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RATINGS: 1171   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky orange brown color with an enormously thick beige head. Lots of hops floating around. Aroma is rich and complex with hints of figs,caramel,dough bread,brown sugar and yeast. Taste is spicy with hints of fruity esters.pepper,banana,prunes,figs,bread,nutmeg and fresh yeast. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6125) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I loved all of the Alesmith I had tried until I got to their Belgium line. They come across as too Americanized to me. That would be fine if they didnt charge significantly more than the Belgium beers they aspire to be. This pours deep bronze with a fizzy tan head. The aroma has caramel malts, candi sugar, breadiness, raisins, figs and earthy. Very full and rich and gives the impression the taste will be authentic Belgium tasting. Medium body with an over abundance of carbonation. Taste has earthy caramel, dark fruits and some biscuitiness. They flavor come off just short of being from Belgium. The finish gets a bit sour and has a caramel blast. After the aroma I was hoping for more complexity. A good beer, but for the price get a top quality Belgium that it is emulating and have money left over.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bought this bottle online about 6 months ago, so its likely between 6 months and 2 years old. For some reason, Alesmith doesnt date their beers =\

Pour was a dark brown, tiny head, and first sip made me think the bottle may be no good... not because it tasted bad or off, but because it was so different than I was expecting. I was thinking along traditional grand cru lines, pale with a big head, spicy and spritzy... this is anything but! Aroma is very hot, dark cherry characteristics, lemon, spices. In the mouth it is much more interesting, an intricate mesh of flavors, lots of spices, caramel, plum, licorice... even some steak/meat. Still very hot in the mouth, though overall the beer is very smooth, Im not sure more aging would do it well. With the oxidation and sherry notes Ive noticed, even, I think maybe this beer would just be drunk best fresh. I wish I knew when this bottle was actually produced!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2647) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Complex and incredibly sweet beer. Cloudy reddish body with big-bubbled head. Something was off with the carbonation because there was little making an already sweet beer seem even sweeter. Strong nose of sweet sugar, cramel, alcohol, overripe fruit, especially plum, and a slight funky Band-Aid note. The flavor was sweet fruits, plum, brown sugar, caramel with a warm, peppery alcohol finish. The palate was flat and slightly sticky. Despite its inadequate carbonation, this was still an excellent sipping beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Pours a deep cherry, almost brandy, color with a really bubbly head. Seems this could have used a few more months to fully bottle condition. The aroma really waifs out of the glass, almost like a fuel. There is a definite alcohol heat in the nose, but it is paired with a plethora of fruity esthers and complex malts. Deep fruits - plummy bananas and sweet cherries are a constant theme here. The body is really sweet - caramelized fruits drenched in honey sweet. This is a great dessert beer or fireside sipper but a little too sweet for mass consumption.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Interesting aroma of dark fruits, caramel matl, and some spice. Taste is lightly bitter at first but finishes with the taste of sweet pears and plums. Spicy nose not really present in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3332) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, from Boston. Pours orange\brown, without any head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and fruit. The flavor is moderately bitter, caramel, citrus, and fruit. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Another illustration of FlacoAltos philanthropy, and substantiation of AleSmiths talent, the Grand Cru was to me the real test of the admired brewery. My tendency towards Belgian styles conjures what Ive found to be an excellent examination of American zymology. Succeeding at the Imperial IPA, the task set by a Belgian ale is entirely different and its achievement shows to me versatility and nuance of quality. Poured, the head appeared as a layer of crme Anglaise, densely heaped above an opaque autumnal red body. Estery and spicy to the nose, the blend reveals banana and bubble gum, clove, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper. Reminiscent of a Tripel as a grainy corn aroma emerges, this Grand Cru elaborately joins a touch of Irish Cream to flowery peaches. The flavor takes on a slightly hoppy metallic tinge and spicy burn, suggesting an Americanized, or at least AleSmithized approach to the style. Dry coffee and chocolate malts are subdued but add nonetheless a weighty background to the sticky banana, cinnamon and clove combination. While the carbonation seems initially overwhelming, it slowly recedes to uncover a smooth and enjoyable texture. Overall, I was pleased by the effort, but it left me longing for more of that undefinable Belgian flair which seems so difficult to find elsewhere.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky brownish-yellow appearance; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Huge candy sugar nose, showing sweet fruit and spice, raisins and orange peel. Very sweet, full mouthfeel: belgian sugar, chewy raisins, plenty of crisp carbonation, fresh red fruits, spice and vanilla; very tasty, though slightly hot (it felt less and less balanced as it warmed). Dense, generous and well-spiced grand cru.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Suprizingly subtle aroma: toast, pears, and peaches; deep caramel, white chocolate and doughy malt flavor; massive, but amazingly drinkable. Dryish finish, not tto sweet, yet not much hop charactor. Finesse is the one word description here, not complex by any means, though. Theres no way this is 10.6% . Yummy.


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