Schlafly Grand Cru | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Grand CruSchlafly Grand Cru

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

Added by MJR on 09-27-2004

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the grand cru a few times now, definitely best the first though. A fun, sweet-champagne style beer - very celebratory. Caramel, lemon candy, and super carbonated. Having it a little over-chilled on a hot day would probably be perfect. My first Schlafly beer and I've been hooked on them since.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Schlafly Grand Cru from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.91 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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