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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
This Belgian-style 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 and clove (although there is no fruit or spice 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. It is excellent with food as well as served by itself.

Malts: Two-Row Pale, Cara-8, White Wheat, Demerera Sugar, Acidulated
Hops: Styrian Golding, Columbus
Yeast: Belgian Abbey Style
Original Gravity: 15.7 plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slice (3) - Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
Medium body. Notes of banana, clove, and spice. Smooth to the palate. Wish they ran this beer longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
The Grand Cru is a bottled-conditioned Belgiun style ale with a wonderful crispness. The taste was full with some cinnamin notes. There is definately a familiar spiciness to this beer which makes it great for entertaining friends during the holiday season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (863) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2002
a very good winter ale. Golden in color, a hint of sweet citrus. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a pretty golden color with almost no head, just a modest collar. Light carbonation...several bubbles rising to the top, but itís far from fizzy. Aroma is sweet & friuty. First sip is sweet malt & citrus, with a spicy bitterness. Thereís a fizzy, champagne-like sparkle on the tongue. Aftertaste has a spicy finish with notes of citrus, alcohol, & mild hops. Itís a very drinkable beer, maybe TOO drinkable with itís very well hidden 7.2% abv. Overall...quite a wonderful, tasty Belgian to warm you up on a cold winterís night!!! If you see it in the cooler, grab it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Smells pretty much just like a tripel, plenty of spice. The flavor is fairly nice; the spice is consistent, with a quite tasty finish. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (838) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Aroma: caramel, Belgian yeast, bread, Appearance: clear golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2002
The beer is bright gold in color, with an average head. Huge nose, that is very fragrant with yeast, hops, and I believe coriander. The palate is medium in body and very flavorful. I really like the Belgian yeasty/spiciness in this winter ale. It is very drinkable for its alcohol content. The finish is long fruity with a blast of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 26, 2002
This beer pours into the glass golden color with some slight white cloudiness. The head is white and foamy but does not last. Good carbonation. The aroma is sweet and mellow. Has fruit, bread, malt, hints of nuts, and a spices inner twined all through it. The taste was fresh and crisp in the beginning, which is nice. Sweet malt, hops, bananas, (nuts (kind of a butter flavor behind the nuts) only way I could possible describe this flavor) some fruit, and a slight peppery and alcohol to it at the end. This beer perplexed me at times trying to describe it to the people with me. Good experience.

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