Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

liquid gold, poured into a 10oz snifter at the taproom downtown st louis. smells a tinny bit sweet, with a long drawn out mellow alcohol vibe. taste is really complex with hints of vanilla, oak, and residual sugars of some variety. a great sipper at 9%, by far the best schlafly beer i have had. do they bottle this one? available only on tap when i was there. could imagine this in the cellar for awhile...

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a 3 finger white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Smells like apples, pears, grapes, pale malts and yeast.

Tastes sweet, with grapes, apples, pears, pepper, pale malts, and candi sugar. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable, but is not problematic. There is also a light, hoppy bitterness, but it does not do much to counter the sweetness of the beer.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and easy to drink. I could drink this again and again. Well made.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the grand cru a few times now, definitely best the first though. A fun, sweet-champagne style beer - very celebratory. Caramel, lemon candy, and super carbonated. Having it a little over-chilled on a hot day would probably be perfect. My first Schlafly beer and I've been hooked on them since.

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.

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

Whoa Mama. The label describes this beer as Schlafly's 'cream of the crop'. After half the bottle, I can hardly disagree.

The beer pours with a brighly colored golden-straw hue, mild haze, a nice head formation that reduces to a film, but holds steady. A lot of lacing remains on the snifter. Impressive and inviting to the eye.

Initial aromas of musty, dusty, attic-like character comes in and promises a funky variety to come. Just shy of horse-blanket or moldy, the acidic musk subsides to let in fruity aromas of peaches, pears, apples, grapes, oranges, and limes... all wrapped in a delicate malt scent of caramel and cereal grains. Lightly tart, acidic, and with an apple vinegar-like tickle in the nose. Complex to say the least.

The flavors favor a varying mix of the fruity esters found in the nose, the acidic, wine-y, sulftery tastes, along with a spicy white pepper, anise, and curacco taste. The funky aromas settle a lot before the sip. A ginger-ale taste comes in with light cola notes from the malts.

Evaporative to the mouth, the beer seems to magically whisp away just before the swallow. Efforvescent and a light prickle to the toung shys away from numbing or hotness. Pleasantly acidic, tart, sharp, and bone dry for refreshness, cleanliness and digestibility. Still, creamy and powdery in the finish, but with a subtle hop bitterness and vivid spiciness.

Schlafly is among a handful of breweries outside of the national limits of Belgium to make authentic beers in the Belgian style. This beer exemplifies all of what is good about what they do. This beer is deeper than most Saisons in malt and hop profiles, but less dirty than Garde and Mars biers. Truely artisinal and quality.

Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into pint glass. Traded from my buddy Tony thanks man!

A- pours a light golden color with 2 fingers of white head. Looks very pale ale-y

S- It smells like apples. I know that sounds weird but I smell fresh apples in this beer. Not picking up anything past the apples.

T- This tastes like an apple flavored sour. It's actually quite tasty and I'm glad to have a full glass of this. Never had an apple sour but this is goood.

M- Prickly high carbonation which goes fine with the sourness. I like this.

O- Didn't expect the apple sour flavor but I'm enjoying it. I'm good trying this once but I definitely like what I'm tasting. Great

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 NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Pours a pale golden under a huge white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Spicy, some citrus tones, fruity, a bit of hay, good yeast tones. Pretty well put together.

T: Spice, hint of bubble gum, earthy yeast, sweetness is there and maybe a bit too high, decent bitterness in the finish, some slight booze warmth.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, a sipper for sure.

Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was pooured into a large tulip glass.

Apperance: The beer poured a two finger frothy head that came over the rim, but solidified and reduced slowly. Super sticky lacing with the head reduced a foamy layer. The beer is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: bananas, vanilla, spices, bready malts, Belgian candy, apples, pears, alcohol, and grainy. Smells deliicous.

Taste: Whoa! Super boozy and a nice blend of all above flavors

Mouthfeel: smooth, easier to drink as the beer got warmer, medium carbonation, dry, and medium bodied.

Overall: This is a solid beer for a BSPA. Lots of flavor and nicely boozy too like they should be. All the right features and wish I stored this one for awhile instead of buying it tonight and drinking it when I got home. Will visit this one once again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orange-gold body with a fizzy inch of white head.

Smell: Fragrant fusion of juicy fruits paired with top-notch wine liberally coated with sugars rules the nose with the light, delicate maltiness tucked far, far in back.

Taste: Toothsome candy sweetness envelops lesser tastes of bready malts and toasted barley. A few sliced peaches and dried figs. Refill! Splash of Essencia Orange Muscat dessert wine garnished with honeysuckle. Meager hint of hops and bitterness. Slight background yeast component. Some alcohol warmth on the fruity, downright winey finish. Refill!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation, certainly on the effervescent side of things.

Drinkability: A fine, fun beer! For me, the alcohol was quite well hidden, making this one very drinkable, even downright chuggable.

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 Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 750 into a cervoise.

A - A cloudy golden w/ full rocky pale cap w/ lots of sticky lace clinging - bottle conditioning is evident, kept the yeast out of the glass, though

S - A very aromatic ale, spicy and yeasty odor w/ mild herbal tinge and woody hop odor w/ slight aroma of alcohol

M - The feel is somewhat aggressively carbonated w/ spiced and mild astringent qualities and moderate warming of alcohol

T - The flavor has a light tannic note w/ mild pepper and light lemon peel acidic flavor with a hint of alcohol in the flavor and belgian yeast phenolic blending with a light wheat-like tartness - the sweetness is masked by the spice and alcohol

D - A beer that I think you may either like it or hate it, I am into spiced beers but this one has a spice forward flavor that some may not enjoy

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 birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden clear yellow with a one finger head
S - smells fruity, spicy, and malty
T - this is very sweet, tart, and light - fruits (cherries, apples), sweet malts and grassy hops are the most dominate flavors I can detect.
M - thin and very carbonated
D - this was a delicious ale from Schlafly. It was a hell of a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but I enjoyed that. This is the first of their Belgian styles that I have tried and am even more excited to try their Tripel that is in the fridge, waiting to be cracked open.

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

Beer is yellow and hazy, head is white and there is a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell is a smell of a tripel, yeasty, spicy, nice esters, very pronounced.

Beer is bright and sweet with good citrus character. I am really enjoying this beer overall. Much better than the tripel.

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

750ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in a chalice. Lots of carbonation. Poured an orangish gold. Big head that dissipated fairly quickly. Spicy aroma with some sugar and a little banana fruitiness. Fairly dry beer. Malt is there, but not overly sweet. Medium bodied. More spice and burnt sugar. Not terribly complex, but very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of bort11
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge off white head initially jumps to an inch and a half, and slowly recedes to to no less than a quarter inch thick, tightly packed foamy head. Delicate lace clings all the way around the glass. Color is a coppery amber with a mild haze.

Smell is mild. Dried apples and yeasty. Taste has a mild vinegar pucker up front. Mellows to apples and pears. Very dry with some spicy yeast character.

Texture is pretty creamy. It is filling and warming at the same time. Very good.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange-amber color with a white, foamy, thick, one-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly apple. There was also a nice caramel aroma.

T - It taste of dried apple with a sour/tart flavor. It had a nice caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice American attempt at a Belgian ale. Another good one from Schlafly.

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 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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with lots of quickly dissipating head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and strong lemon zest, with some coriander and grassy hops and white grapes, and a bit of candi sugar.
T: It tasted like white grapes and lemon zest, with sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar, and a bit of grassy hops and coriander. It had a clean, crisp and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thin and watery with lots of carbonation, like champagne.
D: This was a very nice light Belgian ale that was smooth drinking. Scent was ok, but taste was much better. Body was lighter than I typically like, but it complimented the taste. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Good beer.

Photo of Vancer
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good grief, this was a very good one from the Tapper. Golden pour with foamy white head. Enticing citrus, lemon, malty aroma – included in the taste, along with a sweet malt and spicy base. A little on the thin side, almost sticky. My first strong Belgium pale ale, the rumored 9% abv was well hidden. Could drink these all evening – at the proper pace.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This reminds me of the the very first time I brewed beer! Has a very malty smell and even more malty taste. From a nostalgia standpoint i love it! Nice lacy head. Smells a little like my dogs food, but it is taste of the wild! It is extremely smooth. The malt to me seems very heavy, like your drinking straight wort, but I still like it! You pick up yeast characters. Good fruity finish and impressive fruitiness for a Belgian. Personally I like this beer. And will probably keep one on reserve.

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

Pours a beautiful golden color with a large four finger bright white head. There is great head retention as well.

The aroma is quite nice. There's a bit of sugar up front with some light fruit and spice that quickly follows. Very pleasant.

The taste is quite nice. There's a nice showing of fruit in this beer with a hefty dose of sugar and a nice bit of yeast and spice.

The mouthfeel is also nice. It's medium bodied, very crisp, and highly effervescent.

Drinkability is quite high. The flavor profile is great and truly reminiscient of a Belgian. I just love all aspects of this beer.

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