RATINGS: 178   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, 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)

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1875) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - 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.

4.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4174) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
on tap @ the brewery.cloudy orange with a nice thick head.as the head sat it left nce lacing.aroma and flavor was of caramel malts and heavy on the spice.pretty average actaully.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
troopie (2303) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2007
This beer looked wonderful, with a amber body and a nice malty aroma. The flavour was disappointing. It was all malt and alcohol, with the alcohol predominating. Ot had a rough finish. The alcohol is only 8.3% but it tasted more like a glass of whisky.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 Tap at Monrovia, Ca location. Had a nice sweet spice aroma and orangey carmel color. The flavor was malty with a good amount of spice (not able to identify a particular spice tho). The alcohol was well hidden in the flavor, but I could tell it was high abv as I "felt" one beer. Rerated on 12/16/10. This years version says it is 10% and it tasted bigger and more assertive in a good way. Very enjoyable, bumped it from a 3.4 on 1/29/07 to a 3.8 today.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Draft at BJís Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ. Amberish color with a bubbly off white head that left some lace on the glass. Estery aroma with a touch of yeasty bread dough. Spicy and sweet on the tongue with a touch of acidity. Tasted of dried fruits, molasses, and toasted bread. Medium bodied with a slight medicinal note.


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