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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
This is the most malty Grande Cru I have ever had. Its almost like a Scotch Ale combined with a Belgian. Very thick looking, lots of sediment. Lots of malt in the taste with some belgian flavors breaking through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky orange-brown. Small offwhite head. Alcohol, bread dough, raisins, and caramel in the aroma. Estery nose with pineapple, appleskin flavors. Vanilla and caramel flavors with a yeasty spiciness. Raisin finish with a heavy alcohol hotness. Mouthfeel is heavy medium, fairly chewy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeertourist (5102) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
The bottle certainly looks great- I was looking for an excuse to open this one. It pours hazy reddish dark amber. Not much foam, looking sirupy. Very complex aromas, fruitiness is prominent, but there is a certain sourness also combined with chocolate. Flavours are filled with fruity chocolate, sweet, but still kept in check, still ending semi-dry but with a long dry aftertaste. Full-bodied, smooth and sirupy. A wonderfully complex beer that is also well-balanced.I wish I had left the beer for maturing a little longer- it might well develop into a 5íer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Pours a clear dark amber, thick nectar with no droplettes. Like pouring jello from a bowl. Sweet malty nose. Big, slightly sweet fruit w/ some caramel, leather, and slight woodsy tobacco. Long finish w/ alcohol well hidden. Good balance. Overall: another fantastic brew. Ale Smith rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 7, 2006
The aroma is a mixture of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and some earthy undertones. The beer pours a murky brown with a frothy tan head. There is no lacing and head duration is nearly fully lasting. There is at first a caramel sweetness followed by a drier vanilla and chocolate flavor. The finish is dry and crisp with a winelike finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours an ambered clearish ruddy brown, with a thin soapy off-white head. Aroma of strong macerated raisings, with pears in bradny. A flow of sugars and lemon in the back. Flavor has very similiar snotes, but with more lemon and an almost herbal acidic quality over buttery yeasts. Bright cherries poured over a profusion of chocolate and raisin cake. Very slick and sugary. Lots of candy sweetness and lemon peal, with a bready waft of alcohol. Figs. Alcohol is extremely smooth, but noticeably warms the nose. Bright and fruity. Almost quad-like. Delicious and a great meal accompaniment. Thanks Andy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2006
750ML bottle. Brown in color with a thick white head at first pour, but thins out to a sheet, with only the outer edge staying throughout, giving it a nice lace. sweet, candi sugars, and a strong liqour bite that lingers on the tongue. This brew reminds me more of a wine, than a beer. Alcohol content comes through like a hammer, way to strong. I think that this would be better with some aging, but not by much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
This dark brown ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity brown with a chalky slightly bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. The flavor is very complex but well-balanced with only a slight hint of the hefty alcohol content. This is a truly fine ale.

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