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RATINGS: 1152   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Echon (366) - Århus, 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 (10670) - 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 (1708) - 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 (6718) - 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 (10002) - 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 (1601) - 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 (2709) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1242) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Strong raisiny prune like aroma, with Belgian yeasty spice. Bread Pours a murky brownish Amber color with small disappearing off white head Prune and raisin bread like flavor, hint of cocoa, yeasty spice, slight bitterness. Medium bodied with medium co2, lingering sweet yeasty spice finish. Another winner from Alesmith. Interesting and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget bought a few years ago Murky brown with a small, tan head. Metallic arma with sweet spiciness. Pomerance and coriander. Vinous flavour with notes of liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (735) - Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Bomber to a pint. Clear mahogany brown with off white head. Fruity esters and spicy phenols for sure. Clove and banana notes. Some chocolate on the finish. Really good brew.

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