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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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AleSmith Grand Cru really needs to be tasted to be truly appreciated. Toasty, caramelly flavors, as well as flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strain, predominate over a tapestry of subtle nuances. Winner of the blue ribbon at the 1999 California State Fair, it is a thing of beauty. It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles. Appearance: Crystal clear (when served properly), with a toast-brown color. Flavor: Starts with the tangy flavor of our championship Belgian yeast, then fades to a medium-light flavor of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Finishes dry and well-balanced with a slightly toasty flavor. Aroma: Vanilla and chocolate aromas predominate, along with the Belgian yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Clean and crisp, medium-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content makes it feel like a fine wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
2003 bottle. dark copper and slightly hazy. foamy tan head. nose is oak/bourbon/vanilla. flavor is a little alcohol heat, sweet & dry vermouth together. dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Cloudy mahoghany, diminishing head. Aroma fruit and Alesmith yeast profile, taste yeasty, fruity--figs/pears--and some breadiness. Kinda typical pleasant strong Belgian, sorry, solid, but not outstanding. Tangy/sour finish/aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9423) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with a very small off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, bread, and dark fruits. Malty and on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Beautiful silk screened bottle. Wish I could have brought several of these back with me, but can only bring so much beer on a plane. I can tell by the bottle opening that itís not going to be very carbonated. Even pouring from 8 inches gives minimal head. Nice beer though, lovely fruitcake aroma and a solid flavor of raisin, rum, and fig. If it was more carbonated itíd be truly great. Next time Iíll age it a year or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Gargantuan thanks to ODeed for this one. Pours turbid deep ruby, with huge frothy white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, bready, cognac, cabernet. Tastes malty, very dark fruity, with finishing cabernet, merlot, and champagny blush qualities, in addition to caramel malt and some krieky tartness. Make no mistake, this is malty-sweet till the finish, but it gains complexity as it warms. Very good. Not a top 50 selection, but definitely a top 150 or top 200 selection. This bottle will go on my "200 beer hall of fame bottle wall," next to, but not as prominently displayed as, the other top 200 beers I have rated. This one kicks ass with a sharp cheddar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
(Bottle)Poured a dark reddish brown. aroma:Roasty, chocolate, spices. Flavor really does start with a tang and then ends with hints of chocolate and caramel. A little on the sweet side, maybe a tiny bit too much for me. None the less still a quality beer. The aftertaste is great in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Shared bottle, 1 year old from a friend. Deep orange in color, clear, with a tannish head. Malty and fruity. Some tartness. Candi aroma. Flavor is big and malty with some tartness coming through. Nice beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Shared bottle, 1 year old, from a friend. Deep orange, clear, tannish head. Big malty fruity candied aroma as one would expect from a big Belgian. Flavor is big and malty with those candied flavors again. Touch of tartness in there as well. Alcohol noticeable, but does not stand out. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8910) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 2003 Bottle: Alesmith continues to impress! Deep amber color with a thick and rocky beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. Big aroma of sweet caramel, malt and maple. Rich body with loads of fruits and spices up front, and more sweet malt, chocolate and other goodies underneath. The finish is chocolatey and sticky. As with the other Alesmith beers, a champagne bottle disappears all too easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
03 vintage Pours flat. Lightly hazy, light mahogeny colored brew. Nose of dark fruits, medium sweet malts, caramel with faint melon notes also. Medium bodied for a 10%er, lightly oily. The final pour gives rise to a small tan head that quickly subsides. Lotsa fruit flavors, dark malts, caramel, over ripe banannas along with notes of plums and figs also, lots going on but all fairly restrained. I think some co2 would of helped this beer alot. Finish is lightly sweet with some butterscotch notes. Thanks go out to SDbruboy for this trade done awhile back, thanks Cliff!

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