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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
I believe this was a 2004 bottle. Pours a rubyish brown color, tan head. Hazy. Full fruity aroma, plum, some cherry, caramel, spice and yeast. Flavor is not all that different from the aroma but it gets overwhelmed with the alcohol that comes through. Bigger bodied, but too hot, and strong carbonation. This needs a few years to mellow and it will be just lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2005
BAM!!!! This is intense stuff! Mahogany body with a light tan head. Nice ’belgian lace’. Complex nose that is very malty, yet the yeast, and spice still show through. Very nice balance. Slightly agressive carbonation, but hey, it’s a Belgian! Equally complex flavors. this is what Gran Cru is about!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2005
Deep amber with quickly-dissipatingl head at the pour. Rich malt, banana, sugar, and alcohol esthers assault you. Initially I drank a glass too cold and it was a waste. After 30-45 minutes out of the cold, it was so much more of a standout. The individual flavors: the malt, yeast, alcohol, dried fruit, and sweetness leaped out of the glass. Just glad I travelled to Ohio for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Beautiful amber pour, with a short lasting off white head. Yeasty, deep caramel malt, hard fruit, and peppery aroma. Apples, pears, figs, sticky caramel, and peppery alcohol for flavor. Chewy and hearty mouthfeel. Complex, well done brew. Alesmith is tops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
Vintage bottle 2003, Sampled April 2005
This beer sits a rich amber color, and pours with a thin head that disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is thick with notes of dark fruit, I get notes of raisins, figs and a solid caramelized bread note. The aroma is quite evident and quite enticing. The taste is sweet with a thick-mouth coating feel to it that is quite satiating. The flavor is quite fruity, again I get notes of raisins as well as notes of prunes. I was not expecting this beer to be so thick and hearty, but it is and I really like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 19, 2005
Brown/ruby, head disappears almost immediately. Nose has fig, brown sugar, alcohol, hops, tea, orange, dark fruits. Loads of caramel, tobacco, fig, warming alcohol, brown sugar. Marvelous caramel , tobacco and leather finish. Mmm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle, from trade with Silphium. Good nose, fruity. Dried cherry, plum, grape. First pour, Nice clean orangy red color, Second pour was very hazy orangy brown. Small creamy white head, Bittersweet flavors, same as aromas with a rum like thing. Medium body, kinda slippery, lite creamy mouthfeel.dry biting finish. Still young, bit brash. Don’t see a year on the bottle. Thanks Silphium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 25.7oz bought at Alesmith bottled 08/04 - Subtle aroma of malt and raisin. Apperance is the weakest aspect of this brew. No head with a almost cola look. Taste makes up for it! Strong flavor of malt, raisin, red grape, prune and candi sugar. Belgian yeast is also grabbing for attention. Lasting palate makes for a grand finish. Smooth and delicious. Age might be key...Orginal rating 7/3/8/4/18=4

Same vintage as above but consumed on 5/17/06. As it turns out, age is not the key or my palate has changed because I did not enjoy this brew as much. Don’t get me wrong, it is still great. Pretty much the same description as above, but the palate is more tart and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2003 Poured a dark amber color. Aroma of brown sugar, bread, sweet dark fruit. Fruity and sweet flavors, caramel. Very warming but alcohol flavor is hidden. Full bodied. 2000 Dark amber/ruby color. Caramel and peaty aroma. Sweet caramel amlty flavor. Alcohol in the finish but balanced and smooth body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 I have only sampled this so far and it is pretty damn good stuff. Pours the same color as brown sugar with an off white head. It looks similar to the Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. The nose actually is not real strong. I picked up dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. The taste had some chocolate, vanilla and cherry. The aftertaste is the best part because it is chocolate which I love. The mouthfeel has a nice champagne feel to it. This was worth the order because it is another fine beer from Alesmith.

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