Grand Cru | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States
bjsrestaurants.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

I blame the bar but the beer got to me with no head at all. I feel like i missed out on the aroma of the beer, but the beer actually packed lots of flavor to it. On the sweet side very lite body low carbonation. Lots of plum raisin flavors, a lot better than i was expecting.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy light golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with strong notes of underlying notes of candi sugars and slight hints of spices. It seems to become a little maltier as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and is quite malty from the candi sugars, although no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, although the alcohol is not that apparent in the taste. It seems to lack the complexity offered by some of the top beers in the style.

Note: 2013-2014 Annual

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Grand Cru from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
3.84 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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