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RATINGS: 1064   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (402) - - AUG 18, 2014
Drank 16-8-2014 on a tasting with Thierry, Marijn, Tijs, Rik, Lennart and Bram during our holiday in the Ardennen. Compelling, grabbing taste. Sweet, with a strong and dominating alchol taste. Nice sweet finish. Light brown color with a bit yellow foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (369) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
750 ml bottle dated 1/8/14 poured into a tulip..beautiful burgundy color with fluffy off-white head..taste of caramel,toffee,spices..alcohol is there but not in your face..outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1309) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
750mL Champagne bottle Bottled on 04/02/14 Darker than expected with a clear amber body & medium sized creamy white head that holds. Plenty of spicy, clovey, peppery phenolic character on the nose; pear esters, fragrant floral notes combining with toffee & toasty malts. Full body, good creamy carbonation, doesn’t give away too much of that big abv straight away. Yeasty character takes hold again on the palate; white pepper, ripe pear and bananas, clove & cinnamon, bread dough, herbal hops with a backbone of pale toffee sweetness. Dry finish, moderate bitterness, a touch of booze warmth lingers. Nice enough Belgian, not amongst the top of the style, but still darn nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Had this at a fantastic tasting and had such a great time with great people and great beers!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
didnt find this all that interesting, sort of forgettable after a few sips. not bad, just not very exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
carried over from untapped to try and organize my beers for syncronicity’s sake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1533) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
2013 bottling of this brown beauty with gold highlights, creamy tan head and spare, fine carbonation. Silky texture gives up classic Belgian style dark fruits like date and raisin. Caramelly and warming. A bit of dryness, pale-fruit tang and winey acidity balance it out, quite a fully realized rendition in the aroma and taste and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (102) - USA - JUL 27, 2014
Dates, aged cheese, port in the aroma. Same in the taste. Plus caramel and alcohol. Very good overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2618) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Luxury beer from this reputed American craft brewery, bottled in champagne bottles and apparently brewed with a Belgian trappist yeast strain. Dense, sticky, yellowish head over a warm bronze beer with a reddish glow, misty. Complexely perfumed with honey, apple sauce, apricot, tea leaves, candi sugar, hazelnuts, orange peel, plums, dried leaves, raisins, nutmeg. Sweet candi and fruity onset of which the candi syrup accent will guide you through the complete flavour trail; in the middle a big caramelly, nutty and honeyish maltiness, emphatic yeasty spiciness (there we have it) and a peppery hoppiness, which, in the end, gets the company of a warming alcohol effect reminiscent of amaretto and cognac, but not to a degree where it becomes disturbing. Great beer, just a little bit too cloying for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (758) - ISRAEL - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle sample at Grand Cru tasting at Beer and Beyond shop. Almost clear amber with a small white head. Yeasty and phenolic aroma with malt and caramel in the background. Sweet with prunes, caramel malt, vanilla, light chocolate and spicy notes. Heavy but well balanced flavors. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. Nice.

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