Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-27-2011 07:06:17 | More by lifeboyq
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
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
03-22-2011 01:57:03 | More by Bookseeb
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
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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."
05-05-2010 05:16:41 | More by jdklks
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
3.4/5 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
3.55/5 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
3.85/5 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
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
02-23-2010 23:53:45 | More by Bfarr
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
02-22-2010 06:49:14 | More by blackc5
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
4/5 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
3.05/5 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
3.65/5 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
4.33/5 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
4.1/5 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
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
4.38/5 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
3.85/5 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
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-06-2008 19:14:37 | More by SaucyA
2.83/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
05-11-2008 04:45:42 | More by RJLarse
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
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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!
03-27-2007 05:00:31 | More by kolbe
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
2.2/5 rDev -43%
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.
04-20-2006 07:11:52 | More by waldowin
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.