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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

captainbearcat, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

NickCee, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Biestie, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

snglmltrblnd84, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

areich6, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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...

StonedTrippin, Nov 25, 2011
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%

Brianlamping, Sep 01, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

hardy008, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jharris0624, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

delgotit99, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Grinky, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

BrandonJones, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Howlader, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bill_rue, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Cris4545, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Whiskeydeez, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

petacutlasaurus, May 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Stoshua, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

swgwilt, Oct 20, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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

pschul4, Feb 01, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Gavage, Oct 10, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

DCon, Oct 21, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 04, 2009
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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.