Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

BA SCORE
85
very good
68 Ratings
Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru AleSpring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States
fallsbrew.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 04-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- malty sweetness, lightly fizzy, tangy, caramel, perfumy aspect develops with temperature

color- amber

clarity- clear

smell- strong pungent floral aroma

body- nectar-like

overall impression- very good grand cru

notes- lightly spicy aftertaste, coriander and orange is used

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Photo of jellikit
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark rust. Deep orange. Thin, creamy head. Strong lacing. Slightly hazy.

Smell: coriander and citrus.

Taste: spice from Belgian yeast. Alcohol. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Coriander. Big malt character.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Slightly thick with a pleasant body. Think J-Lo.

Overall: good heavy Belgian. Darkish, malty, big body.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Into an Urthel glass, pours a slightly dark orange with a 1 finger off white head. Carbonation looks quite abundant. Lacing present.

S - Smell is of oranges and orange peel mostly. Luckily, I really like oranges. Reminds me a bit of Oberon, frankly. Coriander is abundant... and if I take a GIANT breath, I can find a yeasty undertone that's also quite fruity.

T - Super sweet with a nice, trying-so-hard-to-be tart finish. Lots of orange and blood orange. Borderline cloying, but manageable. Slight heat in the tummy but alcohol not noted otherwise. Could use a slight tweaking, but not bad.

M - Great, creamy mouthfeel, with reasonably sparkly carbonation.

D - Sweetness really blows an otherwise great beer. I'll enjoy both of my bombers of this, but in my opinion, Spring Fever could use a little work.

Notes: I'd like to taste this with spontaneously fermenting yeast, less sweetness, and/or with a more interesting hop profile. The malting could really use some work, just by making it play more of a part in the taste.

I actually enjoyed this brew, but there is some real potential with this that the brewery isn't taking advantage of.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NoLiberty
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lugged this buddy back from a recent trip to Seattle. Thanks to the guys at Bottleworks for some good advice and great beers!

Pours from its 22 oz bottle into my Urthel tasting glass. Obvious from the pour that this is a nice, full warming and fresh brew. Strong rich orange color that glows in front of the light. A truly frothy head springs up like on a bucket of soapy water. A solid white cap sits on top of the beer the entire way through the drink leaving spiderweb-like streaks of sticky lace down the edges of the glass.

The aroma is dominated by a sweet, yeasty spice with a rich backbone of alcohol and followed through by a wave of coriander. I'm usually someone who avoids added spices like the plague, but with a Belgian-inspired, double-hoppy American pale ale it somehow works wonderfully...if that's what you're expecting. Hard to say this style has a lot of tradition to compare it too, but I like what I'm trying.

I recommend waiting for this beer to warm up some as the potentially competing flavors mellow and blend with time. A very recognizable Belgian-American sweetness up front, like that from a Tripel yeast - spicy, bready, fresh. Beer moves over the mouth extremely smooth and rich leaving a lingering trail of sweet malt and alcohol, herbaceous coriander and finishing out with a slightly astringent pine hoppiness. Warm and lip smacking toward the very end. A bit aggressive at the finish but nothing too serious to make it hard to drink.

Overall this beer has an excellent aroma, really inviting and refreshing flavor and a uniquely smooth Belgian quality. But no doubt that this is an American interpretation so with that in mind I'm completely satisfied with how it's presented. Now, back to Washington.

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Photo of blackc5
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip at 50F.

A - Pours a reddish, yet medium amber. 2+ finger head and wonderful retention. Lots and lots of lacing here as well.

S - A fair amount of floral hops, some spice, and a bit of sweet malt. Definitely some fruitiness as well.

T - Spicy coriander and sweetly fruity, yeasty, and with a nice balanced of earthy hops. Was very pleasantly surprised on this, as it holds up quite well to many of the bigger names in this category. For the price-point ($4) it is exceptional, and probably the best beer Snoqualmie is making right now.

M - Creamy smooth yet high on carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Exceptional. A great overall beer and I am blown away for the price. Will be picking up as many of these as I can find while they are in season.

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Photo of Laklimell
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ChugMan
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown /orange bubbly body, very attractive fluffy head which slowly settled. Powerful lacing throughout. By the end, my glass looked like a stripmine.
S - Quite aromatic: spicy incense, strawberry gummis, pineapple, banana, cream. A bit of harsh rasp in there too, suggesting wheat, though I know there isn't any. Something like varnish, sort of a one-off sweetness.
T - Not overly complex but flavors are certainly pronounced. Canned fruit medley, star anise, marjoram, misc. spice, A bit of cloying green flavor at the end of the nose which might come from the coriander, which again suggests a wheat presence, but again my senses are fooled. Light copper, enough to keep it interesting. Again, pretty strong, palates beware!
M - Fizzy on the tongue. Bitterness is subdued at first but makes itself known after a bit, biting at the back of the tongue and mouth. Mostly refreshing but also full-feeling.
O - Might be best consumed in Springtime, as its name suggests. Warm days with cool breeze carrying the smell of flowers. Unfortunately, I can't get too excited about this one: the Belgian style isn't quite up my alley. Regardless, this is a solid beer that anyone should be happy to try.

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Photo of waldowin
2.29/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear gold with a hint of red. A dense white head forms quickly, and refuses to leave. Promising!

Smells *very* strongly of cloves and oranges. Interesting, but almost off-putting.

Tastes very powerfully of cloves, much too powerfully, it over-rides most of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth, and heavily carbonated.

Unfortunately, this was a drain pour, which is too bad. This is normally one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Pauken
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Commodore69
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of wsucoug96
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of andysk
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of lifeboyq
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a coriander bomb, plain and simple. It's slightly over hopped like most american's poor interpretations of a belgian. i dont mind this beer and at the price point of under 4 bucks for 22 oz, its somewhat solid. i'd describe the malt profile if i could taste it but the coriander and slight over hops get in the way of any nuances you'd hope to get from the grain bill. there are no off putting phenols or esters, but i guess at 7% that should be expected. if you care about price and want a weekday relaxer, its worth having. If you want a world class offering, you might want to wash ur dog with this.

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Photo of kolbe
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer quite a lot, and I've consistently liked it every time I've had it.

It has a whole lot of fruit in the nose, front, and finish. It even has a bit of fruit-like orange in the color, which is very attractive.

The mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but not unpleasant.

I can easily drink a bomber of this, and I look forward to seeing it each spring!

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Photo of Dapper_dip
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of husky13836
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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