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Schlafly Grand Cru - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.41%
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
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 147
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice hazy light straw golden color. There was a nice big head that was nice and dense and fluffy and extremely dense. Head retention is ridiculously long.

S - Starts of with a nice tart but also bready aroma. Very much a strong ale with some boozy aroma as well. Some great spice and fruit aroma. White grapes, granny smith apples and sweet apple as well. slight phenols but not as much as other BSPA.

T - Wow! this BSP is delicious! More people need to try this and review it. Starts off with a tart vinous flavor that quickly gets subdued and balanced out by some sweet pale malt great alcohol warmth that works well with the spices, like coriander and some pepper and clove as well. The beer is complex and nice and oily as well. This beer has floored me it is unique, well balanced and def deserves its name with others from the Continent.

M & D - Nice and fluffy, well carbonated as expected. Medium body with great complexity. True to style with good strong flavors.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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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.

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

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a massive white head. Carbonation can been seen in the glass and is very heavy. Retention is very good and leaves some fluffy and sticky lacing.

S - Almost like a fruit bouquet in the nose. Sour apples, sour cherries, and even a little orange. This mixes well with the heavy yeast aroma.

T - Fruits are very noticeable like in the nose. Apples and cherries are noticeable with some bready malt. Finishes just slightly boozy with a warming from the alcohol.

M - Heavy carbonation with a medium body. Good feel.

D - The taste is very pleasing but I think I will stop at just one 750mL. I will definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a rich, golden orange color. Like orange blossom honey. A three-finger head of off-white colored foam sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is clumpy and sticky.

Big yeastiness in the nose. Very bready. Great big notes of orchard fruits. Pears, peaches and white grapes are prominent. Hints of bananas and even a slight touch of pineapple. Mild notes of candi sugars and a light touch of spices.

Man, what a big amount of fruit moves to the front of this one. The same ones from the nose, except that they are front and center now. The yeast now follows, bringing its bready self happily along. There is also a slight hint of granny smith apples here. A light touch of spices hits you in the finish, providing a touch of warmth to the swallow.

Medium-to-full bodied with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It's light and smooth, with a slight level of creaminess.

It's a tad bit much for everyday drinking. When you get in the mood for it though, it's sure going to please.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is excellent with good lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like bready malt, peppery spice, tropical fruit and apples. The taste is stronger than the aroma, there's tropical fruit, apples, pepper, grapes and some caramel all noticable. Fruit taste is both tart and sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Also, the 9% ABV is pretty well hidden. Schlalfy has done a good job with this brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness info. Pours slightly cloudy,apricot amber, the light tan head is quite long lasting and leaves nice fine lace/sheeting areas. Nose is full of fruit, a hint of pepper, and yeast. Flavorful brew with plenty of Belggian character and interest. More tropical fruit, pepper, warming alcohol and a yeast infused early finish and drying hop ending. Nice Schlafly brew

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Darkish orange copper body. Clear. Sizable, eggshell-white head. Foamy. Decent retention. Spicy cookie dough, rummy fruits (pears, fruit punch), and a hint of spices (grains of paradise, orange peel). Taste starts off with a light tart fruitiness. Fruity sweetness follows. Juicy ripe pears, white grapes, strawberry-banana, and maybe some kiwi. Doughy, yeastiness takes the edge off the sweetness, along with peppery spiciness. Faint orange peel bitterness in the finish, but mostly lingering fruit and a moderate warming alcohol presence. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel. Nice!

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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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
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