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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Grand CruSchlafly Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MJR on 09-27-2004)
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guild337

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-22-2011 01:51:36 | More by guild337
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Illinois

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07-18-2014 23:50:13 | More by little_star
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden body (maybe reddish tints) with fizzy head from lively carbonation that dies quick and minimal lacing. Aroma has yeast, spice, and touches of tropical fruit and sugar. I find the beer smooth from the yeast yet finishes sharp due to the carbonation. The beer is spicy and slightly sweet (candi-sugar and fruity) with a variety of fruit flavors from minor citric hops to bits of grape skin and sour apple to possible tropical fruit sweetness. A good ale but just not my favorite as it seems offbalance at times as I get a hodgepodge of different flavors at different times.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 16:01:33 | More by clayrock81
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with an imposing white head.

S: Aromas of champagne, minerals, biscuits, crackers, caramel, spices, herbs, grass, and lemon fill the nose.

T: Notes of champagne, minerals, caramel, biscuit, crackers, spices, lemon, grass, mild herbs, lime zest, green apple, unripened pear, lychee, and prickly alcohol swirl across the palate. The finish is fruity and sweet with a pleasant mixture of mild citrus, orchard fruits, spices, and ultimately, peppery alcohol.

M: Very light in body and slightly sticky as well. Carbonation is firm and prickly. Alcohol is rather pronounced, yet this ale is still very sippable.

O: A very good Belgian-style ale. Definitely worth the time for those who run across it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 17:03:48 | More by mrfrancis
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-25-2014 23:24:33 | More by muskiesman
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2014 17:08:19 | More by BigGold
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Mississippi

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:29:30 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:17:45 | More by fourstringer
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Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Kentucky

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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.