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RATINGS: 1040   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle from 2003. Small layer of cream colored head on top a mahogany red beer. Has a strong aroma of alcohol and smells similiar to a wine or barleywine. The flavor boasts dark fruit from cherry and plum along side caramel notes. I also found this beer tasting like a tea and having a interesting texture, but not as enjoyable as a actual Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Dark hazy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and candy sugar. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Finish seems salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2005
quite a good beer, and it goes really well with a cigar. 2003 bottle. pours out dark brown in color with a very little head that goes away quick. tastes sweet like caramel and plums. a most awesome beer. little carbonation just like every other alesmith ive had (not a bad thing in any way). drank on 12/31 to bring in the new year. this was an exceptional bsa, but not as good as abbaye des rocs :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 2004 version (I assume since it does not have the 2003 on the bottle like in the picture). Had this with New Years Eve Dinner and though it did not go particularly well with anything I liked it. It poured a ruby to garnet color with hints of brown. The aroma was sweet and musty, with honey and spice (clove and/or cinnamon), also caught some nuttyness in there. The flavor was sweet and candy like with spices (clove &/or banana) a bit of a honey taste with nuts and dominant Belgian yeast. Body was medium and lingering. Iíve got another one of these that I think Iíll age for a year or two. Weíll see how it holds up.

Just had the second bottle for new years 2005/2006. WOW, what a transformation. I did not take notes on this but had it for dinner with friends. Everything had rounded out and the flavors were more subtle, but most enjoyable. Everyone found this to be delicious (unlike the previous year where the crowd was split). Iíll have to get more, age it, and do this again. Iíve upped the flavor score by one as a result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - DEC 30, 2004
Cherry malt nose that is sweet and strong, dark orange-brown color, fizzy head. Wow, is this a foamy beer. Full bodied with hints of cherry, vanilla, and lots of yeast notes. Sophisticated and complex blend that is very successful. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2003 vintage. Poured a bit hazy, lots of fruit in the aroma and flavor. I was quite disappointed by the mouthfeel, it felt very thin for such a high alcohol beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 2006 Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a large off white head. Aroma is spicy, bready, yeasty, with some light alcohol. Flavor is huge with yeast, fruit, vanilla, and some other stuff that is really great. Love this beer. Palate is extremely soft and delicate, alcohol is very well hidden. This stuff is subtle and wonderous. Thanks Peter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This is a rather interesting beer. It has a light and sweet aroma to it and a rather sweet and caramel, malty flavor to it, with a hint of the bubble gum flavor that most belgiums have. This is a solid beer, but in my opinion, a little below par compared to Speedway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Another JoeVee treasure :-) Amber color, small head.Malt and yeast taste and nose. Alcohol is intense but nice. As it warms up the nice roasted malt comes through and lasts long. Nice spicey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
As much hype that is spreading around about the alesmith lineup, I was expecting this to "Grand Cru" to have me tearing up... Not even as much as a whimper... but it wasnít bad.. just not what I was expecting

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