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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Bottle conditioned.
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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5263) - 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!

3.8
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3249) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Very, very dark with thin tan active and attractive quickly discipating head. The nose is sweet and suggary but barely there. The taste is malty and sweet finishes with a rusty and metallic finish. The body is average. Overall, this is good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2004
cloudy, cherry-burghyndy in colour, head naught but a wisp. The nose was redolent of alcohol rich port wine, suffesed as it were with fermented cherries. Big bold and tawny, this brew is rich and alcohol warming, a bit heavy on the sugars, but at once well rounded and exciting. Complexity is amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours a rich amber with light head. Light spice and fruity aromatics. Flavor is a spicy, fruity caramelness reminiscient of a lighter bodied Abbey de Rocs. Light yeastiness and balanced bitterness and maltiness. A very nice rendition of a Belgian Grand Cru.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Deep red/brown with nearly no head. Sweet vinous nose with cherry hints, fusels. Flavor is also sweet and vinous, with grape and cherry notes, some spice (coriander), chocolate, some tangy citrus. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.


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