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Grand Cru Winter Reserve | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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3.64/5
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602 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,017
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
602
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
102
Trade:
0
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Photo of dafla67
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chiefz1
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Swilliams987
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgiordano88
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lastmango
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with minimal bubbles and a one finger white head that dissipated immediately. Light lacing was present. Nose was sweet, slightly bready and a bit soapy. Taste is very sweet malt forward and a very mellow hops note with a bit of pepper. Light body and carbonation. No complexity. Much better BSPAs are out there.

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Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My bottle (expiration date May 2019) says 6.9% ABV and has a different looking label. Thanks to my friend Dave for providing.

Very pale golden color. Good clarity and a big white head, creamy and with good retention.

Subtle hop aroma, but generally quite clean. Slight phenolic peppery nose.

Some initial sweetness infused with a bit of Belgian yeast character and some pepper. An earthy hop flavor, but all pretty mellow on the flavor. Not strongly bitter, but does dry a bit in the finish.

Medium body and high carbonation. No astringency, very slight warming.

Honestly had no idea what to expect with this one. Found it to be a very clean and bright tasting beer. Nice Belgian character, and restrained hopping.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at The Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had hints of Belgian sweet malt and bitter hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with strong Belgian malt base and hop highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of hozersr
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours clear golden, white lacing for a head.

Smells of honey, candi sugar and sweet bread malt.

Flavor is honey, candi sugar, banana, coriander, hint of bubblegum, and sweet roll.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent rich ale, very malty sweet. Nothing really special about it but it's not bad. Pour is all wrong for a Belgian, no head.

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Photo of curlybird
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 602 ratings