Thursday, June 27, 2013

AleSmith Brewing Company Grand Cru

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is AleSmith Brewing Company Grand Cru. I picked this beer up at The Willow’s Market (here). If you haven’t yet been to Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA you really should.  With well over 1,000 craft beers you’d be hard pressed to find a better selection.

From the AleSmith Brewing Company website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a reddish caramel brown color with a large tan head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, plum and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, slight banana and chocolate.
Taste: Starts out tangy then sweet caramel and roasted malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices and a little chocolate drift in. 
Overall: Complex and creamy, AleSmith Brewing Company Grand Cru is very enjoyable.  At 10% ABV the alcohol is noticeable, but does not drink like a 10% ABV beer. What is noticeable is how artfully created this beer is made.  Superb drinkability and HIGHLY recommended!


Mark Harvey

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