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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 155
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden, amber with 3 fingers of foamy white head that that slowly fade to thick patchey streaks down the side of the glass.

S - Citrus and lemon with bready malt. Not as complex as other Grand Cru's I have tried.

T - Very sweet at first with candied fruit and bready malt quickly turning tart and slightly acidic with dried fruits, lemon, apple and a yeasty spice flavor that lingers heavy on the tongue.

M - Medium to full with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky leaving a slick coating behind after each swallow.

D - A little too heavy and somewhat lackluster.

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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 14 Mar 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils glass. Three finger fluffy off white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep honey gold color. Aroma of yeast, grape skins, aspirin, brown sugar. Starts slightly citric, A says champagne like. A bit on the dry side but fruity tart, like grape and apple skins. Velvety and soft on the tongue. Aftertaste of coriander and apple tartness. Medium body. Alcohol present at the finish.

Nicely done, recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 bort11
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge off white head initially jumps to an inch and a half, and slowly recedes to to no less than a quarter inch thick, tightly packed foamy head. Delicate lace clings all the way around the glass. Color is a coppery amber with a mild haze.

Smell is mild. Dried apples and yeasty. Taste has a mild vinegar pucker up front. Mellows to apples and pears. Very dry with some spicy yeast character.

Texture is pretty creamy. It is filling and warming at the same time. Very good.

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Photo of cschepers
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly Grand Cru from a capped & silkscreened bomber --> pint glass.

A - Pours clear bright amber. Very pretty two-finger head. Nice meringue color and texture. Excellent lacing and sticking.

S - Pepper, mediciney phenols, yeast, lemon rind.

T - Lots more mediciney phenol taste. A little bit of candi sugary sweetness. Some pepper and spice, and a bit of alcohol warming. Aftertaste is of more phenols and a bit of sourness.

M - Crisp, good carbonation. A bit slick in the aftertaste, I don't really care for that..

D - Not quite my cup of tea as far as Belgian pale ales.. I think a bit more sweetness and a bit less sourness would go a long way for this beer.. Its okay for style, but not quite to my liking.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a rich white meringue of head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon, bubblegum, and banana.

The taste is not as bold as expected. Thin and slightly sour, with yeast, banana, black pepper, and malty notes. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, slick, and sharply carbonated.

A good beer - but not great. A little thin in the taste department.

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Photo of dakid618
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into imperial pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of head. Smell is sweet with spice that attacks the senses. Taste is very sweet and fruity. Little hints of spiciness. Light sugary mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well. This is an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle conditioned, poured a nice amber-haze. Great head, great lace windows.

S: Citrus ( orange-lemon ), yeast funk, and malts dominate.

T: Wow. Citrus, malts, funk, pepper, and spice. Lots going on, confusing me, but in a good way.

M: Medium body, about right carbonation.

D: High ABV is hidden well, almost too well. I emptied the bomber pretty quick, and had quite the buzz. Very decent beer!

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in a chalice. Lots of carbonation. Poured an orangish gold. Big head that dissipated fairly quickly. Spicy aroma with some sugar and a little banana fruitiness. Fairly dry beer. Malt is there, but not overly sweet. Medium bodied. More spice and burnt sugar. Not terribly complex, but very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny amber. Short, fine bubbled bone white head that settles to a collar and a bit of dust and left no lacing. No carbonation streams appear. Fruity, spicy nose with hints of pepper and pit fruit, clearly Belgian. Fully smooth maltiness punctuated with some cracked pepper and crunchy fruit. There is an alcohol soaked undercurrent. Finishes fruity and crisp with an alcohol warming which lingers. Slick and full bodied with fine needle pricks of carbonation. Nice and tasty and the pint was empty rather quickly. This was highly drinkable.

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Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with tan head that persists and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of citrus fruits and mild spices. Similar flavors that overall were very light and dry in the finish. Maybe the sweetness and higher alcohol (not especially evident in aroma or taste) overwhelm the Belgian-style spices but it left me thinking this was too weak for a Grand Cru. While I found it mildly fruity it was lightly hopped. Nevertheless I find it very drinkable - just forget the style label and enjoy!

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Photo of amicar
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Saturday afternoon beer at the taproom. Pours orange- gold with white head. Smells like all kinds of fruity citrusy things. Taste is of multiple different candied things, with bubble- gum most recognizable. Keeps evolving, but not as long as other belgian styles I've had. Smooth and slick in the mouth. Hides the ABV a little too well, so easy to drink.

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Photo of Vancer
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good grief, this was a very good one from the Tapper. Golden pour with foamy white head. Enticing citrus, lemon, malty aroma – included in the taste, along with a sweet malt and spicy base. A little on the thin side, almost sticky. My first strong Belgium pale ale, the rumored 9% abv was well hidden. Could drink these all evening – at the proper pace.

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Photo of carln26
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass. Mildly hazy gold to copper color with a good sized tan head that settles to a sheet of lace. Nose has citrus grapefruit and orange with mild spice coriander. Light caramel finish, with a bit of pepper. Taste has the citrus and a pronounced sweetness, hard candy. The orange citrus is there along with the mild spice. Slick mouth feel, medium drinkability. This beer is a little to conservative, a Grand Cur (in my opinion) has the opportunity to go over the top, and this beer, while solid, doesn’t get there.

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Photo of sutcliff
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another growler from the Taproom in lovely St. Louis. Good head retention throughout the drink. Fluffy and white. A nice hoppy and malt nose. The color is a pale orange, bordering on yellow. The first sip is lush with malt and cirtus. The mouthfeel is complex. Very crisp finish.

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