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RATINGS: 1101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
750ml bottle poured in a tulip glass. The Grand Cru pours flat looking but suddenly a billion little bubbles rise and join into a frothy party of sensation. Such energetic little bubble burn their lives out quickly though leaving behind murky carmel colored sea of anticipation. The aroma is a gift of breath from a dough boy who ate pears. The first sip takes you by suprise: at first you think the beer is flat but a quick burst of carbonation sneaks down the middle of your tongue like a small child rushing between your feet unexpectedly. A solid taste foundation of fermented fruit occupies the middle of the wagon train of taste. Finally, bringing up the rear is a mouth-coating taste of acidic bile. The end of the beer blew this one for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11512) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
750ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a LARGE lasting amber head. Aromas of plums, raisins, molasses, hint of chocolate and vinous. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of yeast, grapes, and some faint chocolate and vanilla notes with a waming lingering sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2006
Thanks to Harlequinn for trading. No year. Deep ruby. Dense, fizzy, light tan head settles quickly. Nose: rich, roasty, caramelly malt, dark fruits, vanilla, lively yeast with just a touch of funk to it, some dough, subtle alcohol. Flavor: toasted grains, rich malt, toffee, dark fruits, same yeast, candi sugar, alcohol, cashews, bittersweet anise, other subtle herbal or plant like notes, and some crisp hops towards the dry, yeasty, roasty, alcoholic finish. Full/medium, smooth body is very dry and airy in the center with roasty creaminess surrounding. Clean, dry aftertaste leaves you wanting more. My favorite style, AleSmith doesnít disappoint.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 Resampled 11/06. Hate to rerate it, because this is NOTHING like the draught I had earlier this year. But I have to call it like I find it, and it makes me really sad!<P> Original rating: 7/10, 4/5, 8/10, 5/5.<P> Sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium amber-brown color with a small, creamy/frothy, off-white, diminishing head. The aroma was moderately malty with notes of sweet toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of herbs; yeasty notes of moderate dough; miscellaneous scents included notes of light oak and vanilla and moderate amounts of sour green apple, spicy alcohol, honey. A hint of banana in the retros. The flavor was heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a light, sweet, mderately bitter, moderately tangy finish. Full and tasty. The body was medium, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was lively and the finish was lightly alcoholic. <P> 11/6 rerate: 750 bottle. Beer is clear, medium-to-dark brown with a tiny, nonexistent, white, disappearing head. The aroma is oxidized and dead. Itís malty with a light note of caramel, roasted grain; Hoppy with a light floral note, moderate resin; Yeasty with a moderate note of dough, basement; Heavy note of wet cardboardy oxidation, moderate raisin/date, light sherry. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, with a long, dirty, lightly acidic, moderately sweet finish. Lots of nasty cardboard/boozy retros. The body is full, the texture is watery and the carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2006
Thin, soapy looking head with light carbonation. Rich meaty aroma with soy sauce, grapes, figs, raisins (basically your run of dark sweet fruits) and alcohol. Slightly hazy, dark mahagony brown in color. Sweet flavor yet tart with more raisins, figs and dark fruit. Did not detect the vanilla that they are boasting. Finish is a little dry and roasty. Good stuff. Would like to try this one again sometime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Re-rate 1/4/2007 After 20 months of aging, omg. Itís like wine. Rich, dark fruits; highly alcoholic; amazing aroma, like a sweet wine with beer characteristics. Fantastic. A little age shapes this stuff into something amazing. All of the almost uncoordinated, sweet esters have united and matured into a fruity deliciousness that I had not anticipated: the fruits have darkened, and matured wonderfully.

4/19/2006 Tap @ brewery. This may be my first Grand Cru... Reddish-amber with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma is almost tropical with pineapple, clove, orange, alcohol, roastiness, banana--the esters are out of control. Body is medium/full, light and creamy carbonation, dry, mouthwatering. Alcoholic warmth is noticeable, malty sucker! Caramel, fruits--banana, plumb, raisin, prune. Roasty. Was smitten by this brew because it is somewhat over the top with fruitiness, but roasty and delicious. <3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pours a deep copper color with a very subtle tan head that bales quikly. Aroma of some fruits and spices. On the palet it is very smooth.....almost too smooth......just kidding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2006
Red/brown pour with small tan head and decent lacing. Medium full bodied with a little more carbonation than expected. Very earthy with some clove and licorice and anise notes. Taste has some brandy in it as well. A unique quick bitter roast flavor right at the back of the throat while swallowing. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2006
Bottle from Julioís in Westboro, MA. Poured orangey-red with no head whatsoever. Maybe oxidized? Poured into a Chimay goblet, with the etching at the bottom, and I couldnít generate a head, no matter how much I agitated it. Whatever. Aroma is a little light, but good nonetheless. A bunch of dark fruits (fig, cherry, prune), some spices (clove, licorice, toffee) and somewhat of an astringency in the nose. Very astringent in the mouth, but also very fruity and sweet. Same fruit ... mostly cherry and prune, but I canít get away from the cognac-like astringency. Finishes dry, spicy and alcoholic. Itís good, but I was expecting more from AleSmith. Maybe the cross-country journey wasnít a good thing for this bottle? Iím thinking it was an oxidized bottle, so if anyone wants to send another sample ......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
hile this pales in comparison to some of AleSmithís finer crafts, this was still fairly...okay. A nice sweet, malty aroma. Hints of smoke, earthyness paired well with the malty sweetness of the beer. Full bodied and drinkable. Iíd say itís another good beer from a great brewery!

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