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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: 573 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of Wheels2532
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_Crew_bul
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden to yellow color tinged with tad of orange. The aroma is malty with some citrus. The beer is medium bodied as the flavor of sweet malt presents itself. The beer signs off with a warming mix of spice and hops appropriate to a winter brew. The beer has a pleasant, enjoyable flavor, but for my tastes, the drinkability is reduced by the spiciness.

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light amber color with a very small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Slight corriander in the aroma, slight sweetness. Lots of orange citrus in there. The flavor has a nice mixture of the corriander for spice and the orange citrus. That's basically all that there is in the flavor, though. I want more from a grand cru. This is basically a slightly off-style Belgian Witbier. Very small for a grand cru as well. Moderate mouthfeel and decent drinkability, but I want a lot more from something that you call a grand cru. This is a tasty Belgian Wit, but not a grand cru. Change the name and style to a Witbier and I'll probably give it much higher marks.

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Photo of bf7
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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 madelf66
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Publick House in Chester NJ, in a Sam Adams octoberfest glass.

Pale yellow color with good head of white foam. Lots of lacing. Cloudy. Nose is light fruit, with some hints of spices. Taste is a moth mellow blend, fruitiness blended with a sugary malt. Light hop holds throughout.

Tasty blend, good lunchtime brew.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer. Dark gold body is topped by a milky white head that lasts as a thin sheet until the end and laces nicely. The aroma is strong, phenolic and esters dominate. The flavor is supported by a dry, pilsner-like malt and the finish is a little more bitter than I expected, but not enough to unbalance the beer. Tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly but leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Sweet and doughy, with a menthol edge

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a growing candi sugar and tart stone fruit flavor that is supplemented by vanilla and bubblegum at mid-palate; after the swallow, the brew takes on a tea-like herbal aspect, though the finish remains rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with less than effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting flavor profile and unique in many ways, but just not much to my liking due to the excessive sweet vanilla flavors

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BJC
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured yellow gold and clear (a bottle conditioned beer) into a Belgian balloon glass;
the head died quickly but bubbles continued to rise as the beer warmed;
a relatively thin body which allow the spices (I can't identify
them.) to come forth gently not agressively;
a lovely aromatic aroma;
not as bold as some tripels-the 6% abv and a 12oz bottle allows enjoyable drinking-you can drink more that one without feeling it;
good with fish or chicken;
reminds me of the much enjoyed Celis Grand Cru

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Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of pure white creamy rich cloud like head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a lacing with the same characteristics... A decent amount of rapid paced carbonation rises throughout... A golden yellow color with honey highlights... Translucent...

S - Very pleasant Belgian yeast... Lemon... A vague spiciness namely in the form of clove... Perhaps the slightest hint of pine...

T - Sweet golden raisins... Passion fruit... Apricot... Lemon... Bubblegum... Yeasty... Some candied sugars... Hints of wheat...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth.... A mild carbonated bite... Excellent balance... Slightly dry finish...

D - Quite quaffable... Not the most complex Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but an enjoyable one none the less... This won't be confused with world class offerings in the style, but there is definitely a place for this one in the winter seasonal line-up...

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Photo of Boccu
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma. Malty sweet flavor. Nicely made.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; freshness date of April 5, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-left corner of the label (“04-05-13”). Not sure when this was bottled, then, but the Flying Fish website lists this as a seasonal available from November to February, so my guess is this was bottled in early November or December, making it about one or more likely two months old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.5): A full two fingers of very fine-grained, bone-white foam comes off the pour, capping a glowing orange-amber body that’s evenly hazy throughout. Moderate retention and very modest lacing, leaving some scattered suds on one side of the glass and no real lacing. Body’s pretty, head’s a bit lacking but not unexpectedly so.

Smell (4.0): Prominent clove and fruit character (pear and kind of a sweet, red candy apple) with a bit of coriander underneath, no pepper to speak of but still spicy. Despite the relatively low ABV, there’s something like a boozy character in there, too. A very pleasant nose.

Taste (3.5): The booziness in the nose melds well with the fruity esters from the yeast in this beer, turning the pear and apple notes into something almost lemony with a tart edge. The malt is plain, blonde, and moderately sweet, as would be expected of a typical BSPA: biscuity with a candi sugar sweetness underneath. There’s a somewhat floral, modestly bitter hop character in the finish. Nothing too surprising, but it’s pleasant. Surprisingly boozy for the size of the beer.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is nice and smooth, neither prickly nor particularly tingly but active and filling with a nice, full, foaming action on the way down. The booziness on the palate helps dry out the finish, which without it would be a bit syrupy from the candi sweetness in the malt profile.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent beer, don’t get me wrong. It’s doing everything more or less right, but it’s not really bringing anything new or notable to the table, either. It’s also surprisingly boozy for the size, which doesn’t particularly bother me but it’s a little unexpected. All in all, it’s a decent Belgian Pale that’s not quite BSPA but a little strong, in character and content, for a BPA.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultimate
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

fresh, last year, this beer was a 3.5 at best.

aged for 1 year exactly. pours a rich golden mass with crystal-clarity, signs of healthy carbonation and a solid layer of thin, taut foam. lacing look like branches from a willow tree. want to dive in right away, so i do.

big 'D' in the nose, scares me away a bit. essential candy orange and clove make an appearance, and does their best to counteract any plasticy aroma. boozy wafts approach in room-temp, grand marnier comes to mind when the overall whiff is contemplated. something floral evokes a lighter version of FFF rabbid rabbit.

silky mouthfeel with a bubble-burst in the finish which allows the beer to go down fast, perhaps too fast. i want to savour this more since it seems a little more tolerable. cantaloupe and orange flavors come close to circus peanut, but excuses the graininess of the malt profile in favor of interfering diacetyl. its still alot better than i remember originally though. the finish is still a bit harsh despite the enjoyable mouthfeel.. but the alcohol seems more well-integrated. one year has jacked this beer up to the above-average category. recommended with age.

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Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Hazy orange-gold with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin ring and slight haze. Tiny bit of lacing.
S - Reminds me of a Tripel, lots of bready malt, cloves, Belgian yeast and some orange peel. Very crisp and fresh.
T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly spicy yeast, bready malts, cloves and more citrus with a fairly sweet finish.
M - Crisp and clean with a slick mouthfeel, medium body and medium-low carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, I'd likely pick this up again if I saw it.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a dark amber with a big fluffy white head that left a little lace. Smelled of mellow sweet honey with a touch of yeast or hop bitterness. Tasted much sweeter than expected with some over ripe fruits, green apples and barbecue sauce? It finished slightly dry that helped tone down the sweetness. Mouth feel was light to medium with a light carbonation. Not bad, but a little too sweet.

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this cloudy blonde body is topped briefly by a soapy looking white head thats laces very well.

I pick up tart fruity scents especially banana and green apple. It's got that spicy yeast scent that I've grown to love as well.

On the tounge it's dry and tart, a little bit of the fruityness and kinda peppery.

A light and very carbonated mouthfeel, with virtually no obvious presence of alcohol. I believe I'll have another.

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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 aubuc1
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear yellow with a thinning white head and a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell is a slightly chalky, fruity (grape, banana).

Taste is very pleasant with really good balance. Light spiciness and yeast with some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is too.

I was hoping for a little more stand out flavor. This a very nice beer, but nothing too distinctive.

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

Aroma is of fruit and bread, look is a regular bud-clear look, taste is a typical saison taste, but refreshing for the genre,

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Photo of strandm
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 573 ratings
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