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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Bottle conditioned.
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
LCRBM Sweet, fruity and spicy aroma. Very fruity taste, grapes and prunes. More than wellbodied, alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
Bottled at LC-RBM. Aroma of prune, plum and port. Hazy dark brown color, yellowish head, good lace. Sweet, strong grape, plum, sweet, ripe apple, port and toffee in the finish. Smooth, sparkling and quite complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7973) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Dark red-brown beer, with huge, brownish, beaten eggwhite-like head. Dry and spicey, liqueurish nose, like a spiced liqueur from some very obscure and sophisticated monks. Alcohol already in the nose. Sweet, and again spicey taste, cloves, nutmeg; fruity notes, bits of citrus and dark fruit. Malts obvious. Very well bodied, slick MF. Dry finish, again quite liqueurish, alcohol. Quite unusual, nice and spicey. My best beer from Alesmith so far. Great catch, Tim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Amber to brown body. Fizzy, off-white head. Good lace. Mostly diminishing head. Nose of molasses. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Fully bodied. Lightly alcoholic and metallic mouthfeel. Fully bodied. Very well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours nearly still, clear and red. Sweet mineral aroma with spicy fruit leather and a hint of cocoa. Strong alcohol flavor with fruity vitamin and some nutty malt. Has some nuance in the dark fruit dept. but is fairly one dimensional. Finishes fast with some alcohol burn. This beer is WAAAYY over rated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
GABF. Pours a solid amber. Aroma is faint raisin. Flavor is rotten yeast and outdated raisin. Palate is coating. VERY disappointing effort from such a skillfull brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2004 champagne bottle, purchased directly from the brewery and transported as carry-on luggage from San Diego to Bellingham. I’m rating from memory so I won’t attempt to capture the fine details. Good Belgian style beer but not outstanding; might improve with aging. Very straightforward without much layered complexity, body exactly as advertised. The Belgian yeast profile was not as pronounced as I expected. I bought a mixed case of AleSmith champagne bottles and haven’t tried any of the others yet, but hope they have more "wow" factor. This one was just a little thin for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2003 vintage, courtesty of Enniskillen.

Poured a clear dark ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, grapes, molasses, and a touch of spiciness with alcohol. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanillia, grapes, with a touch of alcohol. Very warming in the stomach. Dry somewhat bitter finish with a touch of grassy hops. Decent body with moderate carbonation. Rich and sweet, but just dry enough to be appetizing. Very straight-shooting belgian... no curve balls here. Simple, yet well-crafted. Could easily replace wine at the dinner table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 dark amber w/ very small head, sweet caramel aroma w/ hint of toffee and plum. medium bodied, sweet fruity taste, malty and very drinkable for its strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
absolutely delicious!!! pours a wonderful deep brown color with a small tan head and little bit of lacing. The aroma will make you melt with hints of caramel and spice. the complex flavor matches the aroma- wonderful. it’s a palate teaser with many different flavors coming through at different points in the beer including, caramel, spice, alcohol and a slight hint of fruit.

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