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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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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews by templar316:
Photo of templar316
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

templar316, Mar 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, May 28, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BlitzShadow, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

TimoP, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Jan 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

alip, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mdtnelson, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

briandaube, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

gunnerlincoln, Oct 07, 2014
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.

chinchill, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jferrara35
3/5  rDev -17.4%

jferrara35, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JMS1512, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

wander4, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Triklino
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Triklino, May 03, 2014
Photo of b2611
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

b2611, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdaschaf, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 19, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of thefireman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thefireman, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of LordHammer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LordHammer, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jan 31, 2012
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Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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