BJ's Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Two finger rapidly dissipating head with nice thick lacing on a murky golden body with tan hues. Aroma is Very much like a farmhouse ale with Belgian yeast and esters, mildly fruity with hints of a DIY or dark fruit like aroma in a belgian dark strong. Flavor is more on the belgian dark strong lines with fig and dark fruit and more Belgian yeast. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall an excellent beer especially for a national brewery chain.
01-12-2012 01:37:32 | More by kylehay2004
4.24/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Dark hazy orange, almost non-existent white head.
S: Cherry and orange in the nose, along with some fruity Belgian yeast esters.
T: Orange and cherry are the dominant flavors, but there's also some lemon and a strong malty finish.
M: Fuller side of medium bodied, fairly smooth.
O: This isn't quite their best beer, but it's pretty good. Definitely worth a try.
01-27-2014 21:56:52 | More by BierJager89
BJ's Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.