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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer at the BJs in Columbus, OH, and it struck me as created by someone who just didn't understand beer. The server described it as a Belgian style-wheat beer, and went on to describe how it was about "10% alcohol" and a "Grand Cru" style. That description didn't leave me with high expectations, about this beer, as the description seemed like an odd mismatch of terms. And indeed, the result was pretty strange.

Appearance was of a flat, opaque, orange substance reminiscent to me of pulpy orange juice. Aroma was pretty weird - spicy but sort of dead. Flavor was also a bit weird - very sweet, strongly of alcohol at the finish, and a little spicy. Mouthfeel was quite thin. This beer struck me as if someone said to themselves, "Well Blue Moon is a very popular Belgian-style beer...let's make it bigger!" It doesn't really work for me. Too sweet, too alcohol-ish, too opaque, not carbonated enough, and seemingly a product of misunderstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 22:56:25 | More by BeerBelcher
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pknyc

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34%

02-21-2014 14:55:14 | More by pknyc
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polygman

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 21:19:18 | More by polygman
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-04-2011 18:36:37 | More by mhaugo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 00:52:21 | More by Sammy
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nick76

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is right for the style with some band-aids, spices, malt, candy sugar, yeast, and fruit. The appearance is orange gold with a small had. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of tartness. The palate is typical for the style. A decent attempt at the style but it's only an average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 06:20:01 | More by nick76
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Floydster

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Five ounce taster of the 2008 version at the San Bernardino location last night for two dollars

A-Murky golden yellow color, resembled lemon juice, 1/4 inch white pillowy head that settled quickly, no retention or lacing

S-Pineapple, apples, oranges, peaches, tangerines, dry pear, cough syrup, spices, strong bready malt aroma, and Belgian yeast

T-Too medicinal for me or this beer would have been a lot more enjoyable, initial taste is sweet and sugary with the variety of fruits mentioned in the smell, then some cloves and pepper, then booze and Robutussin in the finish, chewy and sweet with a biscuit-like feel, surprisngly some smokiness in the aftertaste, could have used more hops to balance this out because both the yeast and malt profiles were too strong

M-Spicy mouthfeel, especially once it had warmed, ton much carbonation, thick body, taste lingered for several minutes afterwards

D-At 10.4%, it is very strong and the alcohol is not hidden well, a bit heavy, not smooth, probably could not have finished a full glass by myself

Anxious to try being that it is only around for a few weeks out of the year, one of their popular seasonal offerings, first Grand Cru I have tried, also made cool commemorative glasses for this that were available for purchase, probably would not have agin because I enjoy their Nutty Brewnette so much, but is was fun to try, recommened if you are curious but do not expect too much

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 17:39:33 | More by Floydster
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/22/2010 (Draft @ BJs Clear Lake, Houston, TX):

Pours an amber golden color, small white head. Clear body. Spicy dry aroma. Pale. Some fruitiness. Not super strong. Spicy creamy mouthfeel, bubbly. A little rough, slightly syrupy. Letting warm up a bit. Still a bit spicy and harshly carbonated. A little strong on the syrup. Okay.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 04:38:43 | More by jujubeast6000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed at the Bjs Chandler location
A frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head sits atop a dark red colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is strikingly of rich fruit and a touch of phenolics; a mix of raisins, sweet plums, a touch of fig, some notes of clove and perhaps a hint of bubble gum.

The taste is definitely sweet, though not sticky, and the finish has that characteristic earthy spicy note that I associated with a Chimay derived yeast strain. The fruit notes are in the flavor as well, found up front, I get notes of sweet plums, raisins and apples. The finish is dominated by that earthy spiciness, which leads into an astringent, slightly phenolic (a mix of smoke and plastic), lingering finish. The spice notes remind me of cloves, a touch of ginger, perhaps some coriander and perhaps even something like cardamom. I can see this beer really appealing to some, to me it seems a touch out of balance though; it is just a bit too phenolic in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 04:00:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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wilfonzo

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-31-2014 03:53:24 | More by wilfonzo
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Braz

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-10-2013 00:09:02 | More by Braz
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Porter

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-30-2014 21:52:15 | More by Porter
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville. This brew pours a cloudy copper color with a medium and bubbly off-white head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet spices, yeast and bananas. Medium-bodied with a spiced character. Flavors of spices, bread and hops with more banana in the background. Sweet spice finish with touches of hops in the aftertaste. Decent overall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 16:29:45 | More by Dogbrick
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mickeymac

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at BJ's in Woodland Hills, CA in June 2003. It pours a good looking reddish brown with a big off-white head that fades fairly quickly. The smell is perfume and spice, with nutmeg being the most noticeable spice. The taste is more of the same, but the spice rack effect is even more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. It's an interesting taste, but the novelty wears off before the first glass is gone. It's worth a try, but I'll try something else next time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2003 21:55:10 | More by mickeymac
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metter98

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:13:15 | More by metter98
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 06:08:52 | More by Mora2000
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videofrog

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-15-2011 04:10:02 | More by videofrog
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Danobold

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-27-2012 19:45:15 | More by Danobold
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-24-2014 15:40:35 | More by djrn2
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-21-2012 20:52:52 | More by hayesjw
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this gem ontap at the BJ's in Oklahoma City. I was feet suprised at the quality of there beer especially this one. It poured a hazy yellow/orange color with little head lacing was minimal lacing into a snifter. I didn't get too much out of the smell just some fruits like pear, bananna. The taste is what blew me away. It had some spice to it with a slight alchohol burn in the finsh but still very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 15:35:57 | More by mugglesandhops
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 22:23:18 | More by FtownThrowDown
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mullenite

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 07:04:50 | More by mullenite
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy dark gold color with white head. Head doesn't retain well. Nose is pleasant with Belgian yeasty/estery components, bready, and lighter fruits such as white grapes. Palate is pleasantly sweet with Belgian candy sugar, syrupy malt, and light hop tang towards the end. Alcohol is very prominent, and perhaps it detracts a little from the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:09:33 | More by yemenmocha
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magictrokini

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 18:45:32 | More by magictrokini
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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.