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RATINGS: 1189   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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3.9
Maak_d (10) - - NOV 29, 2012
Aroma of vanilla with a hint of tart/vinegar. Clear brown/amber with little head and no lacing to speak of. Taste is vanilla, malt, raisins, maybe some tropical notes from the belgian yeast. Palate is thin, high alcohol. Great beer, very unique.


3.9
rougeau13 (2954) - 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 (1390) - 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 (151) - 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 (1036) - - 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 (177) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-05 getrunken. Ein perfekt, gelagertes typisches Quardruple mit ausgewogenen Malznoten. Wunderbar!

3.6
Sigmund (7390) - 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 (6938) - 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.

5
PugUglyBrewer (609) - - MAY 16, 2017
Dark and hazy garnet color with a creamy head of tan foam. Luxuriant plum, fig, caramel, and sweet bread embrace the senses. A sweet and slightly spiced finish make this a very pleasant Belgian inspired strong ale.

4.4
Westy1130 (87) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Pours a rusty orange color with medium head. Aroma/Taste: burnt caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast, plums, figs and vanilla with a sweet and citrusy aftertaste. Definitely a beer that will improve with age.

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pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2017
750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $12.99 Very good!


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