AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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90
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918 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:
918
Reviews:
387
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
199
For Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. I reviewed a fresh bottle (which was lost in one of BA's "lost review" moments) and didn't care for it much. We'll see if this is any better with some time on it.

3.0 A: Opaque medium brown color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Brown sugar, caramel, and a rum soaked raisin type booziness. Fig and prune fruitiness. Some toastiness in there as well. Peppery spiciness. Light bready maltiness. The flavor profile looks better on paper than how it actually smells. The aromas don't balance each other out that well. Still, not bad.

2.5 T: This has mellowed to the point of being boring. Brown sugar and caramel are the strongest flavors. Almost tart fruitiness featuring dates, figs, and raisins. Light peppery spiciness. Booze is in check though.

2.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation level is right, but it's a "passive" carbonation as opposed to the spritzy Belgain yeast carbonation that I like. Seems almost oily. Smooth though.

2.5 D: Didn't care for it fresh and I care for it even less with some age. It's not undrinkable, but it's boring with a subpar mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from 2010

A: Pours a deep amber with ruby hues. Decent size two finger head that fades really fast with zero lacing. Average clarity.

S: Very spicy with cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves on the first whiff. Brown sugar, caramel, toasted biscuits, figs, raisins, cherries and apples round out the mix.

T: The spice rolls out front with cloves and apples bringing a little bready goodness. As it gets to room temp some notes of berries emerge with cherries in front. The stone fruits from the nose are not really evident the more I drink and any hope of toffee/carmel goodness is lost as the finish falls a bit flat.

M: A bit thin with carbonation along the line of "spritzy." I really think the beer is over carbonated and the depth of flavor is lost in the effervescence.

D: Sadly this beer comes up short of being anything truly great. The flavors fall a bit flat for me after a really inviting nose. All in all still a drinkable brew.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Wax sealed upon purchase (fresh). Opened and reviewed 12-3-11

Aroma- Burnt caramel, toast, raison, with some hints of cedar. Touch of oxidation.

Taste- Huge raison flavors, some bready yeast carrying through, with a touch of wet paper from it's age. Touch of cranberry, with some dark (burnt) sugar coming through on the finish.

Overall- This one has held up and then some. I see this beer lasting at least another couple of years. My 2006 bottle would be lucky the get opened in 2014. Lay this one down. Much better aged than fresh.

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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark brown. Big off white head.

S - Dark fruits. Orange citrus. Raisins.

T - Toasty malts. Alcohol. Raisins. Stone fruits. Dates. Leather.

M - Big body. Strong alcohol heat.

O - A complex mix of strong flavors and smells. Love how big it is in flavor, smell, body, and alcohol. Very intense beer. A little too intense with the alcohol flavor. Might drink again.

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AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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