Blue Moon Grand Cru - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
3.78/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. 2009 vintage.
A - About half way through the bottle I'm starting to get a lot of sediment. The brew pours a moderately to heavily hazy orange, much like fresh squeezed orange juice or early stage of sunset. A half inch, maybe less of white foam rises and dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Minimal lacing.
S - Remarkably like original Blue Moon. I really wish I had a Blue Moon sitting around to compare this too. Strong coriander note riding atop a background of orange juice (more juice than peel, to be sure) mixed with grain. A little chalkiness pops in at times giving an overall impression of orange sherbert with coriander sprinkled on top. No alcohol, no increased intensity...just like a Blue Moon. Good or bad?... We'll see...
T - Again like Blue Moon, but with with a bit more substance. A bit of coriander at first but early-mid palate is consumed with the orange sherbert-like flavor. Tangy at first, and then slipping into some sweet-sour flavor with a grainy taste creeping up in the background. Coriander hits it's peak late palate, sweeping away some of the sweetness and providing some decent counterpoint to the tangy aspect. Chalky/slightly nutty yeast flavor rounds out the finish, with a touch of bitterness from the alcohol. For a BMC product, I gave this an entire half point based on the undetectableness of the alcohol.
M - Great medium body here with a decent medium high carbonation. Sticky enough to let you know it's there, but keeping with the style with a degree of crispness. Again, another aspect that I'm surprised Coors nailed with a "bigger" beer.
D - As the bottle has drained, I've realized the flavor is definitely more intense than the original Blue Moon, but it's still sort of the same. To the novice, it'll be a little heavy. But to the seasoned beer drinker who immediately thinks this is simply BM with more alcohol, it slides down so easy that it's hard to realize there's a beefy ABV here. Worth the price? No way, but if they put this shit is sixers for a buck or two more than Blue Moon, I'd sure give it a shot on occasion. Kudos to Coors for this interesting and highly drinkable beer. Blue Moon Grand Cru just goes to show what big brewers could do with beer if they put their minds to it.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2009 07:08:35 | More by PatrickJR
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4/5 rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Cloudy light orangey/brown color.
Aroma: Just a little malt, a little orange and coriander and a whole lot of alcohol.
Taste: The flavor is slightly like Blue Moon but better. Orange flavor is also much more present. The alcohol is definitely more noticeable. Sweet malts upfront with some orange. This is a full bodied ale; the finish has a twang.
Overall: Good beer, greet improvement over standard Blue Moon. The alcohol does, however, permeate through. Its full body is great on a cold night. This is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 06:07:35 | More by Mike_Moe
3.64/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Cloudy, bright orange with a steady stream of bubbles. Off-white head fades quickly and totally. Saw some suspended solids at the end of my bottle, expected for an unfiltered beer.
S: Mild, but pleasant. Coriander, orange, banana peel, wheat. Maybe some mineral?
T: Exactly as advertised; typical wheat beer with coriander, orange, and malt. Displays less of the overpowering citrus that tends to be typical for this style, however, which is appreciated, and does have a complexity that keeps me interested and refreshed through all 25.4 ounces (and I like the full European bomber volume, not 22 oz.).
M: Low viscosity, high carbonation, thirst-quenching.
O: A very good witbeer that ups the ante from their more popular Blue Moon Belgian Wheat, and also deviates pleasantly from other, more highly acclaimed contenders in this variety. Calling it a Grand Cru might be a stretch, but it does not deserve the negative tilt that many put on it (appearance is 'dirty' instead of 'cloudy', many mention an off-putting alcohol taste that I could not even slightly detect (and which I appreciate, in this 8.2% beer)). I'm not eager to pay the premium for this beer again, but I don't regret paying it once to know that the guys who also make Keystone do indeed know what they are doing.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 06:51:45 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.