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RATINGS: 1053   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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. Appearance: Crystal clear (when served properly), with a toast-brown color. Flavor: Starts with the tangy flavor of our championship Belgian yeast, then fades to a medium-light flavor of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Finishes dry and well-balanced with a slightly toasty flavor. Aroma: Vanilla and chocolate aromas predominate, along with the Belgian yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Clean and crisp, medium-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content makes it feel like a fine wine.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (197) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
75cl bottle served in a Prearis glass. Pours a wonderful translucent dark brown colour with a bubbly off white head which lasts well. Aroma is spicy, yeasty and dark fruits. Taste is hugely complex with sweet fruit preserve, toffee and malty spiciness giving way to a late bitterness. Medium mouthfeel but perfect for the style with good carbonation. Exactly what you would expect for a Belgian style beer brewed the American way. All the subtleness and well balanced flavours of a Belgian ale cranked up to 11.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmanock (23) - - DEC 12, 2014
fantastic and easy drinking. bready, molasses aroma. taste is of fruitcake, candied dark fruits, marzipan, caramel apple, and chocolate covered orange peel. slight citrusy aroma and taste from the yeast. not extremely yeasty, but not very dark-malt dominated either. very complex and interesting beer. strong, but still displays a light character, ie., not overly sticky, toasted, alcoholic, hoppy, or wine-y.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3029) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle bought through brill & Co. Pours goldenish brown with a creamy frothy goldenish offwhite head that leaves some thick trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly estery with oatmeal, caramel, baked pears, apples, marzipan, dry soil, hay and lemon zest. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, malty and estery with oatmeal, caramel, toffee, apples, pears, marzipan, soil, hay, lemon zest and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny tart and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny sour, malty and estery with oatmeal, bread, apples, pears, hay, dry soil and lemon zest. Nicely balanced!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel raisins. Flavor follows and is really sweet. Dark fruits. Some slight tartness on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3303) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Piwo dobre z rangi Grand Cru, ale wydaje mi sie ze takie nie jest. Elegancka butelka lakierowana cacy ale srednia i opadajaca blyskawicznie pianka. Alkohol naszczescie ukryty. Kolor bordowy ale Grand Cru z Belgii to inna klasa. W smaku sliwka porzeczki nieco malim i powidel sliwkowych, do tego such piernik i rodzynki w rumie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1045) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2014
light beige head leaves minimal lacing. red brown colour. aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins, figs, dates, yeasty, bit peppery. taste is really rich toffee, caramel, raisins, figs, dates, marmelade aftertaste is sweet but also a bitterness like roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. very enjoyable sipper. bottle 75cl

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3449) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
750ml bottle @jookos, thanks! Copper color, thin white head. Alcohol soaked dried fruits in aroma, raisins. Flavor has bready malt, dark fruits, sweetness, raisins and plums. Heavy stuff. Quite boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1200) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a crystal clear body (i.e. served properly, according to the commercial description) with a medium amber colour. The head is rather small, has the colour of eggnog and laces the glass well. Sweet, malty and quite strong aroma of dark dried fruits, sweet caramel, Belgian yeast and wood. Strong flavour of dark dried fruits (prunes), generic fresh fruits, brown sugar and liquorice. Moderate sweet taste with a moderate bitter long-lasting finish. Full-bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A good one, but for the first time when tasting a beer from AleSmith I can’t claim that it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
[75 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, shared with Svensenga smak & behag]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1494) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: intense caramel, heavy bread and grain malts. Appearance: clear amber, small, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, prunes, overripe fruits, heavy caramel. Overall: very nice Belgian Strong Ale, great aroma. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfroseth (15) - NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
Rød klar farge. Lukter bær og frukt og karamell. Kaffelikørsmak. Syrlig lang ettersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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