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RATINGS: 1083   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3161) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle, newish vintage. Reddish brown. Belgy dubbel- like yeastyness, dark bread malts, clove, spices on nose. Full bodied, soft, tasty. Dark bready, dark nutty, estery, herby. A lot going on here, definitely not a boring pour. Well carbonated, feels like quite a light digestion, hard to believe the abv printed on the bottle. Interesting, sort of a light textured, complex, dubbel. With a lot of abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1168) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottled, 2011 vintage. Deep ruby color, thin soapy head. Complex and delicate aroma of an aged beer. Lots of dried fruits like dates and raisins, sour cherries, acidic red currants, a touch of herbs. A hint of chocolatey malts too, maybe a hint of vanilla. Slightly caramelly flavor, loads of dried fruits(almost woody). Dry, berryish and acidic finish with dark chocolate and caramel. Berryish/leathery late aftertaste. Medium body, lots of carbonation but it works. Very well aged and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4071) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Hazy orange amber color with lasting head retention. Aroma is damn fine. Belgian candy sugar, dried fruits, raisins, figs and yeast.

The flavor is Just and nice as the aroma. Tons of dried fruits and candy sugar up front followed by a nice thick yeasty character. Shows some raisin and dates in the finish. The alcohol is not found much in the flavor but does after the nice warming sensation after the swallow. Overall, for and American made Belgian brew this is really impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1597) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
This is a great beer. 1300! Pours brown, clear lots of head minimal lacing. Nose is vanilla and toffee. Flavours of same plus maybe some tobacco, some fruit plums plums some tangyness. Taste is med/light sweet light bitter. Medium somewhat creamy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, dangerously drinkable for strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (786) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
from 750mL, 2-3 years old Really cloudy brown red pour with very little beige head. Deep but smooth sour scent; cherry, apple, and dark fruits. Tar-y molasses, carmel and cinnamon as well. Soft carbonation, mouthfeel is slightly acidic but thick, astringent finish. Boozy flavor, some peat and brown sugar or molasses, yeast wheatiness, banana esters. Very strong, malt-forward belgian with wine scotch/scottish ale elements. A little watery, may have been better with less age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Dark reddish brown pour, sour malt scent. Taste of scotch malt with caramel and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1636) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
Butelka 75cl. I tasted the beer and wrote a big damn notice about it, then the page refreshed and it was gone ... Anyway the beer is really good. A good body and mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced and the alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
msalsbury (28) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bear in mind that although I love Belgian style beers, I detest anything that’s hop forward in its profile. That said, AleSmith Grand Cru’s flavor begins with a touch of caramel, which almost immediately gets overwhelmed by a grapefruit-like sourness. This, in turn, gives way to a bitter, dry hoppy flavor that lingers long after you’ve swallowed the beer. Given the very high ratings, perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I’m in no hurry to ever drink this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Clear ruby brown with a small off white head, fading quickly. Faint spicy aromas with some nutmeg and light clove. Light carbonation, velvety palate, nutmeg, light herbal notes, caramel finale. Pretty easy drinking for the style. Alcohol very well-hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (437) - - 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.

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