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RATINGS: 1053   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.


4.9
   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, I’ve had this beer before a few times and never got around to rating it. All of the times I’ve had it before though the vintage was recent to the year I was drinking it, but then... I found the holy grail. It’s 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Pours a clear dark amber, thick nectar with no droplettes. Like pouring jello from a bowl. Sweet malty nose. Big, slightly sweet fruit w/ some caramel, leather, and slight woodsy tobacco. Long finish w/ alcohol well hidden. Good balance. Overall: another fantastic brew. Ale Smith rocks.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
The bottle certainly looks great- I was looking for an excuse to open this one. It pours hazy reddish dark amber. Not much foam, looking sirupy. Very complex aromas, fruitiness is prominent, but there is a certain sourness also combined with chocolate. Flavours are filled with fruity chocolate, sweet, but still kept in check, still ending semi-dry but with a long dry aftertaste. Full-bodied, smooth and sirupy. A wonderfully complex beer that is also well-balanced.I wish I had left the beer for maturing a little longer- it might well develop into a 5’er.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koztwara (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2007 does not count
Coffee and chocolate and mmm......I had heard good things about alesmith so I was excited to discover that my favorite ’walk to’ bar served it. Didn’t realize the alc. % ’till I had finished...Had an inspiring moonlight stroll home.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Brewtopia 2004: Same score, well -0.1, I would say that this was hazy, not cloudy. RateBeer Summer 2003: 2000 vintage: Cloudy orange color, bready/cake, gingerbread, molasses, plum, vanilla, aroma with a bit of spice. Very smooth for the ABV, ends sweet. A masterpiece. I want a full bottle

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle. We have a winner here IMO! Have got to get more of this one for sure! Poured a large light tan head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, yeasty, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, sweet, spicy and alcohol aroma. Nicely done. Sweet, lightly bitter, malty, caramel, spicy, and vinuous flavor. Very nicely done. Absolutely delicious. Give me more, more, more! Mouthfeel was tingly with a burning sensation. Medium body. Very quaffable. Mighty tasty. Definitely have to get more of this. Matt???

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2005
750ml bottle, 2003 Grand cru 2 years old-we’ll see if the aging has done it well. Why does alesmith use stupid green colored bottles and not dark brown smoked bottles? oh well.. Sweet, slightly sour brandy tastes in this. Many other tastes, a good complex tasting brew for discerning beer drinkers.. quite tasty. The smell actually matches the taste of this as well too. Leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth too. Definitely a brew worth trying if you come across it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
750 ml bottle. Deep red-orange beer with a thick tan head. Absolutely gorgeous nose, oaky vanilla top notes over tart cherry/raspberry esters. Light caramel and toffee malts backing up the tart acidic fruity aromas. Underneath is a sweet, warm, spicy yeasty character. Flavour matches the aroma for delicousness. Loads of pale Belgian malts, toffee, demerara sugar. Delicious rich oaky vanilla flavour with a strong peppery heat, some spicy/minty hop flavour. Fruity yeast/malts, cherry/blackberry/plummy fruit. Spritzy body seems to dry out what would be otherwise a bit too sweet. As it warms, even more fruity and spice. Quite vineous, toasted oak and incredibly tasty. Amazing beer and a great choice for #1500.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
This bottle was courtesy of FlacoAlto. Pours a clean and clear tawny, more towards the nutty brown side though, with a foamy and creamy light brown head, mostly lasting with some lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, straw, roasted), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (earth) with notes of cask and alcohol. Medium to moderate sweetness, moderate acidity, medium bitterness, creamy caramel and nutty malt flavor, roasted, earthy yeast, light hops and an alcohol finish. Full bodied, fizzy and foamy texture, smooth finish.


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