Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Grand CruSchlafly Grand Cru

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

68 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 68
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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:
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 68 | Hads: 149
Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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.

 895 characters

Photo of evilkalla
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: 750ml bottle into a very large glass.

A: Clear pale yellow, with a LOT of head. Significant carbonation evident in the bottom of the glass.

S: Some grainy notes but I don't smell anything else.

T: Grainy/malty, with some leftover sweetness. Not much bitterness here. Belgian-style funkiness is detectable. Not bad by not my favorite style.

M: Thick and syrupy on the mouth.

O: Glad I tried this but it just doesn't click for me. Not a bad beer but might be up someone else's alley.

 498 characters

Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

 319 characters

Photo of CuttDeez
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- I thought the appearance was great. Wonderful color with a great head on the beer. You could take pictures of it.
S- great smell on this one sweet and spicy notes bring the depth of this intricate brew.
T- IT Was obviously Belgium and you could taste the sweet and citrus notes. If your a Belgium fan it was good and I enjoyed the articulate flavor.
M- mouthfeel was a little weak becayse the mouth was filmy and not pleasant on the back end. The start was beautiful but the end was more of an afterthought
D- I had a large bottle and was at my fill. I think it is an enjoyable beer but not incredibly drinkable because of the sweet flavor and the filmy aftertaste. Overall a strong beer but in a world of good beer you must be judgemental of little things.

 762 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden, amber with 3 fingers of foamy white head that that slowly fade to thick patchey streaks down the side of the glass.

S - Citrus and lemon with bready malt. Not as complex as other Grand Cru's I have tried.

T - Very sweet at first with candied fruit and bready malt quickly turning tart and slightly acidic with dried fruits, lemon, apple and a yeasty spice flavor that lingers heavy on the tongue.

M - Medium to full with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky leaving a slick coating behind after each swallow.

D - A little too heavy and somewhat lackluster.

 576 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, bananas, and alcohol.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, cloves, and bananas. Little bit of alcohol but not too much.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - A decent quad. Mostly beglian yeast and spices, probably wouldn't purchase but would give another shot if someone brought a bottle.

 431 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you n8dietz for the long St.Louis pick up for me.

The color is an exceptional copper with sinshine highlights at the bottome of my stemmed glass. Theres some off-white head after the pour, but very little foam after a few sips. You can see the carbonation pretty well on this beer.

The aroma has some dry toasted malt notes, faint earthy hops and Granny Smith apples.

You get some tartness upfront. Very thin, biscuit malt bill. Granny Smith apples and maybe even a little vinegar. The middle has just a few earthy hop notes, but they are very fleeting. The alcohol can only be noticed if you let the beer warm to room temperature, in my case 75 f, but before that point I could not detect the 9% abv.

This beer is alright, but definetly nothing Grand. Maybe it would taste a little better if I got a fresher bottle closer to the Fall.

 848 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

 592 characters

Photo of cschepers
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 721 characters

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. A mild gusher upon opening, and tons of carbonation is streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, bread, light tart graininess, and spicy yeast. Fairly nice and balanced aromas, tons of fruitiness. Taste of big lemon zest, pepper, coriander, spice, bread, tart grains, and yeasty tang. Lingering notes of pepper, spices, bread, light fruits, and tangy yeast on the finish for a bit. Seems a little off balanced upon tasting; a bit too grainy and spicy. Needed more fruitiness in the taste. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Nice drinkability but is still a sipper. Overall, a solid Belgian pale ale style. I wasn’t feeling this one too much because of the overly grainy flavor.

 1,048 characters

Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

 495 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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

 659 characters

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 390 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz champagne bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Thin straw with a dull copper hue. Foamy, bright white head that is approximately 1/2" high at its rest. Thin and condensed lacing with very good strength.

Sweet Belgian candied sugar with notes of honey and vanilla. Touches of diacetyl that are overtaken by an intense spice profile: black pepper, corriander, and clove.

Sweet candied sugar with a slightly artificial vanilla touch. Very strong, warming alcohol presence that comes forward a bit too soon and lasts a bit too long. Clean wheat and toasted oats in the middle that is soon followed by a somewhat one dimensional, yet strong spiciness. The alcohol presence lasts well into the aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick on account of the sweetness and the alcohol. A bit too hot.

Too sweet for my taste and far too young in terms of alcohol character. The spiciness is also a bit one-note. A bold Belgian Pale, but lacking in balance and maturity.

 976 characters

Photo of carln26
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

 534 characters

Photo of sutcliff
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another growler from the Taproom in lovely St. Louis. Good head retention throughout the drink. Fluffy and white. A nice hoppy and malt nose. The color is a pale orange, bordering on yellow. The first sip is lush with malt and cirtus. The mouthfeel is complex. Very crisp finish.

 283 characters

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 1,181 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with some fruity and candy-like ester with some Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by sugary notes with some candy-like ester with some Belgian malt notes. Body is full for style with medium carbonation and no alcohol note really apparent. Enjoyable but a bit sweeter then I would like.

 438 characters

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Notes of pear, lemon, and clove form the aroma. Flavor is sweet, with soft notes of pear and apple adding complexity. The finish is lightly dry and bready, with a touch of white pepper. A little too sweet/bland after the tripel.

 229 characters

Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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

 411 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  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.

 593 characters

Photo of lightindarkness
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 1,479 characters

Photo of amicar
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 362 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 889 characters

Photo of StaveHooks
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served into a Tripel Karmaliet tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a quickly vanishing white head. Very little specks of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit esters and bread. Tart apples, peaches, lychee, pineapple, candied lemon citrus, pears, spicy Belgian yeast, light cereal grains. Hints of sourness and slight mustiness.

T - Very sweet and fruity. Tropical fruit galore, pineapple, papaya, guava, stone fruits, sour apples, bananas, all sweet but tart as well. Spicy Belgian yeast is layered with in as well as some

M - Medium wet body but quickly dries out.

Lots going on here. Sweet fruit, spicy, malty, and tart. Interesting for sure. This kinda reminds me of a a Tripel.

 695 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.