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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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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 15
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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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Docer, Apr 25, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Kromes, Mar 20, 2012
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2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
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
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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.