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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

427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
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: 427 | Reviews: 173
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a hazy texture. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of yeast, dark fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, a whole lot of malt, something sugary (caramel, perhaps), and dark fruit (cherry, apple). A pretty good flavor, but not quite as rich or bold as some Belgian-made BSDAs.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer at all, but not quite as polished as other Green Flash creations. Still, a drinkable brew.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz snubby bottle poured into a CHIMAY chalice. This one was bottled sometime in October of 2012, so about a month and a half old. Been meaning to scope this after all the bombers dissapeared from the area.

A loud hiss when the cap was pryed open, sounds good, not a lot of bubbles forming in the bottle though. A pretty stealth pour yielded about a quarter inch of off tan/light brown foam that was thick looking but died rather quickly leaving nothing, no lace, ring around the collar.

Smell is very yeast forward and it travels up the nose. I get a lot of fresh baked dark bread action, some rye, pumpernickle. Some clove pops out with some dark fruit, cherry, a trace amount of banana. The 9 percent is fairly well hidden. No hops really in the mix. Blackberry and some underlining spice. An odd smell.

Possibly the freshness on the bottle, but I get a whole bready taste up front, fresh baked bread, rye biscuit, clove. A fruity middle, banana, cherry, plum, candied apple. Some alcohol creeps through with some caramel malt in the back with a hint of chocolate. An odd taste. Belgian with a twist of something.

Body on the grand cru is on the lighter side of full with a light carbonation for the countries style, I was expecting more bubbles, it kinda dulled the taste a bit, or perhaps this should lay down a bit, but what i tasted today, i would not risk aging any bottles. I struggled to get through the bottle and will be keeping my dollars with Rayon Vert

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a small beige head. Not a lot of lacing or retention.

Lots of caramel in an overall malty nose. Some raisins, ripe fruit, dark berries, faint alcohol.

Big malt bomb with some dark ripe berry flavors, caramel, some bitterness.

Light in body, a bit dry.

Pretty good stuff!

Photo of jrpapajcik
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of NWer
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a muddy dark brown color; small head with no real retention to speak of although a decent amount of lacing is evident... a bit unusual.

nose greets you with a smattering of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and malts. pretty typical for the style. good but nothing really sets it apart. taste mostly follows the aroma, though maybe more hoppy than what i noticed in the nose. alcohol is not as well hidden as i would prefer. still, it's tasty enough, and becomes more complex as it warms. mouthfeel is borderline decadent: rich, full, and creamy. well done there. i'm enjoying this; while it's not a world-beater i would definitely have it again.

original review on: 08-12-2010

Photo of matthageman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of olympicgatorade
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Docer
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.5)

- Nice super dark brown brew, and can see a bit of a ruby red glow at the edges of the glass while held in the light. An off-white to gray finger of head stuck around briefly and a thin island is what is left over the brew.. slightly small bubbly ring.

Smell: (3.5)

- This brew packs a pretty heavy barleywine-like caramel punch to the face. Sweet caramel malts, sugars, molasses, light currants, and esters. Lots of raisin, fig, and prune show through heavily with the caramel sweetness. Not so much in hops buy maybe some grassy and earthy hints.

Taste: (3.5)

- Sweet caramel, and big on fig and prune. Raisins too of course as it is heavy and hard to decipher which. Esters, light currants, and earthy hops seem to balance this sweet puppy out a bit. Truly a nice flavor and makes me wonder why they didn't use a Belgian yeast solely? Some light spice and clove may exist, but not much. Hardly can taste its strength.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Big bodied brew without being overly syrupy. It leaves a slight chalky finish, but overall is only slightly chewy and cloying. It certainly is smooth, and lends no alcohol burn or dryness.

Overall: (3.0)

- It is a big brew, and does contain some lovely esters and dark fruit in the flavor. For me many Green Flash beers are just too heavy and thick with the caramel malts. This one is quite sweet which I can't say I like rather well. I like more dry, less sweet, and more bready in a grand cru.. which isn't really a style in its own, but most often a blend, or mixed bag even. If a big Green Flash fan... worth a shot. Like sweet? Worth a shot. But otherwise, I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Vylo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An opaque dark brown with a large fluffy tan colored head that laces the glass.

S: A large tobacco, caramel, fig and dark cherry aroma.

T: Continues from the aroma...Tobacco, raisin and cherry with a very sweet and roasty caramel malt and a bit of hop. Finishes sweet with dark cherry and caramel with a slight bitterness and alcohol flavor.

M: Heavy feel and a bit syrupy and sticky. Carbonation helps lighten the beer.

O: It's a rather unique Belgian ale. I would recommend picking up if you find it. I like the transition from fruity esters to a clean roasted malt finish.

Photo of tirlzx
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.