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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
Marzipan, brown sugar, caramel, maple, cookie dough elements in the aroma with some underlying fruity esters. Mahogany brown coloured body is topped by a decent white head that diminishes to cover. Dark fruit covered waffles with plenty of brown sugar and maple syrup and notes of oak, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Medium-full body with decent carbonation make this a pleasure to drink. Fair alcohol warming is perfect on a freezing winterís afternoon. Bottle (2003) enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastscouere. Thanks to TChrome for this Secret Santa delivery of a beer on my wishlist!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Had to consume this bottle quicker than I would have ordinarily after I caught my dog chewing off the bottle cap!! This is the second time she had done this off of my wine rack, and I thought turning the cap towards the wall would stop this....After pouring, I could see why she did it. Nice aroma dominated by malt and yeast, with some passion fruit. It was an amber, almost dark brown clear color with little head but good lacing. Flavor was very smooth considering the alcohol content; very warming but not too sharp. A little vinuous, something I like in a Belgian strong, along with vanilla and oak falvors. Palate was creamy and smooth, with enough carbonation for a crisp finish. Very enjoyable; thanks to mjames for bringing this goodie home. Iím sure glad I got to it before the dog drank it all!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 2003 Bottle sampled 1/13/05: Thanks to Mike (eyedrinkale) for sharing this one. Dark ruby amber colored beer with a small tan head. Aroma: pune, plum, apple, pear, malt, alcohol. Taste: Malt, clove, alcohol, prune, plum, burbon, chocolate, pepper, cask. Mild carbonation. 2003 bottle sampled 2/26/05: Noted a salty grapefruit in the aroma as well as grass, raisins, yeast and bitter malt in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2229) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Bottle from 2003. Small layer of cream colored head on top a mahogany red beer. Has a strong aroma of alcohol and smells similiar to a wine or barleywine. The flavor boasts dark fruit from cherry and plum along side caramel notes. I also found this beer tasting like a tea and having a interesting texture, but not as enjoyable as a actual Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Dark hazy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and candy sugar. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Finish seems salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2005
quite a good beer, and it goes really well with a cigar. 2003 bottle. pours out dark brown in color with a very little head that goes away quick. tastes sweet like caramel and plums. a most awesome beer. little carbonation just like every other alesmith ive had (not a bad thing in any way). drank on 12/31 to bring in the new year. this was an exceptional bsa, but not as good as abbaye des rocs :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - 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 (2631) - 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 (389) - 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.

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