Grand Cru Winter Reserve | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Grand Cru Winter ReserveGrand Cru Winter Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
flyingfish.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 09-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,889
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
590
pDev:
13.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of EMV
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Citrusy and light... Belgian yeast and toasty grains.

T.F: Sweet lightly toasted malts... not as complex as expected... light lemony citrus. Mild hopping but too sweet for the style. Lacking a lot of the Belgian yeast character I'd hope for... not much spice... slightly grassy and an off flavor at the finish. Buttery carbonation... relatively smooth.

O: A below average Belgian Strong Pale. Too sweet... lacking complexity... not one I'd seek out or pick up again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tall glass. Winter 2016/17 release, best by March 2017.

Careful pour shows a clear golden yellow body with nice foamy white head leaving good lacing.

Good whiff of Belgian spices on the nose.

Spices come through strong on the taste as well. Not much else can be detected.

Mouth is medium, finish spicy and just a little on the harsh side.

Overall, not sure how different this would be fresh, but it's a worthwhile drink now.

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Photo of B_B
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper colored with a faint haziness in the complexion. There's a fingernail of off white around most of the rim and just a trace elsewhere on top. I smell Belgian pale malt and light candy sugar, but the malt is a bit sweeter and honeylike smelling than usual. The taste is focused mainly on the Belgian pale malt, but the slightly sweet finish is missing. The body seems unusually light and a tad watery for the style. I will say that for the ABV the booze is well hidden and this can really sneak up on you.

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber color. Medium body, just above average carbonation. Aroma is yeast, sugar, malt, and a slight spice aroma. Taste is very identical, not sweet like the style sometimes can be. Spuce is very mild but still comes through. Slight bitter taste that balances out the malt and sugar really well. Reviews seem mixed on this beer but it was very solid and enjoyable to me

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Photo of generalraider
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdFed
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JC333
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SociableJimmy
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pubscout
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of The PubScout’s favorite winter offerings, Grand Cru Winter Reserve is beautifully balance between hops and malt. While there is no fruit nor spices in the beer, the Belgian Yeast yields the spicy note because it’s brewed at a higher temp than usual. FF has a well-deserved reputation for brewing quality beer, and this is no exception. It’s a great beer that pairs well with many foods, and it’s great by itself in a snifter by the hearth, too. Nicely carbonated, not boozy at all, and, at just 6.9%, it’s a nice substitute for those big Belgian tripels.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grand Cru Winter Reserve
Eye: golden with a slight haze, lots of carbonation, white head
Nose: wheat, citrus, sparklyness
Tongue: wheat, clove, but mainly banana to me and citrus
Feel: light, airy, good pop on the carbonation
Overall: I think this is a really good, well balanced beer. It's got all the characteristics of a good Belgian wheat ale. You really don't taste the alcohol and it doesn't taste really like a strong ale, just a nice wheat ale that is light and refreshing. It must be somewhat filtered though because it is pretty clear for a wheat ale.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To me this is a straw colored brew with a quickly receeding white head. I've noticed that other people mention amber as the color but I'm not seeing that at all. See through with hardly any color. Sweet Belgian yeasty scent from the nose of this brew. Maybe a little spiciness to the nose to boot. Belgian flavored And a bit sticky. I can't perceive the alcohol at all. Slight bitterness and spice to this flavor also. Less, but adequate carbonation and a thinner feel round out this brew. This is pretty decent.

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Photo of DavetotheB
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spice taste is pretty strong. Not my thing, but a pretty decent feel to the beer.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Golden amber. Clear with a very small head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing.

S---Yeasty. A little bit of spice & tropical fruit.

T---A bit of pepper. Yeast is prominent. Bunch of fruit tastes.

F---A bit sticky. Not very carbonated

O---Not Flying FIsh's best effort, but still a decent beer to have, just not one to look forward to.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjbrandt18
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear amber with a surprisingly small head for a Belgian-style beer. Not much lacing. The smell is very spicy from the Belgian yeast. The flavor is also dominated by the yeasty aromas and a sweet background. Lots of spice. Not the most drinkable of beers but very appropriate for the style.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blond Grand Cru in winter! But, the pleasure came from vacationing in Florida instead of enduring Chicago in February. Went well with appetizers.

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Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 590 ratings