Grand Cru Winter Reserve | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 09-14-2002

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Ratings: 571 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of caulfield
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Light golden appearance with a white head

Smell - citrus, yeast, spices

Taste-There is a slightly citrusy taste with a top note of spices (coriander). However, the taste is somewhat light.

Mouth -Light mouth feel. Feels almost like a dubbel. They've nailed the Belgium style.

Overall - I have to be honest, I wanted to like this more than I did. The taste is subtle, but I'd like a Belgium-style with a more substantial flavor. Overall, its not bad, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear medium to light gold and produced a half an inch of bubbly white head. It dissipates fast leaving good lacing.
The smell tells of malt, banana, lemon and spice.
Tasting the beer the front is a refreshing fruity hop character, very mild, but present. The banana favor mingles with the winery spices like nutmeg, coriander and spice. The malty backbone is present throughout the tasting. The finish is a warming tingle that is very pleasant.
I am positively surprised by this beer. It was better than expected. Very drinkable medium to light winter warmer. Great job!

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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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las Vegas for 0.99$ on sale

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon/oranges, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons/oranges, banana, grains and a bit of yeast. There is also a bit of a clove/coriander spiciness and a bit of vinegar/rust/funk. It ends with a corn syrup and coriander/clove slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty good stuff. The scent was nice and the taste had a little bit of a funk that made it interesting. Glad I picked this up and I'd drink it again anytime.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger thick head on a murky golden with crimson hue body. Excellent head retention and some lacing.

S: Strong belgian yeast, candy, banana and pineapple aroma.

T: caramel, banana, belgian yeast/esters and green apple mostly. bubblegum and corriander notes in the background.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. semi-dry finish as expected.

Overall: This genre seems to vary quite a bit with some more on the saison side, some on the tripel side and others on the belgian strong ale side. This one is more in the tripel realm by my tastes.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of KAP1356
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a mixed 6 pack fr Christmas and this was one of the beers. Poured into a Russian River cervoise...

A - Pours a slightly cloudy gold-yellow color with a one finger off-white head that left some nice lacing. The head receded pretty quickly.

S - The aroma is the classic estery notes I've gotten used to in Belgium ales; banana, some green apple and that classic bubblegum aromas. Some slight spice comes through as well with a really solid malty backbone.

T - The flavors are fruity banana, green apple and some more bubblegum. Yeasty with a pale malt backbone. Nothing really outstanding, but nothing terrible either.

M - Lighter bodied beer that has a low carbonation. Slightly dry finish that makes the mouthfeel my favorite part of the beer.

O - Not bad and not great. Was nice to get to try, but I wouldn't rush back to try it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 51.1% out of 100 with 571 ratings
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