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RATINGS: 1050   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 2000 version. Beautiful presentation dark black bottle and foil. Amber dark in the glass. Bold roasty creamy on the tongue. Strong spices for a grand cru. Vanilla beige head. Boozy. Sub for brandy on a winter night. Characteristics of a trappist. Had 2004- great colour and taste, again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
pours a ruby red. aroma is yeast and candy corn. earthy chewy brown sugar taste. finish is raisin and alcohol . a very one dimensional beer. finish is plum, licorice and pepper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 (750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, and spices. Flavor of dark fruits, not near as complex as expected. Somewhat watery and thin. Alcohol warmth evident.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2005
This was like a glass of liquified spiced fruit bread - and I mean that in the best possible way! Dark reddish brown body, hazy, short tan head of tiny bubbles, thick lacing. Aroma is malty, spices, raisins, plums, a little earthy maybe? Very smooth body, full of small bubbles of carbonation. Taste is thick and full of malts, spices and fruit. Cherry fruit stickyness at the finish. I’ll be revisiting this one soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2003: Good beer, Red amber color, little to no head, smooth sweet carmel overtones, subtle malt, liked it would rathar have aged it longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2003: Poured ruby amber with yeast in there...taste is yeasty and sweet with sugars and earth fruits...finish a little quick though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Great ruby red body with no head. Sweet caramel nose. Earthy, light wood, brown sugar, spicy, and raisin. Slightly bitter dry finish. Very good Grand Cru. Very enjoyable thanks Kawa!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
Marzipan, brown sugar, caramel, maple, cookie dough elements in the aroma with some underlying fruity esters. Mahogany brown coloured body is topped by a decent white head that diminishes to cover. Dark fruit covered waffles with plenty of brown sugar and maple syrup and notes of oak, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Medium-full body with decent carbonation make this a pleasure to drink. Fair alcohol warming is perfect on a freezing winter’s afternoon. Bottle (2003) enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastscouere. Thanks to TChrome for this Secret Santa delivery of a beer on my wishlist!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Had to consume this bottle quicker than I would have ordinarily after I caught my dog chewing off the bottle cap!! This is the second time she had done this off of my wine rack, and I thought turning the cap towards the wall would stop this....After pouring, I could see why she did it. Nice aroma dominated by malt and yeast, with some passion fruit. It was an amber, almost dark brown clear color with little head but good lacing. Flavor was very smooth considering the alcohol content; very warming but not too sharp. A little vinuous, something I like in a Belgian strong, along with vanilla and oak falvors. Palate was creamy and smooth, with enough carbonation for a crisp finish. Very enjoyable; thanks to mjames for bringing this goodie home. I’m sure glad I got to it before the dog drank it all!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 2003 Bottle sampled 1/13/05: Thanks to Mike (eyedrinkale) for sharing this one. Dark ruby amber colored beer with a small tan head. Aroma: pune, plum, apple, pear, malt, alcohol. Taste: Malt, clove, alcohol, prune, plum, burbon, chocolate, pepper, cask. Mild carbonation. 2003 bottle sampled 2/26/05: Noted a salty grapefruit in the aroma as well as grass, raisins, yeast and bitter malt in the taste.

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