Allagash Grand Cru | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Grand CruAllagash Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grand Cru is brewed with a touch of peated malt and spiced with coriander, sweet orange peel and a hint of anise. It is deep golden in color, full bodied and has hints of smoke and licorice in the taste and aroma. The malty, warming finish is perfect for colder weather.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a snifter. Batch 119.

My pour is a dirty, hazy amber color with a bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma has a nice spiciness to it, I imagine from the Belgian yeast strain and the combination of spices added. Nutmeg, coriander, and a bit of cinnamon are all present, working nicely with a sweet, yeasty, and bready malt character. Some candied green apples, red apples, and plums are also noticeable.

The flavor starts on a fairly sweet note, with a nice caramel malt presence. Up front I am also reminded of baked bread, with a strong spicy yeast presence. Some dark orchard fruits, mainly red apple, plum, and cherries add a subdued fruit note. Toward the end the spices come through more fully, with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and a bit of pepper all noticeable. As the sip finishes, it dries out a little bit, with a slightly tart green apple note.

At first the body feels full, with a bubbly carbonation and a sweet taste. As the taste progresses, however, it becomes more on the dry side, with the ghost remnants of whatever hops were here originally. The body lightens up, and the carbonation moves from bubbly (maybe overly so), to a bit more creamy.

I have been hanging onto this bottle for a while, so it is obviously lacking any hop presence whatsoever, but I found it to be rather enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

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On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some hints of oranges and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't really taste like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale as it lacks the flavors of dark fruits and dark malts but it is a nice Belgian Ale.

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Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 649 ratings.
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