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RATINGS: 1035   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours a rich amber with light head. Light spice and fruity aromatics. Flavor is a spicy, fruity caramelness reminiscient of a lighter bodied Abbey de Rocs. Light yeastiness and balanced bitterness and maltiness. A very nice rendition of a Belgian Grand Cru.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Deep red/brown with nearly no head. Sweet vinous nose with cherry hints, fusels. Flavor is also sweet and vinous, with grape and cherry notes, some spice (coriander), chocolate, some tangy citrus. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2004
This beer was sampled at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival 2004 in San Diego. The Grand Cru poured a deep blood red color with a thinned out tan head which just died around the edges of my glass. The aroma was heavily vanilla with woodiness and a good helping of those freshest hops in So Cal coming through. Also some cocoa in the nose. The taste is beautiful as you can usually expect from all Alesmith brews. A heavy malt and slight yeast front with a good helping of orange in mid taste. Heavily vanilla ending..very sweet and mildly dry. All around this was a great beer. Very little alcohol presence, perhaps the slightest bit of oilyness. These guys make a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Draft 2003 (I think). Rich malty aroma - caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate, peppery alcohol, hints of spices come through in the end. Dark brown in color, almost no head. Intense flavor of malt chocolate, caramel, alcohol, cinnamon, ripe fruits. Big full body, alcohol warming. Heavy, rich, and complex beer. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
2003 bottle. Brown body, hardly any carbonation. Strong aroma of red wine, yeasty bread and plum skins. The flavor featured dark bread, wine fruitiness, bannana and a dose of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 3/12/2004 - 2003 bottle. Pours with just a little scattered fizzle on top. Clear red/brown body. Aroma is nice and strong with plum, brown sugar and some alcohol (non offensive). Flavor is not very powerful... but I pick up light prune, bread, and a peppery finish. But nothing sticks out. It is watery, or maybe just smooth and mellow. A bit of alcohol does remind me of wine, but the body just doesn’t stick out. (8 / 3 / 7 3 / 14). Newer (2004?) bottle, 6/11/2005. Reddish copper. Sweet bready malt with oaky sugars. (8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Shared with Eric, Emily and Jeff in Chi-town, 2003 bottle: Mahogany hues with small tan head and a little lace. The aroma hints of fig, prune, molasses, candied cake, pungent burnt malts, earthy yeast esters, and some phenols. The taste starts sticky sweet with some spicy tones up front. Follows with a nice bitter and yeasty undertone. Sublime complexity with a mocha note. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and lush. Moderate alcohol warming. Very good now but should improve within 1 to 2 more years. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Excellent cold day drink. Has a nice dark body with minimal head. The first taste has a sweet caramel taste, with a roasted finish. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste but offers itself as a warming presence. I drank the bottle too quick and was rendered useless for the rest of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5298) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Poured a brownish red color with a small light tan head. Aroma of spice, fruit, malt, and yeast with a malty, chocolate and roasted fruit taste. Taste was also somewhat musty with alittle alcohol present as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2003 Vintage: Shared this at a Stuffed Sandwich Ratebeer gathering 2/04. Pours a beautiful dark cherry color, aroma of sweet dark fruit, bread and alcohol. Nicely complex with caramel, cherries, chocolate but lighter bodied that I expected and very smooth. A world-class creation.

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