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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2004
Solid gold, weak white head. Get a lot of malt pleasantness initially light fruit, but it turns to plain sweet in the end. Body and mouth feel are respectable. Next time I’d leave it on the shelf.

3.3
Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2004
Sweet, corainder, spice, yeast, alcohol, pepper nose. Golden hue. Small white head. Pear, grain, strong carbonation, toffee, pleasant body and mouthfeel. Finishes with an alcoholic blast. Not too much complexity here, I was a bit disappointed.

3.7
aracauna (3710) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
I'm a little surprised at the low scores here. I was surprised by this beer. Dark gold body is topped by a milky white head that lasts as a thin sheet until the end and laces nicely. The aroma is strong, phenolic and esters dominate. The flavor is supported by a dry, pilsner-like malt and the finish is a little more bitter than I expected, but not enough to unbalance the beer. Tasty.

3.5
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Hmm... seem to have written this one down on my bar world tour passport. Golden color with a slight head. Malty aroma and taste, with some slight leather and rough aftertastes. Moderate esters in the aroma, almost fruity- cherries etc. Aftertaste is pretty good.

3.2
thedm (6319) - 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.

3.1
hotstuff (5281) - 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.

3.6
r464 (2377) - 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.

3.7
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.

3.5
MilkmanDan (1942) - 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.

3.2
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.


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