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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed with imported Belgian malts and a blend of exotic spices, BJís Grand Cru has a malty character with a whirlwind of fruit and spice flavors. First brewed to celebrate the new milennium, BJís Grand Cru has been a seasonal tradition ever since. This Belgian-style amber ale is bottle-coinditioned and flavorful enough to age in the bottle for many years. Like a fine wine, the beer will change over time as some flavors mellow while others become more pronounced. For optimal aging, we recommend that you store BJís Grand Cru for at least one year at between 55 and 65įF. Or enjoy it now!

Silver Medal winner (Belgian-style specialty ales) Great American Beer Festival (2002) World Beer Cup (2000)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 10, 2008
Draft. Poured in appropriate glassware. Nice garnet color with slight haze. Very little head retention with minimal lacing. Aroma of plums, candied raisins, alcohol, lemon and coriander. The taste is chewy, fruity, semi-sweet in the middle. Additional notes of mild vanilla, banana and black pepper. The finish is warming but pleasant. A very nice Grand Cru that just needs some highlights to make it brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Light gold body, small white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with some banana and clove. More banana and ester in the flavor, which is very tripel-esque but overly sweet to the point of cloying. This detracts considerably from the enjoyment. Not bad, but way too sweet to drink more than a small sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
10 ounce sample on tap at Vacaville, CA location. Estery, banana-like aroma with some other fruity aromas. I also detect some wheat in the nose, too. I also get some pears and coriander as this warms. Murky, hazy, mostly opaque frozen-honey colored appearance. There is a small to medium fluffy off-yellow head. Starts sweet with some fruity banana esters and doughiness. Plenty of sticky, chewy, honey-sweet malts in the middle. There is a fair amount of ethanol later with a spicy pepperiness. The yeast is similar, if not identical to the yeast strain that Unibroue uses. Decent stuff. A little dry later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
5 oz glass part of the sampler at BJís. This beer was much better than expected. Upon inspection, it looked like a Hefeweizen. Full-flavored beer, sweet and sour at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
On tap at BJs, this one was orange-copper on arrival with limited head. Billed as Belgian, this one had the distinct taste of a Hefe with the full flavor of a Belgian. To say the least, it was an excellent match, great from start to finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at Mesa AZ BJís. Generous head sits atop a cloudy brownish glass. Smells like fruit, rasins, plums, and spices. Taste is slightly sweet and has a yeast taste that reminds me of Chimay, with some notes of spices. Probably my favorite BJís brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
On tap at the Green Dragon in Portland, OR--Poured dark brown-amber body with a frothy and thick tan head. True to the Belgian stylistic but a little more florally hopped. Still a big malt bomb. Rich waves of complex texture and flavor. Big lacing left in glass. Mild to high carbonation. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival í07. Definitely one of the standout brews away from the IS and IPA styles that were prevalent. í06 Barrel Aged with the barnyard stank in French Syrah oak. Bomb stuff right here. Hazy copper color with mild lacing, vinous aroma with nice yeasty funk and caramel. Sweet and sour flavors ending bitter with plenty of brett bringiní up the rear. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at PP Strong ale Festival í07. Listed as 2006 BJís Barrel Aged Grand Cru. Red amber color. A little bit of that sour aroma. No funk (I like funk). Like veritas, but not quite as good. A little harsher, younger.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Listed as 06 Grand Cru with Bret aged in Syrah Barrels. Pours dark brown with a bright white head. Nose is big sour and wow, perfect nose. Taste is sour bready funky, killer nice.

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