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.

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Reviews: 458 | Ratings: 647
Photo of zerk
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #4... this beer was somewhat cloudy and copper / brown with a thick but quickly disappating head. Aroma of malt, cloves, figs, and vanilla. Flavor was sweet... malt upfront, some dried fruit notes, and vanilla, followed by some spicy bitterness... with a bit of alcohol lingering on the tongue. Body was medium... gave a crisp impression... well carbonated. This is a very solid Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of DrewS
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with the look of fall, brownish red and orange. Nice but modest head that dissipates soon to a thin layer. Interesting nose infused with the smell of malt, spice and some fruity esters. Lighter in body than I expected with good carbonation delivering a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The taste is different and hard for me to decribe. Malt and spice are present, with some bitter orange peel and fruity, herbal tea flavors. Bitterness is perceived not only in the very beginning but in the finish as well. Like I said, interesting. Give it a try. BTW, I believe the alcohol content to be 7.2% this year.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, this Cru (batch #3) had a lovely, dark copper color with red overtones. A tan head of about 1.5" was easily produced, eventually thinning to a lasting 1/4" layer. Belgian lacing was quite nice. The nose was a pleasing blend of fruit and spices, with a spicy sharpness quite evident. Body was middle of the road, and the carbonation gave the mouthfeel a bubbly creaminess on the tongue. Flavor, too, was a well-crafted mix of fruit and spices, with a somewhat dry finish, and a gratifying aftertaste. I enjoyed this bier quite a bit (it's a Maine bier, after all, right JohnnyP?!).

overall: 4.55
appearance: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber brown color clouded by yeast, with a big head of beige foam that shrinks quite a bit, but leaves lots of lace.
The smell of this beer is full of spices and some orangey citrus with some grassiness in the background.
Great flavor with good amount of malt sweetness, spicy cloves and some orange fruitiness with a little yeastiness. Zippy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation, yet has a kind of creaminess after the initial bubbly sting. Warming alcohol noticeable after a few sips, this is another gret Belgian from Allagash. I'll be saving a few of these while they are available to try later and see how they age.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Brown 750 ml magnum with “Batch #1” on the label. A blurb about the beer, pairing suggestions as directions on how to pour the beer on the side.

Appearance: Mildly hazed sunset amber with a big and fast frothing light tan head, rocky and dense the head sticks in large clumps.

Smell: Clovey allspice, anise, orange peel, herbal medicinal phenolic, slight alcoholic esters, candied fruit and a powdery yeast make up the aroma.

Taste: Aggressive carbonation, crisp and flowing with a well textured mouth feel. Dry toasted biscuity malt character, goes a touch husk in the finish. Spicy palate with lots of clovey allspice, orange peel, mild medicinal phenols and a peppery end. Hops are nearly negligible though would be in the way if they were too noticeable. Fruity with a candied fruit flavour, deceivingly mild alcoholic esters and a powdery almost musty yeast lingers in the after taste.

Notes: This one gets quite dry the longer it ages and the alcohol seems to mellow out a bit also which makes for a perfect summer time brew even though this is a winter seasonal. Next time it comes around or if you see it on the shelf buy a few and cellar them for a few or several months.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 2 BTW. I waited a long time for this one, poured with a healthy rocky head, effervescent and long lasting. Beautiful slightly hazy red in the glass. Nose is yeasty and fruity, taste is a little medicinal (in a good way) with typical Belgian fruit and malt notes throughout, with a hint of acidity. Goes down very's amazing that I held onto it since first bringing it home back in December! IMO, Allagash is the best Belgian-style brewery in the Northeast, along with Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of Andy
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge sustained off tan head. Hazy bropwn color. Spicy, lemon zest nose, mixed with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly medicinal nose. Some hints of sweet candi sugar. Distinct belgian yeast aftertaste, almost biscuity at times. For a beer this big, the alcohol and its warming powers are very subtle.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful New England seasonal, maturity seems to have done this beer nothing but good. The epitome of balance: mellow yet robust, peppery yet velvety. Fruity and tantalizingly sweet with subdued hop character. The spices seem at one with the brew. Alcohol notes are present but do not mask the flavor. This beer has a raw cidery quality (I mean real dark cider, not the light fizzy stuff) that is so appropriate for fall/winter months. Matured nicely into the early spring months, curious to drink it again a few months down the road.

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