Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-Style Ale has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer. Enjoy now or continue to age in a cool, dark place.

Added by ArrogantB on 05-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
For Trade:
5
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, fruit, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly subtle barrel aged presence.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt with some residual sugar, some caramel and light dry fruit notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with caramel malt and light dry fruit notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but not as complex as I was hoping and barrel was not as apparent as I would have expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Big off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Very malty. Fruity malt. Red wine. Cuts the depth with a bright wine aroma.

Taste - Very caramelly. Some fruits. Kinda monotonous. A bit of red wine, but mostly a Belgian malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Feels light. High carbonation and bright flavors lend it lightness.

Overall - Disappointing BA beer from AleSmith without being offensive.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

04/26/2013

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Dark red bordering on brown with a frothy beige cap.

S: Strong vinous profile, redolent of grape and oak. Mild lactic character with evident tartness. Vanilla blends with caramel, honey, plum, prune, and raisin. I'm getting a little citrus that reminds me of orange.

T: The flavor is dark fruit forward, with notes of plum, prune, raisin, and grape. Grape seems to take over in that category. A surprisingly strong amount of vanilla from the barrel with some caramel as well. Oaky and tannic finish. Mildly tart with a gentle alcohol presence

M: Upper medium to lower full body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and tannic with alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice beer and one I was happy to try, but I'm glad I didn't buy a bottle.

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Alesmith Grand Cru Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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