AleSmith Grand Cru Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Grand Cru AleAleSmith Grand Cru Ale
BA SCORE
4.05/5
926 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:
#2,812
Reviews:
389
Ratings:
926
pDev:
10.37%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
201
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 389
Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful deep red garnet hue with 1-2 inch light tan head that quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Banana, clove, fruity esters, fresh cinnamon raisin bread, and sweet caramel malt. Can smell the Belgian yeast attributes from a foot or two away immediately after pouring.
T: Sweet banana, raisin, and caramel malt hit first followed by clove, cinnamon, and a hint of chocolate.
M: Extraordinarily soft and velvety smooth. Sweet fruit notes with some spice. The high ABV is imperceptible. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: A nice sipper that has some depth, but is easily approachable. Wish it was a bit more complex with the aroma and on the palate. Still a very solid brew.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 32-oz. growler
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: AleSmith in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $12.00
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Misc.: N/A

Apparently hadn’t had this before purchasing on a trip to AleSmith for Emily’s birthday. Grabbed a 32-oz. growler for the festivities later, hoping I would get to review it. Liked it at first sip, giving it a 4.00 on Untappd. Reviewed it roughly six hours later.

Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head, which thinned out quickly. Decent amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled dark cherry candy, cloves, banana, purple grape, herbal, cherry cough medicine, raspberry and hints of wintry spices. (Smell - 4.00)

Lots of fruits on the tongue. Got cherry candy, followed by a splash of booze, feeling the warmth. Also cloves, plum and purple grape, ending with an abrupt finish. More prodding got me cherry jelly, a touch of banana, dark raisins, wintry spices (nutmeg, touch of cinnamon), Red Vine candy and peppery spices. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, fruity finish (Feel - 4.25)

This was a good beer for any style. I highly recommend it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.16 | 93 | A-

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Photo of Toadvine50
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours brown with a light tan head. The overall clarity is rather hazy.

Smell: It has deep aromas from the malts and esters. The malt is bready. There is a deep dried cherry aroma as well. It has some spices in the aroma that are perfume like.

Taste: There are flavors of bready and some chocolate. There are flavors of dried cherries, plums, and floral elements. The overall flavor presentation is moderately sweet and moderately bitter.

Body: It has a moderate body with some noticeable alcohol warmth. It also has fairly high carbonation. The finish is also somewhat dry.

Overall, there is a complex combinations of flavors and aromas provided by the malt and esters. The overall presentation starts moderately sweet with moderate bitterness and finishes dry with a slight bit of tartness.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aidenkim
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark amber-red color and a cloudy texture. there was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long. OK lacing.

S: A solid aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of some caramel notes, light malt notes, Belgian yeast, some light spices (pepper, in particular, with some coriander), apples, malt, and dark fruit. A vibrant and easy to like flavor. It's definitely sweeter and more sugary than other BSDAs, but it seems to work here.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made American version of Belgian-style beer. Easy to drink, and never very overpowering.

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DocWaters
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fantific
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith Grand Cru Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 926 ratings
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