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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
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 2005 bottle Nose of plums and berries, and vanilla, after a couple of minutes malty tones added in; earthen red-brown color with a tiny amount of beige head, but lots of bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass, Malty, caramelly flavor, with a tart finish. 2000 Bottle Odeeds Beer Tasting 9/27/06 Brought by Odeed; Very smooth; better than 2005Raisin taste in the finish; rerate!

3.7
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Light brown with off-white quickly-fading head. Nose of vanilla and fruits. Flavor is initially tart/sour fruits with cherries predominating, caramel maltiness, followed by an alcohol burn on the tonsils. Pretty impressive.

3.2
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 9, 2006
Had this a few weeks ago, while at the pool. Nose of dried fruit & berries; malt, spices & a hint of alcohol. Pours a sparkling hazy walnut with amber highlights. The frothy blonde head is immediately diminishing. The very sweet flavor is mostly caramel with moderate acidity. The warm alcohol middle finishes sweet and tangy. The full body is fizzy and syrupy with a cloying feel to the finish.

3.8
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Very nice drink. Light brown with reddish highlighting, it has a an aroma of berries and cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Very smooth to drink despite its impressive abv. The flavor was sweet and malty, warm with alcohol, and rife with slightly tart fruit. It finishes sweet with a surprisingly light alcohol burn. Nice, indeed.

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3.1
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a light brown head with brown color. Aroma is malt, vanilla, fruit. Taste is malt, vanilla, fruit.

4.1
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Thanks to whoever brought this beer to kp’s Cellar Party. A nice amber/brown pour with an aroma of fruit, sweet malt and yeast. A nice sweet flavor with the taste of alcohol at the end. A smooth easy texture. This beer was a true pleasure. I love a beer with a sweet flavor and a hint of alcohol to close the deal.

3.8
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Translucent mahogany brown w/ brown foam. Sweet, toasty, caramel aroma w/ notes of fruit (peach, banana), pepper (alcohol) & licorice. Medium, moderately effervescent feel. Relatively complex malty flavour w/ a fruity, vinous quality & spicy, peppery edge.

3.5
Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
I’ve had a few tastes of this over the past week and found it to be too alcoholic in flavor. Has the similar feel and appearance as other alesmiths but not very memorable.

3.6
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2006
Pours nearly flat from the 750ml bottle. Smell is yeasty fruit and fig (is that a fruit too?). Looks nice, with little specks of brewer’s yeast floatin’ ’round. Taste is surprisingly mellow (2006 bottling). Palate is sticky. For my first Alesmith offering (finally available around me), I was unfortunately not terribly impressed. Guess that’s what happens with huge expectations. Next up, Speedway Stout, but not tonight.

3.6
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
at first this was just massive alcohol up front, both in aroma and flavor. but once my palate adapted i found quite a bit more.... unfortunately, i did not put what more that was down in my notes.


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