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RATINGS: 1035   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RihardsF (81) - LATVIA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours brown with small head, that dissappears fast. Aroma of malts, sweetness. Tastes a bit sour and salty. Carbonated barley wine / Belgian strong ale. Because of the sourness, I didn’t like it too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3448) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Ben, thanks! Pours clear dark amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and bready malts, light booze, plums, dates, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet bready malts, alcohol spice, dark fruit esters, light caramel, and floral yeasty notes; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper red with a bubbly, frothy off white head. Tastes like mild raisins, light brown sugar and spices. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like mild raisins, dates, toffee, caramel, and alcohol, and a bit sour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
boisebeerguy (76) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Decent beer but scoring low due to the fact it exploded on when opened. When I say exploded I do not mean a little overflow, I mean it was like a volcano erupting. So fast I the only thing I could do was let it do its thing. So I am just putting that warning out. Also the bottle was not that old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1400) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany brown with a nice java head. Nose is sweet and fruity with a good bit of malt. Taste is fruity and sweet like the nose and yeasty. Finish is somewhat woody and sweet . Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1357) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a red brown with a beige head and aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is of dried fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol with a fruity finish. Nice Belgian

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (2182) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
0,75l bottle from the flagship Alko. Pours cloudy brown with a low head. Aroma is malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is malts, caramel, dark fruits and alcohol. Pretty good, if not quite worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
750 ml bottle thanks to Nisse666! Sampled on December 21, 2013.
Think it was only marked 10% ABV, might have seen it wrong though.
Thought I had rated this in the past, seems not.
Clear reddish brown color, fizzy tan head. Sweet, milky, spicy, heavy scent. Sweet, fizzy, alcohol, spicy taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Very noticeabe alcohol and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2013
Big bottle from Denmark cons 2013-12-21 Göteborg AP: wee hazy red wine coloured body, fizzy wee bubbly cream caramel colored head AR: ripe grapes, wee yeasty, mango, alcholic notes F: citrus, vinos, dry, pretty fizzy, ripe grapes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pour is clear ruby red with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, light spice, faint cocoa, and light brandy notes. Flavor is rich caramel malt up front which gives way to chocolate notes followed by light spice and maple. a little alcohol burn in the middle but not much. Also some light fruity notes in the finish. Really drinkable. Good stuff.

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