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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
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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Reviews by Jules11788:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jules11788, Jan 17, 2013
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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
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ BJ's La Jolla. Poured clear copper with a short, off-white head (bar pour). Yeasty aroma with lots of bubblegum blended with cotton candy and caramel. Taste was more on the trippel side with the same sweet yeast. Bubblegum, clove, and holiday spice was prevalent throughout. Solid malt foundation with caramel and toffee enhancing the alcohol. Very easy to drink, had to pull the reigns in halfway through. Lighter, carbonated mouthfeel with some lingering stickiness. Very enjoyable.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Auraan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a nice deep amber and red with a small head. There's only a few specks of lace.

The smell is very nice, with a ton of malt and candy sugar. The taste is a little plain, lacking much fruit or hop flavor, but the various malts and sugars are almost enough on their own. The mouthfeel is full and pleasing, while drinkability is pretty good.

Very sweet but well done; definitely one of their best offerings.

watermelonman, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A showcase offering, Glendale location. Cloudy urine yellow, with white head and lace. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Yeasty aroma. Taste is rather too sweet, corriander and yeasty, a tad spicy. A Belgian lager. Not that drinkable as cloying. Not like a real Belgian.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2010
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
Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

wilfonzo, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of czillmer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

czillmer, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 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
Photo of pknyc
2.5/5  rDev -34%

pknyc, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a nice room temperature skinny tulip glass with plenty of frothy white head. Beer is a hazy deep yellow color.

Smells very wit-like. Orange peel, lemon, coriander and cloves. Nose is very zesty and fruity. It's a clean, fresh pleasant smelling brew.

Flavors are heavy on the coriander and cloves, while the fruity notes fade a bit toward the back. Alcohol is quite evident and a bit rough around the edges, but still does not feel like the 10% ABV that it boasts. A bit of spicy, floral hops are there on the finish, lending a puckering bitter finish. Overall a pretty damn good beer and one of the best I have had at BJs.

twiggamortis420, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BJ's Grand Cru
On tap at BJ's Brewhouse in Baton Rouge, LA

Appearance: hazy straw yellow, good lacing, and medium head.

Smell: yeasty wheat and a slight grain.

Taste: yeasty wheat, coriander, and some slight grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a good brew. Its full bodied and flavorful, while not being overly complex.

megahurts4, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of mullenite
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BeerAdvocate has this listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it was really a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it was good none the less.

Glassware - Tulip

Appearance - Cloudy, yellow in color and very hazy with a half finger white cap on the tap that faded in to a ring. Very nice sticky lacing down the glass as well.

Nose - Smell was primarily bananas, some alcohol and spices in there as well. Not very complex but pretty good. Reminded me a little bit of Weihenstephan Vitus but with a bit more banana.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, lots of bananas which faded to the spices (clove, vanilla) and then faded again to a very alcoholic finish. Again, not very complex but pretty good. No one flavor was too dominant or restrained.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with an okay amount of carbonation, I kind of wanted more carbonation but it was on tap so it may be the locations fault.

Overall - I would drink this again and would by it in bottles if it were bottle conditioned but probably won't get it on tap again.

mullenite, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in for some lunch while running errands and enjoyed this on tap.
Pours a murky orangish/gold in color. No head at all on the beer. Smell is citrusy fruits, some coriander and some belgian yeast. More of the citrusy fruits and mostly coriander in the flavor. This is the best beer that I've had from this chain. Easy drinking and no sign of the ABV whatsoever while drinking. Enjoyable, but one glass was enough.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of polygman
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

BJ's in Oxnard. They were advertising this as a 10% belgian strong pale ale.

Served from tap in there commemorative grand cru style glass, basically a skinny tall tulip. Color was very dark for a Belgian strong pale, a strong orange color and not transparent to say the least. Quite cloudy appearance. Very little head, a wisp of lace but hardly any.

Smell was very faint, sweet malty smell if anything.

Taste was veryyyy sweet, pretty much too sweet. No balance whatsoever. Almost syrupy in flavor. It felt very heavy, sweet and alchy. Really needed some rethinking.

It almost seemed like they just wanted to brew a very strong belgian and in effect just created an overly sweet belgian style beer.

Would not get this again, too many better beers to choose from. Ordered a Green Flash after this to "cleanse" the palette.

polygman, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of ThirdLap
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at BJ's Vacaville in its own proper glassware complete with the name of the beer on the side. Alright, who are you and what have you done with the normal BJs?

A - Pours a cloudy translucent yellow with minimal head and lacing.

S - Whoa, Belgian funk at BJ's? Tons of fruits are present: bananas, spices, raisins, plums... there's a lot going on here. And yes, 'bubblegum' nails it . Quite sweet, but with an overall good malt balance. This has me wanting to meet their brewers.

T - Sweet, spicy, fruity, bready, funky. A good amount of cough syrup in there, which unfortunately seems to turn a lot of non-Belgian types off. Overall not bad at all... one of BJ's best efforts.

M - Minimal carbonation, light on the tongue, sweet then bitter finish. Alcohol is masked reasonably well.

D - One was enough for me, but it sure did disappear quickly. This one keeps you sipping.

ThirdLap, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Braz, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +31.9%

jaidenjb, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BJs in Sacramento, CA.

A - Nice golden color, off-white head, which was very resilient. Light notes of lacing.

S - Pear, Peaches, pineapples, and light tones of breadiness. Really dug the breadiness part as most 3Xs it is hard to get that breadiness despite tons of malts.

T - Pear, peaches, pineapples, ultra-light breadiness, and pear-ester.

M - Light carbonation, alcohol feel. Very drinkable overall. Moderate bitterness.

D - Would liked to have had another. May suggest reducing the hops as there was moderate bitterness.

MisterClean, Feb 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

golf4collet, Feb 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

PTEdelman, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

videofrog, Nov 15, 2011
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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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