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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

175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kleffman on 03-03-2008

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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 446
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +28%
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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Photo of Reagan1984
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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Photo of acevenom
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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Photo of MisterClean
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Oxymoron
4.36/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A styrofoam-tight tan head, about a half-inch thick, sits firmly and tightly on top, taking quite some time to diminish to a thinner layer. Color is a deep dark brown, just a few minor shades from black. Lace strings stick to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is a big swirl of yeast, dark fruit (plum, raisin/grape, fig) and milk chocolate/chocolate milk. Has an herbal/spice thing happening in the background, which merges fully with the rest of the characteristics with warming.

Flavor touches on some of the aspects of the aroma, but mostly goes another way, somewhere pretty far off the beaten path of big dark Belgian ales. I get a fluffy marshmallow creme thing here, burnt popcorn too, with citrusy hops hovering underneath these bolder, more unusual flavors. Graham cracker comes on big time, as does cola, watery chocolate milk, anise and an overall vinous character. Alcohol lends a peppery nip.

Dry, with just a little tartness resulting in some pucker, and something reminding of wet creek stones (mineral) in the back. Slick, only medium carbonation and body. Almost airy, but never wimpy.

I understand this isn't a cherished Green Flash beer, but I think it's wonderful. Despite calling this "Grand Cru" (bad choice) and despite the use of Belgian yeast, it's unfair to judge this by Belgian dark ale standards. Just too much of a belligerent west coast vibe here; the label reads "mysterious dark ale," and that's exactly right. Seems obvious Green Flash attempted a hybrid of two different worlds here. I'd put it closest to whatever a Belgian Black IPA might taste like, which probably gives style-purists a heart attack. Is there nothing Green Flash does that is less than mighty?

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delight several times on tap as part of the Belgium to Brooklyn fest at Muggs in Brooklyn, NY, last week and reviewed from notes. Poured dark mahogany, murky under a medium tan head, gobs of fine lace on the glass. Dark fruits in the nose. Full flavor, complex offering, dark dense malts, more dark ripe fruit, figs,rum drenched raisins. Buttery mouth feel, initially a bit sweet, but hops drop in late for a dry long finish. Simply yummy, big, bold strong and @ 9% quite heady stuff. Fine sipper/night cap. I don't recall seeing bottles of this one available in the my usual NY/Ct/Ma beer spots...what a shame

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz from 2013

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, light tan head retains as a film.

Smells of apple, pecan, walnut, fig, cherry, and brown sugar malt.

Tastes of bready malts, apples, toffee, pecan and brown sugar.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic brew, lots of flavor and aroma. Very rich and chewy. Definitely worth a try, lots to like here.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with a tan clingy head.

Smell is fruity, rich bready and slightly sour. Sort of plumy and tangy.

Taste is light tart with rich sweet bread and a sour finish. Great balance between sweet belgian, light sour, and some faint hops.

Full mouthfeel and very drinkable. I wasn't sure what to expect from this brewery(I assumed huge hop), but this is a very nice belgian style beer. I wish this was available locally.

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Photo of KajII
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a purple hue and a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced down to a large puddle and medium collar with excellent full sheets of layered lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a sweet doughy Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, cinnamon, coriander and dark fruit (figs, dates, berries and overripe plums).

The taste was a bold malty sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit pretty much throughout, with the finish being a tad yeasty and having a mildly spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted and average duration following the swallow with a mild spicy fruity taste left lying on the taste buds along with a slow creeping alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was just a bit under medium in body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a nice bold fruitiness which melded nicely with the Belgian yeast and the mild spiciness, allowing for a smooth and easy drinkability that hid the high ABV almost totally, except for a slight warming sensation towards the end...


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Photo of Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights, nice dense khaki colored head that settles into a solid cap. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Strong presence of candi sugar and banana/clove, candied cherries and floral hops complete the aroma. The taste is of candied cherries, raisins, honey, clove, hints of carob and a subtle bitter hop in the end. The feel thick and well carbonation. The carbonation keeps the brew from being slick. The BSDA is a bit harsh, the ABV is noticable. Could use a few months of cellaring to mellow out the booze. A very good American version of the BSDA; Green Flash can make a good Belgian style brew with an American twist (hops).

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped the 09 & then decided to give the 2010 a shot on tap while at rattle n hum's green flash takes over the taps night. Brew arrived in a tall glass. In the dar bar the beer appeared to be a deep purple filled to the top with no head. Smelled of dark fruit. Camze alive on flavor. Dark fuits but very sweet. Ezremrly drinkable and after tasting the 09, glad I got a full pour of the 2010.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 01-19-2008.

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass, very dark dark ruby color. Nicely formed white head that leave patches of lacing. Very dark for a grand cru

Smell- Pretty hefty nose of candied sugar, some light banana & clove, belgian yeast, dark sweet malts and some earth scents.

Taste- Bitterness & hops from a grand cru, very nice. Must be those west coast hops along with roasted caramel flavor some deep roasted caramel flavor

Mouthfeel- Mid-range to slightly higher carbonation level. Not really a lasting aftertaste hopwise considering.

Drinkability- a nice winter sipper, didn't than traditional Grand Cru'. recommended to try something a little different

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark red, almost solid black color and formed a nice foamy light tan head that left latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit like plums, etc. The flavor was of malt, coffee, chocolate, Belgian yeasts, and some hops. The body is medium light and the finish slightly sweet yet astringent.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white head, excellent lacing.

S: Prune, molasses, lots of brown malt.

T: Tasted kind of smoky right off the bat not unlike a Scotch Ale. Then the Belgian yeast kicks in giving a much more estery brew, dark malt finish.

M: Rather soft carbonation, full body, smooth, creamy.

D: Another real good beer from Green Flash, it seems they can do no wrong.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber into a globe glass. It has a very dark brown color with red highlights around the edges. A 1/2" of head wanes quickly and leaves little lacing behind.

Aroma is rich in malts and esters. Lots of nice fruit and spice in there.

Flavor is very good for an American version of the style. Like the aroma, lots of dark fruit and spice.

Full bodied mouthfeel and good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good and hindered only by the alcohol, which isn't even that noticable while drinking it. Well hidden, it creeps up on you later.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Grand Cru is a nice Belgian strong dark ale. Quality and pretty faithful to the style.

A: Black colour and a 3 mm head that fades to very sparse lacing. 3.5

S: The smell is raisins and alcohol with maybe a hint of apple. Pretty nice. 4

T: Yeasty malt up front into delicious caralmelisation. The aftertaste is a little yeasty with a hint of spiciness. Very nice. 4.5

M: The texture is nice and foamy. 4.5

O: A very nice brew. 4

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Photo of shroompod
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head , some lacing. Dark in color.

Aroma of dark candied sugar , some alcohol.

The taste of dark caramel , some raisin sweetness. Alcohol is apparent but not objectionable.

Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with some residual sweetness.

Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cellar-cool 22-ounce bomber bottle pours a rich dark amber in my Maredsous goblet, and shows a tingle of golden at the periphery of the drink. A finger-thick cap of sticky beige foam recedes to a mottled sheet that leaves a virtually unbroken, but fast-fading sheen of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is syrupy-sweet and malty with sugary waves of soft dark fruits. Chewy dates and dried plum mingle with juicy golden apples and a whiff of warm caramel candy, the menage presenting itself as soft, perfumey, and mellow.

The taste is sweet and crisply juicy with a fruity malt linger in the finish. Mild and chewy dark-toasted caramel forms the backbone of the drink, providing a solid stage for juicy plums and sweet apples and mild watermelon rind-like bitterness. By the end of the first serving from the bottle my belly is warming, my cheeks are flushed, and my lips are smiling. Yessiree! Once again, the word "mellow" rolls into mind, but to avoid redundancy and perhaps better characterize my feeling for the drink, I'll call Green Flash Brewing's Grand Cru "friendly", instead.

The drink is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation and is entirely quaffable if you're down with getting floor-knocked by the bomb-your-ass 9.1% ABV. An excellent and surprising offering from a brewer that has yet to fail me. Green Flash rocks, and Grand Cru in particular is a whipass brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a pretty nice head that leaves some lacing. Smells sweet with bubblegum as well as quite a prominent aroma of tangy Belgian yeast. Tastes quite complex with a lingering bitterness, more sweet bubblegum, and the usual panopoly of spicebox flavors derived from the Belgian yeast. Nicely balanced, and nicely done. A bit tannic in the mouth, but the lingering bitterness plays off well against any residual sweetness. Nice effort.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent of banana, yeast, candi sugar, dark fruits, caramel, and some clove. Great stuff, well balanced and pretty complex.

Taste of banana, candi sugar, tobacco, yeast, dark fruits, alcohol and clove. Finishes with earthy flavors and some yeast, damn good.

Mouthfeel is medium full and rich with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Nickls
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a very thin, slightly tan head. Deep dark brown color that comes close to black

S - Sweet dark fruit aroma...plum...red grapes and a touch of roasted/smokey malts

T - Plumy sweetness that gives way to a bittersweet chocolate finish. Fantastic...with just enough warming alcohol hints

M - Thinner MF, with nice snappy carbonation . Very much within my expectations

D - Really quaffable, and very warming. Definitely an easily enjoyable sample with the flavors and richness of taste.

Overall, great example of the style and very much above my expectations. Green Flash is definitely an underrated brewery IMO. Recommended.

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.