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RATINGS: 1198   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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3.6
kraddel (8738) - Antwerp, 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
sokuzs1 (1519) - 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
77ships (10770) - 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
hawthorne00 (4069) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
7/2015 bottle, 12C. Clear mid brown with a off white head that doesn’t 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 it’s a cheerful strong beer with a lot going for it.

3.6
GenDV138 (7579) - 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
sloshgator (741) - 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 Cru’s gold wrapper is fooling people.

3.9
User134089 (1644) - - 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 hadn’t had this before purchasing on a trip to AleSmith for Emily’s 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-

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ebone1988 (2073) - 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.

4.3
ganache (6031) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2016
A 750, foiled only, bottling date smudged off (it’s at least new to this market). Nose fills the room with fruity esters, very Belgian, with searing phenols and a few burning fusels and dark caramel and plum. Really a gorgeous aroma. Pour a light chestnut that acquires fiery orange and scarlet tones under light, supports a foamy-rocky beige head with lace. Hot in the mouth but not too bad, much stronger are the black pepper and spice that scratch the tongue from front to back. Low bitterness a bit more medium after acclimation, bubblegum on the rise but still only to medium, little flits of pear and cherry, much more orange peel, lots of red berry, ester profile reminds of fresh Rochefort, bright and clear. Fine-grained light-medium carbonation. Light-medium caramel, lightly sticky lips, fumes are appreciated and help conform to this catch-all ’style’, overall medium body with a bit of fruitcake fullness now and then, and really pleasant burn that even picks up some mint. I’d like to try one with some age on it, because this is too hot, but the Rochefort comparisons are an earned compliment. [2016.12.25: 4.3]

4.1
adster (821) - HUNGARY - DEC 22, 2016
Mindig különleges élmény, amikor egy alapvetően belga karakterű ital más nemzetek mestereinek a keze között is autentikus élmény formálója lesz; nem csak a nyomába ér, de az ízhatás terén akár meg is előz néhány eredeti belga produktumot. Illatai parádésak, a rubinos árnyalatokat csillogtató gesztenyeszín test körül tapinthatók a rágógumis, szivárványos élesztős, színes cukorkás aromafelhők, vegytiszta ’belgian strong ale’ vonások. A sziporkázó malátás-élesztős tengely mentén ezt követően jegesteás, őszibarackos, süteménytésztás; édeskés, karakteres élesztős jegyek rajzolódnak ki tökéletes rendben, a szerkezet pedig ideális terepnek bizonyul az ízvilág kiteljesedéséhez. Visszafogottabb szénsavtartalom jellemzi ugyanis, mint a hagyományos belga darabokat, ez azonban a legkevésbé sem válik kárára az italnak, számomra így lesz még szimpatikusabb az egyébként is rendkívül megnyerő főzet.


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