Blue Moon Grand Cru | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 11-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 347
Reviews by PatrickJR:
Photo of PatrickJR
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. 2009 vintage.

A - About half way through the bottle I'm starting to get a lot of sediment. The brew pours a moderately to heavily hazy orange, much like fresh squeezed orange juice or early stage of sunset. A half inch, maybe less of white foam rises and dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Remarkably like original Blue Moon. I really wish I had a Blue Moon sitting around to compare this too. Strong coriander note riding atop a background of orange juice (more juice than peel, to be sure) mixed with grain. A little chalkiness pops in at times giving an overall impression of orange sherbert with coriander sprinkled on top. No alcohol, no increased intensity...just like a Blue Moon. Good or bad?... We'll see...

T - Again like Blue Moon, but with with a bit more substance. A bit of coriander at first but early-mid palate is consumed with the orange sherbert-like flavor. Tangy at first, and then slipping into some sweet-sour flavor with a grainy taste creeping up in the background. Coriander hits it's peak late palate, sweeping away some of the sweetness and providing some decent counterpoint to the tangy aspect. Chalky/slightly nutty yeast flavor rounds out the finish, with a touch of bitterness from the alcohol. For a BMC product, I gave this an entire half point based on the undetectableness of the alcohol.

M - Great medium body here with a decent medium high carbonation. Sticky enough to let you know it's there, but keeping with the style with a degree of crispness. Again, another aspect that I'm surprised Coors nailed with a "bigger" beer.

D - As the bottle has drained, I've realized the flavor is definitely more intense than the original Blue Moon, but it's still sort of the same. To the novice, it'll be a little heavy. But to the seasoned beer drinker who immediately thinks this is simply BM with more alcohol, it slides down so easy that it's hard to realize there's a beefy ABV here. Worth the price? No way, but if they put this shit is sixers for a buck or two more than Blue Moon, I'd sure give it a shot on occasion. Kudos to Coors for this interesting and highly drinkable beer. Blue Moon Grand Cru just goes to show what big brewers could do with beer if they put their minds to it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I split this with my wife last,I was hoping this would be a more complex larger version og the standard,I was wrong.Pourred into atulip glass a hazed orange with a decent white fluffy head atop.Sweet aromas of artificial fruit,a little toasted cereal grain th there as well.Much sweeter than the the standard but the alcohol isnt in your face,again that artificial fruit flavor and toasted cereal in the finish.I didnt really care for the beer but its not awful,its just not worthy of the price I paid for it.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.04/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a dull and bespeckled orange in color with a decent head that even left some lacing.

Smell - The spices at the nose are huge and drown out the other smells just like its junior partner does. This one goes a step farther and adds some medicinal alcohol notes that mess things up even more.

Taste - The malt flavor actually isn't bad but once again everything is trounced by the dull hammer of spices. The rubbing alcohol flavor doesn't help, either.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied Wit lacks the carbonation one comes to expect of the style and the texture of this ale is quite clumsy.

Sinkability - This was actually worse than the regular Blue Moon.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

So, Coors decides to jump into the big big arena now--a reactionary release of a big beer in the big-bottle format is what we see.

Cloudy and muddled, dirty straw-yellow color with a thin wisp of white lace. Coriander strongly dominates the aroma and only lets in a bit of orange peel, biscuity grain and a clean alcohol through. Same spicing as the smaller original version, just amped up to take on the girth of the malt and alcohol. Hints of bubblegum and medicinal flavor in the middle. Maltiness is tame and has no real complex side to it at all. Hops are there for bittering and are set on mute for flavor; the coriander seems to be handling the sweet- ness more. Breath of clean alcohol. Finishes a tad yeasty and dirty, with the hard spicing staying on the palate.

Nothing out of the ordinary, it tastes like a beefed-up version of their White Ale. A good example that bigger is not better, though--if you go down that road, you need to bring it. Not worth the higher price tag it garners.

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Photo of 78CJ
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought one of these for my wife, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so, she got one for me to drink. It wasn't bad. A hazy straw color with a small white head. Nice aroma of orange and pepper. Not quite as much taste as the aroma suggested. Peppery spice, orange. On the harsh side, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of generallee
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a short description of the beer, a freshness date of "APR1210" printed on the bottle, the ABV% (8.2) and year it was made. (2009)

Appearance: The body has a pale hazy orange tan color with a small white head. The head fades out quickly leaving nothing behind and making no lacing at all. Inside the body there are a few small deposits of yeast floating around.

Smell: The aroma is quite fruity. It has a heavy orange like character with notes of orange blossom and mandarin orange peel. Under this are decent sweet bready and wheaty notes.

Taste/Palate: There is defiantly a lot fruity orange and yeast character here. I get this fruity pebbles cereal thing with notes of bready yeast, wheat malt and a warm alcohol presence. It is sweet overall with just a little leafy hop bitterness towards the finish. The palate has a smooth, slick and heavy feel with very soft carbonation.

Notes: I can't help thinking that this is just a pumped up version of there regular Blue Moon.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a hazy golden honey body with a medium sized white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of wheat, with coriander hints and lots of orange peel.

Light medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste has some twangy wheat malt, hints of coriander and orange peel, and some alcohol. As it warms, it gets sweeter to the point of being cloying. Some vague peppery spices in the finish.

Not a bad witbier, overall, but there are plenty of better examples.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yeasty golden color with a huge white head. Lots of suspended yeast particles even though I poured carefully. Aroma is lots of yeast and citrus, with some coriander as well. Flavor is more of the same with the coriander dominating. You also get some orange, other citrus and yeast. A little less orange and a little more coriander than I like. This tastes just like a souped up regular Blue Moon. Thin mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Not bad, but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very cloudy light golden wheaty color with a small white fluffy head. Nose is wheaty and very yeasty - that's about it.

Taste is very similar to regular blue moon just with more of a Belgian yeast character and spiciness. It's a really decent BMC beer but not worth ~$10.

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Photo of Ruppman
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I Liked this beer. Its a little different than normal Blue Moon. It has much more of a citrus/orange smell and taste. Also cloudier than the normal Blue Moon. I like the taste, but couldn't drink a lot of this at one time. I'd say it's good but not great. Definitely worth a try, especially as a one time thing. To be fair, wheat beers are not my favorite. But, this is good. I'd give it a B or B- overall.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a UK Guinness pint glass. Pours a nice thick two finger head with almost no lacing and dissipates very quickly. Very cloudy with a lot of sediment, much more than regular Blue Moon. Aroma, picking up a lot of citrus and some hints of banana. Taste is somewhat like regular Blue Moon but stronger and more complex. Getting a lot of citrus here as well. You can definitely notice the higher ABV. Coming from Blue Moon I think this is a really good beer, maybe their best yet. I would drink this again, but the price tag is a little steep.

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Photo of j0501
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appears a cloudy yeast filled chunky slurry of goodness. Orange glazed body with yeast sediment galore, this beer forms thick with white bright head, uh oh! Some redeeming qualities coming my way. Even minimal lacing early on let's see how things transgress.

Aroma has a solvent alcohol smell with strong orange/lemon citrus peels flooding my senses. It makes you tingle up and down your backbone. What a crazy experience.

This beer's flavor gets ten fold worse with each sip comes a strong syrupy astringency blended with orange peel pith bitterness. I may just throw this sample up it's that disgusting it burns the throat and your senses to the point of inebriation and back again.

Imagine stronger Blue Moon, the orange juice gives you acid reflux and then some this is disgusting I can't take another sip the worse beer experience I've had in quite some time. Cloying residual sugars join the alcohol induced partay.

Drinkability is piss poor a beer I would like to send as a castaway with Jay Leno right now, I hope Jay get's ship wrecked and stranded on an island with just this beer to drink. It sucks that bad I want no one else to come in contact but Jay Leno himself, muther fucka bumpin my boy Conan out of his earned seat.

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Photo of schoon
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of frankiepop
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't really distinguish Cru much from the original. I did not do a side by side comparison, bit it felt the same. Possibly it lacked a little on the flavor. More alcohol flavor? I will stick to the original. No reason to spend more.

I might recommend the Ella Fitzgerald version of Blue Moon might be the appropriate music for this beer. Enough said.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jmdjsm
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ksiazewski
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Grooveman53
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of azorie
4.57/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a tulip glass for this tasting, saved the yeast for the 2nd glass. Pale yellow and cloudy and even orange almost with the yeast poured into it. No head at all with a easy pour.

S: reminds me of the old hoegarden before inbev screwed it up. Very Orange/citrus front end, wheat malt of course hit you. Its smells like a strong wit and its is so bingo its a winner.

T: orange and coriander with the good wheat malt background, the alcohol is not detectable, no hops, but its very balanced. not as sweet with the yeast poured into the glass. You detect the candy sugar in at as after taste but its very normal for a "imperial" witbier if you will. Nice near perfect, its weird I love "summer" beers all year long.

M: medium body, smooth to drink no alcohol burn at all.

D: 2 glass went down so fast and so easy its perfect "session" beer if you used to higher abv like I am.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, hazy orangish-yellow with a thin, foamy, fizzy lacing of head that fades very quickly. The nose is dominated by orange zest with undertones of lemongrass and faint clove. The taste is also orange-heavy with faint clove spice and alcohol esters. This one is overly carbonated bordering on fizzy which detracts from the overall mouthfeel. It's medium bodied and smooth.

Ultimately, this is drinkable, but there's nothing here that would have me putting a "Grand Cru" title on it. For me this is nothing more than an amped up version of the original with more booze and a ton of orange zest.

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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