Filed under: Belgian Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Flying Fish | Tags: apple, banana, cherry, citrus, clay, golden, nutty, pear, raisin, smoke, Syrupy, vanilla
Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve Bottle conditioned Belgian Style.
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Glendale on special
Price per fl oz: $5.99 / 72 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home
sensory first impression: Clear, golden with impressive aroma of banana and apple. Well rounded flavor – a bit metallic, and astringent. Delicious, but not to the level of Golden Monkey, Aventinus, or River Horse Tripel. Bypasses Hoegaarten.
Malt flavor is: syrupy, nutty, toasted, and rich.
Hop flavor is: citrus, pear, orange, very nice.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, mold, wet, slip, clay.
Other flavors include: banana, apple, string beans, raisin, smoke, vanilla.
Color is: pale, golden, orange, bright
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: bumpy, white
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: medium
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: thin, creamy, slick, salty
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long, thick, clayey.
Overall experience: An enjoyable beer, but not at the top of its class, though not a bad bargain on special. I liked the Belgian style, fruity overtones, cherry and banana infusion, and depth. I did not like the average color. A very nice ale.
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