fidelis83 (2403) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013rougeau13 (2957) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Pours mahogany brown with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is interesting for a BSA, lots of vanilla and chocolate, nutty note, buttery oak, toast and hints of dark fruit and booziness. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, some caramel, woody malt, vanilla, white and milk chocolate, alcohol, hints of bananas foster, sauteed pears, floral hops, and mild dark fruit esters. Medium off dry slightly boozy body with a light carbonation. This is a very nice beer, it is really interesting in that it is a beer with high alcohol content and it is a Belgian Strong Ale, but while it is unmistakably both of those things it doesn’t beat you senseless with either in any way. The alcohol, while noticeable, blends very well with other sensory aspects in the Aroma, Taste and Palate, and while the Belgian yeast leaves behind enough esters and phenolics to make it’s presence unmistakable, both chemical groups are mild enough to not overpower the surprisingly delicate balance of this masterfully brewed beer.
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. alteregoo (1393) - 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.
KevinReddirt (152) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2017
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.
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.
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 dorain (177) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche (2015) 2017-05 getrunken. Ein perfekt, gelagertes typisches Quardruple mit ausgewogenen Malznoten. Wunderbar!
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. VastActiv (6942) - 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. PugUglyBrewer (615) - - 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. 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. pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2017
750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $12.99 Very good!