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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Grand CruSchlafly Grand Cru

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very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%

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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Photo of burntoutphilosopher


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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
Photo of fourstringer


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:17:45 | More by fourstringer
Photo of scratch69


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Aromas of citrus, fruits, spices, and yeast.

Taste- Very sweet and fruity flavors with a large amount of spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and wet with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good beer but not my favorite from Schlafly. Enjoyable but it has just a tad too much yeastiness for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:47:00 | More by scratch69
Photo of StaveHooks


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:21:17 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of hardy008


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:00:06 | More by hardy008
Photo of metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose along with some hints of apples and caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness with notes of fruit along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems quite malty for the style and lacks the dryness associated with many of the other beers in the style. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:50:25 | More by metter98
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:44:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Flounder57


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:06:44 | More by Flounder57
Photo of evilkalla


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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
Photo of daledeee


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new selection of Limited Edition 750 ml is available.

Poured into a glass and got slightly cloudy gold-orange with good head and minor lacing.

Nose is fruity and yeasty.

Taste is spicy yeast, pears, apricot with a good dose of malt. The Belgian yeast is really a nice addition to this beer.

Mouth feel is pretty sticky. Alcohol is warming. Overall this tastes like a nice Belgian style ale or triple.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:19:46 | More by daledeee
Photo of pschul4


4.22/5  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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:05:42 | More by pschul4
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:07:19 | More by superspak
Photo of lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip.

A- Pours a clear, golden color. Single finger head that disipates quickly.

S- Smells slightly sweet with some citrus notes. Mild alcohol presence if you get your nose into it.

T- taste is as the nose suggests. A little on the sweet side with citrus and spice notes. And then it fades. This beer leaves little flavor on the tongue, just kinda disappears.

M- little alchohol presence. medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- A rather solid brew. Also, my first from Schlafly. Would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:10:13 | More by lostandwandering
Photo of DCon


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:15:33 | More by DCon
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:28:15 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Mississipping


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden-straw color with a large, slightly off-white head that takes its time to settle to a thin film and thick ring. Moderate lacing left behind. Tons of sediment in the glass, despite a careful and gentle pour.

S: Strong Belgian yeast smell (surprise!), and well-matched fruit (apples, pear, cherries, lemon, orange). Slightly earthy and hoppy.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is comprised of heavy Belgian yeast and fruit juices (apples, pear, lemon, and orange are dominant). Also accompanied by a slight earthiness. Finishes slightly hoppy with a decent amount of spiciness and pepper. Bit of an alcohol burn at the finish as well, but nothing too unpleasant.

M: Pretty highly carbonated. Crisp and refreshing. Sweet at the beginning and peppery at the finish. Nice transition, and overall a good effort by Schlafly.

D: Very easy to put down and an appropriate beer for a warm afternoon, so this was gone pretty quickly. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:06:48 | More by Mississipping
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4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:38:19 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of beveritt


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:11:00 | More by beveritt
Photo of obywan59


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 04:05:42 | More by obywan59
Photo of jayhawk73


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color w/ three finger eggshell head that lingers. The smell is that of nutmeg, corriander, spice, yeast, w/ a slight alcohol smell. The taste is spices w/ yeast being in the forefront. Alcohol is also present. Nice tasting beer- they did a good job on this one! Mouthfeel is very smooth w/ noticeable burn. Alcohol aftertaste lingers. This is the thing that keeps this beer from rating higher. Overall a nice beer that feels like an 11% beer instead of a 9% due to the alcohol taste/aftertaste. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 14:59:43 | More by jayhawk73
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:55:14 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of Pencible


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 16:48:12 | More by Pencible
Photo of NEhophead


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Photo of NCSUdo


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:20:47 | More by NCSUdo
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New Jersey

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:49:15 | More by Gavage
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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.