RATINGS: 350   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (6051) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Chicago Real Ale Fest keg #13 tapped a small head of fine to medium sized white colored mostly diminishing bubbles. The body was a transparent uncarbonated yellow orange color and the aroma was more like a pale ale. The mouth feel was smooth malty and hoppy. It had a mild hop mildly vinuous flavor. This was a very drinkable brew but not the best of show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (5079) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Chicago RAF. This beer had a small sized off-white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent and uncarbonated with a yellow-gold hue. The nose was heavily hoppy, sweet and some spiciness. The flavor was sweet, lightly bitter, hoppy, and some clove and spicy flavors. The mouthfeel was tingly and hoppy. This beer's lacing was very sparse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2350) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
A hazy golden color with a spicy sweet aroma. The alcohol is very present and made itself known when I finished the bottle. A flowery, fruity flavor with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Honey and muscadine, sweet mellow spices, this reminds me almost of a dessert wine. Better when near room temp. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Clear gold, very cidery. Nice nose, a bit wit-ish, lots of clove, bit earthy, plenty of yeasts as well. Very thick and nectarish in the palate, coats the mouth nicely. Starts off with a punch fruitiness, lemon and maybe peach, lots of sugars as well, very sweet. Perhaps a bit of vanilla in the finish, but not much.

   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 (2578) - 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 (5123) - 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 (13562) - 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.

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