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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

428 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-14-2002)
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:51:56 | More by kkipple
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Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.