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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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86
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of pknyc
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.