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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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.

jvhemert's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvhemert (333) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel raisins. Flavor follows and is really sweet. Dark fruits. Some slight tartness on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3292) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Piwo dobre z rangi Grand Cru, ale wydaje mi sie ze takie nie jest. Elegancka butelka lakierowana cacy ale srednia i opadajaca blyskawicznie pianka. Alkohol naszczescie ukryty. Kolor bordowy ale Grand Cru z Belgii to inna klasa. W smaku sliwka porzeczki nieco malim i powidel sliwkowych, do tego such piernik i rodzynki w rumie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (995) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2014
light beige head leaves minimal lacing. red brown colour. aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins, figs, dates, yeasty, bit peppery. taste is really rich toffee, caramel, raisins, figs, dates, marmelade aftertaste is sweet but also a bitterness like roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. very enjoyable sipper. bottle 75cl

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3415) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
750ml bottle @jookos, thanks! Copper color, thin white head. Alcohol soaked dried fruits in aroma, raisins. Flavor has bready malt, dark fruits, sweetness, raisins and plums. Heavy stuff. Quite boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1179) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a crystal clear body (i.e. served properly, according to the commercial description) with a medium amber colour. The head is rather small, has the colour of eggnog and laces the glass well. Sweet, malty and quite strong aroma of dark dried fruits, sweet caramel, Belgian yeast and wood. Strong flavour of dark dried fruits (prunes), generic fresh fruits, brown sugar and liquorice. Moderate sweet taste with a moderate bitter long-lasting finish. Full-bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A good one, but for the first time when tasting a beer from AleSmith I canít claim that itís one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
[75 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, shared with Svensenga smak & behag]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: intense caramel, heavy bread and grain malts. Appearance: clear amber, small, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, prunes, overripe fruits, heavy caramel. Overall: very nice Belgian Strong Ale, great aroma. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfroseth (15) - NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
Rød klar farge. Lukter bær og frukt og karamell. Kaffelikørsmak. Syrlig lang ettersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (2530) - FINLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle, newish vintage. Reddish brown. Belgy dubbel- like yeastyness, dark bread malts, clove, spices on nose. Full bodied, soft, tasty. Dark bready, dark nutty, estery, herby. A lot going on here, definitely not a boring pour. Well carbonated, feels like quite a light digestion, hard to believe the abv printed on the bottle. Interesting, sort of a light textured, complex, dubbel. With a lot of abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (1095) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottled, 2011 vintage. Deep ruby color, thin soapy head. Complex and delicate aroma of an aged beer. Lots of dried fruits like dates and raisins, sour cherries, acidic red currants, a touch of herbs. A hint of chocolatey malts too, maybe a hint of vanilla. Slightly caramelly flavor, loads of dried fruits(almost woody). Dry, berryish and acidic finish with dark chocolate and caramel. Berryish/leathery late aftertaste. Medium body, lots of carbonation but it works. Very well aged and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3422) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Hazy orange amber color with lasting head retention. Aroma is damn fine. Belgian candy sugar, dried fruits, raisins, figs and yeast.

The flavor is Just and nice as the aroma. Tons of dried fruits and candy sugar up front followed by a nice thick yeasty character. Shows some raisin and dates in the finish. The alcohol is not found much in the flavor but does after the nice warming sensation after the swallow. Overall, for and American made Belgian brew this is really impressive.

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