AleSmith Grand Cru

AleSmith Grand Cru

Rated 3.943 by BeerPals

Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Our other famous Belgian-style offering is our Grand Cru. As with Horny Devil, it is fermented using yeast which originated in a Trappist monastery in Belgium. A darker type of Belgian candi sugar gives it more color and a richer complexity of flavor, consistent with the Belgian style.

ID: 2004 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank204
Overall Percentile99.6
Style Rank23 of 1186
Style Percentile98.1
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.019
Weighted Score3.943
Standard Deviation0.439

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  • CYBERCAT 10930 reviews
    rated 4.1 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Taps opaque caramel with a serviceable buff head. Aroma features pomme fruit, toasted malt and woody hops. Flavor presents sweet and slightly tart fruit, toasty malt and woody hops, with tropical and toffee hints. Mouthfeel offers firm body and sassy fizz. Just grand!

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I’ve been hanging onto this for 1.5 years now I can’t wait any longer I need to drink it. Bottle opened with a gush!! Crap did this go bad on me? Clear root beer brown with a tall cap the lingered for a long while. Aroma reminds me of Unibroue Maudite, dark apple, sweet malts, yeast, wood, hints of red wine, and noticeable alcohol. Good strong flavor, candy sugar, roasted malt, hints of banana but not, yeast, nice spice, lots of wood, and weak coffee. You can taste the non flavoured alcohol that warms the stomach………..yes I can taste the non flavoured alcohol, prove me wrong I dare you. The more I drink this the more I like it but this may be because I’m getting drunk. Entire bottle now empty and getting hard to watch “the girl who kicked the hornets’ nest” subtitles are getting blurry, wife keeps telling me to stop pausing so I can read what’s happening. Anyway beer was good but don’t think it lived up to its legendary status, drink a Unibroue Maudite and you’ll be getting the same thing.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Poured out a deep crimson brown, really fantastic foam, sticky lacing .. . aroma of fruit, pie, brandy and brown sugar soaked rum .. . medium mouth .. . overall a well made beer but needs a bit for thickness .. . Inflammable means flammable? What a country.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Wish list item - been saving this bastard. Deep amber pour with a massive head which shrinks rapidly to a constant cream cap leaving tons of chunky lacing. Very Belgian nose of sweet and lightly funky yeasts, malts, ripe fruits, hint of citrus. Taste is exquisite with almost over ripe fruits, yeasts, sweet rich malts, brown sugar, awesomeness. Huge beer with a purpose: to make beer drinkers happy. Success! Most excellent.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

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

    Vintage 2008: Dark golden pour with a foamy head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with some subtle spices. Wonderful flavors and well rounded by now. Exceptionally smooth drink.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottled@Bishops Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Ruby red colour, beige head. Aroma is raisins, plum, some sweet malts, mild yeast as well as some slight alcohol. Flavour is plum, loads of hops, some alcohol as well as mild yeastyness. Fruity and yeasty finish.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Not a bad Belgian Strong, but not a great one either. The bottle pours out a dark brownish red with a thin light brown cap that lasts. The aroma is sweet malt, candy sugar, nuts, and yeast. The flavour is more malty than anything else with the prized yeast overshadowed.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from BOLTZ7555. Thanks! Huge whiffs of caramel in the nose with butterscotch, toffee, ripe plums, molasses and alcohol. Deep amber-brownish color with a short-lived tan head that settles to a thin frothy, patchy, layer. Plenty hoppy (for the style) and dry with caramel and licorice flavor along with toasted grains, dark fruits, toffee and some booze. Very drinkable for 10% but comes across as a little thin. While the dark fruits are there I don’t think they are quite rich enough (again, for the style), perhaps dried out by the hops. My overall impression of this beer is that it’s good but not spectacular

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

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

    Pours ruby brown with a low low head. Mouthfeel is interesting, it moonwalks across your tongue. Malty and sweet yet reminiscent of a good Belgian Red. We had a heck of a time getting Alesmith - so far it was worth the wait and the trouble.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

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

    Pours out in a cloudy dark reddish brown colour with a low firm tan-coloured head. Rich solid aroma of yeast, dark chocolate, tart cherries, banana, salty licorice and mild pear. Full-bodied with touches of yeast, licorice, cardamom, cherry-skins, banana and prunes. Firm and chewy mouthfeel. Long warming finish of spicy yeast, prunes, dark bread, licorice and black cherries. Good stuff!

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