Yes, I did it. Some buzz today online about the fact that Blue Moon created a Grand Cru – beers typically reserved for aging, special events, etc. These beers are usually extreme examples of their namesake, as is this one. @PourMeAPint mused on Twitter today that they were most likely going for a Double Wit – and he’s right.
Check it out:
So, AFTER I uploaded the video, the beer opened up quite a bit with a little friendly oxidation, suggesting that time would help this beer substantially. I’m still keeping the score where it is. Just thought you should know.
- Originality within style (14): For a double wit, Blue Moon certainly colored in the lines. Maybe a little too well.
- Nose (16): A really nice Orange Peel. Some yeast esters making some noise in there somewhere.
- Mouthfeel (18): I dig the initial carbonation of the beer – maybe my favorite part of the experience. Mouthfeel is really quite nice.
- Character (14): I’d like a lot more of everything from this beer, and it’s just not there. Once it opens up, the palate experience improves, but there are some tart notes that are better left in Bavarian Hefeweizens.
- Overall Quality (15): Packaging is attractive, and I’m sure the beer is damn consistent. Lots of sediment floating around, which may bother some – but also may improve with age.
- Total (77): A stronger witbier that could really improve with some life experience. Time will tell.
Beer: Blue Moon Grand Cru 2009
Brewer: Blue Moon Brewing Company – Golden, Co
Availability: Limited Release, nation-wide
Reviewed by: Jameson Huckaba (twitter: @jamesonhuckaba)