This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon's Grand Cru.
When I first saw the Blue Moon Grand Cru I was intrigued by the bottle's shape and presentation. It is made to look like a champagne bottle (although there is no stopper). It also does not have a twist top like all the other Blue Moon products I have seen.
The Grand Cru runs a little more than a six pack of the regular Blue moon ($9-11 a bottle). Yes it is 25 oz and has a little more of a kick (8.2% abv). But is it any different from the standard Blue Moon? The label does not provide any insight as it seems to have the same description as the standard brew. Still, since it was Purim, I decided to spend the money and bring it to our friends down the street for the twilight portion of the seudah.
When I first poured the Grand Cru I could smell the familiar orange aroma. The taste of the beer also had some similarity to the regular Blue Moon, but with more body and a more pronounced yeast flavor. And yes, the beer does give you a greater alcohol bite.
Blue Moon Grand Cru is under the kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union, although there is no OU on the bottle. I was able to obtain an LOC which confirms that the OU gives hashgacha for the brew - if you would like a copy please send me an email.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Grand Cru, please follow this link - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/54083 .
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
Finally, if you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).