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RATINGS: 1184   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghawener (1601) - Santa Tecla, - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle: #1000! Up til now Ive trying anything I can get my hands on; from now on Ill focus on the best that I can get. AleSmith is definitely a brewery Ill always prefer, they really make great brews with attention to detail. Prost and going for the next 1,000.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (7315) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6873) - 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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (560) - - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westy1130 (75) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1392) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2017
750 ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $12.99 Very good!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (1202) - Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2017
UPDATED: APR 6, 2017 Very welcoming nose, dates and plums stuck to a banana via caramel. Looks okay, not very Belgian, good color but the head sucks and lace is a no-go. Taste starts strong but loses complexity; plenty of minor notes--caramel, bananas, cloves, apricots, dates, hazelnut, white grape, tea (black and chai) with a toasty, booze-laden finish--yet the more it warms, the more flat candi sugar sweetness takes over. Still, the alcohol is mild, the sugars never grow cloy, and my glass seems to keep emptying, so I shouldnt complain too much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (2475) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2017
bomber to snifter poured a brown red color but more cloudy red no head. sweet warm malt base, dark fruits like plum or raisins, caramel smooth. the flavor was so soft and delicious. this was a 2015 bottle and hasnt lost a thing. you get that sweet malt and dark fruit and a very soft burn of the alcohol on the end. truly delicious and wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1466) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2017

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malts and spices.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque dark orange/dark brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit and chocolate; ends sloggtlt bitter and dry with roasted malts and spices.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Great Belgian profile with some American aspects sipping through. Amazing palate both in terms of mouthfeel as in terms of flavour profile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aminatchime (132) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Geproefd @ RBBWG 2017. Kleur is amber, karamel met kleine witte schuimkraag. Veel gas. Geur is zoet, een of andere sterke drank en appeltjes. Smaak is zoet, sterk alcoholisch en een tikkeltje donkere chocolade.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7713) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2017
Sampled at the RBBWG 2017. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours dark, clear amber. Small white head. Smell is rich, full, grainy sweetness. Taste is full, mild bitter, bit boozy, some dark fruits.


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