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RATINGS: 1042   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (84) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Had on tap as well as a bottle. One thing I like about this beer is that the Belgian yeast survives the High abv which is something I really appreciate. a bit fruity without being citrus like a pale ale. Alcohol warms but does not burn. Caramel Sweet from start to finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (909) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Hmm...been drinking and going to Alesmith for years now and somehow never rated this. Growler fill from brewery today. Pours a nice tea color (red-brown) with one full finger of frothy off-white foam. AROMA is yeasty and spicy with notes of caramel, dark bready malts, dark grapes/raisins, port, and cloves. FLAVOR of excellent dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins), Belgian yeast (hints of banana and clove), delicious caramel, candi sugar, and buttered toast (whole wheat bread). A very pleasing level of moderate sweetness. Smooth and somewhat dry finish. The high ABV is completely hidden here. Yet another excellent beer by the fine folks at Alesmith. (1021, 870)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1754) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle shared at May Ale Alpharetta. Aroma was yeast, raisin, bits of banana esters, thick caramel maltiness. Taste has spicy caramel maltiness, dark fruits, estery yeast. Not much carbonation. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy ruby coloured with spicy red fruity flavours, sherry, vanilla and oak notes with a very warming burnt currant and toffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1013) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle from a trade and shared at the bottle share. Small snifters. Pours a medium brown, clear with a small eggshell head and mild lacing. Aroma is complex with Belgian yeasts, dark fruits such as prunes and plums, a subtle sweetness, caramel, and spices. The taste is just as complex with Belgian yeasts, sweet dark sugars, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, spices such as cloves and anise. Medium body, mild carbonation. Finish is full of flavor and Belgian yeasts. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Purchased at Woodman’s in Kenosha, WI; enjoyed at home two days before leaving on a long European journey. This stuff looks, smells, and tastes fancy. Appearance a dark brown plum with a moderate off white head that rims around the glass, looks great in a chalice. Aroma is a nice complex mix of caramel, Belgian ale yeast, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and light champagne. Taste is rich and flavorful and impressively light, considering the high ABV. The raisin flavor comes out more the warmer it gets, and it also becomes more enjoyable as it warms. Opened a bottle for myself, kind of wish I shared this one. Meant to be shared, really nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper/ruby with thin beige head. Aroma: Raisin, chocolate, treacle, dried date, liquorice, aniseed, note of vanilla. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitter and sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, treacle, liquorice, aniseed, vanilla hint, dried date finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: lovely. Rating is for bottled version 10% ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pieboss (6) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
Ruckus Pizza Morrisville on draft. First try on draft. Very delicious. Maybe one of the best Belgians I’ve tried in a while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is sour with a fair amount of fruitiness to it and a slight bit of booze. Interestingly, I got got a quick whiff of candied sugar. Taste is strong and slightly sour with some whiskey to it, actually. Interesting, but not my style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3076) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
200 ml from a bottle thanks to a guy at BeerTemple. Clear deep amber pour with bubbly off white head. Aroma is really malty, nice mix of Alesmith malt :fruits, molasses, raisins and classic Belgian spicy notes, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper. Taste is sweet, malty, but with little residual sweetness. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Really easy drinking. Lives up to the Alesmith reputation.


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