Grand Cru Winter Reserve - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
One from the vaults - thanks Nerofiddled for this 'un, got it back in May of 2009 (yikes!) so who knows how old it is... but at least 1.5 years. :)
A. Pours a watery tangerine-yellow, even an aggressive pour doesn't scare up more than a finger of head, and that does itself in pretty quick, leaving some around the edges and specks of lace here and there. Bottled conditioned, but if any yeast made it into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip (the big one), I missed it.
S. Well this is a welcome surprise - I dunno what's gone on in the bottle over the last 500 days or so, but it's turned out NICE. The nose is first and foremost sweet, a fine, smooth Belgian candy-sugar rush, but expertly dosed with a plethora (whatever that means) of fruity esters and a pinch of phenols for the bonus. There's green apple, candy orange peel, white pepper, tangerine, and even a lovely Belgian yeast sharpness that keep the nose on its toes. (Ok, that was bad.) This smells, frankly, better than many actual Belgians I've had. Nicely done, Flying Fish.
T. Sadly the flavor doesn't measure up - this is a slightly thin BSPA that, due to who knows what, is a little muddled. It's sweet (candi sugar in abundance) and has a nice golden raisin thing going for it, as well as the aforementioned B. yeast... but the carbonation is low now and the esters seem a bit beat down and sullen. Still, I think this could be pretty good fresh, and want to seek one out as such.
M / D. Medium-thin body, but low carbonation (due to age?) hurts this one. A prickly carbonation level would do wonders here. Finish is sweet orange and peppery, with just a touch of sour lemon.
I think Grand Cru Winter Reserve was a better beer out of the gate, and look forward to trying it again when it lands on our fair shores of South Carolina. The nose, right now, is by far the best thing going - curious to revisit this, soon!
11-08-2010 02:51:56 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured a deep golden color with decent medium'rocky head,very citruis like aroma with a little alcohol sweetness.Taste was very alcoholic with some dried fruit background along with some yeastiness,good medium body made this pretty easy to drink.I have had better brews of the style but still pretty good.
05-28-2003 18:31:41 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Bought a sixer today, I opened 2 bottles and they both started foaming over immediatly. Poured into glasses and after they calmed down, was able to enjoy em. May have not been stored all that well, may have been abit old, may have been on their way to beer heaven. Anyway was left with a very cloudy, yeasty concoction, white puffy head, alot of lacing. Fruity, spicy nose, typical Belgian type phenolics. Spicy, cloves, pepper, citrus. Herbal hoppyness. Decent stuff, would like to try this one in Winter next year, when I can get my hands on a fresher sample.
06-06-2004 03:08:32 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Appearance: minimal head, hazy, caution light yellow in color, light carbonation
Smell: orange, lemon, honey, and grass
Taste: Like the smell, but with a bit of sugar--orange, lemon, honey, and grass
Mouthfeel: sweet with an earthy backbone, medium bodied with low carbonation
Drinkability: A very good Belgian beer that hides the alcohol way too well. A nice holiday treat that I wish I could find around here. I would get a six without hesitation.
01-05-2011 14:25:35 | More by tigg924
3.71/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-17-2013 22:51:13 | More by chinchill
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one inch white head that settles quickly. It left behind a ring of foam and a little bit in the center. There was some spotty lacing and little floaties in this one.
S: Faint hops, with a little bit of grass and grapefruit. Some hints of spice, coming out more as it warms and some bready malt.
T: A good amount of light fruit on the flavor profile, some grapefruit, a little lemon, some orange rind, and apricot. There is a slightly grainy flavor on the back, and there really isn't much of a lingering taste.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth with good carbonation.
O: Didn't wow me, but was very solid. Easy drinking and at 7.2%, could be a little dangerous. Would drink it again.
04-14-2011 00:21:18 | More by mdaschaf
2.83/5 rDev -22%
Flying Fish- Grand Cru Winter Reserve
Appearance- Golden, straw yellow with a super thick head that lasts and lasts.
Smell- Malty and spicey.
Taste- Bitter with some spices and ,I think, pepper?!
Mouthfeel, too bitter and bland.
Overall, I did not enjoy this one.
01-19-2004 18:30:58 | More by NJpadreFan
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured a golden hue with a nice head that lasted, and laced nicely. Smelled of malts and spices. Malty at first, then sort of bland, peppery flavor. Seems to drop off. No bubble action to speak of, but had an ok mouth feel. Maybe not their best effort, but I think I will try again.
01-22-2004 03:23:02 | More by thefireman
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Enjoyed on draft at The Office Lounge in Toms River, NJ.
A: A bright, golden pint, poured with about 1/4 inch of white head.
S: Malts, a bit of alcohol, and some bright citrus and tropical fruit notes.
T: Seemed like a giant, filtered witbeer to me. Tasted like some wheat malt, a bit of coriander, a moderate amount of alcohol, and some notes of citrus (oranges in vodka) and a tropical fruit note. Any hop character largely indistinguishable.
M: A dry, crisp, finish to this one, which was fairly thin but not unpleasant.
D: While good, I stopped at one with this beer, mostly due to my drive home later.
In all, a solid brew, although maybe better as a early spring offering.
11-20-2008 00:14:37 | More by LordHammer
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
Recent bottle from New Jersey drive through. Pours an opaque peachy colour with tiny retained head. Belgian yeast aroma, with malt and fruitiness. Average mouthfeel, tingling mouthfeel. More complex flavour profile as it warmed. Satisfying and drinkable.
01-31-2012 04:20:49 | More by Sammy
3.04/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
02-07-2014 19:57:40 | More by brewerburgundy
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
Fresh on draft 2002 - only recently released from the brewery by about a week or so. I was told by the brewery rep that they had "bumped it up a little bit this year". Deep golden, slightly hazy, with some tiny particulate. Firm white head that holds quite well and initially leaves sheets of lace. Very nice. The aroma is quite spicy (from the Belgian yeast strain - no additional spices are added) with lots of Saaz hops over a vanilla-tinged maltiness. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, leaving it quite smooth in the mouth. A wrestling match takes place between the malt and the spice. Although the spiciness is there continually, and sometimes peppery but without any serious weight behind it, the almost-cookie-dough sweet malt does get some good hits in. Much more vibrant than the aged (1 year) bottle that I recently reviewed. But the alcohol is also clearer and the spiciness is a bit bold. Still, fairly well-balanced with both the bitterness and spicy hop flavor supporting the maltiness. My guess is that this is a little more attenuated than last year's, giving more alcohol and a slightly less full maltiness. It finishes nicely dry with a long, lingering, fresh and spicy hop note. Still my favorite beer from Flying Fish although I think I'll pick up a case of bottles to cellar at least until spring! Worth trying.
11-07-2002 20:28:30 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Seving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into 16 oz nonic pint glass
A - Off-white head, mid-low carbonation, transparent dark gold color
S - Typical belgian yeast scents, some phenol and some banana
T - Alcohol content string, spicy nip to this brew, sticks around from taste to aftertase, moderate banana flavor
M - light body, slight sting on the lips on entry with the same happening on the tongue while drinking
Enjoying this, though belgians arent typically my thing, one of my christmas eve drinks
12-24-2007 23:18:30 | More by Zephenbrewid
Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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