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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Grand CruSchlafly Grand Cru

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
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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1/5  rDev -74.3%

05-15-2013 23:17:17 | More by MikeDahlstrom
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

08-31-2013 14:31:26 | More by thefluker
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

02-19-2013 02:03:38 | More by oriolesfan4
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-24-2014 03:25:49 | More by miguellunarusso
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-23-2013 21:54:32 | More by nick1427d
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:29:30 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 12:18:29 | More by MTNboy
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:15:08 | More by evilkalla
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:55:14 | More by CuttDeez
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-01-2013 14:11:02 | More by doremite
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-24-2013 01:00:53 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-13-2014 06:28:07 | More by aasher
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-23-2013 01:06:23 | More by Goldfishman
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-01-2014 04:24:18 | More by threedaggers
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 00:21:58 | More by brewcrew76
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-25-2014 23:24:33 | More by muskiesman
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:17:53 | More by cschepers
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 21:26:09 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 20:36:46 | More by mdfb79
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 05:17:32 | More by scruffwhor
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:13:55 | More by russpowell
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:07:19 | More by superspak
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 23:31:52 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: cask

09-19-2005 03:24:11 | More by karst
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:48:31 | More by NEhophead
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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.