BJ's Grand Cru | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kylehay2004 on 01-12-2012

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of rdickey
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale gold into my goblet. A smallish off-white head drops pretty quickly but leaves nice sheets of lacing. The label designates it as the 2013-2014 edition.

Smell: Candied sugars hit me first, although as it warms ground white pepper from the yeast joins the party. Lurking phenolics hint at the strength and gain prominence as the beer warms.

Taste: Candied sugars again lead the charge, but the beer opens up quickly and shows its complexity. The white pepper from the nose is back, along with other spices and a faint herbal element that shows up right at the end. Finally, the sugar sweetness morphs slightly to include welcome honey elements. This is definitely a beer where the payoff of letting it warm to the appropriate level is huge.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely a big, full-bodied beer. The high carbonation offsets that somewhat, however. The ending mouthfeel, particularly as it warms, is almost creamy.

Drinkability: There’s no question that this is a slow sipper, and the relatively apparent alcohol sends a useful warning in this regard. Nothing wrong with sipping this slowly all night, though.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay for the style, nothing out of the ordinary, nor does anything really stand out as exceptional. Esters, subtle malts, some hint of the spices used. Bottle fermented, okay attenuation. Overall, can't find anything wrong with the ale. Enjoyable but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500th review.
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Vintage 2013-2014.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Very nice appearance.
S: Belgian yeast, coriander, soft citrus, white pepper, clove, and a sugary honey note in the background. Nicely complex here.
T: Banana, clove, raisin, and cinnamon hits first followed by peppery yeast, soft citrus (orange peel), coriander, light and sugary caramel malt, and a hint of honey and herbal mint. Opens up even more with warming...introducing vanilla and clove notes and allowing the honey and mint notes to become more prominent. Excellent complexity.
M: Medium-heavy body. Sweet and smooth. Lightly effervescent. Drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Lingers and deepens nicely on the palate.
D: Drinks like a tripel, but with more complexity than usual and definitely more heft than usual. This one was a surprisingly good treat. An outstanding it out!

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Photo of Kerne
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark hazy orange, almost non-existent white head.

S: Cherry and orange in the nose, along with some fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Orange and cherry are the dominant flavors, but there's also some lemon and a strong malty finish.

M: Fuller side of medium bodied, fairly smooth.

O: This isn't quite their best beer, but it's pretty good. Definitely worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of GaToWyo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RedWeizen83
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of strib
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of quadhog
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of KhangGarrett
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of swungomonkey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ninjawheeler55
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger rapidly dissipating head with nice thick lacing on a murky golden body with tan hues. Aroma is Very much like a farmhouse ale with Belgian yeast and esters, mildly fruity with hints of a DIY or dark fruit like aroma in a belgian dark strong. Flavor is more on the belgian dark strong lines with fig and dark fruit and more Belgian yeast. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall an excellent beer especially for a national brewery chain.

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BJ's Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 49 ratings