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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2003 vintage, courtesty of Enniskillen.

Poured a clear dark ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, grapes, molasses, and a touch of spiciness with alcohol. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanillia, grapes, with a touch of alcohol. Very warming in the stomach. Dry somewhat bitter finish with a touch of grassy hops. Decent body with moderate carbonation. Rich and sweet, but just dry enough to be appetizing. Very straight-shooting belgian... no curve balls here. Simple, yet well-crafted. Could easily replace wine at the dinner table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 dark amber w/ very small head, sweet caramel aroma w/ hint of toffee and plum. medium bodied, sweet fruity taste, malty and very drinkable for its strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
absolutely delicious!!! pours a wonderful deep brown color with a small tan head and little bit of lacing. The aroma will make you melt with hints of caramel and spice. the complex flavor matches the aroma- wonderful. it’s a palate teaser with many different flavors coming through at different points in the beer including, caramel, spice, alcohol and a slight hint of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
mmmmmmmmmmmm. this was like one of the most perfect beers i have ever had. yum. true to the style. ok here goes, aroma: some strawberry, raspberry, blackberries and some apricots, peach and pear juice. some light vanilla bean flavor compliments all the flavors of the fruits. some carmel and malts added to the flavor and rounded off by having a well balanced palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & gregclow - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Tried directly after an Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Aroma is disappointing - some malt, lots of alcohol, some spice, but certainly pretty tame. Full bodied. Lots of dark malt and spice, this is thick and strong stuff. Not complex at all, but the taste described is substantial. This one needs some time to age before it earns its 99% rating in my opinion. Still pretty fun to try now though, it also suffered in comparison to the previous beer noted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Ruby-brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is warm and sweet, lots of malt and brown sugar, with a floral background. Flavour has an interesting sweet & sour character, with some sharp edges. Definately needs some aging, but it’s obviously a very well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Was excited to give this one a try, given the other Alesmith brews I’ve had. Pours out almost a clear ruby red with a brownish tinge. The aroma is sweet with some notes of malt. The taste is subtle at first then hits you. A nice complex range of flavors with notes of malt, caramel and some slight chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Vintage 2005? Pours a cloudy amber with a small light-brown head. The sweet aroma and flavour is slightly sour and consists of caramel malt, alcohol, sugar, spices and very little hops. Reminds me of a Sour Brown Ale. I really liked it but much prefer the AleSmith IPA. Perhaps this one needs to be aged a while before trying it again?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2005
750ml bottle, 2003 Grand cru 2 years old-we’ll see if the aging has done it well. Why does alesmith use stupid green colored bottles and not dark brown smoked bottles? oh well.. Sweet, slightly sour brandy tastes in this. Many other tastes, a good complex tasting brew for discerning beer drinkers.. quite tasty. The smell actually matches the taste of this as well too. Leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth too. Definitely a brew worth trying if you come across it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle (750ml) - Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Actually, courtesy of my sister’s trip to San Diego a few weeks ago - I assume the bottle is pretty fresh - purchased at a BevMo store. Poured a murky red-brown (guess we didn’t pour it properly?) with a minimal straw coloured head. Aroma of several sharp sweet candyish malts, definitely alcohol, pine/spruce resin, moss, some flowery notes, some sourness evolves on warming. Flavour is very spicy - also mossy, alcoholic, roast caramel malts, a bit of hops, starts a bit molasses sweet and finishes spicy. Mouthfeel is complex, decent body, sticky. A very enjoyable ale, possibly down-checked a bit as it was sampled immediately after the more mature Abbaye des Roc Grand Cru - I have another bottle, I will put it down for at least two years and revisit this one. Thank you, Carol! (my sis)

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