Grand Cru | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with imported Belgian malts and a blend of exotic spices, BJ's Grand Cru has a malty character with a whirlwind of fruit and spice flavors. First brewed to celebrate the new millennium, BJ's Grand Cru has been a seasonal tradition ever since. This Belgian-stlye amber ale is bottle-conditioned and flavorful enough to age in the bottle for many years. Like a fine wine, the beer will change over time as some flavors mellow while others become more pronounced. For optimal aging, we recommend that you store BJ's Grand Cru for at least one year at between 55 and 65°F. Or enjoy it now!

Added by mickeymac on 06-26-2003

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Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of sicilian
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2016 batch I drank at the Hurst,TX restaurant was exceptional. Last year it had a banana flavor to it and was disappointing from previous years. They made up for it this year and my table got the last of it 30 Dec.
Finally. They have a Bourbon Barrel Aged and Peticola's Wintervention on draft. I couldn't quit the Gran Cru it was amazing this year! "ATTABOY'S" to the brewers!!

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of czillmer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of irthesteve
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of MOB210SA
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BJ's Annual Grand Cru (ABV %10.0)
Wow, the first beer I ever reviewed on-tap, AND the first belgian Ive ever had on-tap.

Couldnt see from the pour but, arrived in a tulip with a 1 finger nice pale white fluffy head. The head maintained nicely the entire glass. Was medium gold in color, and looked overall great.

Nose is pretty fragrant, but usual belgian'y spices, perhaps its clove and some nice light fruity notes in there. The alcohol is hidden very well and couldnt detect any real alcohol booziness at all.

Its been a while since, but the taste reminds me of probably Chimay CC(white). I taste beligan yeasts, malt and again a light frutiness, to me is well balanced and a great effort for not being monks haha.

This beer was FRESH. Damn good. It had a very lively mouthfeel, large amount of carbonation. Smooth, bubbly mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Again, no alcohol burn or even real detection to lower drinkablilty. Hope to have this again while its still available. Also, They had a commemerative BJ's tulip to purchase for a only a mere $5.

*NOTE: This beer is also def. not a BSDA.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color in my tulip glass was a hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of foam with plenty of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of carbonated spices and fruit. The flavor was really pleasant, being 10% alcohol, mild, smooth, very flavorful with all kinds of surprise flavors. What a pleasant surprise. Had to have two glass before dinner!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BJs in Sacramento, CA.

A - Nice golden color, off-white head, which was very resilient. Light notes of lacing.

S - Pear, Peaches, pineapples, and light tones of breadiness. Really dug the breadiness part as most 3Xs it is hard to get that breadiness despite tons of malts.

T - Pear, peaches, pineapples, ultra-light breadiness, and pear-ester.

M - Light carbonation, alcohol feel. Very drinkable overall. Moderate bitterness.

D - Would liked to have had another. May suggest reducing the hops as there was moderate bitterness.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was beer #5 at a recent beer appreciation dinner at the BJ's in Baton Rouge, LA. I felt it was bold of BJ's to put one of theirs up against some highly rated Belgian and German beers, but I've gotta admit, they held their own.

This one was described by the beer host as a 10.5% alcohol belgian-style strong ale, and aside from the classification on here of 'dark ale' I think that's dead on. If anything it struck me more as a Strong Pale Ale. A bit lighter in color, golden really... and an aroma of fruits and spice. Very light on the tongue and super easy to knock back.

This one could be dangerous sitting up at the bar!

Kudos to BJ's for pulling this one off, well done indeed.

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Photo of PTEdelman
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of watermelonman
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a nice deep amber and red with a small head. There's only a few specks of lace.

The smell is very nice, with a ton of malt and candy sugar. The taste is a little plain, lacking much fruit or hop flavor, but the various malts and sugars are almost enough on their own. The mouthfeel is full and pleasing, while drinkability is pretty good.

Very sweet but well done; definitely one of their best offerings.

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Photo of Lynn
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Daytona Beach location with my wife and some friends. It's an attractive looking beer. A faded orange color and slightly hazy. Not something like a wit, but a rich looking golden copper. I can't comment on the head because I have no idea how long the beer had been in the glass, but it was a bright white color that provided a bit of lacing.

I was impressed by the smell, particularly for a smallish brewhouse. The combination of fruits and Belgian yeast made a nice impression. The alcohol is high in this, but there's no hint of it in the nose. Nor do the hops present at all.

Really surprising for a restaurant and brewhouse to produce something a lot of the big boys can't pull off. The nose carries over to the taste. A sweet fruity combination of various fruits and Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Very well put together.

The mouthfeel brought out some of the spices from the yeast. As you might guess, a bit of white pepper. There was also finally a note of alcohol with a quick hit of heat near the swallow. Full bodied despite the light color. Never too sweet or too bitter or too hot. The proportions were just about right.

Overall, I was very impressed with this selection from BJs. It tasted like the real thing from another continent. Simple to drink and good tasting.

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Photo of Kerne
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Mgm54
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a nice room temperature skinny tulip glass with plenty of frothy white head. Beer is a hazy deep yellow color.

Smells very wit-like. Orange peel, lemon, coriander and cloves. Nose is very zesty and fruity. It's a clean, fresh pleasant smelling brew.

Flavors are heavy on the coriander and cloves, while the fruity notes fade a bit toward the back. Alcohol is quite evident and a bit rough around the edges, but still does not feel like the 10% ABV that it boasts. A bit of spicy, floral hops are there on the finish, lending a puckering bitter finish. Overall a pretty damn good beer and one of the best I have had at BJs.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of blastoderm55
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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