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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Allagash Grand Cru is deep golden in color, and has a firm yet refined malty palate. Taste and aroma have suggestions of smoke and licorice, with subtle hints of fruit and spice. An excellent beer to enjoy during the cooler seasons.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Batch 20. I don’t have a date, but I believe the bottle is at least approaching two years old. The beer pours a hazy brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of brown sugar and dark fruit, as well as some caramel and toffee. There is also a little spice and some alcohol. The flavor has a ton of toffee and caramel, as well as some cherries and grapes. There is a bit of pepper, as well as some alcohol and candy sugar. The carbonation is fairly light and the beer is soft on the palate. The age has definitely not hurt the beer, although I can’t say if it improved it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a snifter. Batch 119. My pour is a dirty, hazy amber color with a bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. The aroma has a nice spiciness to it, I imagine from the Belgian yeast strain and the combination of spices added. Nutmeg, coriander, and a bit of cinnamon are all present, working nicely with a sweet, yeasty, and bready malt character. Some candied green apples, red apples, and plums are also noticeable. The flavor starts on a fairly sweet note, with a nice caramel malt presence. Up front I am also reminded of baked bread, with a strong spicy yeast presence. Some dark orchard fruits, mainly red apple, plum, and cherries add a subdued fruit note. Toward the end the spices come through more fully, with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and a bit of pepper all noticeable. As the sip finishes, it dries out a little bit, with a slightly tart green apple note. At first the body feels full, with a bubbly carbonation and a sweet taste. As the taste progresses, however, it becomes more on the dry side, with the ghost remnants of whatever hops were here originally. The body lightens up, and the carbonation moves from bubbly (maybe overly so), to a bit more creamy. I have been hanging onto this bottle for a while, so it is obviously lacking any hop presence whatsoever, but I found it to be rather enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1976) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Golden-amber pour with almost no head. Caramel malt and licorice aroma with some spices too. Taste is mostly sweet malt which turns into a wintertime spicy and licorice finish. Pretty good but I've never been a big fan of grand crus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenko (85) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours a light brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Taste of caramel, orange peel, candy and belgian yeast. Easy drinkability and moderate body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with cream color head and decent lacing. Aroam of dried fruit and yeast. Taste was sweet maltiness along with fruites and yeast. Medium bodied and easy drinkability.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (698) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2012
Malt and molasses dominant this beer. Balanced with a sweetness and softness that make this a pleasant beer. However not spectacular for a beer in NZ which in absurdly expensive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duaneh (100) - - MAR 23, 2012
Hazy amber color with a thin head. Fruity aromas, orange, cherry, and lemon. Taste starts with a large malt that gives up its sweetness and fades back to the citrus tones. Full bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2012
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Slightly hazy yellow color, medium-sized steady white head, lace. Spicey, mango fruity aroma, a bit sticky. Medium-bodied. Fruity, slightly tart Belgian yeasty, light peppery notes, coriander. Typical American version of Belgian strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2012
750 ml bottle into chalice, batch 19(probably a few years old). Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a nice foamy 1 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with nice carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big prune, golden raisin, pepper, coriander, clove, caramel, candi sugar, and spicy yeast. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, prune, raisin, apple, pepper, molasses, biscuit, clove, roasted nut, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with the spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Drinks really smoothly despite the slightly prickly carbonation. Alcohol is nicely hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Quadrupel style offering from Allagash. Great balance of flavors with a high amount of complexity; and is super smooth to drink as well given the 7.2%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a lasting orange tinged head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is sweet (almost too sweet) with notes of orange, malts and spices. Decent but too sweet and too much coriander for me.


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