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RATINGS: 172   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1125) - 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 (986) - 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 (1836) - Encinitas, 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 (3361) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
PPSAF 07.absolutly stunning nutty and sweet an original grand cru as it taste like a nut brown. Both sour and nutty. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at OíBrienís. An awesome spicy aroma off this dark brown beer. What were all those spices? Not really sure. Very complex. The flavor was similar, although not as fun to drink as it was to smell. There was corriander, cinnimon, nutmeg, clove.... or was there? A very interesting and complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2007
On tap @ BJís Pasadena in a labelled íGrand Cruí tulip glass. Nice bready, fruity aroma. Cloudy copper color. Mouthfeel is rich, carbonated. Complex, changing flavor - starts foamy, followed by a sharp acidic bite, than changing to a spicey, Chimay-like bready maltiness with a little hop essence blended in. Finished dry, sharp, a little sourness. No lacing. I approve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3996) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 On draft ar BJs Bakersfield; Nose of caramel and spices; lightly hazed alight amber with a medium beige head; Flavor of caramel and spices with a small alcohol finish. 6/3/7/3/14 3.3 2/1/07 Draft at BJs Oxnard. Nose of banana, cloves, ginger, and light yeast. Hazy gold with a nice cream head. Flavor is spicy, light sweetness, bananas, and caramel. 7/3/7/4/14 3.5 12/28/09

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