RATINGS: 176   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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3.6
bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2008
BJ’s Willowbrook Houston TX. Contract brewed by St Arnold. Served a bit cold but in the proper tulip glass. Hazy yellow with a very small white head. Sweet alcohol nose. Tangy, sweet, spicy, and a bit alcohol flavor. Solid body and a bit sticky. Good beer and I wish St A would produce this under their own label.

3.8
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
In short, a very solid, impressive belgian ale.Golden with a nice white head. smooth and velvety with a superb balance of malt yeast flavor. certainly worth a try.

3.3
Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Sample at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville. This brew pours a cloudy copper color with a medium and bubbly off-white head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet spices, yeast and bananas. Medium-bodied with a spiced character. Flavors of spices, bread and hops with more banana in the background. Sweet spice finish with touches of hops in the aftertaste. Decent overall.

4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet malty and spicy aroma. Tastes of honey, cloves, white pepper, and some caramel. Quite good.

3.5
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.

3.2
desurfer (1302) - 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.

3.5
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - 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.

4
DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
5 oz glass part of the sampler at BJ’s. This beer was much better than expected. Upon inspection, it looked like a Hefeweizen. Full-flavored beer, sweet and sour at the same time.

3.9
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.

3.8
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at Mesa AZ BJ’s. 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 BJ’s brew.


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