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Blue Moon Grand Cru | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Grand CruBlue Moon Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 11-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
347
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
24.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 347
Photo of Arbitrator
1.4/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Thanks to nickd717 for sharing this.

A: Cloudy milky yellow. Finger of off-white head. No lace. When viewed from the side, there appear to be chunks of... crap floating in it (it's not yeast -- we didn't get far enough into the bottle to attack the slug). Ew.

S: Lemon, orange peel, and yeast. It smells like largadeer on a hot day.

T: Lemon, orange peel, yeast, with a strongly spicy (clove?) finish and aftertaste. Somewhat grainy. Way imbalanced on the spice, and the rest of the flavors simply don't have enough depth to compensate.

M: Thin bodied. Watery flavor, with a distractingly spicy finish. The only thing that saves this from a 1 is that it's not overly boozy for its 8% (though the spice burn can be mistaken for such).

D: Substantially worse than base Blue Moon and several times more expensive. Good job.

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Photo of SamN
1.62/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured in a large hefe glass.

A- A thick pouring wheat beer, with a thick cloudy orange color, thin head that fades quickly. Opaque with quite a lot of sediment floating in my glass. Not a wholly appealing sight.

S- Oranges, first off. Thick orange peels, a deep chemical-like scent, creamy scents of corriander and Christmas spices. I prefer the original Blue Moon aroma; this one is too thick and too "imperial" for a belgian wit. Soft and delicate is the name of the game, this is the wrong beer to double up on.

T- This is a big beer; classic Blue Moon taste- the creamy, Americanized version of a delicious belgian wit. That's the good part. The bad part is when the "grand cru" part kicks in-- rotten orange peels, dry lingering metallic taste, you can can taste the seams in this beer, it does not fit together well. Not a good tasting beer, it's a bad tasting Blue Moon.

M- Spicy carbonation that is too much, the finer points of this imperial wit are lost under the blanket of distracting bubbles. Poorly done.

D- Ouch. I love Blue Moon, and I love a good wit, but this special beer absolutely fails.

Poor taste, awful look, goddamn chunks of something floating in my beer and all for the low low price of nearly 12 bucks for a bomber. No thanks.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
1.72/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pour produces a cloudy orange hazy colored body. Chunks of sediment throughout. Head is light and fluffy, about 2 fingers of cream colored lace. Aroma contains notes of coriander and orange peel. More witbier aromas than traditional grand cru belgian beer. Big aroma of wheat backing. Taste contains a very fluid, watery wheat taste. Alcohol takes over the wheat style, with too much fume at the center. Sour/tart orange rind/lemon zest kills the palate towards the finish, with zesty flavoring lingering into the aftertaste accopanied by overbooozyness. Overall, this beer is not good, not worth the money, and very disappointing despite my less than optimistic hope for the beer actually being good.

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Photo of theembalmer
1.86/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love grand cru style beers and this was a very poor example, tasted like a slightly more hopy coorslight YuK! The cool I found was way to clear and the yeast flavor that has shined in other cru's is just not there. It felt more like I was drinking an IPA.

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Photo of nickd717
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Pours a sickly looking hazy golden-orange with some chunks floating in the beer. Small, fading white head.

Aroma is not good. Orange peel, coriander, and wheat, as expected.

Flavor is also pretty...well...meh. Like a boozier Blue Moon really. Orange, coriander, and rough wheat. Not at all balanced.

Palate is too boozy and thin. Not too much to it.

This beer is nasty, not because it's BMC, but because it's nasty. Should've been a drain pour, but I choked my 5oz down. Fail.

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Photo of vacax
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2009 vintage 750 mL bottle with two extra stickers in order to help fancy it up. $9.

Pours a cloudy golden, not quite white. Generous snow white head has decent retention, though it is not very sticky. Chunky sediment in suspended in the last third of the bottle, not good. Smells like orange, lemon, Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal, slight amount of banana. Label recommends garnishing with an orange slice, which seems completely unnecessary. Tastes of citrus, mostly orange, which increases into bitter orange peel on the midpalate. Lemons detectable, though it comes with an artificial flavoring. No detectable wheat presence. Bitter spices and fusel alcohols on the finish. Light to medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation, lightly creamy.

This is not good. Most reminds me of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, but not as good. I would rather drink regular Blue Moon also, though I do not make a habit of drinking either. Ultimately, This is MillerCoors trying to use thier most indie brand name to cash in on the upswing in artisan craft beer mystique. "Artfully Crafted" is even a registered trademark now to describe Blue Moon. Wow. This isn't as good as Bud Light Golden Wheat. Borderline drainpour.

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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 abrodsky
2.11/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The higher alcohol content of this beer really took away from the taste normally expected with blue moon. There was still hints of the orange a coriander, but the higher alcohol content of this one really hid it and took away from the experience. Stick to normal Blue Moon.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour: Extremely cloudy yellow-orange color with large pieces of sediement. Two and a half fingers of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint. Wow. Mostly alcohol, but some hint of orange as well. Not much here.

Taste: Pretty bitter, but not as in hops. Like really bitter orange peels. Only a little bit of malt at the front, but gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Alcohol asserts its presence. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Very overly carbonated (almost as much carbonation as a clear soda). Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not enjoying this at all. I'm having to work to get this down.

Final Notes: Stick to just plain old Blue Moon. I actually like that beer. This beer is overly alcoholic and overall unpleasant. I guess this goes to show that wheat beers weren't meant to be high in alcohol. Ugh.

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Photo of Chambic
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12.31.09 at Streets of San Francisco party.

A: hazy gold through the plastic cup

S: citrus on the nose, maybe orange peel, with some coriander

T: like regular Blue Moon

M: lots of carbonation, highlighting the lack of depth

D: only other beer available at an open-bar party, tastes like regular Blue Moon to me, although I haven't had that in awhile, and don't plan on confirming that thought anytime soon

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Photo of epicness
2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Very cloudy and pale yellow color. Lots of junk floating around in the beer. Very high visible carbonation. Left a fairly large head in my Duvel glass, but the glass is prone to doing that with nearly every beer.

S - Strong orange rind smell mixed with slight alcohol. I was hoping for a bit more complex scent, but orange and alcohol sums this up pretty much.

T - Orange peel notes are the first taste to hit, but they fade away very quickly because the actual taste of orange is pretty underwhelming. Coriander and bitter hops follow the orange which gives way to a warming alcohol sensation which is a little offputting for me. It's a clean finish that leaves barely any aftertaste. The orange taste gets a little more bitter and sour the more you drink.

M - Based on the high amount of bubbles, I thought it would have a bit more of a carbonated taste than it did. It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Pretty smooth mouthfeel.

D - Based on the taste alone it's drinkability isn't as high as you'd think because I feel the taste alone is poor. Mix that in with the high alcohol and you don't have a very good drinkability.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was the 2009 vintage.

Pours out a pretty hazy, deep orange with about 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is mostly coriander with some orange peel and a little bit of wheat notes along with some slight bready notes.

The taste is dominated by coriander at this point and there is a hint of orange peel along with some generic citrus flavors. There are some light wheat and bready notes and a bit of alcohol taste as well.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. For the most part....this tastes like Blue Moon with more alcohol. There is some definite alcohol taste even though it's been 4 years.

Not a particularly great beer, but not the worst thing I have ever tried either. Coors is doing about as good as usual in my books.

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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 bigfnjoe
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy...pale yellow/orange tint with a one finger sharp white head. It looks like really watered down orange juice. Not too appetizing.

S- Overwhelming smell of orange peel. Its a nice smell and all, but thats all I'm getting. Really doesn't wet my palate too much, because it smells like the rind, not the juicy goodness...

T- Lemon and orange peel. Thats really all that I'm getting...maybe a hint of coriander. Regardless, it seems like the beer is trying way too hard to be craft...and is just tasting like something you could make with no alcohol after a trip to the grocery store.

M- Heavily carbonated, as you'd expect from a macro brew. The godforsaken orange peel gets more and more bitter the more you drink it, and turns to "overbearing" from "refreshing" pretty quickly.

D- I don't like this. Its like regular Blue Moon, but with more flavoring in it. I think I actually like the regular version more, because you don't get beaten over the head with the same mediocre flavors over and over again.

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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 sensorglitch
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a sort of orange-gold color, there wasn't really any lacing, and the head wasn't notable

S- Smelled of fruits, could smell almost a bannana smell, but it wasn't really a standout smell from other beers

T - Didn't care for the taste, it was a very mediocre beer, which was a little yeasty. Nothing I really cared for.

M - It had a full body, there was a lot of carbonation

D - This beer isn't worth everything I have heard about it, I was not impressed in the least bit. It was drinkable, but why would I bother? It wasn't really so drinkable I would pay the price, nor so cheap I would stomach it's shortcomings.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let this one warm up some to appreciate how it changes with temperature.

Appearance is good - beautiful pale golden/straw color with white head. Lots of floaties.

Nose has a clean banana character with artificial orange air fresheners.

Alcohol is apparent on the palate and worsens as it warms. Flavors don't cover it up, and the orange because a somewhat off-flavor in the beer. Wheaty malt flavors are in the background but the orangey-alcohol steals the attention.

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Photo of Gmann
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color and has that whitish glow that wits have. It has a tight white head that settles down into a solid ring. The aroma has that same funk vegetal smell that their Belgian White has, which I find rather unpleasant. It must be the mix of the coriander and orange peel. The taste is of the coriander and lemon which is quickly overcome by a very grainy malt and raw alcohol flavor. The grain and alcohol gives the brew very earthy flavor which dominates everything else and strays away from what a wit should taste like, or a BSPA for that matter. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a raw alcohol bitterness. This is a strikeout. It looks the part, smells a lot like their Belgian White (which some might like), but just misses on the flavor. The higher ABV is noticable and kills all of the other flavors. I think prefer this taste over the funk vegetal flavor of their Belgian White, but this does not resemble a wit bier or BSPA. Tastes like alcohol.

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Photo of crossovert
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle purchased for 4.99 i would never blow 8.99 on this.

Pours a milky peach color with a large white head that leavs some bizarre, ugly, and sticky looking lacing.

At first there isn't much smell but after a large whiff it smells like orange dreamsicle with a very sickly sweet smelling orange scent.

The flavor is reall bad, it tastes like creamed orange bread, yuck. The mouthfeel is disgusting.

Overall I wasted my money but at least I can say I tried it.

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Photo of caresville
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a- pale orange, light yellowish hue. frothy white head, minimal lacing. nothing special going on here.

s- as opposed to regular blue moon this is more bready and yeasty rather than citrusy overload on the nose. smells real nice though, baked breads, cinnamon, oranges and apples and some vanilla.

t&m- all down hill from the smell to here. dont get me wrong i like standard blue moon in a 6 pack, its pretty good stuff but this just a marketing ploy. its juiced up blue moon that tastes like stale graham crackers dipped in vodka. the first few sips arent too bad, but it progresses into something that does not have that orangey, fruitey and spicey zest. it tastes very boozy and high on the moldy bread scale. not impressed to say the least.

d- it isnt the worst beer ive tasted but i expected a lot more, especially just from the delicious smell. not worth the 9 bucks for a bomber and for sure will never buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus fruit, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a bready wheat flavor that is quickly followed by a strong orange flavor and some spice. Then some estery flavors of alcohol and a little Belgian yeast come in. the malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence but very little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's definitely an amped up version of the regular Blue Moon, but I don't like either version and would not choose this beer again.

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Photo of bilyboy65
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Was very cloudy with a thick-white head. Didn't dissipate fast at all and stuck well to the glass. Couldn't even tell if there was any film on it. Yellow based in color, but lighter due to how heavy the yeast left in it was.

S: Smelled pretty much like a regular blue moon. Lemon citrus scent. The difference was that there is a stronger yeast and an alcohol nose to it.

T: Still tastes like lemon. But a lot of the flavor is being masked because of the high alcohol content. A little bit of a sweet after taste.

M: High carbonation on the tongue. Light-full body that leaves quite the trail behind.

D: I don't recommend this. It's like a Blue Moon on steroids. Only nothing was done to mask the alcohol taste. They just seemed to make it stronger and then add more yeast to try and cover it up.

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Photo of bonapartist1
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable and decently enjoyable beer, but awful unbalanced for a witbier. Blue Moon is FAR and away the worst Witbier I've ever had in my life, so it's good to see this isn't complete swill. Only purchased because it was marked down to 4.50 for a 25oz.

This beer gains nothing from it's 8+ abv. It's not really detectable except barely on the finish, and does nothing to lend it big character. Aroma is more balanced than flavor, and is unassuming, although sweet witbier all over. Taste is nuts. I actually like it, but it's a trainwreck for a wit.

ORANGE. And HOPS. Way too much of both. The yeast, wheat and coriander character are slaughtered in their sleep by orange peel and a big dose of late addition hops. Totally inappropriate for the style, but as a hop head, it's not unwelcome in a beer. The whole hoppy-orange vibe actually reminded me greatly of the Bridgeport Hop Czar IIPA I had a chance to try.

Again, a badly balanced wit, but not a bad beer to quaff if you can get it at the pitance I did. Do NOT make a repeat purchase since you're giving your money to the swine at Coors-Miller, encouraging their march of mediocrity - just one, for educational purposes.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Very nice looking. Hazy bright golden-yellow with a pillowy white head.

S - Initially it smells good, like a delicious Wit replete with supercharged alcohol (for the style, good) and some estery spiciness. After consumption, it becomes difficult to overlook the conspicuously macro nature of this brew. Fooled me for a second though!

T - The taste is initially grainy and estery with prominent alcohol, but before I can identify any truly quantifiable elements, the macro cheapness stains it. That said, this is certainly one of the best efforts by a megalith-macro brewer; still macro, though. It is interesting to taste a beer of this considerable strength, as BMC rarely brew beer of any high strength, and even the strongest BMC malt liquor brands tend to be of a lesser ABV. In this regard, it is also a big success, as it is fairly decent.

M - BMC bleeehhh.

D - Not too good, but drinkable as hell for a macro, I guess. The Champagne of Malt Liquor, perhaps.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml capped bottle reads 2009 edition. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very hazy golden colored body with a tall foamy bright white head. the head lasts a little while, leaving behind small rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. after that comes the typical spices associated with a wit. coriander, clove, a little bit of banana, and orange. there is a definite alcohol presence in the nose on this one.

T- the taste is much more alcohol forward than i would have liked. everything else seems to take a backseat to that. faint spices (clove and coriander). a little bit of fruit (orange and banana) and belgian yeast.

M- full bodied and thick. syrupy. a low level of carbonation. moderate alcohol burn.

D- im glad my buddy bought this one and decided he couldnt drink more than a few inches out of the glass. this is something i really dont think i would have paid for. its so expensive for what it is (10.99/750ml bottle)! a full 750mls is much too much of this.

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Blue Moon Grand Cru from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.
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