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RATINGS: 1030   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1910) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours mahogany brown with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is interesting for a BSA, lots of vanilla and chocolate, nutty note, buttery oak, toast and hints of dark fruit and booziness. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, some caramel, woody malt, vanilla, white and milk chocolate, alcohol, hints of bananas foster, sauteed pears, floral hops, and mild dark fruit esters. Medium off dry slightly boozy body with a light carbonation. This is a very nice beer, it is really interesting in that it is a beer with high alcohol content and it is a Belgian Strong Ale, but while it is unmistakably both of those things it doesn’t beat you senseless with either in any way. The alcohol, while noticeable, blends very well with other sensory aspects in the Aroma, Taste and Palate, and while the Belgian yeast leaves behind enough esters and phenolics to make it’s presence unmistakable, both chemical groups are mild enough to not overpower the surprisingly delicate balance of this masterfully brewed beer.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
carried over from untapped to try and organize my beers for syncronicity’s sake.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
2013 bottling of this brown beauty with gold highlights, creamy tan head and spare, fine carbonation. Silky texture gives up classic Belgian style dark fruits like date and raisin. Caramelly and warming. A bit of dryness, pale-fruit tang and winey acidity balance it out, quite a fully realized rendition in the aroma and taste and palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (39) - USA - JUL 27, 2014
Dates, aged cheese, port in the aroma. Same in the taste. Plus caramel and alcohol. Very good overall

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (557) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Aroma was yeast, raisin, bits of banana esters, thick caramel maltiness. Taste has spicy caramel maltiness, dark fruits, estery yeast. Not much carbonation. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (243) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Luxury beer from this reputed American craft brewery, bottled in champagne bottles and apparently brewed with a Belgian trappist yeast strain. Dense, sticky, yellowish head over a warm bronze beer with a reddish glow, misty. Complexely perfumed with honey, apple sauce, apricot, tea leaves, candi sugar, hazelnuts, orange peel, plums, dried leaves, raisins, nutmeg. Sweet candi and fruity onset of which the candi syrup accent will guide you through the complete flavour trail; in the middle a big caramelly, nutty and honeyish maltiness, emphatic yeasty spiciness (there we have it) and a peppery hoppiness, which, in the end, gets the company of a warming alcohol effect reminiscent of amaretto and cognac, but not to a degree where it becomes disturbing. Great beer, just a little bit too cloying for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (518) - ISRAEL - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle sample at Grand Cru tasting at Beer and Beyond shop. Almost clear amber with a small white head. Yeasty and phenolic aroma with malt and caramel in the background. Sweet with prunes, caramel malt, vanilla, light chocolate and spicy notes. Heavy but well balanced flavors. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (616) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This rich beautiful brown amber has the aroma of banana walnut muffins. It has that typical Belgian yeasty flavor. It finishes smooth and clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hype (15) - - JUN 13, 2014
Very smooth. Like it. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (81) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Had on tap as well as a bottle. One thing I like about this beer is that the Belgian yeast survives the High abv which is something I really appreciate. a bit fruity without being citrus like a pale ale. Alcohol warms but does not burn. Caramel Sweet from start to finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (888) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Hmm...been drinking and going to Alesmith for years now and somehow never rated this. Growler fill from brewery today. Pours a nice tea color (red-brown) with one full finger of frothy off-white foam. AROMA is yeasty and spicy with notes of caramel, dark bready malts, dark grapes/raisins, port, and cloves. FLAVOR of excellent dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins), Belgian yeast (hints of banana and clove), delicious caramel, candi sugar, and buttered toast (whole wheat bread). A very pleasing level of moderate sweetness. Smooth and somewhat dry finish. The high ABV is completely hidden here. Yet another excellent beer by the fine folks at Alesmith. (1021, 870)


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