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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle pours rusty brown, dishwater like sandy colored head, with decent lacing.   Light alcohol on the nose, caramel, vanilla, nuts, light chocolate as well.   Forwardly malty and yeasty, smooth mouthfeel, slight alcohol taste but its very minor.   As it warms I am picking up more dark/pitted fruit and caramel.   Finishes with some plum/fig, butterscotch, and a slight alcohol warming.   A decent Grand Cru.   The 10.6% is dangerously well hidden.   Thanks goes out to cquiroga for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
2003 bottle: pours a cloudy brown /deep ruby color, with a little head. smells like sour apples! mmm...feels good and bubbly in my mouth. tatses of caramely malts with a slight roastyness. pretty interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Huge, huge beer. Very complex with lots of flavors going on. Overripe fruit, figs, toasted bread, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, banana, and some citrus. I think there’s more, bursting with flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours ruby/brown, with a small head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and alcohol. Not much carbonation, tastes of vanilla and maybe even a slight bit of rum. Very rich taste, but body is a little too light. Overall, very nice, and not exctly what I expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Thanks to Sven for this! 2003 vintage. Pours a DEEP ruby body with a small tanned head. Aroma is AWESOME! Chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, rum soaked fruit, dark sugar, spices and many others! Flavor is just as awesome. Alcohol seems a little dominant but the spice and vanilla seem to be right up there. Rich flavor, however, the mouthfeel seemed a little thinner than expected. It wasn’t as chewy as I thought from the aroma. It detracts from it a little, but not enough to mark it down. Finish is spicy and sweet. AWESOME beer! HIGHLY recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2004
2003 - Slightly sweet hoppy aroma. Alcohol is balanced quite well throughout in this one. A definite sipper, but wil age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
On tap at AleSmith. Dark rich pour, large light brown head. Was served very cold, but I immediately noticed a sweetness, followed by a rich warmth and a big smile. Slight alcohol flavor turned me off, but it is well masked for a 10% brew. Comes off a little oily, but overall a strong beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3250) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 rerate-2004-im marking down this beer for the 04 version. too much sweet candy sugar and actually oxidized flavors going on as well. way to surupy palate. 750 ml bottle-2003. nice deep red appearance with medium, big bubble carbonation. lots of candy sugar, some hops and malts on the aroma. no banana thing going on here. this is pretty much a bastardized Belgian brew, but in a good way. Well balanced for such a high octane brew. This one put me over the top though for the night. It was a great way to end the night with this and some Rush in Rio on the DVD player. Thanks to BigBastard for sending this one to Whaleman.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
Ruby body and a medium sized foamy Belgian head. Nutty hop and dark fruit aroma. Hint of Belgian candy sugar but has more of a molasses quality. Some cola qualities in the flavor. Has a nice, long mellow finish for a big beer. Reminds of a tame Avery Beast. Thanks to BigBastard for sending this so Eric and I could split while watching Rush in Rio after at least one too many beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany colour with a small tan head dissolving to a thin sheet of lace. Aroma is malty sweet. Flavour is exceptional, toffee, vanilla,orange, prunes, with a touch of alcohol. Finish is fruity, dry and warming.

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