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RATINGS: 1191   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Tasted right after Westy 12, which I had expected was going to blow this beer out of the water, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not. Not only did I find this fruity, slighlty sour, complexly malty beer delicious, but it legitimately competed with Westy as to which was the better beer. Dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is of yeast esters -- lots of spice, clove, nutmeg, banana, dried cherries, raisins, etc. Malty, bready flavor with a slight roast to it. Incredible yeast ester profile. Everything that’s in big trappists is there. Banana, clove, citrus, raisin, dates, figs, dried cherries. In addition, there is a good amount of chocolate malt and some serious roast to it. There is a slight background sourness that helps balance the beer very nicely. Dry finish. Solid beer, even without the Westy hype.


3.6
beskid (134) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2017 It’s a good, but very standard belgian-type strong ale, no American character. Nice texture, smooth palate, pleasant and drinkable, sweet, with raisins, dried fruits, dark malt, chocolate. Slightly boozy.

3.9
coachd (837) - Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2017
18 month old bottle. Candy and Belgian yeast aroma. Very pretty amber color. Tastes sweet up front with a slightly boozy aftertaste. Very clean, not muddled like many belgian strong ales. Very low carbonation, light palate that is very smooth. Another good one from AleSmith, they have yet to make a beer that I do not like.

3.6
Iznogud (3805) - CROATIA - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle, 750 ml, from Beergium. Shared with rest of the crew. Pours amber with beige head. Malty, caramel, some dried fruit, raisins, estery, bit spicy. Moderate sweetness. Medium bodied.

3.9
rougeau13 (3015) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle. Dark hazy brownish orange with golden highlights and a foamy khaki head that’s gone in a flash. Aroma of caramel, dark figgy fruit, banana, and bubblegummy yeast phenols. Tastes phenolic, moderately sweet and not at all boozy tasting for the abv. Medium, semi-syrupy bodied, very softly carbonated.

4
alteregoo (1447) - Kalisz, POLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Gushing przy otwieraniu, piana średnio obfita, dość trwała, barwa rubinowa, lekko opalizująca. Aromat estrowy, głównie kandyzowane morele, suszone brzoskwinie, rodzynki, karmel, syrop klonowy, w tle przyprawy. W smaku podobnie, słodkie, wyklejające, dominują kandyzowane i suszone owoce oraz delikatnie pikantne fenole, w tle posmaki czerwonego wina, porto i ciasta drożdżowego. Goryczka nieduża ziołowo pestkowa, przyjemnie rozgrzewanie od alkoholu na finiszu. Wysycenie średnie, lepkie, gładkie, oleiste w odbiorze.
Dość klasyczne, ani ciemne ani jasne, BSA, kumulujące w sobie wszystko to, co charakterystyczne dla belgijskich drożdży i piw mocnych, aczkolwiek od AleSmith chciałoby się czegoś nieco ponad standard, zwłaszcza przy tej cenie za regularne piwo.

4.3
KevinReddirt (166) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2017
I can get through the second and third tier beers to appreciate an offering like Grand Cru. Bought with a number of other beers at Total Wine in the Dallas area some time back. Held back for just the right time, today was the day. The 750 ml bottle pours into my Buffalo Bayou snifter an interesting cinnamon brown body with a slight, egg-shell white head. I scent toffee, spices and ripe fruit. With a drink I find red plum, strawberry jam, something yeasty and a mighty fine touch of bitterness throughout. The 10% abv is completely covered up. First Speedway Stout and now Grand Cru, AleSmith is certainly doing it right for me.

3.7
kambei70 (1070) - - JUN 3, 2017
Clear mahogany brown pour with no head at all. Plummy dark red fruit. Fairly juicy and very sweet but with a bit of spice on the end. Raisin brandy flambee. Glossy chocolate liquorice. Black currants. Homemade root beer. Vegemite. Anchovies. Worcestershire sauce. Merlot. Celery root. Bamboo shoots. Shittake mushrooms. Oyster sauce. Dark caramel toffees. The alcohol feels more prominent as it warms. Medium syrupy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
dorain (293) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-05 getrunken. Ein perfekt, gelagertes typisches Quardruple mit ausgewogenen Malznoten. Wunderbar!

3.6
Sigmund (7534) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2017
750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 10%. Brown colour, moderate off-white to beige head. Malty aroma, also notes of brown kandij sugar, molasses, dark dried fruits and alcohol. The fairly sweet flavour has the same elements as the aroma, also hints of oak and chocolate.

3.3
VastActiv (7133) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle at home, Nivala. Vintage 2013. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dry fruits, dark fruits, plums, raisins and malts.


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