Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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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
4.33/5 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
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
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
3.9/5 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
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
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
04-13-2002 13:30:26 | More by jreitman
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.