Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-23-2003 02:45:30 | More by beerguy101
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-19-2010 00:47:12 | More by flagmantho
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Picked up a bomber about 6 months ago in Seattle, and it's been sitting in my beer cellar for a while. Recently saw the note on the side of the bottle that said "keep refrigerated", so I figured I should drink it this weekend. Six months in the cellar, and no issues. Nice.
Poured into tulip glasses. Hazy orange color. Nice head that lasted a while and lots of lacing. Loved the taste of this beer. Has that classic Belgian sugary sweetness that plays well with the added spice notes. At 7%, this is one beer that I know that I could enjoy more than one. One of the better offerings from Snoqualmie.
08-25-2008 14:34:40 | More by morebeergood
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
04-24-2010 21:09:05 | More by John_M
3.9/5 rDev +1%
The beer is a dark orange-red color. I didn't get much head on mine, and it didn't last or lace. Some corriander and yeastiness to the aroma. Also some hops. The taste is a bit of the same: corriander, yeastiness and some hops. Not bitter, but I can taste the hops. They distract from the rest of the flavors a bit. The rest of the beer isn't quite full enough to stand up to them. Stil, very tasty.
08-17-2003 19:33:02 | More by Boto
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-24-2002 20:54:52 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-12-2005 17:55:10 | More by beerceller99
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-26-2011 03:05:56 | More by philbertk
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Dark orangey rust-laden gold with a small head of white foam, and small bubbled light carbonation. Aromas of banana, spices/coriander & clove, booze, some doughy malts, and some spicy German-ish hops. Taste follows suit with a nice flare of boozy fruity spiciness and a hoppy ending and dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is good. A nice one from WA.
07-18-2005 19:57:06 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev +3.6%
REVIEW #200 WOOHOO!
Bottle purchased from liquidsolutions
Appearance: Red to dirty copper body with a nice 2 finger slightly off white crown. A fair amount of retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Not very pungent, but a nice blend of floral hops, citrus hops, slightly sweet malt, some fruit like pineapple and nectarines. In all fairness I've had this bottle sitting around for 6+ months so that might have detracted from the nose.
Taste: Nice belgian style yeast meets American style hops. Taste profile resembles nose. I like the slightly bitter but slightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to med-lite bodied with ample carbonation.
I'm a huge fan of this brewery's Wild Cat IPA and am fairly satisfied with this offering. Got their Steam Train Porter coming up next.
07-23-2009 22:49:54 | More by koopa
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
taste- malty sweetness, lightly fizzy, tangy, caramel, perfumy aspect develops with temperature
smell- strong pungent floral aroma
overall impression- very good grand cru
notes- lightly spicy aftertaste, coriander and orange is used
10-12-2009 04:17:28 | More by NorCalYeti
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-14-2014 07:04:49 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours clear and orangy, with a white, dense, medium head.
Retention is short-lived, leaving some light lacing.
Aromatics are filled with lush fruits and spice.
Crushed tangerines, freshly cracked coriander, red grapes, and bubblegum.
Nose finishes sweetish and warming.
Medium bodied, a bit slick and chewy. Soft carbonation accents the spicing well.
Pallet is extremely fruity, zesty, and juicy.
Loads of orange character, with grape juice and coriander.
Esters continue in tandem with alcohol-laden hard candies and orange blossom honey.
Finishes warm, with a firm bitterness- edging out the residuals.
Big thanks to weefisheads for sending this one.
03-23-2006 00:18:39 | More by brewandbbq
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Lugged this buddy back from a recent trip to Seattle. Thanks to the guys at Bottleworks for some good advice and great beers!
Pours from its 22 oz bottle into my Urthel tasting glass. Obvious from the pour that this is a nice, full warming and fresh brew. Strong rich orange color that glows in front of the light. A truly frothy head springs up like on a bucket of soapy water. A solid white cap sits on top of the beer the entire way through the drink leaving spiderweb-like streaks of sticky lace down the edges of the glass.
The aroma is dominated by a sweet, yeasty spice with a rich backbone of alcohol and followed through by a wave of coriander. I'm usually someone who avoids added spices like the plague, but with a Belgian-inspired, double-hoppy American pale ale it somehow works wonderfully...if that's what you're expecting. Hard to say this style has a lot of tradition to compare it too, but I like what I'm trying.
I recommend waiting for this beer to warm up some as the potentially competing flavors mellow and blend with time. A very recognizable Belgian-American sweetness up front, like that from a Tripel yeast - spicy, bready, fresh. Beer moves over the mouth extremely smooth and rich leaving a lingering trail of sweet malt and alcohol, herbaceous coriander and finishing out with a slightly astringent pine hoppiness. Warm and lip smacking toward the very end. A bit aggressive at the finish but nothing too serious to make it hard to drink.
Overall this beer has an excellent aroma, really inviting and refreshing flavor and a uniquely smooth Belgian quality. But no doubt that this is an American interpretation so with that in mind I'm completely satisfied with how it's presented. Now, back to Washington.
03-19-2009 03:14:21 | More by NoLiberty
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
05-19-2007 21:57:23 | More by tavernjef
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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