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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerman991979 (137) - Old Town, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2000
Cloudy like a wit beer, but very much darker amber color. Kind of a caramel flavoring similar to SoCo, but in beer form. Very nice indeed. A nice, what seems to me, malty flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Dark body, moderate head retention. Very fruity nose that is reminiscent of a tripel. Sweet malt flavor. Very spicy with an excellent finish. A truly excellent beer, my favorite from this brewery. Retasted after 8 years in the cellar: Has gained complexity from its sweet malts, including smokey undertones and vegetable spice. Maintains balance.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
At the Hopleaf in Chicago, on tap! Finally after a year-and-a-half my Allagash tasting is complete. This might be their best, or at least a runner-up. Dark "dubbel" like flat appearance, but with substantial head. Spicy aroma, with some hops and a lot of yeastiness, pepper and citrus. Flavor -- where to begin? Buttery toffee on the tongue; caramel, creme brulee, peaches, apricots; great smooth finish with JUST enough bitterness to keep it from nauseating. It actually does get too sweet as it warms near room temp, so be careful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Batch 2. Dark, copper color. An interesting aroma. It is spicy, but with something else: very enticing. Muted spices to the taste, followed by some hop bitterness to go with the malt sweetness. I love this beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2004
A solid, bright crimson, color, an enormous, full, fluffy, lacey head, loaded with bubbles..looks good so far... Aroma: oooo, very nice! Light, airy, loaded with citrus, yeast and spice...an uplifting thing in the nose, very lively and enticing. You just want to keep it up to your nose, knowing this happy occasion should not be interurrupted...feels darker, fruitier later on, and thatís very nice as well. Mmmm, a constant happiness abides in this aroma, and it never wanes. Taste: hops grab the palate at first, then fade, and the palate is washed with a complex, incredible melange of flavors. A lush fruit factor is at the heart, incredibly integrated, a magnificent cocktail, with a tasty spicy kick riding on top. Somehow this is mellow, and terrifically full-flavored all at the same time. Full-bodied, but not a tiny bit thick, with a long, luxurious finish that resides softly on the plate, but never ends the delivery of joy. As I close in on draining this bottle, Iím still reaching for proper words to encapture itís utter sublimity. And, still, more thoughts arise, as more flavors jut out, for I swear Iím tasting a touch of chocolate now. Is this a tripel mixed with a wit, and doused in a touch of tripel? Whatever it is, itís fan-diddly-tastic! Batch #5, sampled January 2004.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Batch 10. Pours a reddish color with a small head and nice lacing. Smells fruity with a hint of banana. tastes of caramel and seasonal spices with a good amount of carbonation. I have new respect for this brewery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roder60 (1282) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Pours a very hazy dark peach color with a small amount of fizzy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles on the sides. Aroma is very potent, fruity, light caramel, grapes, and light spices. Really smells like some type of champagne fruit drink. Flavor is rather sour appley, grapish, and just a dry tart finish. Overall, this was one of those beers that at first I didnít find too great, but the more of it I drank, the more fascinated by it I became. At the end of the bottle I really really wished i had another.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
12oz bottle. Golden orange. Aroma of orange zest, spices. Flavor are clean. Malt body. Light, refreshing, good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (580) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2009
What a warming brew. Smell the sweet malts. Taste the balance of spice. Good look and feel upon drinking. Great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 23, 2005
22 oz. Batch 9, 2005. Nice hazy amber color, with a dense head. Somewhat sweet malty flavor. Seems to get more fruit and spice undertones as the bottle wears on. Could finish a tad cleaner. Really enjoy the complexity. Overall an excellent brew.


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