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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Photo of ranger60
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a 5 oz sample on draft at Tap Room in Warren, NJ.

Appearance: light golden color, long lasting very white head with tight bubbles.

Smell: fruity and spicy

Taste: I was surprised and picked up some bitterness right away. was not expecting that...? but really good blend of hops and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at first, but then a quick carbonation it.

Overall: a pretty good representation of a Belgian style ale.

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Photo of notjaredlouche
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dbattey
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Metal4Breakfast
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RobertJBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jar66su
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Popping the top I get a very fresh wheaty smell. Some candy, spice and zesty. Pours into the perfect pint with a nice thick foamy head and a slightly cloudy golden color. Taste is sweet upfront with a zesty hoppiness. The taste gets drier in the middle then finishes with a flat sweet bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is spot on. THis is a great holiday winter warmer with lots of zest and fresh flavor.

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Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jfoley84
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Grand Cru Winter Reserve from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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