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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-13-2002

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 63
Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company Tap Room. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich copper/gold color and is clear with foamy eggshell white head.

Smell (is sweet, with soft fruit and dark sugar aromas.

Tastes like well baked apples. Sugar and fruit flavors dominate, not much malt, very little bitterness. A bit of a warm liquor flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and a bit cloying.

I'm not much on the style, but it' not a real drinkable sessionable beer. The flavors a little strong and overpowering.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a darkened amber with fair head and scattered lace. Smell of light spice and coriander with the malt. Taste has the same spice and coriander with citrus and a good malt backbone balanced nicely with the hops and alchohol being present in the back. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Nothing complex, but a very good ale nonetheless

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Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of jdklks
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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."

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Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jellikit
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of SaucyA
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Into an Urthel glass, pours a slightly dark orange with a 1 finger off white head. Carbonation looks quite abundant. Lacing present.

S - Smell is of oranges and orange peel mostly. Luckily, I really like oranges. Reminds me a bit of Oberon, frankly. Coriander is abundant... and if I take a GIANT breath, I can find a yeasty undertone that's also quite fruity.

T - Super sweet with a nice, trying-so-hard-to-be tart finish. Lots of orange and blood orange. Borderline cloying, but manageable. Slight heat in the tummy but alcohol not noted otherwise. Could use a slight tweaking, but not bad.

M - Great, creamy mouthfeel, with reasonably sparkly carbonation.

D - Sweetness really blows an otherwise great beer. I'll enjoy both of my bombers of this, but in my opinion, Spring Fever could use a little work.

Notes: I'd like to taste this with spontaneously fermenting yeast, less sweetness, and/or with a more interesting hop profile. The malting could really use some work, just by making it play more of a part in the taste.

I actually enjoyed this brew, but there is some real potential with this that the brewery isn't taking advantage of.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of blackc5
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip at 50F.

A - Pours a reddish, yet medium amber. 2+ finger head and wonderful retention. Lots and lots of lacing here as well.

S - A fair amount of floral hops, some spice, and a bit of sweet malt. Definitely some fruitiness as well.

T - Spicy coriander and sweetly fruity, yeasty, and with a nice balanced of earthy hops. Was very pleasantly surprised on this, as it holds up quite well to many of the bigger names in this category. For the price-point ($4) it is exceptional, and probably the best beer Snoqualmie is making right now.

M - Creamy smooth yet high on carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Exceptional. A great overall beer and I am blown away for the price. Will be picking up as many of these as I can find while they are in season.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of waldowin
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of lifeboyq
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kolbe
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer quite a lot, and I've consistently liked it every time I've had it.

It has a whole lot of fruit in the nose, front, and finish. It even has a bit of fruit-like orange in the color, which is very attractive.

The mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but not unpleasant.

I can easily drink a bomber of this, and I look forward to seeing it each spring!

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