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Green Flash Grand Cru - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru

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very good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kleffman on 03-03-2008)
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Reviews by schoolboy:
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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash makes first rate stuff but I had not previously tried this one. It's a beautiful dark brew with a nice head and lace. Very clear. The aroma is a little weak, but not offensive in any way. The taste, though full and appropriate for the style, is understated. This is not an American version, it is true to the style. It doesn't seem to need aging. This bottle was from 10-30-2012, so about 5.5 months, and it is just fine - I would not want it to settle in as it might with age.

It's a decent Belgian that I would buy again, but a bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:49:40 | More by schoolboy
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with more than two fingers of beige head that dissipated at a slow but steady pace. The nose is bready with the hint of dark fruits. The flavor profile is malty, but the entire offering is on the thin side. The finish is pleasantly dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:02:02 | More by 57md
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep ruby and brown this had a luscious rich hue. The head was thick and creamy but had little retention.

Soft dried fruits with some candied sweetness on the nose. Dried cherry, date and raisin mix with an anise and malt.

The flavors are sweet and sprite with cherry fruitiness, crabapple, fig and plum. Chocolate malt flavor ends with alcohol tang.

The feel is full but carbonated, tangy and lightly astringent.

This is very good and my opinion is that each bottle is vastly different, especially with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:20:19 | More by KYGunner
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear amber body with thin white head. Not much retention but good lacing.

S - Smokey, sugary, caramel, and cherries

T - Nice citrus and piney hops upfront, followed by the sugary, malt, then finishes with cherry and that orange and banana Belgian yeast flavor. Also, the alcohol is fairly strong and obvious and leaves a lot of heat in the aftertaste.

M - Full body with medium/high carbonation but slightly fine bubbles so it drinks smooth. Sticky and resinous.

O - Another reason Green Flash has become a regular for me. This has a lot of great flavors that I find well balanced. To some it might be cloyingly sweet, but for me, the hops were enough to cut it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:48:51 | More by JAFoley
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

drank bottles of 2010 and 2012 side by side. I preferred the fresher bottle, mostly because the 2010 was almost flat. So that's what the score is based on.

appears dark chocolate brown in color, cream colored head. aroma is dark fruit, raisins, Belgian spicy yeast, pipe tobacco. taste is earthy, nutty, herbal. malt forward as expected. low carbonation, medium body, slick.

overall - even though this style typically benefits from aging, I'd advise to drink yours fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:55:17 | More by jmdrpi
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. It's all I had on hand at the time.

A: Hazy mahogany color. Creamy tan head retains well. Thin veil of lacing coats the glass.

S: Crust and cocoa. Very fruity. Aromas of blackberry jam, concord grape, and black currant. Dark candi sugar. Black pepper. Earthy and dusty yeast undertones.

T: Earthy and dusty yeast. Black pepper and spices. Dark candi sugar. Concord grape and blackberry, and a hint of tart raspberry. Malty tastes of toasted crust, roasted nuts, and cocoa. More black pepper. Subtle grassy hops. Peppery and yeast finish.

M: Medium thick body. Creamy. Stiff scrubbing carbonation gives a lot of lift and lightens the feel.

O: Yeast character is pleasant. Candi sugar comes through a lot. Not a bad offering, bit the flavors are very distinct and separate. It really doesn't come together as I'd like it to.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a light head that does not cover the whole top of the beer. I get some raisins and figs in the aroma along with some caramel tones. It's a bit thick in the mouth and you can tell there's alcohol. You get some serious sweetness in the flavor with hints of raisins,caramel,and molasses.

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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this comes in four packs now, a rich malty brown ale type, with maybe a little more malt complexity, but rather straightforward for a grand cru, a meaningless word in beer. chocolate brown on the pour with a rising tide of tan foam with little volcanic geothermal sort of bubbling on the surface of the head. the nose is alcoholic and sweet, with just a hint of Belgian yeast in there. immediately I notice its not as hoppy as all green flash beers usually are, but it is indeed well hopped. the yeast does a good job limiting the sweetness in the flavor, but the grains themselves don't provide a ton of flavor. its rather muted, and the roast and chocolate malt flavors are barely there. instead I get yeast and booze, two things I really like, but this beer is kind of missing its middle. the finish is bitter from the hops, and it cleans up the palate well. nice feel though, well carbonated and smooth and rich medium body. its simple as they go, maybe not as enjoyable as some other green flash beers, but not a bad beer. overpriced at 12 or 13 bucks a four pack though.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 15:56:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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