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RATINGS: 1200   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
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2007
First beer tried at JK’s Spring Gathering. Pours a rusty copper amber with a very thin head. Soon a cream colored ring with thick bubbles develop on top. The aroma is thick with sweet and fruity malts of plums, apricots, toffee, caramel, and molasses. Taste is roasted and smoky mesquite wood. Fruity flavors picked up were carameled apples, dates, plums, and brown sugar. Finish is sticky sweet with soft carbonation. This Grand Cru reminds me of a good aged tawny port.

3.9
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
Pretty damn good, I was expecting a bit more though. Lots of caramel, fruit and toffee like flavors - silky on the palate and very balanced for a 10.6% ale, nice beer!!!

4.8
koztwara (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2007 does not count
Coffee and chocolate and mmm......I had heard good things about alesmith so I was excited to discover that my favorite ’walk to’ bar served it. Didn’t realize the alc. % ’till I had finished...Had an inspiring moonlight stroll home.

4.2
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2007
Copper color with a average sized tan head. Sweet fruit and malt aroma with flavors of figs and candy sugar. Dry winelike finish.

3.9
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
4/6/07: Bottle.
Burnt caramel- brown body. No head – no lace. Good amount of yeast floats around in glass. Flavor of alcohol, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Nose of alcohol and raisin. Slight sour finish and quite potent. Rating #666… 666 Sound Treat -- It’s Raining Blood!!!

4
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle. Candy-apple orange-brown coloring. Hazy. Lots of residue in bottom ofglass. Limited light tan head. Malty, trappist yeasty scent. Smooth, sugary glavoring with explosive malty report in back of throat. Very nice way to start the evening.

4
hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottled and on tap multiple locations. Usually pours clear, golden amber color. Pretty malty aroma with a white, mousse head. Flavors of sweet maple syrup, vanilla and fruits that end with slight hops bitterness and Belgian yeast strains. The yeast byproducts produce an earthy undertone of more vanilla and a hint of bubblegum. Fairly thick body with a sweet, lingering finish. Ages just fine, I’ve had 2-year vintages that thin out a bit, yet the flavors become much more blended and a bit sweeter.

4.3
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
750 mL bottle, red foil top. Dark red-brown color with a moderate billowy tan head. Great spicy, floral aroma, pepper, oak, malt. Well-carbonated and medium-bodied, the carbonation really assists the spicy character on it’s way to the palate. Pit fruit, spicy malts, with a general sweet character in the taste. Dry, almost tannic finish. Belgain yeast tastes swim around in the background, but prop up the other tastes rather than overwhleming them. Warm in the finish. Let this one sit a little while. A great beer.

4
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Bottled. Brownish and amber coloured with almost no head. Very nice balanced with strong notes of raisins, prunes, plumbs and also a bit malty. Hinst of caramel, spices and hops.

3.7
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Sample at AleSmith brewery. Brown pour with nice head. Malty, yeast aroma. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, almost like an abbey. Wish I had more.


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