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RATINGS: 1155   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
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
75 cl bottle. Amber colour with a small head. Aroma of yeast, candy, malt and caramel. Flavour of candy, sweet malt, yeast and sugar. Ends up with a really heavy and fantastic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thanks to Dhlesq for hooking me up with my first alesmith brews. This one rocks. Tangy almost port wine tastes predominate. U can smell the vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and wood almost. Smooth well balanced finish. That port taste is tough to control but when you can it makes for a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) 10% ABV in my version. Ruby red with a small, white head. Complex, vinous, sweetish aroma. Very full-bodied with sweet port-like notes and some fruit. Appears a bit too sweet - actually a bit cloying. Very limited bitterness. 160106

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8637) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Nice mahogony color with no head. Yeasty, plum and some malt in the aroma. Plum/sherry flavors with sweet malt/candy sugar and some yeastiness. Full bodied. Lingering malt/yeast complexity. Hides alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled. 2003 vintage. Deep reddish brown coloured. Fruity and malty with notes of honey, molasses, caramel and raisins. Sweet with an alcoholic touch. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Thanks to Saarlander for the 750ml bottle. enjoyed with some friends on New Years Eve. a solid Belgian style ale. light brown with a tan head, aroma of toasted caramel, chocolate and Belgian yeast, flavor was more of the same with some hints of vanilla and some dark ripe pitted fruit. very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 On tap @ the brewery. I expected more here. Good, but not great. Candy sugar, doughy malt, and alcohol heat dominate. A little flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 30, 2005
Tap @ Alesmith. Pours a hazy tawny port color without much head. Upon smelling the glass, I was taken away by yeast, fruity esters, and a delectable sweetness. Tasting this beer was truly a pleasure. It was chewy and thick with plenty of roasted malts, bread, chocolate and maybe some figs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Murky brown body, with barely any carbonation/head at all. The alcohol is well-masked, and the finish is very chewy. Hints of cocoa with plenty of caramel and apples. Some roastiness in the flavor, raisins, and hints of winter abound. Quite decent, but not the best of the Grand Cru’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5734) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Dark brown with no head - very low to no carbonation - aroma is malty, yet tart, with caramel, brown sugar, citrus, apples, a touch of spices - earthy and yeasty to start - orange marmalade and other fruits crop up, only to quickly make way for chocolate and toffee to arrive on the palate - abt/quad charactaristics make me think this should be reclassified - finishes with yeast and spices - a little tartness - pretty good - if you told me this was made in belgium, I’d believe you.

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