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RATINGS: 1064   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvhemert (336) - Edinburgh, - NOV 10, 2012
AROMA: dough, vanilla, dark fruits, ends in chocolate dryness APPEARANCE: red, brown, clear, minimal head, TASTE: medium bitterness, PALATE: medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, OVERALL: starts as a strong beer, moves to a warming summer wine, alcohol well-hidden, very good finish in a chocolaty-dryness.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1439) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bomber thanks to RespertFTW. Dark copper with a large, beige head. Mild toffee and grape aromas. Vanilla and grape.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2173) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Keg at Brewdog, Shepherd’s Bush, London. A copper coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes sweet, caramel, yeasty, dark fruit. Quite Belgian in character.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2156) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Keg at Brewdog. Dark brick red, small ring of white head. Aroma is a bit weird - I’m mostly getting broccoli or kale. Body is medium, slightly foamy, medium carbonation. Taste is like a sour brown initially, white bread, big sweet toffee malt, no alcohol presence. Certainly very drinkable for the ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1024) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is alcohol up front. Peppery spices taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1897) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Tap. Brewdog, Leeds. Clear, dark copper. Off white head, most of which sticks to the glass. Soft, red fruit, light spicy malts. White chocolate. Hint of cassis in there. Quite heady. Taste is cherry chocolate sweet, turning spicy dry. Body is medium to full. A bit boozy. Finishes boozy sweet, turning spicy dry. Heady stuff. Nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1001) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2015
Bue à la pression. Ambrée foncée, arômes de caramel et de vanille bien équilibrés. Alcool bien dosé, finale plutot sèche et équilibrée.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
Flaska från Brill via SB drucken med ölföreningen. Provade först en 2011 som var lite sur och smakade kartong. Bytte den mot en färsk som var mycket trevligare. Söt lätt syrlig stor belgisk strong ale i US-tappning. Söta estriga smaker av kanderad frukt och smågodis men med en massiv kropp som fyller ut och rundar estrigheten riktigt bra. Mandelmassa, honung, torkad frukt. Sedan en lätt körsbärsyrlighet med lite kärnbeska och en aning färskt trä. Komplex och riktigt god.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1163) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark cherry amber with a slight head the aroma is a strong sherry and the taste is a bitter sweet taste that resonates cherry

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
veronneaupy (187) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
750mL 2012. Au nez, on sent le jus de pomme brute, le caramel et noisettes. En bouche, on goute le grain, les noix, les amandes, le caramel, les micro-bulles et la poussière! En finale, on goute un sucre brun, caramélisé, bonbons à la réglisse noir (légèrement) et le sucre d’orge... Un très beau vieillissement!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (813) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
On tap at TJs. Dark reddish brown pour, tan head. Caramel, cherry, apple, cereal, orange peel, toast, banana, alcohol. Moderately sweet. Lightly bitter and tart. Full bodied with a little carbonation. Excellent sipper.


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