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RATINGS: 1080   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Dark orange/brown color with no head. The aroma was full of spices...coriander maybe, pepper...tea leaves, orange, plum, and a forest after it rains. The flavor was equally complex with a decidedly tangy character...floral hoppiness in the aftertaste. The feel was crisp, slightly thick with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Medium orangish brown color with no head. Nice rich caramel, wine, bread and dark fruit aroma. Caramel, malt, nutmeg, brown sugar, wine and dark fruit with a bit of corriander in the finish. Warming alcohol feel. Very little carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Sampled from draught at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Amber reddish beer with almost no head. Quite yeasty aroma with malt and plenty of fruit. Dried fruit and spices in the background. Extremely malty and hayish flavor. Notes of brown sugar and sour fruit and a little alcohol bite. No doubt, AleSmith knows their shit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Burgundy. Intoxicating, deep and dense nose of plump raisins, plums, figs, grapes, bananas and clove. Incredible and an instant "5" at first taste. Round, very dynamic and very full-bodied. Front is mainly fruit, cherries, plums and dark grapes. In the backround a big caramel and nutty body of deep malt is present. On the finish is port wine and a spicy yeastiness. Simply Delicious. Rerate, early 2005. Way too sweet for the style. I canít believe I originally thought this was a 4.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Edition 2003 The looks of it: rich ruby hue, opaque, slim, beigish sliver of foam. The smell of it: port wine meets cognac, dark fruits meets a mature, well-mannered alcohol burn, sophisticated and almost sublime, a jammy medley of berries and booze. The taste of it: surprisingly mellow and light on entering the tongue, satisfactorily full on the palate, merrily leaving itís tracks all over the mouth, tingling the senses from the start. Very snappy, this, brimming over with tasty, cherry brandy flavor, figgy, bready, grapey. Sits prettily on the palate, spilling over with juicy, boozy goodness. This is a late-night relaxer kind of beer, a swirl-it-in-the snifter during quiet ruminations, and complex contemplation kind of beer...the kind I need right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2004
A good dark red, almost brown color with a sizable head on top. The aroma is a wonderful fruity malt aroma. Bananna and strawberry in the nose. The flavor is a stong sweet malt flavor. The end foavor is grassy and citrus. It ends with a strong notice of alcohol however.

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