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RATINGS: 1155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Grand Cru is a dark chestnut-colored Belgian-style Ale with vibrant fermentation aromas of fruity esters and spicy phenols. A sweet caramel malt, raisin, and plum-like character combines with the complex fermentation profile of our Belgian yeast strain and hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel make for a slow and satisfying drinking experience. Grand Cru is meant to be savored and will age nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2790) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
75cl bottle shared with friends. Clear reddish brown with a small white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, malts, raisins, ripe fruits, spices and herbs. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6084) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle: (2013 Vintage) Cloudy brown with a thin, off-white cap. Toffee and plum aroma. Dark, sweet bread, plums, toffee malt taste. Sticky caramel/chocolate/nuttiness. Sort of like a slightly boozy candy bar... Just gets better and better the more you taste and the warmer it gets. NICE.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (1013) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2016
750 mL. Brownish orange with quickly dissipating orangish head. Ripe banana, under ripe strawberry, belgian yeast, clove and banana bread. Bready sweet flavor with a mild spice aftertaste. Medium body with a watery feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Echon (386) - rhus, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2016
Dark red body with a creamy head.
Aroma and flavours of dried fruit and spicy belgian yeast. Moderetely sweet with light bitterness. Somewhat sharp taste, with a bit of alcohol.
Medium body with soft carbonation

This is a good belgian strong ale, but I expected more from AleSmith. There is no reason to return to this beer considering the alternatives from Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle. Nutty toffee malt, yeast, and dry grass aroma. Chestnut with small head. Sweet raisin, pecan, toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal hay/alcohol flavor. Nice body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1709) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Deep orange, ruddy pour, small off white head. Fantastic aroma, dried fruits and spices. Flavor is still fruity but takes on a roasty character. Perhaps a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6749) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Sampled at ESBLS. Amber with a beige ring. A grain and perfume aroma. Flavor is funky and earthy. Grainy. Dark fruit and stone fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is dark fruit, raisin, toast. Thin mouth, sweet fruit, toffee, touch of hop bitterness, light spice finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1625) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2016
From a bottle. Mild rum and raison aroma, delicious and well balanced, not usually my favourite style but this was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2768) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Draft at Bru Craft. Clear mahogany brown pour with no head at all. Plummy dark red fruit. Fairly juicy and very sweet but with a bit of spice on the end. Raisin brandy flambee. Glossy chocolate liquorice. Black currants. Homemade root beer. Vegemite. Anchovies. Worcestershire sauce. Merlot. Celery root. Bamboo shoots. Shittake mushrooms. Oyster sauce. Dark caramel toffees. The alcohol feels more prominent as it warms. Medium syrupy body. More complex than expected. Definitely a sipper.

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