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Grand Cru - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
86
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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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.

Photo of mullenite
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of polygman
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
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 nick76
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.