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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Not a big fan of Belgium beers, this had an alcohol taste I don't like in Belgium beers, but not as complex. Prefer Ommegang.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rentonj7 (76) - Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Light straw color. Damp grain Aaron’s, some yeast notes. Taste is heavier on yeast, pepper, Green Apple jolly rancher. Water mouth feel. Sweet candy aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (589) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Golden straw color with white head. Yeasty herbal aroma. Strong boozy mouthfeel, spices, peppery. Slightly dry finish. Feel is like an imperial golden. Enjoyable sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElCapitan22 (199) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a nice clear, yellow-gold color with no head retention and barely any lacing. Has an aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast and banana. Strong banana flavor with a bit of sweet maltiness on the finish. Solid Belgian here.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (398) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Clean and crisp, has some sweet, and not much hop. Light apple taste, very low carb. Light yellow, clear, from bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (301) - - JAN 15, 2015
Pours a clear golden body with a thin head. Faint yeasty aroma. Watery taste with malty tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1117) - New York City, TURKEY - DEC 26, 2014
Draught. Slightly hazy rich yellow with small white foamy head, spicy yeast aroma, medium carbonation, spicy taste, longish finish with tangy aftertaste. Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (173) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Medium straw color with white head and some lacing. Fruity yeast aroma. Fruity yeast upfront with hint of grapefruit in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njnut (325) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured into tulip a reddy gold. Limited head and lace. Aromas of carmel malt and light spice. Taste is pretty much the same. Spice is not big and there is some fruit notes. Finish is bitter. Average.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlovell2 (1059) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head. light malt with spicy, yeasty, clove aroma. Light grainy malt start followed with some fruity flavors and finishing with a spicy yeast flavor with light cloves.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (583) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2014
DATE TASTED: December 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: prepping for The Battle of the Five Armies--with An Unexpected Journey... APPEARANCE: cheery, translucent golden body that streams bubbles up its center; whitish head sizzles to a half-finger-thin finish; ... AROMA: a clean clove profile front and center, with apple, pear and melon fragrantly mingling; lemon follows, then sits upon a light bready trail--alluring ... PALATE: dry, front-facing, and medium-bodied; easily drinkable yet warming with every sip; some effervescence invigorates the mouthfeel....TASTE: dry pear and clove, faint vanilla (olive?) and bready biscuit make this a complex yet light offering ... OVERALL: at 7.2% ABV, this ale satisfies with a flavorful sustenance--for the price, more than worth its weight, and one of the finer Flying Fish offers...


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