Grand Cru Winter Reserve | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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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: 571 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a Duvel glass.

Beer pours a darker golden yellow brew, with a small white head that fades quickly some minimal lacing.

Smells of yeast, sweet smell; fruity and floral.

The taste is of yeast and fruits. Some nice balance of fruits, yeasts and malts. Very nice taste.

This beer is very drinkable - I could enjoy a case of this one, and enjoy all night. They did a great job hiding the alcohol. Very nice. Yet another great brew from Flying Fish.

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Photo of droomyster
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with almost no head to be seen. A few bubbles can be seen moving up through the body, but what little foam they produced lasted only a few seconds. Aromas are not unlike those of a witbier: cloves, yeast, oranges, banana peels; good stuff. Flavors are good and predominantly sweet: I get a lot of bubblegum and candy flavors from the Belgian yeast. The body is just a mess. The lack of carbonation makes it feel flat and sticky, and kills the drinkability of an otherwise good-tasting beer. Pity.

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Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow golden pour with a big white head that lasts for a long time and leaves lace all over the glass. Sweet fruity and citrus aroma blended with hops.

Flavor starts off with a sweet orange and apricot followed by some grassy hops. Then it dries into lightly toasted white bread with apricot preserves. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. It is pretty light and extremely drinkable. Refreshing characteristics make it even more enjoyable. I was very happy with this brew.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Barnsley
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of matty
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My bottle has a different label and says abv is 6.9%,,none the less a decent brew,

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange color with a thin off white head on my snifter glass. Smell is grass, hops, fruit. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the best in the style category. The taste is just not right for this style to me. Yeast, alcohol are added to the nose profile.. but, it's WAY too sweet. Not a fan of the taste. The feel is thin, syrupy, with a little bit of an undercarbonated vibe. Overall, this is fairly mediocre. Probably won't look for this again. Cheers.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Hazy golden apricot with a thin layer of off white head.

S: Belgian yeast, candy sugar malt, apricots, peaches, golden apples, pears, dusty grains and sourdough.

T/M: Spicy Belgian yeast, powdery essence, smoldered grain, orchard and stone fruit. Moderate body with subtle prickly carbonation. Finishes powdery and dry with lingering apple peels and spice.

O: A decent BSPA that delivers great yeast, spice and fruit. This is a great go to beer that doesn't break the bank.

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Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of treehugger02010
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got his on draft as a pint at Tangos. There was a very nice white head that was fluffy but with small bubbles. There was a bunch of lace that left kind of fast. The retnetion was strong. The smell was a beatuiful blend of malts and hops, it was very sweet. The taste wasn't as well blended and I thought a bit too sweet. The mouthfeel was pretty good though. A good beer. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a filtered golden hue, with one finger of white head, average retention, and good lacing. Smelled of sweet candied pears, apple, and sugar, and not as much spice as I was led to expect. The taste yielded a nice fruity/sweet blend, which progressed to a slightly spicy (and sweet) finish. Spritzier than expected, blending nicely with the medium body. Good session Belgian, but would benefit tremendously from a little more spiciness, and a little less sweetness.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a freshly tapped keg at the brewery Friday night during their annual Black Friday sampler. Yes, I'm reviewing from a plastic sampler glass, but in my defense, I had several.

As with the bottle, it comes out the lighter side of lightish amber with a good, though short lived, white head. Good lacing--even on the plastic.

The draft version had me thinking this was truer to the style. Plus, it kept reminding me of Brewer's Art Resurrection. Dry, peppery and smooth, both in the aroma and flavor. Finished slightly astringent, but I still considered it medium bodied and very drinkable. Paired nicely with a horseradish cheddar and by itself.

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Photo of cantal
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abcramer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ColdWaffles
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of IceAce
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold body capped with a ½ finger of arctic white foam. Clarity is fantastic for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose is heavy with sugar and alcohol esters and suggests 'Tripel'.

Entry is mild and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel. Midtaste is sugary sweet, but not overly so. Spicing is minimal and the malt does an admirable job of holding all the loose ends together. The finish shows a flash of additional sugary goodness and a slow Belgian fade.

I really like this beer and just wish the brewer would upgrade to a yeast which would lend a wee bit more authenticity to an otherwise very, very nice rendition.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at the Philly Airport after returning from a business trip to Mexico and decided to have it as my "welcome back to America" beer.

A: Pours a crisp clear orangey amber and produces no head. Champagne-like streams of carbonation bubbles...maybe a bit finer...continuously rise to the surface. The lack of head leads to a lack of lacing, which is slightly disappointing for a Belgian style.

S: Spicy and definitely full of Belgian characteristics. Spiciness is a dominant component of the aroma even though there are no spices used in the brewing of this beer. There is also a vanilla aroma the manifests itself with the malty sweetness, just in front of the distinctive aroma of Saaz hops.

T: Taste follows the aroma for the most part as the sweet, malty and spicy components of the beer trade of dominance seemingly from sip to sip. A warm peppery character comes through as well. Alcohol is masked completely. Spice is a bit stronger than desired, and it builds as I drink more, sort of detracting from the rest of the beer.

M/D: Nicely carbonated as it should be. Consistency is medium, but the weight of the alcohol is clearly felt despite its omission from the taste. Enjoyable, but this seems a bit under-malted and over-spiced. However, the hops add a nice flavor to the finish.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pungent citrus (lemon) sweet malt, yeast nose. Yellow slightly hazy look with a sticky white head. Mellow floral hopped taste with soft texture. Very rounded malt base due to the strong hop/yeast notes. Medicinal alcohol finish. This should improve also with age as it it is bottle conditioned. This is the best Flying Fish product I've ever had. Complex and bold yet rounded and soft on the mouth. Layers of mellow and malty flavors followed by srong spice and hops. A treat. 2002-2003 edition.

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Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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