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RATINGS: 1177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Grand Cru is a dark chestnut-colored Belgian-style Ale with vibrant fermentation aromas of fruity esters and spicy phenols. A sweet caramel malt, raisin, and plum-like character combines with the complex fermentation profile of our Belgian yeast strain and hints of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel make for a slow and satisfying drinking experience. Grand Cru is meant to be savored and will age nicely.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1357) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2017

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malts and spices.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque dark orange/dark brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit and chocolate; ends sloggtlt bitter and dry with roasted malts and spices.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Great Belgian profile with some American aspects sipping through. Amazing palate both in terms of mouthfeel as in terms of flavour profile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aminatchime (91) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Geproefd @ RBBWG 2017. Kleur is amber, karamel met kleine witte schuimkraag. Veel gas. Geur is zoet, een of andere sterke drank en appeltjes. Smaak is zoet, sterk alcoholisch en een tikkeltje donkere chocolade.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7281) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2017
Sampled at the RBBWG 2017. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours dark, clear amber. Small white head. Smell is rich, full, grainy sweetness. Taste is full, mild bitter, bit boozy, some dark fruits.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sokuzs1 (957) - POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Aroma: caramel, molasses, raisins, dried fruits Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, caramel, molasses, some dried fruits, raisins and prune

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8945) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Thank you kraddel! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG VI (2017). +/- 2 years old. Amber orange, little head. Nose is oxidation, sweet malt sugar, orange peel, barn stale, esters coated in this sugary malt base. Taste is thick low herbal candy, sweet sugar, oxidation, boozy, malt, hay, stale bread, sugar. Body is thick boozy malts. Pretty interesting & nice, oxidation is starting to eat away at it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3746) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
7/2015 bottle, 12C. Clear mid brown with a off white head that doesnt last. 3 Aroma of light dough, spices, dried fruit. Quite La Trappe Quad-like. Although it has a dark sugary note that weighs it down a little, the taste follows - sweet and yeasty with dried fruit and and mace. Alcohol is fairly prominent and helps it feel like it dries out a bit at the gently bitter finish. Rather less ambitious than expected, but its a cheerful strong beer with a lot going for it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6839) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2017
750 ml bottle shared at Old Town Pizza and Tap House. 2015 vintage. Clear amber with beige head. Aromas of biscuit, toffee, light booze, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, slight dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloshgator (733) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2017
AleSmith Grand Cru seems a bit overrated. Reddish translucent pour with zero head. Some malt aroma. Taste is flat with some sweet caramel balanced by some maltiness and booziness. Not very complex. Either I got a bad bottle or Grand Crus gold wrapper is fooling people.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1557) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Type: 32-oz. growler Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass From: AleSmith in San Diego, Calif. Price: $12.00 Purchased: Dec. 31, 2016 Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016 Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Misc.: N/A Apparently hadnt had this before purchasing on a trip to AleSmith for Emilys birthday. Grabbed a 32-oz. growler for the festivities later, hoping I would get to review it. Liked it at first sip, giving it a 4.00 on Untappd. Reviewed it roughly six hours later. Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head, which thinned out quickly. Decent amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled dark cherry candy, cloves, banana, purple grape, herbal, cherry cough medicine, raspberry and hints of wintry spices. (Smell - 4.00) Lots of fruits on the tongue. Got cherry candy, followed by a splash of booze, feeling the warmth. Also cloves, plum and purple grape, ending with an abrupt finish. More prodding got me cherry jelly, a touch of banana, dark raisins, wintry spices (nutmeg, touch of cinnamon), Red Vine candy and peppery spices. (Taste - 4.25) Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, fruity finish (Feel - 4.25) This was a good beer for any style. I highly recommend it. (Overall - 4.25) 4.16 93 A-

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1703) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottled 4/22/2015. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, booze, caramel, toffee, wood, great. Appearance is brown red, light tan head, not clear. Taste is smooth, raisins, booze, dark fruit, wood, caramel, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dark fruit and booze aftertaste. Overall, solid.


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