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Green Flash Grand Cru - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru

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very good

426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kleffman on 03-03-2008

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Ratings: 426 | Reviews: 173
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash Grand Cru has a thick, foamy, beige head, and a dark purple-brown appearance, with some brilliant red highlights showing up when light catches the beer at the right point. Very thick lacing rings are left on the glass. The aroma is of bold, lively fruitiness, black bread, bread crust, and dates. Taste is similar, with cinnamon, raisins, yeast, some banana, coriander, a bit of hoppiness, and licorice. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Green Flash Grand Cru finishes mostly dry, rich, and rather drinkable. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I would say this it is absolutely a "must-try" beer!


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4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Jimmy J (Draught2012) for providing this VIA another friend. He brought it to Mike’s for poker after aging it for almost 2 years. Then Mike brought it to my house for an event several months ago. Finally last night at yet another event witht he same group we finally opened the bottle. Didn’t have any expectations or preconceived notion as to what to expect. This made drinking this beer even more enjoyable as it was totally delicious.

Deep brown color that is what I think of when I see beers being described as shoe leather. A touch of light gets through around the edges. A decent light tan head and a touch of lacing.

Aroma was of sweet caramel with some subtle spices. Definitely some chocolate here as well.

Man, I absolutely loved the flavor. There were some fantastic and complex malt flavors that mixed again with both Chocolate and caramel. Just the right sweetness. Some dark fruits lurk in the background. Gets better and better as you work through your glass.

Smooth and velvet like. Light carbonation.

A total surprise and a wonderful treat. I have no idea how this is fresh, but with two years on it, it’s spectacular.

I’ll be grabbing a couple of these to lay down.

Thanks Jimmy Mike!

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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Some ruby light is visible along the bottom of the glass. There are visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. A ring of lacing is left where the head once was when the head dissipates and a thin film remains atop the beer. This lacing also travels down the glass as the beer is consumed. There are aromas of bready malt with fruity esters. I get banana and bubble gum as well as some spiciness. Bready malt, fruit, and spice hit the tongue on the first sip, masking the 9% alcohol very well. The fruit notes are dark fruits like raisin along with some banana. It has a really solid malt backbone. There's some hop bitterness on the back end. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. This beer is dangerously easy to drink and finishes slightly dry. This is an excellent beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 from total wine tustin

A - Poured a light brown with mahogany highlights. Left 2 fingers of capuccino head and dissipated moderately. Left little lacing.

S - Medium roast coffee, cherries, grapefruity hops, light alcohol, and funk from the yeast.

T - Medium roast coffee, cherries, grapefruit hops, and brown sugar. Shit blew my mind. Awesome!

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, and smooth.

D - Great. Will seek out again, fantastic beer. Almost tastes like its made with a Belgian Abbey and California Ale yeast (cherry flavors).

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A 12oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ales in Asheville, NC Sep, 2014. Bottled on date of October 30, 2013

A - Deep amber with no clarity, 2 fingers of full head that never recede, and lace all over the glass. Perfect appearance

A - Sticky belgian candy yeast and raisins, prunes and grapes.

T - Sweet with toffee, belgian candy, brown sugar. Tasty as hell. Nice malt backbone to balance it out. Some citrus hops towards the end pack a nice punch too. Well done!

M - Highly carbonated and full bodied. Slick and oily aftertaste and well hidden ABV.

O - An awesome Grand Cru. Green Flash always impresses. Glad to finally find this one. They don't ship it to GA for reasons unknown.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this fully lived up to the name. Poured a 1.5" velvety beige head which lasted quite a long time. Dark burnt umber brown body. The smell struck me as soon as I popped the top. Roasted malt, caramel, honey, and hops. The taste is rich with maybe the most dark chocolate I've had in a beer which didn't directly add it as an ingredient as well as complex roasted malts. Taste is also sweeter than most beers so I'd call this one a dessert. Fairly long slow burn finish. All in all a big declicious beer.

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Dark reddish-brown pour with thin tan head. Smells of raisins, toast, and alcohol. Heavy fruit flavor with some alcohol, but finishes pretty clean. What’s left is a nice malty lingering aftertaste.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grand Who? Pours a murky dark brown color with a darker red hue throughout. A soft, fizzy head off white head with good retention but limited lacing. Served a bit cold.

The nose has a good mix of malt and phenolics. The malt, to start, has a mostly sweet malt backing with some lighter kettle caramel aromas. Some notes of Special B and a touch of coco. Noticeable fruity notes, big plums and figs. Some minor pineapple, raisins and herbal notes. Some light peppery notes as well. Some noticeable alcohol and fusel notes.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with some complexity. A good malt base with hints of sugary notes on the back end. The kettle/melanodian notes back off a bit but still noticeable caramel. Some astringent bite as well. The fruity notes come out a bit more with more of a tropical mix. Plums, cherries, figs and apricots. Leaves a nice mix into the finish. The fusel notes back off a bit compared to the nose, but some alcohol notes come out. Some yeasty notes, more of a US taste than Belgian. Very nice.

The body is closer to full than moderate. A lot going on here. Carbonation is a bit low. This could see some improvement with age, but overall a pretty tasty beer.

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.