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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Quite a syrupy sweet belgian ale. Hazy pour with a small head. Qute strong. I think this would have been much better with a few more years on it (2005 bottle).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2003 bottle,Pours a golden amber with a tiny layer of bubbles. Nose is fruity more than anything,some toffee and a dash of aromatic spice. Fruit is the dominant taste with some caramael candy notes.Like most of Alesmiths big brews,it is thick and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (578) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Re-rate: 08/18/2006 - Bottled í04 WOW. What a difference. Same color as the last bottle, but this time I got a nice layer of tan foam, even at a slow pour. It vanished quickly, but there is a never-ending ring of lace. Itís yeasty, with caramel, dark fruits, light fruits, toastiness, warming alcohol and bitter chocolate in the finish...ummm..oh hell yes. Now THIS is what I expected. Original rating: 3.2 Bottle. Hazy brown/chestnut/amber color with NO head. This was the first sign of trouble. I could not pour this hard enough to create even a little bubble. Aroma is caramel and alcohol. Taste is woody with caramel malts and big alcohol. Minor hops in the finish. I think this bottle was bad. I canít imagine a beer with almost a 4.0 average rating being this mediocre. Luckily I have another bottle on my shelf that I bought in California (this one was part of an initial distribution to Boston liquor stores). I look forward to re-rating this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
[no year marked on bottle, purchased 2005] Hazy mahogany with not much effervescence and only a thin white ring for head. Nice grainy barleywine aroma containing some almost sour banana and only a faint glimmer of hops. Really only a little fruit and perhaps a touch of coffee. Flavour=pure malt. This beer is even sort of worty--could it possibly be under attenuated? Or not yet fully conditioned? Excellent clean flavour with only a slight hint of dried fruit and brown sugar. Is this a biere de garde? Very low carbonation and a bit sticky, though full bodied. Clean finish after the graininess dissipates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Thanks to gputty for sharing this with me! Brown/garnet pour, small tan head. Nose is molasses and dark fruits. Flavor is true to the nose, with the fruits taking center stage, nicely complemented by the molasses. Very smooth, even palate! Finish is slightly dry. A lovely grand cru!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
2003 bottle- Thick set russet brown color with a small, compact tannish cap. Bits of lace grab hold in light ink blot patches. Nice aroma of tangy molasses and dark fruity syrup. Fairly plump and ripe with raisin, fig, and dates floating around on top keeping a big boosted sweet malt profile. Notes of slightly burnt or smoldering doughnut dough. Taste is darkly sweet and ripe with ample dark fruity flavors masked within a molasses tang. Has a partial smokey finish with regards to some vanilla, brown sugar, and licorice. Nice doughy center and creamy mouthfeel with a sweetly dark brigade behind it all keeping a fairly bold and dense action of flavors and bread doughy heft. Dark cherry hints and very light tobacco spices sweep off and on throughout the finishing areas as it floats away with one finely appealing dryness. Mellow but stark and darkly set with sweet fruits and sugared breads. Age has suited this well. The feel is quite big still. Creamy medium/full tilted body with just a slight edge of warmth and alcoholic texture underneath. Bold, clean, and rightly set with dark fruity tang and sweetness. Nicely balanced. Easily drinkable and easy to get use to. 10% shows up later. A nice complimentary beer to all the other fine Alesmith brews. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Pours a slightly cloudy brownish reddish, with some yeastlings laying at the bottom. Aroma big on dark fruits, figs and the whatnot, caramel, alcohol, and some malt lingering in there. Mouthfeel is very warming, alcohol is not really trying to hide. Raisins and caramel pretty much dominate this nice attempt at a belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] nice red colour with a big head. yeasty nose, fruity and rich, sugary, raisins, peach, caremel, spiced. full body, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2005
750ml. Pours a medium brown color with a very small light tan head. Nose is heavy on sour/tarness, some sort of cherry likeness and a bit of doughiness. Taste is very full bodied. Lots of dates and yeasty doughy notes. chocolate, caramel and toasted malts come through. Fills your mouth with warmness and a nice velvety sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Warming and quite soft. Doesnít taste particularly Belgian to me, excpet for the slight tart sounrness. Got loads of different flavours. caramel, cookies, red berries, wood, toffee, lots of hops in the finish. Didnít quite work for me though, but it was a very tasty beer.

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