Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
05-29-2014 05:53:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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
3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
06-28-2013 18:41:02 | More by zeledonia
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-03-2013 23:20:19 | More by ChugMan
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-09-2012 02:50:44 | More by jellikit
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-06-2012 20:05:40 | More by LiquidAmber
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
04-10-2012 05:22:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
22 oz. bottle from West Richland Beer and Wine, shared with beer compadre 7.19.11, poured into wine tumblers.
One finger broken, uneven white head, fairly quick dissipation, minimal lacing over golden amber clear body small streams of rising carbonation. De Coriander Bomb, huge peppery esters, very little orange peel, etc for balance, some caramel and pilsener malts add a bit of complexity. Taste is even more coriander-centric than the nose, a bit of sweetish malt but not the most balanced example of the style and I had a hard time perceiving any hops, perhaps a bit of floral notes, due to overwhelming coriander character. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side of medium, very dry finish. An interesting and fairly unique take on the style.
07-20-2011 23:34:45 | More by jdense
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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