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 Aidenkim
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of aknalley
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmg480
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DocWaters
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fantific
2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchster
2.16/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

10% ABV, 17 IBU, OG=1.088. No other specs per the website. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Woodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a clear medium dark amber, forming a nice creamy light tan/yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is very phenolic, earthy, hints of caramel, a little pepper, suggestions of oxidation. Mouthfeel is syrupy, lightly cloying, quite ruddy. The taste again, is very phenolic, sticky, and unfortunately, quite oxidized with wet cardboard/newspaper. Bitterness is very mild. Very very boozy, some harsh fusels in the aftertaste.

Unfortunately, this is going to be a drain pour. What a mess. Terrible beer. I've heard lots of great things about alesmith and have like the 2 other beers I've had, and am looking forward to the other 5 or so that I picked up.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirt286
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleigh
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THoffner
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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