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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 151
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 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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa Mama. The label describes this beer as Schlafly's 'cream of the crop'. After half the bottle, I can hardly disagree.

The beer pours with a brighly colored golden-straw hue, mild haze, a nice head formation that reduces to a film, but holds steady. A lot of lacing remains on the snifter. Impressive and inviting to the eye.

Initial aromas of musty, dusty, attic-like character comes in and promises a funky variety to come. Just shy of horse-blanket or moldy, the acidic musk subsides to let in fruity aromas of peaches, pears, apples, grapes, oranges, and limes... all wrapped in a delicate malt scent of caramel and cereal grains. Lightly tart, acidic, and with an apple vinegar-like tickle in the nose. Complex to say the least.

The flavors favor a varying mix of the fruity esters found in the nose, the acidic, wine-y, sulftery tastes, along with a spicy white pepper, anise, and curacco taste. The funky aromas settle a lot before the sip. A ginger-ale taste comes in with light cola notes from the malts.

Evaporative to the mouth, the beer seems to magically whisp away just before the swallow. Efforvescent and a light prickle to the toung shys away from numbing or hotness. Pleasantly acidic, tart, sharp, and bone dry for refreshness, cleanliness and digestibility. Still, creamy and powdery in the finish, but with a subtle hop bitterness and vivid spiciness.

Schlafly is among a handful of breweries outside of the national limits of Belgium to make authentic beers in the Belgian style. This beer exemplifies all of what is good about what they do. This beer is deeper than most Saisons in malt and hop profiles, but less dirty than Garde and Mars biers. Truely artisinal and quality.

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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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange-amber color with a white, foamy, thick, one-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly apple. There was also a nice caramel aroma.

T - It taste of dried apple with a sour/tart flavor. It had a nice caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice American attempt at a Belgian ale. Another good one from Schlafly.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orange-gold body with a fizzy inch of white head.

Smell: Fragrant fusion of juicy fruits paired with top-notch wine liberally coated with sugars rules the nose with the light, delicate maltiness tucked far, far in back.

Taste: Toothsome candy sweetness envelops lesser tastes of bready malts and toasted barley. A few sliced peaches and dried figs. Refill! Splash of Essencia Orange Muscat dessert wine garnished with honeysuckle. Meager hint of hops and bitterness. Slight background yeast component. Some alcohol warmth on the fruity, downright winey finish. Refill!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation, certainly on the effervescent side of things.

Drinkability: A fine, fun beer! For me, the alcohol was quite well hidden, making this one very drinkable, even downright chuggable.

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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 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 Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 750 into a cervoise.

A - A cloudy golden w/ full rocky pale cap w/ lots of sticky lace clinging - bottle conditioning is evident, kept the yeast out of the glass, though

S - A very aromatic ale, spicy and yeasty odor w/ mild herbal tinge and woody hop odor w/ slight aroma of alcohol

M - The feel is somewhat aggressively carbonated w/ spiced and mild astringent qualities and moderate warming of alcohol

T - The flavor has a light tannic note w/ mild pepper and light lemon peel acidic flavor with a hint of alcohol in the flavor and belgian yeast phenolic blending with a light wheat-like tartness - the sweetness is masked by the spice and alcohol

D - A beer that I think you may either like it or hate it, I am into spiced beers but this one has a spice forward flavor that some may not enjoy

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this a month or so ago..

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of tightly packed cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Tropical fruit, candi sugar & a touch of lemon

T: Tart, tart appleskins, dryness & candi sugar up front, plus a touch of lemony hops. Dryness, boozey apple cider & green bananas are all on parade as this warms. Finishes warm with way too much green banana, plus a bit of passion fruit. This a bit too far off style to me

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & still assertively carbonated

This one is a bit ponderous to drink, but a nice puckery one to challenge the taste buds, but not a good Belgian PA IMHO

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, bananas, and alcohol.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, cloves, and bananas. Little bit of alcohol but not too much.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - A decent quad. Mostly beglian yeast and spices, probably wouldn't purchase but would give another shot if someone brought a bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness info. Pours slightly cloudy,apricot amber, the light tan head is quite long lasting and leaves nice fine lace/sheeting areas. Nose is full of fruit, a hint of pepper, and yeast. Flavorful brew with plenty of Belggian character and interest. More tropical fruit, pepper, warming alcohol and a yeast infused early finish and drying hop ending. Nice Schlafly brew

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow and hazy, head is white and there is a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell is a smell of a tripel, yeasty, spicy, nice esters, very pronounced.

Beer is bright and sweet with good citrus character. I am really enjoying this beer overall. Much better than the tripel.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a big 3+" fluffy white head. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, citrus tanginess, and a moderate spiciness creates a nice aroma.

Taste: big malt profile with yeast, lemon zest, melon, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable but warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and mildly dry late. Aftertaste is long as the flavor last in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent for the style but the alcohol keeps this to about two glasses per session.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 received in Fight Club Round 2 from Czoch75... Clint put the beatdown on me with 2 massive boxes... this is one that I've been meaning to get too for a long time... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger foamy white head leaves behind tons of splotch lace... the brew is a crystal clear lite honey.

Fruity esters remind me of apricot... but pear and soft apple are the main players.. floral qualities could be coming from hops, but I'm not really sure. lite peppery phenols.

Flavor mirrors the nose but significantly more pronounced.. a little larger than medium body with bunches of prickly carbonation... finish is long with some residual sweetness and pear essence.

Pretty damn good beer.... Maybe not as complex as the bigger guns in the style... but very well done and I really like it... Thanks again Clint... We must do it again sometime.

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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 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 bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is excellent with good lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like bready malt, peppery spice, tropical fruit and apples. The taste is stronger than the aroma, there's tropical fruit, apples, pepper, grapes and some caramel all noticable. Fruit taste is both tart and sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Also, the 9% ABV is pretty well hidden. Schlalfy has done a good job with this brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

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

Thank you n8dietz for the long St.Louis pick up for me.

The color is an exceptional copper with sinshine highlights at the bottome of my stemmed glass. Theres some off-white head after the pour, but very little foam after a few sips. You can see the carbonation pretty well on this beer.

The aroma has some dry toasted malt notes, faint earthy hops and Granny Smith apples.

You get some tartness upfront. Very thin, biscuit malt bill. Granny Smith apples and maybe even a little vinegar. The middle has just a few earthy hop notes, but they are very fleeting. The alcohol can only be noticed if you let the beer warm to room temperature, in my case 75 f, but before that point I could not detect the 9% abv.

This beer is alright, but definetly nothing Grand. Maybe it would taste a little better if I got a fresher bottle closer to the Fall.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with lots of quickly dissipating head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and strong lemon zest, with some coriander and grassy hops and white grapes, and a bit of candi sugar.
T: It tasted like white grapes and lemon zest, with sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar, and a bit of grassy hops and coriander. It had a clean, crisp and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thin and watery with lots of carbonation, like champagne.
D: This was a very nice light Belgian ale that was smooth drinking. Scent was ok, but taste was much better. Body was lighter than I typically like, but it complimented the taste. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Good beer.

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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 birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden clear yellow with a one finger head
S - smells fruity, spicy, and malty
T - this is very sweet, tart, and light - fruits (cherries, apples), sweet malts and grassy hops are the most dominate flavors I can detect.
M - thin and very carbonated
D - this was a delicious ale from Schlafly. It was a hell of a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but I enjoyed that. This is the first of their Belgian styles that I have tried and am even more excited to try their Tripel that is in the fridge, waiting to be cracked open.

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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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Darkish orange copper body. Clear. Sizable, eggshell-white head. Foamy. Decent retention. Spicy cookie dough, rummy fruits (pears, fruit punch), and a hint of spices (grains of paradise, orange peel). Taste starts off with a light tart fruitiness. Fruity sweetness follows. Juicy ripe pears, white grapes, strawberry-banana, and maybe some kiwi. Doughy, yeastiness takes the edge off the sweetness, along with peppery spiciness. Faint orange peel bitterness in the finish, but mostly lingering fruit and a moderate warming alcohol presence. Medium-full body, with a slightly syrupy feel. Nice!

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