Grand Cru | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Grand Cru rewards like dry champagne with aromas of passion fruit and exotic spice. This rich, golden-colored ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. Bottle conditioning creates the effervescent mouth feel, as well as the distinct Belgian lace prized in Belgian beers. Enjoy the complexity imparted by technique and craft.

Cru is a French wine term which means “growth place” or “great growth”. Brewers in Europe, notably in Belgium, and America use the designation to refer to a beer that is created to showcase the brewer’s art and to represent their passion for their brewery.

17 IBU

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 159
Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a wonderful surprise! This strong Belgian style ale pours a murky brown with a nice head that dissipates quickly with very little lacing. The flavors here are bubbly and bursting... A nice yeasty breadness combines with a fruity apple and citrusy kiss. The malts are a little buried at first, and their is a tiny bit of bitterness and spice at the end. The nose of fruit, apples, yeast and spice are exactly what you get here. The malts are relegated to the background on this one but they still play a role in the back. The bubbly carbonation makes for a sizzling, dry finish. Very potable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Back in May I found a bottle of this with 3 progressively lower price stickers on it. I pulled the trigger at $6.99. It wasn't until I got it home that I noticed the "Bottled with Love" sticker on the bottom...Dec 15, 2011. Yes, 12/15/11. Well, that explains the price. Threw it in the cellar until last night when I finally had a chance to share it with a buddy who could appreciate it. At $6.99, it's easy to have low expectations. However...

Poured into a snifter a beautiful deep amber with a 1/2" of foam. A few chunks came out in the pour, but that was my fault for turning it on it's side to chill it in the sink.

Took a moment to consider what was awaiting me from a 5 year old bottle. Vinegar? Sour skunk funk? Blindness? Sniff...ok, not vinegar. First sip...liquid luxury. Deep rich flavors...figs, honey (the essence, not the sweetness), leather(?).

Alcohol was there, but well hidden. The faint sweetness kept it in the background. It lingered in my mouth, but not overly so.

Schlafly, phenomenal job building a beer sturdy enough to last 4 1/2 years under who-knows-what sort of conditions. The last 6 months were in a cellar, but if they're damaged when they come home...

This isn't the first time I've had an older than typical Schlafly bottle. Back in April I had a Tripel dated 11/8/11 that had done very well over its 4 years. Got a Quad and barleywine nearly the same vintage and have high hopes for them too.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: June 19, 2019... enjoying this in a Chimay goblet at halftime of the most important game I've witnessed in my thirty-nine years--Game Seven between Cleveland and Golden State (Cavs down seven)... pours a half-inch head, foamy and resilient... dense, dark amber body shows whirling spirals of effervescence... one whiff and WOW--sour apple! citric elements include grapefruit, lemon, and pleasant spices--prune too... strong phenol tinges the taste with alcohol... toasted bread malts make a lasting impression.... a solid, balanced finish, with the teeth whistle in a breeze of hops... leaves a spicy grapefruit and apple aftertaste... sneaky smooth and easy front to back... VERY sour, with a tart aroma that is slightly off-putting... this is a complex, challenging beer--not unlike this game, which plays a tug of war with my heart and mind--with the sour apple mingling with sugary, candied elements to produce a strong punch to the throat... recommended? on a dare, yes... as a kick-back-and-drink beer? not so much...a nice beer to ponder slowly...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with some fruity and candy-like ester with some Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by sugary notes with some candy-like ester with some Belgian malt notes. Body is full for style with medium carbonation and no alcohol note really apparent. Enjoyable but a bit sweeter then I would like.

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Photo of stortore
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Gonna complain up front- when I threw out the bottle, I noticed a sticker on the bottom, saying it was bottled on 6/3/14. I bought it at the Schlafly taproom on 8/15/15. Anyhow....

Pours a golden color, fairly clear, with a two finger head, some soapy cling. Smell is of Belgian yeast, light malt, candi sugar, slight black pepper when warm. Kind of had a metallic aroma at first pour. Taste follows the nose with the yeast and malt, more candi sugar, a little bread, a hint of lemon. A little sweet for the style, but not cloying. Refreshing, fairly dry, smooth, well carbonated.

This is good, and certainly enjoyable to drink. Nothing stands out about it, though, and there's a lot of really good Belgian Strong Pale's out there. Worth a try.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Notes of pear, lemon, and clove form the aroma. Flavor is sweet, with soft notes of pear and apple adding complexity. The finish is lightly dry and bready, with a touch of white pepper. A little too sweet/bland after the tripel.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden body (maybe reddish tints) with fizzy head from lively carbonation that dies quick and minimal lacing. Aroma has yeast, spice, and touches of tropical fruit and sugar. I find the beer smooth from the yeast yet finishes sharp due to the carbonation. The beer is spicy and slightly sweet (candi-sugar and fruity) with a variety of fruit flavors from minor citric hops to bits of grape skin and sour apple to possible tropical fruit sweetness. A good ale but just not my favorite as it seems offbalance at times as I get a hodgepodge of different flavors at different times.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with an imposing white head.

S: Aromas of champagne, minerals, biscuits, crackers, caramel, spices, herbs, grass, and lemon fill the nose.

T: Notes of champagne, minerals, caramel, biscuit, crackers, spices, lemon, grass, mild herbs, lime zest, green apple, unripened pear, lychee, and prickly alcohol swirl across the palate. The finish is fruity and sweet with a pleasant mixture of mild citrus, orchard fruits, spices, and ultimately, peppery alcohol.

M: Very light in body and slightly sticky as well. Carbonation is firm and prickly. Alcohol is rather pronounced, yet this ale is still very sippable.

O: A very good Belgian-style ale. Definitely worth the time for those who run across it.

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden. looks like most farmhouse ales on Lees.
poured with ZERO head. i worried it was flat.

VERY sweet. reminds me of a barley wine, except without any bad aftertaste. personally i'd say too sweet for more than a glass

really nice. everything you'd expect from an unfiltered bottle conditioned beer

a 750 Ml Bottle. said it was like dry champagne. this is much more like a moscato.
the effervescence is good. wonderfully small and even bubbles.
this beer reminds of prunes, candied yams, barley wine, custard, and straight up sugar.

I don't like bitter beer, but this was a bit too far to the other extreme for tasted like creme brulee dessert.

it's well made, a 750 Ml bottle on Lees, with Belgium yeast. given all this (and the high price) I went in with high expectations. it's a decent dessert treat. i wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Sticker on the bottom reads, Brewed with love 1 3013.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of thick, white head. Good retention. Scant lacing.

S: Fruity, slightly musty Belgian yeast. Pear, apple juice, pineapple. Straw, faint grass. Some booze. Actually rather bourbon-like with some oak and vanilla notes. Really opens up as it warms. Some lemon. Black pepper. Indistinct herbs.

T: Bold, yeasty spice up front with semi-sweet, fruity undertones. Faint tang. Mild european hop bitterness develops. Fairly dry finish. Alcohol presence is moderate for 9% ABV, but brings a bit of bourbon to the party.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess. Moderately full body.

O: Tasty brew with an impressively complex and dynamic nose. I wish a bit more came across on the palate, but I couldn't stop sniffing this one. Something different each time I went to the well.


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Photo of scratch69
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Aromas of citrus, fruits, spices, and yeast.

Taste- Very sweet and fruity flavors with a large amount of spicy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and wet with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good beer but not my favorite from Schlafly. Enjoyable but it has just a tad too much yeastiness for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served into a Tripel Karmaliet tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a quickly vanishing white head. Very little specks of lacing.

S - Lots of fruit esters and bread. Tart apples, peaches, lychee, pineapple, candied lemon citrus, pears, spicy Belgian yeast, light cereal grains. Hints of sourness and slight mustiness.

T - Very sweet and fruity. Tropical fruit galore, pineapple, papaya, guava, stone fruits, sour apples, bananas, all sweet but tart as well. Spicy Belgian yeast is layered with in as well as some

M - Medium wet body but quickly dries out.

Lots going on here. Sweet fruit, spicy, malty, and tart. Interesting for sure. This kinda reminds me of a a Tripel.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a 3 finger white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Smells like apples, pears, grapes, pale malts and yeast.

Tastes sweet, with grapes, apples, pears, pepper, pale malts, and candi sugar. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable, but is not problematic. There is also a light, hoppy bitterness, but it does not do much to counter the sweetness of the beer.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and easy to drink. I could drink this again and again. Well made.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose along with some hints of apples and caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness with notes of fruit along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems quite malty for the style and lacks the dryness associated with many of the other beers in the style. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from diekia courtesy of the Review This! BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, spice, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, spices and caramel. The some breadiness from the Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger Belgian-style pale ale worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was pooured into a large tulip glass.

Apperance: The beer poured a two finger frothy head that came over the rim, but solidified and reduced slowly. Super sticky lacing with the head reduced a foamy layer. The beer is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: bananas, vanilla, spices, bready malts, Belgian candy, apples, pears, alcohol, and grainy. Smells deliicous.

Taste: Whoa! Super boozy and a nice blend of all above flavors

Mouthfeel: smooth, easier to drink as the beer got warmer, medium carbonation, dry, and medium bodied.

Overall: This is a solid beer for a BSPA. Lots of flavor and nicely boozy too like they should be. All the right features and wish I stored this one for awhile instead of buying it tonight and drinking it when I got home. Will visit this one once again.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: 750ml bottle into a very large glass.

A: Clear pale yellow, with a LOT of head. Significant carbonation evident in the bottom of the glass.

S: Some grainy notes but I don't smell anything else.

T: Grainy/malty, with some leftover sweetness. Not much bitterness here. Belgian-style funkiness is detectable. Not bad by not my favorite style.

M: Thick and syrupy on the mouth.

O: Glad I tried this but it just doesn't click for me. Not a bad beer but might be up someone else's alley.

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Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new selection of Limited Edition 750 ml is available.

Poured into a glass and got slightly cloudy gold-orange with good head and minor lacing.

Nose is fruity and yeasty.

Taste is spicy yeast, pears, apricot with a good dose of malt. The Belgian yeast is really a nice addition to this beer.

Mouth feel is pretty sticky. Alcohol is warming. Overall this tastes like a nice Belgian style ale or triple.

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Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into pint glass. Traded from my buddy Tony thanks man!

A- pours a light golden color with 2 fingers of white head. Looks very pale ale-y

S- It smells like apples. I know that sounds weird but I smell fresh apples in this beer. Not picking up anything past the apples.

T- This tastes like an apple flavored sour. It's actually quite tasty and I'm glad to have a full glass of this. Never had an apple sour but this is goood.

M- Prickly high carbonation which goes fine with the sourness. I like this.

O- Didn't expect the apple sour flavor but I'm enjoying it. I'm good trying this once but I definitely like what I'm tasting. Great

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. A mild gusher upon opening, and tons of carbonation is streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, bread, light tart graininess, and spicy yeast. Fairly nice and balanced aromas, tons of fruitiness. Taste of big lemon zest, pepper, coriander, spice, bread, tart grains, and yeasty tang. Lingering notes of pepper, spices, bread, light fruits, and tangy yeast on the finish for a bit. Seems a little off balanced upon tasting; a bit too grainy and spicy. Needed more fruitiness in the taste. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Nice drinkability but is still a sipper. Overall, a solid Belgian pale ale style. I wasn’t feeling this one too much because of the overly grainy flavor.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip.

A- Pours a clear, golden color. Single finger head that disipates quickly.

S- Smells slightly sweet with some citrus notes. Mild alcohol presence if you get your nose into it.

T- taste is as the nose suggests. A little on the sweet side with citrus and spice notes. And then it fades. This beer leaves little flavor on the tongue, just kinda disappears.

M- little alchohol presence. medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- A rather solid brew. Also, my first from Schlafly. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

liquid gold, poured into a 10oz snifter at the taproom downtown st louis. smells a tinny bit sweet, with a long drawn out mellow alcohol vibe. taste is really complex with hints of vanilla, oak, and residual sugars of some variety. a great sipper at 9%, by far the best schlafly beer i have had. do they bottle this one? available only on tap when i was there. could imagine this in the cellar for awhile...

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle of this before Game 1 of the World Series (STL vs. TX) w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Orange/Baby blue colored bottle w/ the Saint's symbol on it into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has Bottle with Love On: 4 1211 on the bottom of the bottle w/ a sticker.

Aroma- Has strong hop aroma and yeasty characters throughout the smell. Light floral and strong spice makes this up. No covering this one up either, very intense!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that lasts for good time. Has a light orange/deep golden colored body that has nice clarity. Leaves thick lacing!

Flavor- Is a very complexed brew... Has tons of coriander from the beginning and then strong hops and spice hit the mouth afterwards. The spices aren't too much for the brew but better yet blend in perfectly. Medium hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, Smooth with a bit of alcohol warming, and leaves awesome character behind (mostly spice) on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very good Grand Cru! I'm still skeptical about the style in that I'm not sure if its a Belgian Pale Ale with more kick or Belgian Strong Golden... Either way, this is ANOTHER awesome one from Schlafly's Reserve series. Cool that all of these are such good brews! Wouldn't sway anyone from any of these so far.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty brew color wise, copper-orange and clear, but on tap there wasn't much head or lace.

Notable sweet aromas, yeast, fruits, spices.

Taste is somewhat tripel-like, although perhaps a tad crispier and more sweet than Schlafly's regular tripel, which is dryer than average for that style. This stuff is pretty sweet, particularly on tap, with lots of spices and a bit of an oily texture.

Body was a little on the sweet and oily side. I'm glad it was an eight ounce pour.

Overall it's a damn tasty beer, but strangely I think I liked this one better out of the bottle than on tap.

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Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 159 ratings