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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kleffman on 03-03-2008)
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

03-06-2013 00:01:13 | More by CEDAMA
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FriedSlug

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +32.3%

07-12-2014 23:04:06 | More by FriedSlug
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tirlzx

California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

02-25-2012 18:21:04 | More by tirlzx
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-15-2011 01:47:38 | More by thebouch01
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 15:16:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 19:59:50 | More by Reagan1984
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.61/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:57:55 | More by acevenom
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MisterClean

California

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:46:35 | More by MisterClean
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withliterature

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

04-13-2013 14:47:32 | More by withliterature
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-08-2012 05:44:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Daveychu

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-14-2012 08:50:50 | More by Daveychu
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-19-2014 23:29:26 | More by Lehighace06
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-01-2013 22:02:35 | More by hpthebull
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quirk6

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19%

04-01-2013 00:03:53 | More by quirk6
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +19%

06-05-2012 15:00:07 | More by WhiskeeTango
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-29-2012 19:20:40 | More by Lukass
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-05-2013 01:18:16 | More by SaxmanRick
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-03-2013 23:51:34 | More by PatGreer
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 09:32:47 | More by MoreThanWine
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:53:11 | More by Oxymoron
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 23:05:34 | More by Metalmonk
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 14:24:12 | More by Billolick
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 00:11:56 | More by aubuc1
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KajII

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 16:51:30 | More by KajII
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cosmicevan

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 02:56:58 | More by cosmicevan
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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.