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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with imported Belgian malts and a blend of exotic spices, BJ's Grand Cru has a malty character with a whirlwind of fruit and spice flavors. First brewed to celebrate the new millennium, BJ's Grand Cru has been a seasonal tradition ever since. This Belgian-stlye amber ale is bottle-conditioned and flavorful enough to age in the bottle for many years. Like a fine wine, the beer will change over time as some flavors mellow while others become more pronounced. For optimal aging, we recommend that you store BJ's Grand Cru for at least one year at between 55 and 65°F. Or enjoy it now!

(Beer added by: mickeymac on 06-26-2003)
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

PTEdelman, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of ericchalifour
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ericchalifour, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Daytona Beach location with my wife and some friends. It's an attractive looking beer. A faded orange color and slightly hazy. Not something like a wit, but a rich looking golden copper. I can't comment on the head because I have no idea how long the beer had been in the glass, but it was a bright white color that provided a bit of lacing.

I was impressed by the smell, particularly for a smallish brewhouse. The combination of fruits and Belgian yeast made a nice impression. The alcohol is high in this, but there's no hint of it in the nose. Nor do the hops present at all.

Really surprising for a restaurant and brewhouse to produce something a lot of the big boys can't pull off. The nose carries over to the taste. A sweet fruity combination of various fruits and Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Very well put together.

The mouthfeel brought out some of the spices from the yeast. As you might guess, a bit of white pepper. There was also finally a note of alcohol with a quick hit of heat near the swallow. Full bodied despite the light color. Never too sweet or too bitter or too hot. The proportions were just about right.

Overall, I was very impressed with this selection from BJs. It tasted like the real thing from another continent. Simple to drink and good tasting.

RickS95, May 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Porter, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

czillmer, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy light golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with strong notes of underlying notes of candi sugars and slight hints of spices. It seems to become a little maltier as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and is quite malty from the candi sugars, although no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, although the alcohol is not that apparent in the taste. It seems to lack the complexity offered by some of the top beers in the style.

Note: 2013-2014 Annual

metter98, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

pknyc, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

golf4collet, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

smithj4, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

wilfonzo, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Braz, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jules11788, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color in my tulip glass was a hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of foam with plenty of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of carbonated spices and fruit. The flavor was really pleasant, being 10% alcohol, mild, smooth, very flavorful with all kinds of surprise flavors. What a pleasant surprise. Had to have two glass before dinner!

BeerManDan, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Danobold, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Auraan, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

hayesjw, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Plano, Texas location.

Served in a nice BJ's Grand Cru stemmed glass. The beer pours a hazy gold color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of biscuit malt, as well as some Belgian yeast and orange citrus notes. The flavor is more of the same. The malt notes are accented nicely with the orange citrus, yeast and candy sugar notes. The alcohol is present but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dcs1548, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

jaidenjb, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

videofrog, Nov 15, 2011
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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.