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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle in the hotel. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, caramel, vanilla, malty, taste is similar, sweet, dry, bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a veiled orange hazelnut brown with a short lived white head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, spice. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, hazelnut. Finish is herbal, slightly oldish. Boozy notes. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2015
bottle. Deep amber with one finger head. Big body. Fairly sweet with dark fruit, toffee. Just a hint of belgian spicing. On the boozy side. Slightly underwhelming -- Alesmith makes some kickass beers, this doesn’t seem to be one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (891) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2015
On draft at When Pigs Fly in Kittery. This beer is determined to throw every flavor, aroma, and ester that it can at you. The aroma is malty and fruity, and the flavor is strong stone fruit, bread, and Belgian yeast character. There’s so much going on here that I found it hard to separate all of the flavors and keep everything straight. This is a good representation of a Belgian Strong Ale and definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7824) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
pours unclear dark copper, orange tint, with a very nice reviving light beige cap, nice lacing. toasted fruity and spicy maltiness, orange spicy fruitiness, brown sugar and demerara, soft leather and woodsy notes, very yeasty, pepper. bright to moderate carbonation, light to medium body, semi-sweet and spicy-peppery finish. solid medium dark belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle 2011. Pour is dark copper with a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor of oak, bitter hops, raisins, nuts, and yeast. Finish is a bit thin with dark fruit and yeast coming through the most. May be past its prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a dark golden brown color with tangerine edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with prominent dark fruit esters and dark malt sweetness. Slightly herbal and medicinal with a touch of cough syrup, pepper and clove. Vinous fruit sweetness with grape, fig and raisin. Some Belgian candi sugar in there with caramel malt sweetness, toffee and toast. Fuller end of medium body with a more complex flavor profile than the nose hinted at. Soft carbonation with a nice balance of peppery spice, herbal/syrupy flavor, vinous fruit and dark malt sweetness. Peppery with some clove and faint piney hops. Very sweet and vinous with prominent fruity esters, notably grape, fig, raisin and other dark berries. Also, there’s some dark malt sweetness with hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nicely balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked making beer a bit too easy to drink. Would never have guessed it was 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cagou007 (1046) - FRANCE - NOV 28, 2015
Pours clear copper with thin tan head. Nose is fruits, caramel, honey. Aromas are toasted malts, dark fruits, nuts, some butter and whisky notes. Average carbonation, medium body. Long bitter butterish finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3289) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Maroon body, white head, not much retention. Poured into chalice. dried fruit, raisin, sweet yeast aroma. Taste is sweet, malty. Similar to a quad. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
A little sour with raisin flavor. Not the best. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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