffee, vanilla and booze. Rich, sweet and tasty.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, but finishes fairly dry.

Overall a solid, enjoyable BSDA.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007.
Pours a dark ruby brown with a smallish bubbly off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a fair bit of melanoid, spice, peeper, and a touch of alcohol round out the nose quite well. The flavor is sweet up front with brown sugar and caramel. Melanoid, prunes and plums come in with a bit of alcohol and licorice midway through. Long lingering sweet burnt sugar lingers long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I really enjoyed it. I would have liked a touch more carbonation, but I can live with it as is.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity and a ruby hue. The creamy off-white head leave lacing on the glass and falls slowly but is easily roused.

S: Fruit, spice with a malty sweetness is my first impression. There is a moderate plum and raisin fruit aroma with a moderately-low peppery spice that seems part yeast part hops aroma. A nice rich malt with a little caramel mixes well with the perfumey alcohol and dark fruit.

T: The fruit, malt sweetness and alcohol the dominate flavors here with a moderate flavor of plum and dried cherries. The moderately-high hops bitterness more than balance the malt sweetness bringing the balances moderately bitter despite the initial sweetness. There is a quick bitterness and fruit in the after taste and an off-dry finish. The alcohol brings a floral sweetness towards the finish.

A: This is a medium-full bodied beer with a high level of carbonation and substantial warmth. There is a satisfying moderate creaminess as well

O: Like candy coated plums with a healthy balance of hops. A rich beer like this would be complement to a rich holiday dinner with ham.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge frothy tan head. Fades slowly but leaves almost no lacing behind, just hints here and there.

S: Fruity, get some raisin, fig and grape. Lots of caramel with some brown sugar. Earthy with a bit of cocoa. Finally, some spices.

T: Lots of raisin, apple and grape skin up front. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar in the middle. Finishes earthy and spicy in typical belgian fashion.

M: Heavy, borderline syrupy.

O: Not a bad BSDA. Heavy on the molasses and fruits for sure, more barleywine than belgian in my opinion. Having said that, there's plenty of spice and earth from the belgian yeast. Pretty decent brew but nothing amazing or outstanding about it.

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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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