Friday, August 9, 2013

Grand Cru Ale

  • SRM Color : 13
  • Brewer: Schlafly
  • Brewer's Description:  Our Grand Cru rewards like dry champagne with aromas of passion fruit and exotic spice.  This rich, golden-colored ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. Bottle conditioning creates the effervescent mouth feel, as well as the distinct Belgian lace prized in Belgian beers.  Enjoy the complexity imparted by technique and craft. Cru is a French wine term which means “growth place” or “great growth”. Brewers in Europe, notably in Belgium, and America use the designation to refer to a beer that is created to showcase the brewer’s art and to represent their passion for their brewery. Serve at 40-45 degrees. Decant fully after opening to prevent natural yeast sediment from clouding the beer.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip 
  • Russ' rating: 9 of 10
  • With the brew: Preseason Chiefs Football
  • Comments: I *love* Belgian style beers. I have had quite a few and I must say that Schlafly's Grand Cru compares very favorably. It pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a floral hoppy nose. The head is larger at the pour with smaller than average ( <0.5mm ) bubbles. The head settles quickly but leaves a beautiful lace on the glass. It has a light frothy mouthfeel and a delicious sweet earthy flavor that is punctuated by a crisp floral spice. This is one I would like to ad to the cellar and see how it matures. If it starts out this good it can only get better.