BJ's Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
2013-2014 vintage, could have let it age longer...but doubt it matters much. This is a chain restaurant brewery beer...they just aren't much better than the pseudo crafts from the adjunct brewers.
Overall, not a bad beer, but not a great one...it's average. Here's the oddity, I received it in a 'Rare Beer of the Month' sampler. Usually those tend toward rare, as in hard to get (I could have run out to BJ's and grabbed a bottle at Christmas myself) and great to awesome. Oh well. I'm not going to do the ASTMO thing on this one.
The beer looks like a better than average beer, the aroma is subdued, the flavors begin to show some character (but not much, some malts coming through, no distinctive yeast, a little spiciness) with a medium mouthfeel accentuated with some good carbonation.
I can't find anything truly bad with this, but there is nothing here that screams "Go find more." Glad I had it, now I don;t need to have it again.
05-21-2014 01:30:57 | More by Badger6
4.45/5 rDev +15%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Vintage 2013-2014.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Very nice appearance.
S: Belgian yeast, coriander, soft citrus, white pepper, clove, and a sugary honey note in the background. Nicely complex here.
T: Banana, clove, raisin, and cinnamon hits first followed by peppery yeast, soft citrus (orange peel), coriander, light and sugary caramel malt, and a hint of honey and herbal mint. Opens up even more with warming...introducing vanilla and clove notes and allowing the honey and mint notes to become more prominent. Excellent complexity.
M: Medium-heavy body. Sweet and smooth. Lightly effervescent. Drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Lingers and deepens nicely on the palate.
D: Drinks like a tripel, but with more complexity than usual and definitely more heft than usual. This one was a surprisingly good treat. An outstanding brew...seek it out!
02-07-2014 04:34:30 | More by mwilbur
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale gold into my goblet. A smallish off-white head drops pretty quickly but leaves nice sheets of lacing. The label designates it as the 2013-2014 edition.
Smell: Candied sugars hit me first, although as it warms ground white pepper from the yeast joins the party. Lurking phenolics hint at the strength and gain prominence as the beer warms.
Taste: Candied sugars again lead the charge, but the beer opens up quickly and shows its complexity. The white pepper from the nose is back, along with other spices and a faint herbal element that shows up right at the end. Finally, the sugar sweetness morphs slightly to include welcome honey elements. This is definitely a beer where the payoff of letting it warm to the appropriate level is huge.
Mouthfeel: This is definitely a big, full-bodied beer. The high carbonation offsets that somewhat, however. The ending mouthfeel, particularly as it warms, is almost creamy.
Drinkability: There’s no question that this is a slow sipper, and the relatively apparent alcohol sends a useful warning in this regard. Nothing wrong with sipping this slowly all night, though.
02-14-2014 00:20:58 | More by rdickey
3.24/5 rDev -16.3%
Okay for the style, nothing out of the ordinary, nor does anything really stand out as exceptional. Esters, subtle malts, some hint of the spices used. Bottle fermented, okay attenuation. Overall, can't find anything wrong with the ale. Enjoyable but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.
02-11-2014 06:33:34 | More by TheBullsHorn
BJ's Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.