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RATINGS: 1083   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown in color with perhaps a bit of red tone also. Scant head formation. Aroma is richly malty but with undertones of tin. Flavor is decently malted, caramel and a bit chocolatey. Somewhat yeasty and peppery. Solid but not stellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs from his trip to Oregon. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some brown sugar and black licorice. Theres something else in the aroma that throws things a little off, but I canít describe it. Pours a transparent red with an off-white ring for a head. Dark fruits and caramel up front. Finishes with a roasty nutty character with light chocolate. Metallic aftertaste is a big turn off. This beer just doesnít work for me. Extremely let down by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Safire brown in color with no head. Yeast jumps out in front for aroma, met with an ABV tinge, hazelnuts and brazils. Flavor is harmonious, with sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate. Something would hint at bananas, but then itíd back off, closely followed with other fruity esters such as bing cherries and figs. Rich malty sweetness. Slick but substantive on the palate, coupled with mildly spicy phenols. Thanks to 1FastSTi for letting us share this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2005
2004 version shared by 1FastSTi, thanks again. Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malts, some raisins, dried figs. Sweet and warming flavor, very good and not too funky. Dark brown color, nice head. Iíd like to try this one again, not after Iíve had 15 other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Murky crimson color with an off white head and silky lacing. Nose of bread dough and slightly butning alcohol. Very smooth chocolate , fruit spice, and dough flavors with a creamy texture. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Pours to a rich mahogany body with a medium thickness light tan head that has excellent lacing. The aroma is spicy, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, yeast. The flavor is rich, roasty, yeasty, spicy, chocolate. The palate is very warming, you definitely notice it.

I sampled a vintage 2000 on June 27th. Iíd say it rates very similarly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle, 2004 vintage I believe. Pours a deep ruby brownish color, transparent, thin white head that left behind some nice lacing. Nose has a toasty, yeasty, alcoholic blend going on, very nice balance to it. Flavor starts off with some toastiness, caramel, and the unmistakable yeast flavor, there is also notes of dark fruits (mostly plums) and a hint of roasted malts before the warm ethanol taste takes over. Finish is dry with a lot of alcohol left over. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, very resilient as it hangs around with a nice balance of flavor after each sip. Iím a huge fan, I was saving this one until my birthday and it didnít disappoint, another wonderful beer from Peter and the AleSmith crew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
750ml. bottle thanks to Joeec5. Hazy, light brown color with a good sized light tan head. Nice aroma of dark dried fruits, caramel and freshly baked bread. Flavor was also fruity, with a bit of vanilla and dark chocolate. Nice thick mouthfeel. This one should mellow and age nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
the last of my notes from the jimmack invitational, this bottle donated by joeec5, poured a dark amber with a thick white head, aroma of spices, caramel, vanilla, yeast, and some fruits. the flavor matched almost exactly, and was superbly balanced and extremely smooth. no hint of the abv in the slightly hoppy tail, which had a slightly wine-like tinge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Poured with a pretty dark amber color, with a tan head. Aroma was malty, caramel and yeast, flavor was also yeasty, malty, caramel with spices. A very nice mix and smooth finish. Nice brew.

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