Allagash Grand Cru

Allagash Grand Cru

Rated 3.679 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Allagash Brewing Company

Portland, ME, United States

Style:  Belgian Ale

7.2% Alcohol by Volume

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We brew this special, deep-golden colored beer each year in limited quantities. It has a full, yet refined malty palate and a gentle fruit and spice aroma. Recommended Cellaring Temp: 55 degrees F Recommended Serving Temp: 45 to 60 degrees F

ID: 1069 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank1214
Overall Percentile97.6
Style Rank23 of 1096
Style Percentile97.9
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.731
Weighted Score3.679
Standard Deviation0.427

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

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

    This is definitely not my favourite beer, another Allagash miss. I was expecting a Duvel/Orval kind of beer, but it was slightly darker, less yeasty, less champagny, and more bitter.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

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

    good looking beer...everlasting white fluffy head on a light amber cloudy beer. smell is a little more subdued than expected but quite pleasant. picking up more barleywineish carmel aspects than expected. flavor mellow but complex of fruit, yeast, spices, and a bit sweet. smooth finish. overall, not quite what i was expecting, but pretty good. i'd get it again. for $9 a bottle, though, it may be a while.

  • BOSOXBRENT 227 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Time after time, Allagash beers show up in my beer glass and no matter what, they end up being great. This Allagash Grand Cru followed in those footsteps. I had this one at the Quarry House in Silver Spring, MD one day after work with a coworker and it was so good, I ended up having two of em. That's pretty much unheard of considering the long beer menu there.

    So the beer comes out in a bottle with a cool little snowflake on it. This might not have much in the way of significance for many, but at the time I had this, it was the first time I realized that winter was just around the corner and that all the good winter beers were on their way. That just set the mood for beer drinking right there.

    Poured out, this beer looks great! Here we have a cloudy looking beer with a warm amber color with an orange hue to it. The head is thick and hearty. Drinking it down, your glass is left with some amazing lacing work that looks like fine artwork. Toss on the great looking label and I'm giving this bad boy the elusive 10. The aroma is solid as well. Emitting from the glass is the smell of fruit, spice, and yeast.

    I loved drinking this one. There's a whole lot going on in the flavors. The first thing you pick up on is a very warming caramel flavor which is a wonderful base for this beer. Building on that base you next pick up on some spices like cinnamon and cloves. Finally your tongue will pick up on a feint hint of fruity flavors like apricot or peaches. The mouthfeel on this one lends to this one going down easily and you find yourself quickly looking for another.

    Overall, I love it and I can't wait to get out to the store to pick some up to hold me over for a nice, long, hopefully cold winter here in Maryland.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

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

    I've always been a bit intimidated by Allagash beers because of their price, so needless to say, this is my first of their selection. Well, they really are a great Belgian imitation. Aroma is a little alcohol, a little yeasty. Pours a cloudy orange with minimal head. Light, glistening lacing left on the glass. Flavors include that all too familiar Belgian spices, pepper, (cinnamon?), and some light fruity flavors. Extra fine carbonation makes for a light but full-bodied and soft beer. a great beer, that I just might shell out the cash for again.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

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

    Pours a foggy amber colour with a giant overflowing white head. The head sticks around until the end. nice retention and a sticky lacing residue left on the glass. Tastes of carmel, lightly roasted malts and a hint of cotton candy. Wicked nice!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

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

    batch#14 ..Pours a light copper/gold colour...Medium head, lacing is great when the brew warms up...Very smooth and horribly drinkable...Just a delicious drink, lots of fruity flavours! ..has a nice bitter profile...it's pronounced dumass..

  • FOZAPD 474 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

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

    This one poured a murky orangey hue with a small head. The head almost went away instantly which is typical for strong ales. The taste was a very pleasant combination of malts, coriander, and spice/clove. I enjoyed this one from Allagash.

  • JMPOUNDERS 27 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

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

    Poured with a big white fluffy head. Can't really see the color because I am using a plastic cup (travelling). Smells of cloves, pepper, bannana, nuts... awesome aromas. Nice crisp, clean mouthfeel sweet biscuity malts lay the backdroup for all the spicey flavors that were present in the nose. A great beer.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

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

    Another really nice beer from Allagash. While having this nearly at the same time as the Dubbel, this was my least favorite of the two. It was still nice though. Aroma was musty with some fruits and yeast. Appearance was a hazy deep burnt orange with a nice off-white head. Flavors were yeast, fruty, malty with a twinge of hops present. Mouthfeel is full and round.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Hazy reddish orange colour, mediumsized off-white head. American hops along with fruits and berries in aroma. The same in flavour, with some spices added. Also a plummy tone to it in the finish. Wellbalanced brew, and hides the ABV well.

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