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RATINGS: 1043   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3162) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1903) - USA - MAY 10, 2014
Golden brown in color... Aroma of candi sugar, caramel... Flavor is caramel, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, light citrus, hint of bitterness on palate... Lots of plum... Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (216) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Pours clear reddish brown with a slight head that dissipates quickly, no lacing, this beer is not about the appearance. Wonderful aroma of red grapes, honey, vanilla, slight earthy notes. This is a very unique beer, I haven’t had anything like this before, almost like an Oud Bruin. Medium sweet, slightly sour, very little bitterness, and some spicy, fruity aspects, extremely clean finish. Even has kind of a red raspberry dimension to it, very interesting. I would get this again, very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redbeard3 (107) - - MAY 3, 2014
Aroma is belgian yeast and has a hint of booze. Flavors of vanilla, caramel that are deep and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vlan1 (198) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle pours a dark brown with small tan head. Smells of brown sugar and dried plums along with a hint of spice. Taste is toffee, dark fruit and a hint of cloves. Absolutely sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bomber. Rich amber pour with minimal head. Raisin, caramel, mild chocolate. Mild yeast. This is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Strong alcoholic of alcohol. There is a strong flavor of caramel, alcohol, grapes, vanilla, light chocolate, and more. The flavor changes as it warms. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (600) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle (over a year old) to a trappist glass - rusty brown with a beige head. Has a champagne aroma and an initial smoked toffee taste. Hints of dark fruit (plum) and caramel. Medium body and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (556) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 28, 2014
Color caoba algo turbio con espuma color crema. Aromas de frutas confitadas En boca es afrutada y dulce con un final suave y ligero, aunque el regusto es largo e igualmente afrutado y dulce. Muy rica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (841) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
750 ml bottle. Hazy reddish brown colour, thin light beige head. Sweetish aroma of dried fruits and caramel malt, with notes of spices and sour berries. The flavour is toasted malty, with berries and dried fruits, a little caramel sweetness, and a spicy finish with warming alcohol. Good stuff.

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