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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This strong golden ale showcases a variety of the ingredients and brewing methods that help differentiate Flying Fish beers. The Grand Cru is fermented at a higher temperature than our other beers adding an undercurrent of fruitiness (although there is no fruit in the beer). Very lightly filtered, the Grand Cru exhibits complex mouthfeel, strong malt flavors, a spicy hop presence and a soothing alcohol warmth, followed by a clean, dry finish. Bottle conditioned, it is excellent with food as well as served by itself.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Whoa!@! What happened? FF misfired here, as this shows way too much alcohol and lacks complexity. A harsh brew that needs considerable reworking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2003
I was quite suprised to see a golden color when this came out: I usually expect winters to be dark. The flavor was what I expect in a winter: full maltiness with some fruit flavors, the most evident which was banana. If the alchohol were higher, I would say it was a trippel. I still wouldn't call it a "light" as some others have alluded to. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Great golden color, but no real head. Floral nose. Taste of bread and yeast, spice, hops, but it just stops! Very little finish, sort of like a beer with a hole in it! Not a bad beeer at all, but it starts off by suggesting that it might be great, and then does not fully deliver. Not really a Golden Monkey light, more like a Piraat light. Easy drinking, even deceptively so, given the alcohol. And will stand up nicely to some pretty hefty Indian food. My favorite from Flying Fish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Very light in color. Soft, light floral nose with a hint of yeast. Flavor is very light, floral, herbal, and yeasty. Really, really light especially considering the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Bottle at the RAF 2003: Very light golden yellow color. . . Great aromatic flowers. Extremely delicate - very light tripel with the almost 7% alcohol completely hidden. . . Good beer but missing the complexity of a really good belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 On tap, a nice tripel with spice. I was supprised at the light color of this "grand cru" but the flavoris much bolder than the appearance. monkey_man is right it it a light victory golden mokey. Very enjoyable especially with stong flavored food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Best by April xx 03. Very subtle take on "Golden Monkey". . No spice. Clean, pure white head subsides fairly quickly. Light carbonation. Agree with DrNate03 -- banana and bubblegum hints in background . Enjoyable; "Golden Monkey" Light!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Sweet honey and lemon aroma. Spicy. Juicy Fruit. Not much hops. Subtle. White fizzy head subsides to thin veil atom amber clear liquid. Low soft carb and heavy watery body. Reminds me a lot of a witbier - sweet and yeasty with banana/bubblegum tones. Honey and alcohol. Almost no after - clean and refreshing. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 (12oz bottle, 12/14/05) Hazy lemon yellow body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, clove, some bread, light honey. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some bread, melon, light herbal, honey, alcohol warming. Light-medium body. (5/3/5/3/10)

(bottle, 2/2/03) Clear light-golden body with small white head. Aroma is sweet, floral and slightly berry fruity. Taste is fruity sweet, but little else. Slightly watery. (5/3/4/2/8)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Pretty good. Poors a light golden color, smells like banana bread. Lots of really tiny floaties. Creamy mouthfeel. Not much of a finish, a little bitterness, I'm not sensing the dryness. Overall, I like this one. Thanks to dberger624.

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