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RATINGS: 1080   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.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
I found this beer to be disappointing. Totally by coincidence, I had this after Ale Asylum Grand Cru, and given my respect for AleSmith, I was shocked that it "lost" that comparison. Both are malty versions of a belgian ale/dubbel, but the difference is that this is out of balance -- a cerealy malt dominates the subtler notes associated with a dubbel and candi sugar. Some nice toasty, minty, vanilla notes almost get lost.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (679) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
0.75 bottle with 10.0% ABV. Clear, crimson color and a medium, off-white head leaving no lacing. Sweet, complex aroma of toast, nuts, yeasts, butter, caramel, fruits, and a delicate vanilla. Taste is full of malts, spices, again vanilla, some Belgian yeasts, subtle hints of alcohol, candied fruits - complex and ravishing. Medium body, oily texture, and average carbonation. Finish is still sweet although drier, introduces chocolate, more malts, esters lose potency but also become more refined, alcohol can be felt only delicately. All things considered, this is a phenomenal beer - certainly worth recommendation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3826) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3 shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, yeast esters, sweet caramel malt, and light vanilla. Alcohol burn hits you at first with caramel malts and toasty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1357) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 4, 2015
dark brown colour with reddish notes, 1 inch slightly yellowish off-white head; aroma of herbal notes, raisin, belgian yeast, caramel, hints of apple, spicy and slight alcoholic notes; taste of syrupy sweetness which is perfectly ballanced by bitterness, and supported by raisin and herbal notes as well as spicy alcohol;full bodied Belgian Strong Ale

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
31.12.2014. Clear dark amber or cherry color. Aroma of yeast, dried fruits, cherry, alcohol. Taste is smoorh, soft carbonation, sophisticated, cherry, bittersweet, malts.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (72) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Best gran cru poured reddish brown, notes of caramel and yeast dough, rich dark fruits, and some very little wine Cabernet notes. Flavor is perfect balance of richness and dryness. Excellent mouthfeel with a finish if complex Belgian characteristics! Perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (599) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 23, 2015
At Mad for Beer pub in Rome - Italy. Bottle. Courtesy of mortlach. Pours cloudy dark amber, frothy ivory head. Nose: syrup, caramel, honey. Mouth: big character, consistent, honey forward, medium-low carbonation. Far too sweet but lovely. Thank you mortlach. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
langeveld12 (276) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
Very fine brew with full body. Caramels, vanilla, vineous notes and sweet fruits like grape, raisin and plum. Mostly sweet but not overly, quite balanced and complex. I can drink this any day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7536) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/19/15] Draught at Alesmith in San Diego. Nice clear reddish amber. Nice aroma of cookies, caramel, malt, some fruitiness and a spicy hint. Sweet flavor with caramel, fruitiness, a spicy hint and alcohol. Medium-bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Voldby Købmandsgaard - brown/sienna coloured pour with off-white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, some spices, hides the abv well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (792) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Pours reddish brown with an off-white head. Slightly sweet roasted taste of toffee, yeast, chocolate notes, alcohol. Full body. Low carbonation. Nice slightly roasted finish.


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