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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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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of yen157
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golded beer with sticky white head that unfortunately went away too quickly. I could see little yeasties floating around in this otherwise fairly clear beer. Fruity ester aroma but with a hint of something very wrong, almost like cheese. This off smell didn't take away from the experience because it was only there if you really were paying attention to the aroma, however some points were docked. If I weren't rating it I may not have even noticed the smell. Delicate malt sweetness throughout and some caramel malt flavor before finish. Spicy, peppery hops followed by some alcohol at the end.
Seems like the folks at Flying Fish had Duvel in mind when they set out to make this one.

Very enjoyable beer to drink

Photo of George2744
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of IceAce
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold body capped with a ½ finger of arctic white foam. Clarity is fantastic for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose is heavy with sugar and alcohol esters and suggests 'Tripel'.

Entry is mild and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel. Midtaste is sugary sweet, but not overly so. Spicing is minimal and the malt does an admirable job of holding all the loose ends together. The finish shows a flash of additional sugary goodness and a slow Belgian fade.

I really like this beer and just wish the brewer would upgrade to a yeast which would lend a wee bit more authenticity to an otherwise very, very nice rendition.

Photo of flannelman808
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a very bright golden color. Poor head retention, but what little head that is there is white.

S: There is a citrusy spice on the nose, like cardimum and dried orange peel.

t: Crisp and light to medium body. I get spice on the back of the tounge.. im thinking cinnamon. Not a whole hell of alot going on here Id have to say im pretty dissapointed with this one. Hardly worthy of a grand cru title.

M: light and crisp on the tongue.

D: Quite drinkable, but im not crazy about the beer in general.

Photo of hdofu
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty nice. Has a nice gold color with very few white bubbles. Taste is kind of like raisin bread. Smell is like a spicy malt. feels nice and bubbly to sip. Goes down smooth enough to have a couple while watching a long movie. It also is nice with an italian sandwich

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light clear golden yellow color.
Fluffy light foamy head that dissipated to a round ring in my glass.

A floral nose with a fruity character but curiously dissipated after an initial debut, then refused to be aroused to make another appearance other than a peep from out under the cover of the golden beer surface.

The flavor made up for the bashful nose with an initial embrace of hops and yeast. The flavor finished rather quickly and it produced a rather one dimensional character. The flavor complexity wasn't what I expected from the hints of the "grand cru" moniker. Although there's no doubt that this beer is crafted in the Belgian Ale style.

The mouthfeel was vibrant, although the flavor lacked a certain brilliance other than that of the initial start.

Nevertheless, I think that this beer is quite drinkable as the flavor sprite made me take sip after sip.

Interesting, but could use more flavor and body...

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.