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RATINGS: 1053   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing this to Brewtopia ’04. Deep mahogany color with a slight haze. Spicy malt aroma with a complex spicy flavor that offers hints of sweet fruit and raisins. Smooth, with just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Dark ruby color with no head to speak of. Very low carbonation. Aroma is full of dark fruits and slightly yeasty. Sweet fruitty and candi sugar flavor. Belgian yeast flavor is hidden, however. Alcohol warming sensation down the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Brewtopia’04. Big thanks to (I think, Mike) Eyedrinkale for this moster. Absolutely reeks of goodness. Brown sugar, cherry, cane sugar. Great silky palate. Quick transition to a nice, cleansing hop finish. Vanilla, oak, bitter chocolate, fig. Real nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2004
I’ve been committed to Belgian ales for about 4 years now. I stumbled across this site and saw that US craft brews were quite admired. I decided to take the plunge. I ordered beers from Alesmith, Stone, Victory, North Coast, and Dogfish Head breweries. What a selection of IPA’s, barley wines, and imperial stouts I have now! This effort by Alesmith is wonderful. The deep red color is nice. I didn’t keep it in the fridge long, so it warmed up quickly in my hands. Lots of sweet fruit flavors, distinctively edged by the alcohol. Yep, I can find the toasted caramel overtones too. A very nice ale----quite similar to North Coast’s Old Stock Ale. I’d definitely buy this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Alesmith tap room. Deep cloudy brown, creamy tan head. Rich nose of dark fruits, touch of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor has a nice malty spiced fruitcake workin for it. Became more complex as it warmed. Medium bodied, soft yet lively carbonation, spicy, sweet, alcohol warming finish. Brillant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Nice reddish copper body with tan head. Aroma is malt, sweet, fruity. Creamy texture and rewarding mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and fruity and a touch of whiskey. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6298) - 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 (1723) - 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.

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