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RATINGS: 1047   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 2004 version (I assume since it does not have the 2003 on the bottle like in the picture). Had this with New Years Eve Dinner and though it did not go particularly well with anything I liked it. It poured a ruby to garnet color with hints of brown. The aroma was sweet and musty, with honey and spice (clove and/or cinnamon), also caught some nuttyness in there. The flavor was sweet and candy like with spices (clove &/or banana) a bit of a honey taste with nuts and dominant Belgian yeast. Body was medium and lingering. Iíve got another one of these that I think Iíll age for a year or two. Weíll see how it holds up.

Just had the second bottle for new years 2005/2006. WOW, what a transformation. I did not take notes on this but had it for dinner with friends. Everything had rounded out and the flavors were more subtle, but most enjoyable. Everyone found this to be delicious (unlike the previous year where the crowd was split). Iíll have to get more, age it, and do this again. Iíve upped the flavor score by one as a result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 30, 2004
Cherry malt nose that is sweet and strong, dark orange-brown color, fizzy head. Wow, is this a foamy beer. Full bodied with hints of cherry, vanilla, and lots of yeast notes. Sophisticated and complex blend that is very successful. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2003 vintage. Poured a bit hazy, lots of fruit in the aroma and flavor. I was quite disappointed by the mouthfeel, it felt very thin for such a high alcohol beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 2006 Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a large off white head. Aroma is spicy, bready, yeasty, with some light alcohol. Flavor is huge with yeast, fruit, vanilla, and some other stuff that is really great. Love this beer. Palate is extremely soft and delicate, alcohol is very well hidden. This stuff is subtle and wonderous. Thanks Peter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This is a rather interesting beer. It has a light and sweet aroma to it and a rather sweet and caramel, malty flavor to it, with a hint of the bubble gum flavor that most belgiums have. This is a solid beer, but in my opinion, a little below par compared to Speedway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Another JoeVee treasure :-) Amber color, small head.Malt and yeast taste and nose. Alcohol is intense but nice. As it warms up the nice roasted malt comes through and lasts long. Nice spicey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
As much hype that is spreading around about the alesmith lineup, I was expecting this to "Grand Cru" to have me tearing up... Not even as much as a whimper... but it wasnít bad.. just not what I was expecting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
2003 vintage Dark redbrown colour. Aroma of syrup, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, licorice and a bit of hops. Falvour of chocolate, alcohol,and pepper. Soft yet sticky palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Deep red body with abundant, rather nasty-looking floaties, giving the appearance of a violent (but productive) trip to the porcelain god. Medium light tan head. Sour, musty fruit aroma with chocolate, spices (perhaps cinnamon?), toffee and lots of bready yeast. The flavor was dominated by dark fruit and not-so-hidden alcohol, bready yeast flavors, toast and maybe a touch of apple. Musty and rather sour, slightly sulfuric. Not the prettiest beer around but it did get the job done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle. 2000 Vintage. Drank 11/2004
Okay, Iíve had this beer before a few times and never got around to rating it. All of the times Iíve had it before though the vintage was recent to the year I was drinking it, but then... I found the holy grail. Itís the end of 2004 when I am writing this and I am drinking a 2000 that I found at this ghetto liqour store, discounted to boot. There is little more to say other than this is perfect in every way. Soft on the palate with a gentle carbonation creating an ever-present off-white head. Subtle malty aroma with tons of fruit. Banana, Mandarin and dates, dough and cinnamon to boot. Flavor of all of the above. Absolutely sublime.

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