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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-08-2012 03:27:55 | More by NeutronMan
Photo of hardy008


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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-22-2012 17:23:16 | More by WoodburyMN
Photo of metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-18-2012 20:38:32 | More by smithj4
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.2%
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 bill_rue

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-19-2012 04:22:29 | More by bill_rue
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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-11-2012 17:41:36 | More by Biestie
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-01-2012 17:52:09 | More by areich6
Photo of pschul4


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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:05:42 | More by pschul4
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-01-2012 16:56:25 | More by paxchristi
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-22-2011 01:51:36 | More by guild337
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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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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
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
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-29-2011 01:57:26 | More by MeisterSmudge
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 21:22:21 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of captainbearcat


5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-20-2011 02:57:40 | More by captainbearcat
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-18-2011 20:31:58 | More by nmann08
Photo of thebouch01


4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 01:14:18 | More by thebouch01
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-14-2011 20:43:20 | More by lh012717
Photo of DCon


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:15:33 | More by DCon
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.