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RATINGS: 1080   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Pours deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with nuts. Strong coffee taste on a thick body. Thanks Kinz!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Again, thanks to Kinz for this amazing beer! Excellent reddish-brown body, with light carbonation/head. Nice malty aroma with some spices, peet is very evident. Good sugar tastes with some hops evident. Clean, yet sharp ending... almost like a cheddar cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Expected more from this one. The horny devil was way way better then this. Pour was normal for style. NO HEAD AT ALL. Coffee taste in my belgian not a fan, plus some dark fruits. Hops were there. Overall a good beer but not as high as its rated."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours very reddish brown with a very thin, wispy head. Aromas of dark fruit, toasted nuts, caramel, vanilla extract and some spice. Very complex and lots of alcohol. Initial taste impression is of sugar and lots of it. More malt, chocolate, caramel etc. It almost feels like a fruit juice, a little heavy and syrupy. I like the taste and aroma, but I just can’t dig the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Orangish brown body with absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma is sugar, caramel, and fruits galore... from plums to peaches. Still, alcohol dominates all of this. Flavor is the same, and I was really let down. It doesn’t have the huge malt base a few other beers like this have had (Southhampton Grand Cru, Avery’s Beast) and didn’t come off as complex. Alcohol was always there taking away from this. This beer’s body is like a lot of women I’ve met. The alcohol is there, but the body is just not what I wanted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
75 cl bottle. Amber colour with a small head. Aroma of yeast, candy, malt and caramel. Flavour of candy, sweet malt, yeast and sugar. Ends up with a really heavy and fantastic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thanks to Dhlesq for hooking me up with my first alesmith brews. This one rocks. Tangy almost port wine tastes predominate. U can smell the vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and wood almost. Smooth well balanced finish. That port taste is tough to control but when you can it makes for a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) 10% ABV in my version. Ruby red with a small, white head. Complex, vinous, sweetish aroma. Very full-bodied with sweet port-like notes and some fruit. Appears a bit too sweet - actually a bit cloying. Very limited bitterness. 160106

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Nice mahogony color with no head. Yeasty, plum and some malt in the aroma. Plum/sherry flavors with sweet malt/candy sugar and some yeastiness. Full bodied. Lingering malt/yeast complexity. Hides alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled. 2003 vintage. Deep reddish brown coloured. Fruity and malty with notes of honey, molasses, caramel and raisins. Sweet with an alcoholic touch. Medium bodied.

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