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RATINGS: 1007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (3771) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
Big bottle from Denmark cons 2013-12-21 Göteborg AP: wee hazy red wine coloured body, fizzy wee bubbly cream caramel colored head AR: ripe grapes, wee yeasty, mango, alcholic notes F: citrus, vinos, dry, pretty fizzy, ripe grapes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pour is clear ruby red with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, light spice, faint cocoa, and light brandy notes. Flavor is rich caramel malt up front which gives way to chocolate notes followed by light spice and maple. a little alcohol burn in the middle but not much. Also some light fruity notes in the finish. Really drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (2815) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Vintage 2013. Une bouteille de 75 cl payée 9.99$ et partagée avec Stefan et Ricardo. Une robe ambrée qui scintille. Une petite tête mousseuse qui se transforme rapidement en anneau. Le nez est bien attaqué par une multitude de fruits. Outre les prunes et les raisins, je peux reconnaître des fruits du verger et des cerises légèrement acidulées. Le profil malté est alléchant avec ses notes de caramel foncé et ses légères notes chocolatées. Le liquide bien tempéré permet aussi l’apparition d’une pointe de vanille et d’un parfum langoureux de réglisse. La bouche est ravissante, douce, pleinement fruitée, bien maltée et chaude avec une subtile touche de bois vanillée. Au palais, le liquide montre un corps de moyenne densité avec une texture presque liquoreuse et des bulles à la belge. La finale se fait sur des notes amères fabriquées par un alcool poivré, une levure fruitée, des malts rôtis et des houblons herbeux.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MagnusTjader (73) - Mullsjö, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Lagrats i 2 år till en ljuvlig upplevelse. Världens bästa bryggeri levererar alltid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle over a year old. A sweet belgian triple, some spice some banana. A belgiany belgian from san diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (853) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
750mL bottle pours a deep amber almost brown, smells of applesauce and spice, some sweet caramel notes linger on the taste with a bit of bread crust in the finish. Solid beer but not my favorite from Alesmith

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
On tap at Stubbys. Clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma of cherries, oak, toffee, sweet malt and fruit. Tastes like liqueur/amaretto with fruit, oak, toffee and is overly cloying and unbalanced almost to the point that I don’t even want to drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (530) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
From backlog. Dark amber colour. Caramel dark fruit aroma. Sweet, caramel, belgian yeast taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoju777 (136) - FRANCE - NOV 14, 2013
I think I got it at Jimbos. It’s a cold foggy night. In an American pint glass. Smells like a real Belgium beer. Reddish color? Complex flavor. Tastes like a Belgium triple that I really like but can’t place. St Bernardus 12 mixed with a little McChouffe. Really nice and thick in a good way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
oakbluff (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
2006 vintage- pours mahogany with a ruby undertone. Excellent clarity and small lacing and virtually no head. Nose- apple juice, raisins, burnt sugar. Taste- syrupy caramel, dark fruits and yeasty phenols. Overall the flavour profile is flabby likely due to oxidation. very low carbonation. Dry mineral finish.

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