Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
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).
10-02-2008 01:20:38 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
Glowing bonfire orange with a light sprinkling of fine yeast. Despite less than abundant visible carbonation, the pale tangerine colored crown is at least three fingers after the pour. It isn't Belgianesque, but it looks pretty good... and isn't shy about leaving lace.
The nose is bursting with tropical fruit such as juicy pineapple, orange and mango. Simcoe and Amarillo hops seem like obvious guesses. However, Columbus and Saaz are the only hops in use. Hmmm, must be a rogue strain of Belgian yeast. Although the beer doesn't smell especially BSPA-like, it does smell wonderful.
It tastes wonderful too. It looks like Snoqualmie Falls has managed to succeed where quite a few American brewers have failed. That is, in brewing a big Belgian ale that can at least stand in the same room with that country's best without having to hang its head. Never mind their origins, the tropical flavors are reminiscent of American hops. In addition, the total amount of hoppiness is more than BSPAs usually deliver. Both are welcome.
The malt is mostly pale with a negligible amount of Munich toasted breadiness. Top notes of hops, coriander and yeast reign supreme. This is not a beer that makes me say 'wow' each time the glass is upended, but I am nodding my noggin in appreciation with every supremely satisfying sip. This is an American-brewed, Belgian-style ale done right.
Warming brings out even more orange, apricot and grapefruit zestiness. Coriander was an outstanding choice, as was whatever Belgian yeast strain was used. My buds are forcing me to increase the flavor score... and it didn't take much arm twisting. The bottom line is that interesting, delicious and drinkable is always a killer combination.
The mouthfeel is more American than Belgian, but that isn't necessarily a negative. It's medium-full for the ABV and is crushed velvet smooth. In fact, the next highest score is *almost* within reach.
Even though Wildcat IPA still has the top spot, Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale edges out PGA (Perfectly Great Amber) as Snoqualmie's second best beer. It may not be perfect, but it definitely qualifies as great. This is a repeat purchase for sure.
04-13-2009 21:22:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.1/5 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
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
A: Poured an off orange color with a small white head head and good carbonatioon.
S: Nose is Belgian yeast, spice, coriander.
T: Taste is belgian yeast, citrus, coriander, spice.
M: Medium bodied, to effervescent
D: Drinkability was ok, there was a bit much NO2 leaving me gassy and with lots of bubbles and off mouthfeel. Good to drink but not of the best of the Snoqualimie offerings.
03-22-2010 00:19:11 | More by barleywinefiend
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
08-18-2006 22:37:13 | More by jdhilt
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
09-14-2008 19:17:48 | More by Wasatch
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
3.54/5 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
3.55/5 rDev -8%
Poured into tulip. Poured more orange than pale, the beer was still a pleasing color. It had a thick, rocky off-white head that had great retention and lacing.
The aroma was very subdued, fruit and yeast, with a bit of spice at the back. The flavors followed just more present and focused. The full, creamy body was very pleasant across the tongue. Drinkability was very good, a full 22 slid down easily. This beer is one we look forward to every year, another seasonal visitor we look forward to every year.
03-19-2010 05:51:04 | More by beertunes
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
3.85/5 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
3.05/5 rDev -21%
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...
05-06-2009 23:41:22 | More by ccrida
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
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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 youve 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 theres 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 Ill 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, youve 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 Im sure this ale would cut through an ice-cold session.
02-15-2006 03:37:37 | More by RoyalT
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
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
Grand Crus can often be challenging to appreciate, especially since the style is so open to interpretation. Snoqualmie faces this challenge with a spring seasonal whose bright array of Belgian spice flavor is enhanced by coriander. The beer is orange-amber with diminished carbonation and no lace. The aroma is timid but amiable in the tradition of Belgian exotica.
Spring Fever makes ample use of Czech Saaz for spice. But its lack of peppery bite equates with an ease of appreciation.
04-27-2009 03:07:23 | More by RedDiamond
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Crystal clear with a deep garnet color, forming a decent beige head atop small bubbles with very good retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate to strong. Aroma is very intriguing-browning bananas, spicy clove, caramel malts, a distant note of grain husk. Taste begins spicy with cloves and a brisk banana flavor. An initially bright mouthfeel turns luxuriously creamy and pillowy soft with a very mild finish. Astringency is minimal, and alcohol is very well disguised. Dense body. There are hints of licorice or anise, bread dough, vanilla extract, orange, and a certain floral perfumy character (probably the coriander). The level of hop bitterness is well-balanced with the sticky, bready malts. On tap, this seemed to be a bit fruitier and brighter. A very good beer, and a meal in itself.
Made with English Pale, Munich, Carastan, and Belgian Aromatic malts, Columbus & Czech Saaz hops, spiced with coriander and fermented with Belgian yeast.
OG=1.070, AE=1.018, ABV=7.0%, IBU=32
06-12-2003 14:34:12 | More by Mitchster
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
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.