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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MJR on 09-27-2004

Our Grand Cru rewards like dry champagne with aromas of passion fruit and exotic spice. This rich, golden-colored ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. Bottle conditioning creates the effervescent mouth feel, as well as the distinct Belgian lace prized in Belgian beers. Enjoy the complexity imparted by technique and craft.

Cru is a French wine term which means “growth place” or “great growth”. Brewers in Europe, notably in Belgium, and America use the designation to refer to a beer that is created to showcase the brewer’s art and to represent their passion for their brewery.

17 IBU
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by fourstringer:
Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Sticker on the bottom reads, Brewed with love 1 3013.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of thick, white head. Good retention. Scant lacing.

S: Fruity, slightly musty Belgian yeast. Pear, apple juice, pineapple. Straw, faint grass. Some booze. Actually rather bourbon-like with some oak and vanilla notes. Really opens up as it warms. Some lemon. Black pepper. Indistinct herbs.

T: Bold, yeasty spice up front with semi-sweet, fruity undertones. Faint tang. Mild european hop bitterness develops. Fairly dry finish. Alcohol presence is moderate for 9% ABV, but brings a bit of bourbon to the party.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess. Moderately full body.

O: Tasty brew with an impressively complex and dynamic nose. I wish a bit more came across on the palate, but I couldn't stop sniffing this one. Something different each time I went to the well.

Prost!

More User Reviews:
Photo of cschepers
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly Grand Cru from a capped & silkscreened bomber --> pint glass.

A - Pours clear bright amber. Very pretty two-finger head. Nice meringue color and texture. Excellent lacing and sticking.

S - Pepper, mediciney phenols, yeast, lemon rind.

T - Lots more mediciney phenol taste. A little bit of candi sugary sweetness. Some pepper and spice, and a bit of alcohol warming. Aftertaste is of more phenols and a bit of sourness.

M - Crisp, good carbonation. A bit slick in the aftertaste, I don't really care for that..

D - Not quite my cup of tea as far as Belgian pale ales.. I think a bit more sweetness and a bit less sourness would go a long way for this beer.. Its okay for style, but not quite to my liking.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness info. Pours slightly cloudy,apricot amber, the light tan head is quite long lasting and leaves nice fine lace/sheeting areas. Nose is full of fruit, a hint of pepper, and yeast. Flavorful brew with plenty of Belggian character and interest. More tropical fruit, pepper, warming alcohol and a yeast infused early finish and drying hop ending. Nice Schlafly brew

Photo of lostandwandering
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip.

A- Pours a clear, golden color. Single finger head that disipates quickly.

S- Smells slightly sweet with some citrus notes. Mild alcohol presence if you get your nose into it.

T- taste is as the nose suggests. A little on the sweet side with citrus and spice notes. And then it fades. This beer leaves little flavor on the tongue, just kinda disappears.

M- little alchohol presence. medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- A rather solid brew. Also, my first from Schlafly. Would definitely buy this again.

Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden amber color with a thick, white frothy head. lots of carbonation. good looking beer.

S- brown sugar, figs, floral & malty with a hint of lemon

T- dry effervescence on the front that gives way to banana, biscuit & lemons on the end. I like the hint of burn that sits on the back of the throat

M- medium body that is dry and heavily carbonated

D- really enjoyed the crisp dry taste. not the type of beer you could drink all evening but a really nice sipper on this January nite

Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange/golden hue with a beautiful head and intricate lacing

S: Something a bit funky; orange peel; the yeastiness is prevalent; sour smelling

T: Grainy and sour; yeasty; citrus--especially the peel of an orange and lemon; there is a graininess that is also evident

F: Crisp with a fairly even mouth coat

D: Pretty good, drinkable beer although there's something slightly funky that's a bit wearing

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this a month or so ago..

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of tightly packed cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Tropical fruit, candi sugar & a touch of lemon

T: Tart, tart appleskins, dryness & candi sugar up front, plus a touch of lemony hops. Dryness, boozey apple cider & green bananas are all on parade as this warms. Finishes warm with way too much green banana, plus a bit of passion fruit. This a bit too far off style to me

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & still assertively carbonated

This one is a bit ponderous to drink, but a nice puckery one to challenge the taste buds, but not a good Belgian PA IMHO

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Rockmill Brewery chalice. Label is painted on and is a variation of a fleur-de-lis, as are the others in this series. Picked this up along with a dubel and tripel on a trip down south.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial cap of foam leaving behind amazing lacing. the beer itself is the color of honey with an amazing amount of activity. Some floaties, but I take the blame for that. The bottle was jostled last night and didn't get enough time to settle.

Smell: Fruity aroma upfront, reminiscent of honey and berries. Slightly sweet malt with caramel undertones and a hint of husky graininess.

Taste: Semi sweet mild caramel malt upfront with hints of pine and a light medicinal finish. Slight tangy sourness in the finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation burst into a mouthfilling cascade of bubbles with each sip. Body is very good.

Drinkability: An above average looker, but just average on taste. For a beer called "Grand Cru" I expect a little more oomph or pizzazz. Not bad at all, but not as flavorful as I would have liked.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is excellent with good lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like bready malt, peppery spice, tropical fruit and apples. The taste is stronger than the aroma, there's tropical fruit, apples, pepper, grapes and some caramel all noticable. Fruit taste is both tart and sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Also, the 9% ABV is pretty well hidden. Schlalfy has done a good job with this brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

Photo of amicar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Saturday afternoon beer at the taproom. Pours orange- gold with white head. Smells like all kinds of fruity citrusy things. Taste is of multiple different candied things, with bubble- gum most recognizable. Keeps evolving, but not as long as other belgian styles I've had. Smooth and slick in the mouth. Hides the ABV a little too well, so easy to drink.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 received in Fight Club Round 2 from Czoch75... Clint put the beatdown on me with 2 massive boxes... this is one that I've been meaning to get too for a long time... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger foamy white head leaves behind tons of splotch lace... the brew is a crystal clear lite honey.

Fruity esters remind me of apricot... but pear and soft apple are the main players.. floral qualities could be coming from hops, but I'm not really sure. lite peppery phenols.

Flavor mirrors the nose but significantly more pronounced.. a little larger than medium body with bunches of prickly carbonation... finish is long with some residual sweetness and pear essence.

Pretty damn good beer.... Maybe not as complex as the bigger guns in the style... but very well done and I really like it... Thanks again Clint... We must do it again sometime.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose along with some hints of apples and caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness with notes of fruit along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems quite malty for the style and lacks the dryness associated with many of the other beers in the style. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of carln26
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass. Mildly hazy gold to copper color with a good sized tan head that settles to a sheet of lace. Nose has citrus grapefruit and orange with mild spice coriander. Light caramel finish, with a bit of pepper. Taste has the citrus and a pronounced sweetness, hard candy. The orange citrus is there along with the mild spice. Slick mouth feel, medium drinkability. This beer is a little to conservative, a Grand Cur (in my opinion) has the opportunity to go over the top, and this beer, while solid, doesn’t get there.

Photo of obywan59
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance is coppery held against my white walls, but golden yellow against my review screen. A thick, smokey tower of bubbles arises from the center of the glass with numerous bubbles throughout the glass as well. Initially a 3 1/2 finger head, but it recedes rather quickly to a ring and layer of film over the beer.

The nose at first is of yeasty bread or over-ripe citrus that's beginning to ferment. Later, the nose becomes more earthy with the sprightliness of ginger ale. A hint of barnyard.

At first it seems overly sweet and cloying with some heavy barnyard funkiness, but as it warms, both the cloy and the barnyard mellow out, leaving a lighter taste of sweet, peppery citrus and alcohol.

Seeming very thick and cloying early, but thinner and more palatable as it warms. Peppery and fizzy like a soft drink. Very fizzy before it warms. Quite warming in the chest.

Much better as it warms. The last Schlafly of my local selection, and vying to be my favorite.

Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very earthy beer. It has a lot pasture like tones. There is a bitter and sour flavor to this beer. It has a deep brass colored body with some nice head and lace. Both are very rocky. The aroma reminds me of being on a farm. It has a field like smell to it. This is a medium bodied beer with a good feel to it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from diekia courtesy of the Review This! BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, spice, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, spices and caramel. The some breadiness from the Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger Belgian-style pale ale worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a large belgian chalice

Pours a gleaming clear true gold in color. Full bubbly white head rises on top and hangs around for a while, fed generously by streams of bubbles. Very nice clingy lace.

A good blend of aromas on the nose, everywhere from faint spicy hops to deep sugary fruits (pear and peach presiding), a little cotton candy sugar, and warm fruit bread.

Flavor character similar to the above aromas, but with less interest and balance. Lots of light grains up front, a little denser fruit middles out with some good belgian yeast flavors, clean pear and slight underripe banana. Finishes a little estery with a little more fruit, a mild splash of alcohol and faint hop fade. Lingering grains in aftertaste. Tastes good, nicely crafted, but lacking a little unique identity for a Grand Cru, in my opinion.

Feel is difficult for me. The one out-of-whack factor is carbonation, which on first sips, presents far too sharply on the palate, interfering considerably with the flavor. It also renders the beer gassy and filling. Other characteristic feels for the style are nice, with a thickening body toward the finish, even a little clingy. Would probably be great if the carbonation was knocked down even just slightly.

Overall nicely drinkable. Not very heavy, decent flavor balance and attractive qualities all around. Especially well managed ABV. Here, though, the carbonation again interferes with drinkability, given it's impact in the stomach.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a rich white meringue of head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon, bubblegum, and banana.

The taste is not as bold as expected. Thin and slightly sour, with yeast, banana, black pepper, and malty notes. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, slick, and sharply carbonated.

A good beer - but not great. A little thin in the taste department.

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny amber. Short, fine bubbled bone white head that settles to a collar and a bit of dust and left no lacing. No carbonation streams appear. Fruity, spicy nose with hints of pepper and pit fruit, clearly Belgian. Fully smooth maltiness punctuated with some cracked pepper and crunchy fruit. There is an alcohol soaked undercurrent. Finishes fruity and crisp with an alcohol warming which lingers. Slick and full bodied with fine needle pricks of carbonation. Nice and tasty and the pint was empty rather quickly. This was highly drinkable.

Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with tan head that persists and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of citrus fruits and mild spices. Similar flavors that overall were very light and dry in the finish. Maybe the sweetness and higher alcohol (not especially evident in aroma or taste) overwhelm the Belgian-style spices but it left me thinking this was too weak for a Grand Cru. While I found it mildly fruity it was lightly hopped. Nevertheless I find it very drinkable - just forget the style label and enjoy!

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
hazy golden. looks like most farmhouse ales on Lees.
poured with ZERO head. i worried it was flat.

Taste:
VERY sweet. reminds me of a barley wine, except without any bad aftertaste. personally i'd say too sweet for more than a glass

Mouthfeel:
really nice. everything you'd expect from an unfiltered bottle conditioned beer

Overall:
a 750 Ml Bottle. said it was like dry champagne. this is much more like a moscato.
the effervescence is good. wonderfully small and even bubbles.
this beer reminds of prunes, candied yams, barley wine, custard, and straight up sugar.

I don't like bitter beer, but this was a bit too far to the other extreme for me...it tasted like creme brulee dessert.

it's well made, a 750 Ml bottle on Lees, with Belgium yeast. given all this (and the high price) I went in with high expectations. it's a decent dessert treat. i wouldn't purchase it again.

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a big 3+" fluffy white head. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, citrus tanginess, and a moderate spiciness creates a nice aroma.

Taste: big malt profile with yeast, lemon zest, melon, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable but warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and mildly dry late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor last in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent for the style but the alcohol keeps this to about two glasses per session.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty brew color wise, copper-orange and clear, but on tap there wasn't much head or lace.

Notable sweet aromas, yeast, fruits, spices.

Taste is somewhat tripel-like, although perhaps a tad crispier and more sweet than Schlafly's regular tripel, which is dryer than average for that style. This stuff is pretty sweet, particularly on tap, with lots of spices and a bit of an oily texture.

Body was a little on the sweet and oily side. I'm glad it was an eight ounce pour.

Overall it's a damn tasty beer, but strangely I think I liked this one better out of the bottle than on tap.

Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle of this before Game 1 of the World Series (STL vs. TX) w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Orange/Baby blue colored bottle w/ the Saint's symbol on it into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has Bottle with Love On: 4 1211 on the bottom of the bottle w/ a sticker.

Aroma- Has strong hop aroma and yeasty characters throughout the smell. Light floral and strong spice makes this up. No covering this one up either, very intense!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that lasts for good time. Has a light orange/deep golden colored body that has nice clarity. Leaves thick lacing!

Flavor- Is a very complexed brew... Has tons of coriander from the beginning and then strong hops and spice hit the mouth afterwards. The spices aren't too much for the brew but better yet blend in perfectly. Medium hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, Smooth with a bit of alcohol warming, and leaves awesome character behind (mostly spice) on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very good Grand Cru! I'm still skeptical about the style in that I'm not sure if its a Belgian Pale Ale with more kick or Belgian Strong Golden... Either way, this is ANOTHER awesome one from Schlafly's Reserve series. Cool that all of these are such good brews! Wouldn't sway anyone from any of these so far.

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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.