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Grand Cru Winter Reserve - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Grand Cru Winter ReserveGrand Cru Winter Reserve

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BA SCORE
82
good

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-14-2002

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Ratings: 498 | Reviews: 226
Photo of Milt2112
1.63/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not sure if I got a bad batch of this, but this was a very disappointing offering from Flying Fish. Look of the beer is very clear - very amber - with almost no head. Not a good sign. Smell is off - like it is a bit past it's drink by date (it wasn't). Taste was terrible - definitely not what I expected from a belgian style pale. I seriously would rather drink Miller Lite than this. I bought a sixer of this, and was so disenchanted with it that I drain-poured the last 2 - just to get rid of it so I didn't have to dread the moment when I opened it and had that first dreadful taste.
I love Flying Fish - I'm from South NJ - but do yourself a favor - steer clear of this one. Flying Fish - please - get rid of this, or figure out how to brew a Belgian Strong Pale.
I definitely won't be coming near this one ever again.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a small head - and I poured it cellar temp (about 60 degrees). Drinkable. .

Photo of matty
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My bottle has a different label and says abv is 6.9%,,none the less a decent brew,

Photo of Mckinley920
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great spice and warmth make for a smooth drink

Photo of KimFazioRuggiero
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So delicious! My favorite beer yet!

Photo of Chubbs616
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Taste like bad lemon Taste

Photo of Furlinator
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light color, light texture, grainy, faint citrus and a hint of spice.

Photo of dacrza1
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: prepping for The Battle of the Five Armies--with An Unexpected Journey... APPEARANCE: cheery, translucent golden body that streams bubbles up its center; whitish head sizzles to a half-finger-thin finish; ... AROMA: a clean clove profile front and center, with apple, pear and melon fragrantly mingling; lemon follows, then sits upon a light bready trail--alluring ... PALATE: dry, front-facing, and medium-bodied; easily drinkable yet warming with every sip; some effervescence invigorates the mouthfeel....TASTE: dry pear and clove, faint vanilla (olive?) and bready biscuit make this a complex yet light offering ... OVERALL: at 7.2% ABV, this ale satisfies with a flavorful sustenance--for the price, more than worth its weight, and one of the finer Flying Fish offers...

Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Giant, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a tulip.

The color is golden with good clarity and thin white cap with fine bead and spots of lace stick. There is a strong yeast ester with sweet candy sugar-like smell and mild phenolic accent with subtle alcohol aroma. The feel is strong with spice and light vegetal smoothness gentle alcohol and moderately carbonated with dry finish.

The taste has a good amount of Belgian yeast and slight phenolic quality with mild candy sweetness compared to the aroma with subtle fruit like ripe banana and hints of citrus with a mild alcohol flavor and subtle bitterness in the background with vegetal element as it finishes. Overall I think this is a pretty good pale with some Belgian yeast flavor not bad but not great - kind of middling -worth a try I suppose.

Photo of Roser
3/5  rDev -17.4%

A- clear honey gold. A not too big bone white head. Minimal lacing.

S- Belgian yeast. Floral. Sweet.

T- spices and clove. Sweet (butterscotch?). Maybe a little nutty.

M- medium body. Not much going on here.

O- not bad (but not great). An interesting offering for a winter seasonal. A nice Belgian style brew from an American brewery. I'd have again but wouldn't go out of my way, especially if better Belgian beers are an option. Seems like a beer that could please/disappoint depending on the palate, so I recommend trying.

Cheers!

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian and fruity yeast as well as candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and starts out a little fruity from the yeast and transitions to flavors of pale malts and candi sugars. Slight bits of spices are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little sweeter compared to other beers in the style as it doesn't have any associated dryness. It seems to taste like a hybrid between a Belgian Strong a Pale Ale and a Dubbel.

Photo of 57md
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an orangey straw color with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose has the classic Belgian funk to it along with a perfumed scent that adds to the funkiness. The flavor profile has Belgian yeast merged with a touch of brown sugar sweetness.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into glass. 6.9 % abv. The label on the bottle and alcohol content have changed for this offering since it has been listed on beeradvocate.

Appearance- Pours a transparent golden yellow with a thin head that dissipates with large bubbles.

Smell- Sweet with hints of malt. Has a grainy aroma as well. Almost like that of a dry cider.

Taste- Hints of sweet dough at first with a prominent malt finish. Slight undertones of apples.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side and dry as well. Low carbonation as well.

Overall- Mildly complex and easy drinking. Thinner in body than I would have thought. Still the story of this beer is how malty it is, like that of bread.

Photo of JeffBrenner
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass. Next to no head or carbonation on this one. A dark gold color as would be expected for the style. Next to no lacing. Medium light penetration. Perhaps it was just my bottle, but I got next to no aromas on mine. I get notes of honey (almost like a green tea) and lemon. Possibly some coriander or cinnamon. Goes down okay at first, but with the spices, has a bit of a bite at the end. Overall, this beer was okay. I remember having it years ago and it tasting much better. Maybe I had an off bottle, but if this is the consensus of most people (I have not read other reviews), I can not say I would be running out to get more of this. Personally, I got this in a 6-pack sampler from a friend for Christmas.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, mason jar, best by 3/23/14.

Straw gold, dark, like honey. A small but frothy, tight knit white head.

Classic fruity, spicy yeast. Sweet. Goodly amount of clove.

Tastes as it smells. Not as sweet. Absolutely yeast oriented with lots of clove. Good, but ho-hum.

Pretty full, approaching syrupy actually. Small fizzy bubbles.

It's very blah. It's OK or less. Grand Cru conjures up grand thoughts of a sparkling, effervescent Belgian pale ale. This is just not it. Too heavy and too singular.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Cru pours a darker cooper color with a small lacing head. There is a yeasty aroma, with a lot of pepper flavors. The taste had yeast flavors, a lot of pepper and a mild sweet pear like flavor. Good body, but overall light. Overall its a nice spicy beer.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grand Cru Winter Reserve came in a brown bottle with a distinctive purple label.

It poured a hazy golden color. Small white head and a little bit of lacing.

Sweet and fruity smell.

The taste is not as sweet or fruity as the smell would lead you to believe.

Water up front. Clove and banana favors come through. A little bit of yeast.
Some hop spice and finishes up dry.

An interesting beer, not your typical winter seasonal.

Photo of MDDMD
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a smallish white head and a little lacing

S-fruit, honey, spices, light malt

T-apricots, apples, cloying sweetness, coriander, hint of pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly viscous

O-too sweet for my taste, the other flavors while decent, were overwhelmed in my opinion

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz., undated bottle served in a Belgina snifter. Complete pour but a thin coat of sediment remained on the bottom. The body is a hazy apricot-amber color with a short-lived, off-white head that quickly reduces to some thin film and a thin ring, leaving some small patches of sticky lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma with a strong suggestions of canned mandarin orange and cardamon, moderate yeastiness, and hints of pear, citrus and apple. Moderately spicy and peppery.

T: Lightly tart with a faint bitterness. Biscuits with fruit, with the fruits from the nose repeating here, along with a touch of ripe banana. Moderate amounts of spices and yeast.

M: Near medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An enjoyable ale with definite Belgian characteristics but not quite the quality (or price range) as the best Belgian counterparts.

Photo of IronLover
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with yellowish hues on the edge of glass and a viscous, murky appearance. Poured with a thick, billowy, belgian-like foam with good retention that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Bready, grainy and yeasty aromas with peppery spice and a hints of banana, candy sugar and bubblegum. On the lighter spectrum of medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel. Strong peppery flavor with sweet banana, grainy bread and yeast from beginning to end. Floral hop flavors from the middle toward the end. Finishes with a spicy, yeasty aftertaste.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/5/13. 6.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas but the flavors are more earthy without any real fruity aspects that I get from the smell.

Photo of templar316
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich burnished copper with a quickly receeding off white head. It cling's nicely to the side of my Duval tulip. A soft nose of cotton candy, crisp apples and honeyed pears. It coats the mouth with tart apple and champagne brightness. All in all leaves me alert but wanting more. A solid offering!

Photo of Hopswagger
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Hazy golden apricot with a thin layer of off white head.

S: Belgian yeast, candy sugar malt, apricots, peaches, golden apples, pears, dusty grains and sourdough.

T/M: Spicy Belgian yeast, powdery essence, smoldered grain, orchard and stone fruit. Moderate body with subtle prickly carbonation. Finishes powdery and dry with lingering apple peels and spice.

O: A decent BSPA that delivers great yeast, spice and fruit. This is a great go to beer that doesn't break the bank.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot to peach in color with some orange and golden yellow highlights as well as some light amounts of visible carbonation and just a touch of visible sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of golden fruits (apricot and pear/golden delicious apple) and spices (pepper and coriander), likely from the Belgian yeasts. Additionally there is a light amount of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there are pale malts with some light to moderate amounts of pear, golden delicious apple and apricot fruit sweetness followed by moderate amounts of spices (pepper and coriander) from the yeast. Just a touch of grapefruit/citrus hops and alcohol. Very light bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and coats the inside of your mouth with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable brew with some Belgian characteristics but not in the same category as the great Belgian beers of the style - the alcohol is a little more present than I would enjoy.

Photo of pkalix
2.09/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

my first flying fish....
pours a bland gold with no head.
the aroma has got me prejudiced- i dont like it. tinny, rusty, not like a belgian ale at all in my book. one more sniff... cant define it. a fishery, maybe??
taste...? yeah, the candied sugar is there. yeah, the 'belgian' undertones are there... but i dont think i like it.
my bottle is purple and doesnt look anything like the one on the BA site. also the label says 6.9% but BA says 7.2%
i found the website; the brew is just very new. not on BA yet. i still dont like it. it could be great, but there is just a nasty little smell/taste that is giving me much hesitation. i'm trying to be fair with each drink/taste. and the weird thing is, it is a FISHY taste/smell. i dont know what more to say. i have 2/3 down and i'm going to toss the rest. i dont know how to rate this one. i get the distinct style and taste of a brewer and i appreciate that, but i dont like this at all. can i give it a 2 for the abv??? and for what i percieve to be a nice attempt? i like the write up on the website. i get the description. there is just a funky little taste (spice?) that ruins it for me. and maybe this review belongs in a new format as i interpret it to be a 'new' brew rather than the one pictured. but look how much i described in fairness to the brew- i tried to be fair. somebody send me a line if you disagree, please...

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Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.