RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with imported Belgian malts and a blend of exotic spices, BJ’s Grand Cru has a malty character with a whirlwind of fruit and spice flavors. First brewed to celebrate the new milennium, BJ’s 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 BJ’s Grand Cru for at least one year at between 55 and 65°F. Or enjoy it now!

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

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3.9
Aggiebob (1429) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2017 Draft. It poured a golden orange with an off-white head. The aroma is malty and spicy with notes of Belgian yeast, dried fruit, and clove. The taste is balance with a hint of sweetness. The 10% ABV is well hidden. Nice.

4.1
Evolutionary (544) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Tap at bjs Easton. Great dark amber pour with lasting off white head. Nose is Belgian and body is medium. Banana and clove and fruit esters within. Hides alcohol well. Pretty good - not best ever but a quality brew.

3.5
hman43 (1955) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2017 Dark golden in appearance with a white head. Earthly flavors, fruity esters, stone fruit and grainy sweet. 8 4 7 3 13

3.7
tmoreau (4808) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Shared 750 ml., XVII bottle poured to snifters displaying a lightly hazed, orangey/gold color, with a presentable layer of off white froth, and foamy spots & strands of lacing. The nose was fruitiness as a blend of orange & lemon, slight banana, Belgian yeast spiciness and subtle, Tripel-like phenols. Medium bodied, with okay carbonation, and light silkiness to the texture, the taste was somewhat similar notes, with more fruitiness, comfortably integrated alcohol, and some finishing dryness. A year of cellaring worked well.

2
cheap (6246) - CHINA - NOV 26, 2017
Marked as 18th annual special 2017 version. Pale and clear. Tap BJs boardman. Nose has no hint of the alky content within. First taste is somewhat boozy but more behaved than expected. Not in yer face like so many other so called grand crues. Warming sensations down the throat. Some leather, some saddle. Some something else. Slight medicinal finish but overall it hides its alkyt pretty well for such a high abv brew.

3.2
FROTHINGSLOSH (8362) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Sampled on draft this beer poured a slightly hazy caramel color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was musty with honey, cracker and faint golden fruit. The flavor was yeasty and fruity with honey, cracker and hints of black pepper, medicine and perfume. Long finish with a bit of booziness coming through. Moderately full bodied. Ok but disappointing.

3.7
DocLock (11236) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2017
Draft at Allentown. Hazy straw with white head. Nose was yeasty, funky hops, peach, apricot. Tasted hoppy, yeasty, with some peach notes, like a fruity Belgian single. Decent.

3.6
Bif (2416) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2017
On tap at BJ’s Summerlin. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small hea. Aroma fruit, bit of malt and spice. Taste of light malt sweetness, bit of fruit and mild spice. No real bitterness with afairly clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and flavorful with only slightest hint of alcohol.Tasty.

3.2
JDBaker11058 (2439) - Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2017
appearance: clear light copper gold, foamy yellow-white head, minimal lacing. aroma: caramel, banana, toffee, hint of nuts, allspice, a bit of clove. taste: sweet, with caramel, light candi sugar, banana, toffee, yeast. finish: surprisingly tingly palate for the abv, with a sweet to yeasty finish. notes: Not bad; livelier than expected although the flavors were nothing all that special. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club; vintage 2013-2014, aged until last night.

3.3
hershiser2 (3882) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Tap at BJs, Charlottesville. Pours golden, slightly hazy. Flavor is coconut milk, glue, banana, alcohol. Reminds me slightly of a saki. Not a bad offering at all.


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