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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (1769) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
An amazing ale. Pours a rich toffee color.. Aromas are bubblegum, Belgian yeast, grapes. Flavors follow suit. This is an incredible beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (688) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 10, 2014
Clear, dark red colour with an off white head. Strong, spicy and relatively sweet malty aroma with caramel, butter, cinammon, cloves, some vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation. Raisin, caramel, berries, toast, brown sugar, some vanilla in the warming flavour, alcohol is barely noticeable. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7616) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein minimal trübes bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig süß, alkoholisch, belgische Hefe. Geschmack sehr malzig alkoholisch, fruchtig, würzig

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (307) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
This might be a little cold. Banana, a slight spicyness, a sweetness, maybe caramel or something, over a faint bread flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. This is certainly drinkable, but far from AleSmith’s best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1012) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Clear amber pour with a small head. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, candied fruits, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt predominantly with some dark fruit notes coming through in the finish. I was a bit surprised this beer wasn’t bottle conditioned. Pretty good but not as complex as I was hoping for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (238) - CYPRUS - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Clear amber body, thick beige head. Caramel, vanilla, fruity aroma. Taste is sweet, balanced, alcohol is hidden well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2376) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a dark dirty copper with a thin off white ring. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, vanilla and earthy notes. Taste is raisin, vanilla, caramel and yeast. Nicely complex, been sitting for at least a year so not terribly boozy. Super nice. Happy Birthday to me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (696) - Riga, LATVIA - JAN 23, 2014
Bit disappointing. Expected something near Belgian quad, thou got only Belgian sourness x) ofc.. its high quality and drinkable brew, but.. Mostly malt background, some caramel, sour berries, alco quite noticeable. Yeast, some spices. Sweet with sourness, low bitterness. Not bad, drinkable, but quite thin for alesmith =]

   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 (3568) - 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

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