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Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru AleSpring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-13-2002

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Clear amber color with a reddish hue and a light tan head. Strong smell of coriander and grains. Medium bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Taste has lots of coriander and spiced tea herbalness with a bready biscuit malt flavor.
The herbs and spices dominate the flavor here.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This ale poured a big non-yeasty orange in color tinged in brown with a nice, bubbly off-white head.

Smell – The hops are rank in this one, and the coriander is raw. If you’ve ever wondered what reviewers mean when they describe a beer as “smelling like coriander” then just take a whiff of this. Besides this spice and the sharp floral hoppiness there’s some lightly-toasted malt in there somewhere.

Taste – The aroma cuts right to the taste. This is a sharp, rank, heavily-spiced hoppy Belgian that tastes exactly like it smells.

Mouthfeel – I’ll call this a big medium-bodied with some live carbonation and a short but chalky dryness that starts in the middle and continues through the finish.

Drinkability – If you like dry, hoppy Belgians there are not a lot of choices out there for you. De Ranke, Loterbol, and a handful of others depending on where you live. Well, if you live in the PacNW or otherwise have access to the fine ales of Snoqualmie Falls, you’ve got a terrific option here with Spring Fever.

Comments – I drank this entirely warm, not at room temp, but well above fridge or even cellar. The nose and taste were explosive, but I’m sure this ale would cut through an ice-cold session.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bold orange amber colour with a mild chill haze, big frothy cream coloured head nearly over flows and seems to stick all over the glass.

Smell: Big time coriander with a floral hop in the back, fresh oranges with a hint of ester.

Taste: Very creamy medium body with a luscious and smooth carbonation. A full and rounded sweetness with flavours of coriander and citric rind riding out its wake. Hop bitterness is quite noticeable but not harsh, more of a pungent flavour that tries to meld with the fruitiness. Estery alcohol flares a bit with fruity and mild solvent flavours. A tight spiciness opens up in the middle with a quick peppery note and a bite from the hops as well as a meek medicinal phenol that rounds the brew out. An underlying nuttiness from the yeast adds an other complex bite to the every growing hop flavour that is bothersome and oddly attractive at the same time.

Notes: This brew reminds me of some of the new upstarts in Belgium and their generous use of hops in traditional styles as well as their own. A good paring would be with a plate of assorted pungent soft cheeses with whole grain rye crackers and fresh orange wedges to break up the flavours.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hit the spot Grand Cru although one-dimensional corriander, it is drinkable sweet-spicey, with above average carbonation albeit from the Saaz hops. Still very drinkable supporting yeast,decent looks and yeasty smell. It works.
Thanks SuzyGreenberg (Ed Bottomley).

Photo of jellikit
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark rust. Deep orange. Thin, creamy head. Strong lacing. Slightly hazy.

Smell: coriander and citrus.

Taste: spice from Belgian yeast. Alcohol. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Coriander. Big malt character.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Slightly thick with a pleasant body. Think J-Lo.

Overall: good heavy Belgian. Darkish, malty, big body.

Photo of waldowin
2.29/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear gold with a hint of red. A dense white head forms quickly, and refuses to leave. Promising!

Smells *very* strongly of cloves and oranges. Interesting, but almost off-putting.

Tastes very powerfully of cloves, much too powerfully, it over-rides most of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth, and heavily carbonated.

Unfortunately, this was a drain pour, which is too bad. This is normally one of my favorite styles.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

RB

22 picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise a week or so ago... Poured tonight into my small goblet.. 1/2" white head leaves nice lacing atop a clear orange brew.

Nose is all about the coriander... Belgian esters/phenols come through but are pretty light with only hints of pepper/lesser clove and background apple fruitiness.

Flavor is marginally better, but seems pretty muddy... The coriander adds a big hammer to the yeasty elements... okay..

Body is good... carbonation is spot on.. pretty darn drinkable honestly, but nothing I will seek out again.

Weird... I question whether the coriander even needs to be there given the lower ABV and the "Belgian Lite" character... Pretty tasty, but seems all thrown together.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy copper amber, one finger off-white head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruit, coriander. In the flavor, coriander is up front and assertive. Medium body. Belgian fruits and light malt, coriander at first and middle. Medium fruit and malt finish with some astringency. A nice american made Belgian that could use some more balance.

Photo of jdklks
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber body with an off white head. The nose is mostly belgian yeast with some spices and citrus fruits thrown in. Pretty good.

The flavor isn't bad at all. Very spicy in the finish and aftertaste which gives off a somewhat unpleasant bitterness, though it dissolves into a sweet candy-like flavor. Up front and through the middle is all belgian yeastiness and a hint of fruit (some orange, raspberry, etc.). A decent beer.

The mouthfeel is decently think, but its undercarbonated, and the drinkability is limited to "I definitely only want this one bottle."

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Almost cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Piney/spicey nose. Starts balanced with a spicey flavor, hints of bitterness at finish. Gift - 22oz bottle from the brewery in Snoqualmie, Wa.

Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color. Good, thick head. Hops, spices and tropical fruit in the nose. Moderate-high bitterness in the flavor. Spice flavors very dominant (in theory due to the coriander, but I don't know that I have ever actually eaten coriander on it's own :) ) and blend nicely with the hops. Overall, a very interesting beer.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Terry (beertunes) for the opportunity to try this interesting beer.

The beer pours a golden amber color with exceptional, pillowy head retention and good lacing. Have to say right off that this is a very active looking beer. The nose imparts considerable candied malt, but with underlying spice and hoppy bitterness as well. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though I was a bit surprised by how sweet this beer is. There is some serious hoppy bitterness in the finish, but not really enough to counter the significant sweetness in this beer. It still tastes pretty good, but I wouldn't have minded if they dialed down the sweetness a bit (perhaps a bit of short term cellaring would calm this beer down a bit). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is just a bit thin on the finish. Drinkability isn't bad - the alcohol is well integrated in this beer - but the sweetness detracts just a bit from this beer's drinkability.

An interesting beer, reminding me of a somewhat sweeter version of some Belgian IPA's I've had. Thanks Terry!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium oragne with a yellow-tan one finger head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and carmel malt dominate, with some old oranges in the mix.

T - Belgian, so black pepper and lemons.

D - Great carbonation and an average body for the style.

O - Belgian style for sure. Light for the season with a Belgian influence.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- malty sweetness, lightly fizzy, tangy, caramel, perfumy aspect develops with temperature

color- amber

clarity- clear

smell- strong pungent floral aroma

body- nectar-like

overall impression- very good grand cru

notes- lightly spicy aftertaste, coriander and orange is used

Photo of zeledonia
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 21 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear medium amber. One and a half fingers of off-white head, dense. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is warm and sweet with a dose of spice. Caramel malts, candi sugar, wax, and the Belgian yeast and coriander that remind me so strongly of a wit.

Taste is mildly sweet, and much simpler than the smell. Has that same waxy character I picked up in the smell. Fades to a mild herbal bitterness. Tastes fine, just not a whole lot going on.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, sugary stickiness, and carbonation that froths and flows, rising up potently but without becoming overpowering.

An interesting beer. A lot like a sweet, waxy wit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it just barely squeaks by.

Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome dark coppery amber color with a creamy head in the Belgian snifter. Inviting aroma of roast grain and the cider press. Tangy and well carbonated in the mouth.

Fairly sweet but with a deep spicy flavor. Some yeasty bitterness. Full of the Belgian character. Roasted malt with an aromatic hoppiness. A little sugary but that biter edge is just right for balance.

This is a delightfully sippable brew that seems more like a Belgian IPA but that sweet, funky Grand Cru taste is just a little more subtle than some scarier brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of lifeboyq
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a coriander bomb, plain and simple. It's slightly over hopped like most american's poor interpretations of a belgian. i dont mind this beer and at the price point of under 4 bucks for 22 oz, its somewhat solid. i'd describe the malt profile if i could taste it but the coriander and slight over hops get in the way of any nuances you'd hope to get from the grain bill. there are no off putting phenols or esters, but i guess at 7% that should be expected. if you care about price and want a weekday relaxer, its worth having. If you want a world class offering, you might want to wash ur dog with this.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue; rather dark for a "pale" ale, but still nice. It's also rather hazy with a fair amount of apparent effervescence and two fingers of compact ivory foam. It looks like it could be appetizing.

Smell: nice malt aroma with notes of toasted/biscuity malt. Hints of something akin to blackberry, but none of the tree-fruit aromas I usually expect here. Not bad, but in my mind could be better.

Taste: similar rich malt flavor but more of the blackberry stands out. There are rich floral flavors here which are due either to the yeast or the hops; I can't really tell. Toastiness is toned down in comparison to the aroma. It's pretty good but not a flavor profile I'd typically associate with a Belgian style brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation which gives a nice creamy mouthfeel. Actually very nice indeed.

Drinkability: while I like the flavor a bit, and I love the mouthfeel, I don't think I'd typically want to drink a whole lot of this. I'll finish my bomber and then probably skip it the next time I see it at the store.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass, a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, fruity, with some very slight spice. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of fruit, with low spiceness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awsome brew, very tasty, highly recommended. This is my second brew from this brewery and it is the best so far.

Photo of beerguy101
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, medium head. A full-bodied, belgian style ale. Malty and sweet (added sugar?) Slightly hoppy, hops are spicy. Complex flavors. Good taste. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty and sweet.

Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thoughts on this are slightly skewed because this beer tasted almost exactly like another belgian I've had before (I can't remember the name) though the Snoqualmie is not as well balanced. Good for the value but an almost salty finish became more pronounced as I finished it. A fine bouquet and light enough that even my wife liked it! The coriander definitely gives this a nice herbal taste.

Photo of ChugMan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown /orange bubbly body, very attractive fluffy head which slowly settled. Powerful lacing throughout. By the end, my glass looked like a stripmine.
S - Quite aromatic: spicy incense, strawberry gummis, pineapple, banana, cream. A bit of harsh rasp in there too, suggesting wheat, though I know there isn't any. Something like varnish, sort of a one-off sweetness.
T - Not overly complex but flavors are certainly pronounced. Canned fruit medley, star anise, marjoram, misc. spice, A bit of cloying green flavor at the end of the nose which might come from the coriander, which again suggests a wheat presence, but again my senses are fooled. Light copper, enough to keep it interesting. Again, pretty strong, palates beware!
M - Fizzy on the tongue. Bitterness is subdued at first but makes itself known after a bit, biting at the back of the tongue and mouth. Mostly refreshing but also full-feeling.
O - Might be best consumed in Springtime, as its name suggests. Warm days with cool breeze carrying the smell of flowers. Unfortunately, I can't get too excited about this one: the Belgian style isn't quite up my alley. Regardless, this is a solid beer that anyone should be happy to try.

Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru 2001 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Grand Cru--Slightly hazy bright thin copper red color. Sediment darkens color. Mild fruit Belgian hop front. Sweet malty body with spicy cinnamon coriander notes. Caramel malt balances Belgian sweet spiciness. Hot. Sampled 7/21/2001.

2002 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Grand Cru--Clear rich dark amber color. Belgian ester malt floral front. Sweet hard candy rich caramel body. Spicy ester notes in rich citrus hop end. Malty smooth balance of Belgian, malt, and hop notes. Sampled 9/7/2002.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SPRING FEVER Grand Cru--Brewery Name Around Block Logo--2004--22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Grand Cru--Creamy white head. Clear bright thin amber color hazes with Bottle Conditioned sediment. Floral hoppy Belgian yeast spice front. Sweet hot rich caramel banana citrus malty body. Sweet hot spicy malty hop end. Sampled 4/17/2004.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--2005 22 oz Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Grand Cru--Mild lacy head. Clear rich amber color. Mild malty Belgian coriander spice floral hop front. Thick sweet rich smooth malty Belgian Bottled Conditioned mellow NW ester body. Banana spice mild citrus hot hop end. Creamy & rich. Sampled 4/8/2005.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--2006 22 oz Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Grand Cru--Rich creamy lacy head. Cloudy bright gold red color. Rich coriander hop spice front. Hot rich caramel ester mild fruit sweet malty Belgian body. Tangy spicy hot mild EtOH Belgian spice end. NW hoppiness. Sampled 2/25/2006.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--2007 22 0z. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Grand Cru--Mild lace head. Sediment hint. Clear thin bright light amber color. Mild Belgian spice front. Smooth rich Belgian malty NW mild fruit ester malty mild sweet spicy body. Mild hot coriander pepper hop end. Sampled 3/30/2007.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Stlyle Grand Cru Ale--2008 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--No sediment. Mild head. Clear dark amber red color. Mild Belgian candy ester NW hop front. Mild sweet malty rich thick mild toasted caramel wheat Belgian candy hint mild fruit body. Smooth lingering malty mild coriander hop spice clean end. NW Hoppy Belgian. Sampled 2/16/2008. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--A Belgian Style Ale brewed with coriander. 2009 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Grand Cru--No sediment. Mild lace thin off white head. Clear rich bright amber color. Mellow coriander hop malt Belgian yeast ester front. Malty mild creamy sweet cloying caramel banana coriander hint body. Pineapple? Belgian coriander hop spice end. Malty NW Grand Cru. Sampled 2/7/2009. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--A Belgian Style Ale brewed with coriander. 2010 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Belgian Golden Grand Cru--Rich rocky lacy off white head. Clear thin bright rich amber color. Sediment hint. Mild hop rich Belgian coriander fruit ester front. Spicy sweet dry malty Belgian caramel rich banana coriander body. Tangy clean dry Belgian spice mild hop end. Sharp not smooth. Sampled 2/20/2010. 2 @ $3.49 Each.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale--A Belgian Style Ale brewed with coriander.--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big dense rocky thick lacy lasting orange white head. Clear fizzy bright rich dark amber red color. Mild coriander delicate floral hop Belgian banana fruit ester front. Creamy thick cloying sweet rich subtle Belgian candy caramel fruit tasty malty body. Smoothsomewhat sweet minimal bitter zesty mild malty Belgian spice end. Tasty malty NW Grand Cru. Sampled 2/18/2011. Purchased for $3.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 2/18/2011.

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint at the Dog & Pony, Spring fever grand cru is a hazy pale orange with a thin off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is sugary malt and lemony coriander, a light sourness, perhaps wheat.

Taste is super spicy, whoa. Not a fan of such overtly spicy beers, this one has huge coriander, there's some apricot notes as well that remind me a bit of English ale yeast actually. It's sweet for sure, some honey notes, and while I got used to the spice, I never loved it.

Mouthfeel is has a very creamy carbonation, but with a sharp edge from spices, accentuated by dryness of the alcohol. Medium heavy body, not as fully attenuated as the style often is.

Drinkability is avg...well, probably less so for me, man was it spicy. But there were some enjoyable moments, and at least the ABV was in check. More carbonation might have helped with the under-attenuation...

Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Softly glowing, gorgeous orange body. Medim sized, creamy based capping of off-white foam sits on top and lasts but a minute before fading to always present thick skim and the lacing is strewn about in patterns of stringy melted ice cream thickness.

Bold, floral, spicy aroma with lots of corriander, fresh flower petals, vanilla, apple blossom, lavendar, orange zest, and hops. Quite the potpourri on the nose with this one.

Taste follows suit with a nice flavor of candied floralness which contains a good amount of corriander spritzed about with a nice graze of citric pithyness and zest of orange, tangerine, and lemon rind. Very nice pale hoppyness is thrown about on top of the floral spices and has a wonderful balance of floral sweetness mixing in.

The body has an easy going, smooth, punctual tone to it. Creamy, lush, and full on the palate with fun floralness and citric zippyness which is all wrapped up in a finely paled down balance of sweetness and floral candy.

A good drinkin' brew. If you like em floral and spicy with the right kind of balance to back it up and make it easy to down than this is your beer. Enjoy.

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Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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