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99
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RATINGS: 1163   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours nearly still, clear and red. Sweet mineral aroma with spicy fruit leather and a hint of cocoa. Strong alcohol flavor with fruity vitamin and some nutty malt. Has some nuance in the dark fruit dept. but is fairly one dimensional. Finishes fast with some alcohol burn. This beer is WAAAYY over rated.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
GABF. Pours a solid amber. Aroma is faint raisin. Flavor is rotten yeast and outdated raisin. Palate is coating. VERY disappointing effort from such a skillfull brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2004 champagne bottle, purchased directly from the brewery and transported as carry-on luggage from San Diego to Bellingham. Im rating from memory so I wont attempt to capture the fine details. Good Belgian style beer but not outstanding; might improve with aging. Very straightforward without much layered complexity, body exactly as advertised. The Belgian yeast profile was not as pronounced as I expected. I bought a mixed case of AleSmith champagne bottles and havent tried any of the others yet, but hope they have more "wow" factor. This one was just a little thin for my tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2003 vintage, courtesty of Enniskillen.

Poured a clear dark ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, grapes, molasses, and a touch of spiciness with alcohol. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanillia, grapes, with a touch of alcohol. Very warming in the stomach. Dry somewhat bitter finish with a touch of grassy hops. Decent body with moderate carbonation. Rich and sweet, but just dry enough to be appetizing. Very straight-shooting belgian... no curve balls here. Simple, yet well-crafted. Could easily replace wine at the dinner table.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 dark amber w/ very small head, sweet caramel aroma w/ hint of toffee and plum. medium bodied, sweet fruity taste, malty and very drinkable for its strength.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
absolutely delicious!!! pours a wonderful deep brown color with a small tan head and little bit of lacing. The aroma will make you melt with hints of caramel and spice. the complex flavor matches the aroma- wonderful. its a palate teaser with many different flavors coming through at different points in the beer including, caramel, spice, alcohol and a slight hint of fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
mmmmmmmmmmmm. this was like one of the most perfect beers i have ever had. yum. true to the style. ok here goes, aroma: some strawberry, raspberry, blackberries and some apricots, peach and pear juice. some light vanilla bean flavor compliments all the flavors of the fruits. some carmel and malts added to the flavor and rounded off by having a well balanced palate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & gregclow - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Tried directly after an Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Aroma is disappointing - some malt, lots of alcohol, some spice, but certainly pretty tame. Full bodied. Lots of dark malt and spice, this is thick and strong stuff. Not complex at all, but the taste described is substantial. This one needs some time to age before it earns its 99% rating in my opinion. Still pretty fun to try now though, it also suffered in comparison to the previous beer noted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Ruby-brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is warm and sweet, lots of malt and brown sugar, with a floral background. Flavour has an interesting sweet & sour character, with some sharp edges. Definately needs some aging, but its obviously a very well made beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3135) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Was excited to give this one a try, given the other Alesmith brews Ive had. Pours out almost a clear ruby red with a brownish tinge. The aroma is sweet with some notes of malt. The taste is subtle at first then hits you. A nice complex range of flavors with notes of malt, caramel and some slight chocolate.


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