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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

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by the other Matt. Thanks. Beer is dark ruby to brown, wispy head no real lacing, carbonation low.

Aroma is gross. Bubblegum. Sweetness. Bubblegum. Fermented too hot probably.

Beer is thin and really sweet with overwhelming yeast esters that dominate the mid and late palate. The esters are so overwhelming that I end up pouring it down the drain.

drabmuh, Jun 03, 2011
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2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let's start with the positive...The beer is dark chestnut brown with a light, tan head. The head displays excellent retention and leaves ample lacing throughout the glass.

Moving on...The aroma is not awful, but certainly arouses suspicion. Bubble gum and odd fruity esters, raisins, alcohol.

Hiya! mY nMAe is gREen fLaSh gRaND cRu!

Ya, something went seriously awry. Out of balance, off kilter, simply undrinkable. It doesn't taste like the beer is soured, unfresh, or oxidized. It tastes like this beer missed its target, and is just not up to par. Sickly sweet, very present alcohol, weird fruity flavors, no continuity.

Drain, beer. Beer, drain. No me gusta.

Huhzubendah, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. poured into chalice.

A: Pours a coca-cola brown with a small brown head that quickly dissipates into nothingness and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Heavy dark fruits. Belgian yeast.

T: This one is quite mysterious. Starts with with a bit of dark fruit and yeast, then a wallop of smoked malts enveloped in dark chocolate. There's a tinge of hops underneath and it ends on a coffee and smoked malt note. Not as sweet as it should be.

M: Not as good as an actual Belgian would be, but not horrible. Heavy/medium and smooth. Feels similar to an RIS.

O: This is a bastard child of a BSDA and an RIS, with a bit of rauschbier with the smokey malt notes. The smoke is too much for this type of beer. Don't get me wrong, the smoke isn't bad in general, but not in a beer like this. A similar thing is the smoke flavor in the Aventinus Eisbock, but that was just a hint of smoke. An overabundance of smoke doesn't belong in a yeasty, BSDA, in my opinion.

Other beers have pulled off a BSDA/Stout better (Thirteenth Hour, Avery 14th immediately come to mind.) The latter is a tad more difficult to find, but go for the Thirteenth Hour if you want a good BSDA and RIS blend.

It's a shame. Green Flash brews some of my all time favorites, but this one is a miss.

TTAmod, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm still trying to warm to Green Flash's beer. A few times, I've had their beer and really enjoyed it. But too often, I just don't like it at all.

This one, a 22 ounce bomber, starts off well- a nice looking deep murky brew with a small head that is jsut right for the style. The aroma hits several of the BSDA notes- rich chocolate, hint of sweetness, hint of coffee. The flavor even starts out well- definite rich chocolate and chicory, pleasant mouthfeel, but then it goes south when I swallow. I would charitably call this an espresso bitterness, but no, it's way beyond that- it's harsh, medicinal, reminiscent of picking weeds as a kid and tasting them, only to find out that they taste horrible. Burnt grains, don't make me take that antibiotic pill again, please! I'm sorry, such promise, but there are so many great examples of this style- I just cannot drink this one.

Dukeofearl, May 30, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

mattst, May 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

chefduff2, Jan 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of impending
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours an oily deep garnet, minor head even with encouragement and it receded rapidly, little lacing.

Sweet spicy vinous aroma with tobacco in the background.

Strong tobacco & leather in the flavor dominates in a less than pleasant way. A delicious strong dark does not last past the initial taste. An unnecessary bitterness rides the length of the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.
disappointing unfortunately
jd

impending, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of theopholis
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep, translucent brown with a slight reddish tint. Head is off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell - Semi-complex aroma, but not nearly as complex as a Grand Cru should be. I pick up hints of dark fruits (raisins, cherries, fig) a bit of chocolate along with a hint of maltiness.

Taste - Not impressive. I hate to bag on Green Flash for trying something as impressive as a Grand Cru, but this ain't that great. Tastes like a homebrewers first attempt with extract and old yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability - It really isn't bad, but it ain't no grand cru.

theopholis, Jun 27, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark almost black burgundy in color with a .5 finger head.

S - HOLEY SMOKES. Literally, smoke, smoke, smoke. Wood.

T/M - There isn't much taste here other than smoke. Tastes similar to liquid smoke seasoning and beef jerky minus the beefy taste. But I guess that could be a positive if you like something that tastes like a camp fire smells?

O - 9.1% ABV, can't taste a hint of the alcohol due to the smoke. Very blah overall, complex in its own way but blah none the less.

PP (Price Point) - $6.99 for a 22oz. bomber, Delivers on the ABV with its 9.1%, flavor profile wise its not doing too much for me other than the smoke. For a Grand Cru its not living up to me personally.

alexhahn82, Jun 29, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

SunDevilBeer, Aug 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

humulusphile, Dec 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Beardcore, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This was a rather unattractive mud-brown in color with a disappointingly modest head.

Smell - I like the playful yeast in the nose but the malts are too burnt, not a good burn like caramelized onions sticking on the bottom of your oven-roasted baby potatoes but more like that idiot at work who leaves his multi-grain bread in the toaster 30 seconds too long. Also conspicuously absent is any sort of fruity sweetness, a hallmark of the true Grand Cru.

Taste - Thankfully the burnt flavor is hardly noticeable at the taste, so that's definitely a plus. Again though the lack of a deep, dark fruit flavor leaves me wondering how they expect this effort to stand up to others readily available.

Mouthfeel - This was the low point of the ale for me. The overly-toasted malts contributed a harsh bitterness to the finish and this ale lacked the classic fluffy carbonation found in better efforts of the style.

Sinkability - It's not often I dump a 9% ale down the sink, but now that I think about it maybe that is why I did it. You can't down too many more beers after a strong bomber like this and I just didn't want to waste my alcohol intake on something so lacking in quality and appeal. Probably one of the worst Grand Crus that I've ever had.

RoyalT, Jan 24, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The basics: $7.99/bomber and a generous 9.1% ABV...

Pours a rustic mahogany. A nice cream colored head covers it like snow in Valhalla. Never really dissipates and leaves nice, sticky lacing. Hard to tell how well carbonated, or not, this is...Looks good.

Muted aromas. I get some sour apple, a Belgian style yeast component, but very faint. I also get leather boot in there. Also a hint of must.

Flavor is wack-a-doodle. It's Brown-ish, and yeasty...The yeast components are dominant here. A very odd sourness - kind of sweet and not altogether sour - hits you early middle...Then it collapses into a slightly weird bitterness that's not entirely to my liking, and this finishes off the ale. Strange and not altogether pleasant. The beginning and middle are excellent, but this off bitterness is cloying...Alcohol gets hot in your throat, but isn't huge in the flavor profile. Probably too expensive to call good beer.

What I like most: The ABV and beginning of the drink.

What I like least: The unique, yet slightly unpleasant, finish.

Verdict: Not good enough to justify the high price tag.

SolomonGrundy, Mar 19, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle with a reddish color, limited head.
Smells of coffee, citrus (orange, lemon)
Tastes like a beer you would want after dinner, dark, heavy and almost a barley wine. Definitely has the upfront alcohol that lingers in somewhat of a bad way
Overall Its ok but probably wouldn't buy again

alaimoa, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

NWer, Aug 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

alienlifeforcecube, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

MCDub, May 10, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Bottled on 10/30/12. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown with ruby red hues. Huge off-white head that sticks around and leaves really nice lacing. Looks pretty good. Smells good too. The aromas are full of cherries, bananas, and bubblegum. There's some sugar cane and dark fruits in the aromas as well. Smells very sweet. I was expecting very sweet flavors, but it's somewhat more on the bitter side. Lots of raisins, plums, and prunes. There's a subtle hop bitterness followed by a minor touch of heat, but far from anything overboard. The mouthfeel is pretty nice. Active carbonation, but not extremely active. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied and remains fluffy and creamy.

I'm not crazy about the taste, but everything else is right on. I'm a huge fan of Green Flash, but this isn't a winner like most of their beers, in my opinion.

BB1313, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jman005, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

MikeyJ777, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

micropale, Jan 06, 2014
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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.