Grand Cru Winter Reserve | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Grand Cru Winter ReserveGrand Cru Winter Reserve
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Grand Cru Winter ReserveGrand Cru Winter Reserve

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 09-14-2002

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Ratings: 586 |  Reviews: 239
Reviews by kkipple:
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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One from the vaults - thanks Nerofiddled for this 'un, got it back in May of 2009 (yikes!) so who knows how old it is... but at least 1.5 years. :)

A. Pours a watery tangerine-yellow, even an aggressive pour doesn't scare up more than a finger of head, and that does itself in pretty quick, leaving some around the edges and specks of lace here and there. Bottled conditioned, but if any yeast made it into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip (the big one), I missed it.

S. Well this is a welcome surprise - I dunno what's gone on in the bottle over the last 500 days or so, but it's turned out NICE. The nose is first and foremost sweet, a fine, smooth Belgian candy-sugar rush, but expertly dosed with a plethora (whatever that means) of fruity esters and a pinch of phenols for the bonus. There's green apple, candy orange peel, white pepper, tangerine, and even a lovely Belgian yeast sharpness that keep the nose on its toes. (Ok, that was bad.) This smells, frankly, better than many actual Belgians I've had. Nicely done, Flying Fish.

T. Sadly the flavor doesn't measure up - this is a slightly thin BSPA that, due to who knows what, is a little muddled. It's sweet (candi sugar in abundance) and has a nice golden raisin thing going for it, as well as the aforementioned B. yeast... but the carbonation is low now and the esters seem a bit beat down and sullen. Still, I think this could be pretty good fresh, and want to seek one out as such.

M / D. Medium-thin body, but low carbonation (due to age?) hurts this one. A prickly carbonation level would do wonders here. Finish is sweet orange and peppery, with just a touch of sour lemon.

I think Grand Cru Winter Reserve was a better beer out of the gate, and look forward to trying it again when it lands on our fair shores of South Carolina. The nose, right now, is by far the best thing going - curious to revisit this, soon!

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color with decent medium'rocky head,very citruis like aroma with a little alcohol sweetness.Taste was very alcoholic with some dried fruit background along with some yeastiness,good medium body made this pretty easy to drink.I have had better brews of the style but still pretty good.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BlitzShadow
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

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

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Bought a sixer today, I opened 2 bottles and they both started foaming over immediatly. Poured into glasses and after they calmed down, was able to enjoy em. May have not been stored all that well, may have been abit old, may have been on their way to beer heaven. Anyway was left with a very cloudy, yeasty concoction, white puffy head, alot of lacing. Fruity, spicy nose, typical Belgian type phenolics. Spicy, cloves, pepper, citrus. Herbal hoppyness. Decent stuff, would like to try this one in Winter next year, when I can get my hands on a fresher sample.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, caution light yellow in color, light carbonation

Smell: orange, lemon, honey, and grass

Taste: Like the smell, but with a bit of sugar--orange, lemon, honey, and grass

Mouthfeel: sweet with an earthy backbone, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very good Belgian beer that hides the alcohol way too well. A nice holiday treat that I wish I could find around here. I would get a six without hesitation.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Milt2112
1.63/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not sure if I got a bad batch of this, but this was a very disappointing offering from Flying Fish. Look of the beer is very clear - very amber - with almost no head. Not a good sign. Smell is off - like it is a bit past it's drink by date (it wasn't). Taste was terrible - definitely not what I expected from a belgian style pale. I seriously would rather drink Miller Lite than this. I bought a sixer of this, and was so disenchanted with it that I drain-poured the last 2 - just to get rid of it so I didn't have to dread the moment when I opened it and had that first dreadful taste.
I love Flying Fish - I'm from South NJ - but do yourself a favor - steer clear of this one. Flying Fish - please - get rid of this, or figure out how to brew a Belgian Strong Pale.
I definitely won't be coming near this one ever again.

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Photo of JC333
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alip
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KimFazioRuggiero
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So delicious! My favorite beer yet!

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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 briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz., undated bottle served in a Belgina snifter. Complete pour but a thin coat of sediment remained on the bottom. The body is a hazy apricot-amber color with a short-lived, off-white head that quickly reduces to some thin film and a thin ring, leaving some small patches of sticky lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma with a strong suggestions of canned mandarin orange and cardamon, moderate yeastiness, and hints of pear, citrus and apple. Moderately spicy and peppery.

T: Lightly tart with a faint bitterness. Biscuits with fruit, with the fruits from the nose repeating here, along with a touch of ripe banana. Moderate amounts of spices and yeast.

M: Near medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An enjoyable ale with definite Belgian characteristics but not quite the quality (or price range) as the best Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of Mckinley920
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great spice and warmth make for a smooth drink

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Photo of jferrara35
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tharley
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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