RATINGS: 345   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 18, 2004
Surprisingly hazy yellow gold body. Average thick white head. Smells of musty lager and clove, sugary malt. Taste begins sweet and tasty, turns to clove spice and finishes with bitter hops. Nothing revolutionary here. Just a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stasyh (4) - USA - JAN 18, 2004 does not count
This cask conditioned golden ale looks and tastes like beer. Just beer. I didn't get an undercurrent of fruitness or strong malt. It did have a "complex mouthfeel". It just looked and tasted like run of the mill beer, to be honest. But "soothing alcohol warmth" is an understatement. One glass of this beer and I was flying. Extraordinary. I was fortunate enough to get some of the last cask of the season. I can't wait till next year, I will be searching for this ale. With this much kick, it should be a summer ale. I'd like to drink it when the weather is easy, in my home where I don't have to worry about driving afterwards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 Thin head with light carbonation. Great aroma of canned peaches, a little spice, some yeast and a little alcohol. Color is a medium golden orange. Interesting flavor. Starts of fruity and ends up yeasty and spicy like a good belgian ale should. Not overly complex but very well balanced. Quite refreshing. Little alcohol warming in the finish. Smooth and clean as it goes down. Dry and slightly bitter at the finish. Very soft film in the mouth afterwards. A good example of a belgian ale and one that will please a large number of people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
(Bottle) Medium, white, frothy head and a lemony coloured body. Minute sediment and mild carbonation. Nose of citrus, modelling glue and yeast. Lemon flavour, big spice and dry finish. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
Mild spciy and yeasty nose, with some celery. Hazy gold robe. Big white upon serving, which collapses quickly. Good spicy notes, yeast, tartness, dryness and alcool in mouth. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Crystal clear golden colour with a thin dense white head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, coriander seed, wheat and strong caster sugar. Medium to Full-bodied; Sweet flavour of fruity sweetness mixed with a spicey flavour. Aftertaste shows cloves, but not much sweetness. Overall, a decent beer-lacking many complexities. Worth trying-not the best for the season however! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, D.C. on 29-December-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Quit decent. Packs a punch- I'm actually surprised to see how low the alcohol content is. Some candy-like sweetness, but the things it's really missing are complex fruit notes and yeasts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
My first Flying Fish beer and I was pleased. Tasted like a Delirium Tremens which is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Orange in color. Clean tasting. Good beer Its ok for me. Not one of my favorites. I like Flying Fish beer, but not this one. Malty and hoppy. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Fruity aroma, but a proper belgian would have more carbonation to more properly bring out the aroma. Palate starts full and malty, but finishes thin with a lingering fruityness. Not a bad offering and very drinkable, but I think that some improvements can easily be made.

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