Alesmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru

Alesmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru

Rated 3.350 by BeerPals
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Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

10% Alcohol by Volume

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This is the first time AleSmith has ever Barrel Aged Grand Cru and our first use of red wine barrels to age a beer. A little bit about Barrel Aged Grand Cru: Barrel Aged Grand Cru is our Belgian-Style Ale that has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer!

ID: 55805 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank7499
Overall Percentile84.7
Style Rank362 of 1186
Style Percentile69.5
Lowest Score4.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.400
Weighted Score3.350
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Insanely complex, and a perfect "contemplative yet highly drinkable" brew. Hints at so many things yet was so mellow at the same time. Hard to score and judge for sure. I don't know how many 10% 750's I'd like to sit down with by myself, but this was one. Toffee and candi sugar sweetness. Tartness and layers of oak and tobacco and dark fruit from the barrels are all so subtle but definitely all there. 10% blends in seemlessly! I like that this imparted the vinous character from the oak without becoming too wild. The original beer still shines, but this was also a whole 'nother animal. Stuck between 4.3-4.4, but due to the great job of barreling, I'm gonna have to go high on this one. This is better than soooooo many of the 99-100th percentile beers on rb, yet is "only" a 95. :) An underrated gem.

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