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RATINGS: 1086   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2626) - 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 (388) - 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 (2540) - 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 (3188) - 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.

   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.

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