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RATINGS: 1047   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle at Unibaren. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark browb. Aroma and taste are fruits, malt, hops and syrop. Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14040) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Celebrating # 5300. 75cl bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Pours dark brown with a creamy lasting white head and lacings. Complex nose and flavor. Dark fruit such as plum and raisins. Brown sugar , caramel and hints of vanilla and oak. A bit of alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Lively carbonat Pleasant slightly tart fruityness. This is a huge beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13857) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2006
LCRBM2. Hazy chestnut colour with no head. Subtle sour aroma. Good toffee and good hops. Good raisin fruit. Citrus stops it being flabby. Hops are excellent. This took me a bit by surprise and I very much liked it. Went back for more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13709) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. A big, off-white to light beige head sits on top of an unclear, reddish dark amber body. The aroma has dried fruits, caramel notes, some beef stock, a touch of roasted malts and alcohol, and some faint sourish touch. The flavor isn’t much badder, balancing sweetness, bitterness and sourness in a very nice way. Some roasted malts, a solid dose of fruityness and sweetness, some sour hints in the far back, as well as sugars and berries. Full-bodied, dry and sweet, with a carbonation level that suits it well. Overall, certainly a beauty, which isn’t unusual for an AleSmith beer. 120107

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13553) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle - tasted at ølbaren - thanks to Martin (Plan B). Unclear red/brown (Conker - Kastanje-rød). Ryebread, very sweet, candy, high carbonated, i dont think i understand this one, i don’t really hate it, but on the other hand i don’t really like it....!?!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2002
While it may be doubtful that I can match the sheer verbosity of my fellow raters with regards to this beer, I shall give it the old college try. Slightly hazy, red colour; huge malt aroma; flavour of sweet peaches, plums, toffee, with a vibrant fruitiness and a big, deep malt. In five years, this will go Gale’s POA on you. Again, this was a Gusler special.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12321) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with Gotta and Jason. Ruby red color, small brown head. Aroma of homebrew esters. Taste is very nutty, sweet and sour. Great body, nice character.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 (750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, and spices. Flavor of dark fruits, not near as complex as expected. Somewhat watery and thin. Alcohol warmth evident.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(2000 @RBSG2003): Clear copper body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, raisin, light alcohol. Taste is sweet, fruity, raisin, orange, finishing with nice alcohol warming/light burn. Medium palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11362) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Hazy dark orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dried fruit, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 180612


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