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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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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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Photo of MOB210SA


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BJ's Annual Grand Cru (ABV %10.0)
Wow, the first beer I ever reviewed on-tap, AND the first belgian Ive ever had on-tap.

Couldnt see from the pour but, arrived in a tulip with a 1 finger nice pale white fluffy head. The head maintained nicely the entire glass. Was medium gold in color, and looked overall great.

Nose is pretty fragrant, but usual belgian'y spices, perhaps its clove and some nice light fruity notes in there. The alcohol is hidden very well and couldnt detect any real alcohol booziness at all.

Its been a while since, but the taste reminds me of probably Chimay CC(white). I taste beligan yeasts, malt and again a light frutiness, to me is well balanced and a great effort for not being monks haha.

This beer was FRESH. Damn good. It had a very lively mouthfeel, large amount of carbonation. Smooth, bubbly mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Again, no alcohol burn or even real detection to lower drinkablilty. Hope to have this again while its still available. Also, They had a commemerative BJ's tulip to purchase for a only a mere $5.

*NOTE: This beer is also def. not a BSDA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 23:25:56 | More by MOB210SA
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 21:19:18 | More by polygman
Photo of BeerBelcher


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
Photo of nick76


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
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 06:02:14 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of mugglesandhops


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
Photo of theboozecruise


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was beer #5 at a recent beer appreciation dinner at the BJ's in Baton Rouge, LA. I felt it was bold of BJ's to put one of theirs up against some highly rated Belgian and German beers, but I've gotta admit, they held their own.

This one was described by the beer host as a 10.5% alcohol belgian-style strong ale, and aside from the classification on here of 'dark ale' I think that's dead on. If anything it struck me more as a Strong Pale Ale. A bit lighter in color, golden really... and an aroma of fruits and spice. Very light on the tongue and super easy to knock back.

This one could be dangerous sitting up at the bar!

Kudos to BJ's for pulling this one off, well done indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 15:02:38 | More by theboozecruise
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 15:40:59 | More by ThirdLap
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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
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 18:45:32 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Dogbrick


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
Photo of Floydster


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
Photo of Onslow


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had the 2008 10% version at Webster,TX location... served in its own special edition glass, very classy i must say ... amazingly smooth with a playful kick .... this is quite nice, full and sweet some heat in the background.. a winter beer that cuts through the 38 degree weather!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 14:12:43 | More by Onslow
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 19:51:07 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Gueuzedude


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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2006 06:50:05 | More by watermelonman
Photo of mickeymac


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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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.