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RATINGS: 1037   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2004
A bright red color with a tan head. Incredibly complex nose of spice, malt and yeast fruit. Flavor of vanilla, sweet cream butter, intense yeast fruit, caramel, and a subtle roast with a solid dose of hops in the middle of the palate for balance. Light and even spritzy overall mouthfeel but with an almost overwhelming complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Dark orange/brown color with no head. The aroma was full of spices...coriander maybe, pepper...tea leaves, orange, plum, and a forest after it rains. The flavor was equally complex with a decidedly tangy character...floral hoppiness in the aftertaste. The feel was crisp, slightly thick with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Medium orangish brown color with no head. Nice rich caramel, wine, bread and dark fruit aroma. Caramel, malt, nutmeg, brown sugar, wine and dark fruit with a bit of corriander in the finish. Warming alcohol feel. Very little carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
Sampled from draught at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Amber reddish beer with almost no head. Quite yeasty aroma with malt and plenty of fruit. Dried fruit and spices in the background. Extremely malty and hayish flavor. Notes of brown sugar and sour fruit and a little alcohol bite. No doubt, AleSmith knows their shit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Burgundy. Intoxicating, deep and dense nose of plump raisins, plums, figs, grapes, bananas and clove. Incredible and an instant "5" at first taste. Round, very dynamic and very full-bodied. Front is mainly fruit, cherries, plums and dark grapes. In the backround a big caramel and nutty body of deep malt is present. On the finish is port wine and a spicy yeastiness. Simply Delicious. Rerate, early 2005. Way too sweet for the style. I can’t believe I originally thought this was a 4.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Edition 2003 The looks of it: rich ruby hue, opaque, slim, beigish sliver of foam. The smell of it: port wine meets cognac, dark fruits meets a mature, well-mannered alcohol burn, sophisticated and almost sublime, a jammy medley of berries and booze. The taste of it: surprisingly mellow and light on entering the tongue, satisfactorily full on the palate, merrily leaving it’s tracks all over the mouth, tingling the senses from the start. Very snappy, this, brimming over with tasty, cherry brandy flavor, figgy, bready, grapey. Sits prettily on the palate, spilling over with juicy, boozy goodness. This is a late-night relaxer kind of beer, a swirl-it-in-the snifter during quiet ruminations, and complex contemplation kind of beer...the kind I need right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2004
A good dark red, almost brown color with a sizable head on top. The aroma is a wonderful fruity malt aroma. Bananna and strawberry in the nose. The flavor is a stong sweet malt flavor. The end foavor is grassy and citrus. It ends with a strong notice of alcohol however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2177) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Poured beautifully- nice lace from the wispy head. Went over my tongue like silk, one of the best mouthfeels that I have experienced in a while. Now I just need one to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1303) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Beer pours a deep red brown color with a thin off white head. Nose is acrid of fruity hops. Flavor is a tangy bite of hops with a mellow malt undercurrent. Texture is full and smooth. Finish is great, aftertaste pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 2000 bottle......i cant get alesmith in the town i live in ,but i know they have it in the l.a. area.so when i went down south to buy records today i figured id pick up some alesmith to see what all the hype is about.....well its all true.this certain beer has a nice amber color with little to no head.great overall taste,a bit of a triple style taste mixed with a light barleywine flavor.oh its so damn good!!!!very smooth overall as well.grab yourself some grand cru yall,cuz the rumors are true!!!񢉐 BOTTLE RE-RATED ON AUG 27TH 2006)this beer has held up so well.when poured it gave off a small but nice head.all the flavors have melted together and i didnt really taste anything that i would describe as "off"plus the mouthfeel is still nice a rich....awsome brew.

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