Green Flash Grand Cru - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kleffman on 03-03-2008)
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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown (almost black) hue, with a moderate off-white head, and lacing/head retention.

S - Smell is of roasted malts, smokey notes, belgian yeast/candi, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is of Belgian Candi & spices, yeast, roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruits (plum), and a hint of smoke.

M - Rich/full body, moderate carbonation, creamy.

O - Overall, this is an above average example of the style, and worth seeking out. Green Flash does it again!

Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown like dark chocolate... head is a little lacking, though it is rather creamy.

S + T: I find the first sniffs quite alluring. I note a lot of fruity esters that I don't usually get out of such a style... sure, some dark fruits are there, but I keep getting notes of banana bread. It appears in the flavour as well, along with some spiciness that is quite pleasing. The yeast blend seemed to work well in this beer.

M + D: Medium bodied... a little bit of a bite in the finish. While it's not all that boozy in flavour, there seems to be a good bit of peppery alcohol on the way down.... almost enough that it makes me wonder if there are some chilis in here. That is a little unusual, but not terrible. A decent experience, and one I wouldn't mind repeating to really get a feel for the beer as I don't think one bottle quite does it justice.

Photo of Reagan1984
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!

Photo of impending
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
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

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" mocha coloured head which dissipated quickly but left a nice lacing over very dark brown liquid.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and fruit, possibly cherries.

T: Smoky, malt, caramel, and coffee. The smoky flavor kind of initially overpowers everything else though. Given the other flavours here, it is kind of unfortunate.

M: Thick viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but a bit too smoky for my liking.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep ruby brownish color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Candy sugar jumps out and smacks ya, hint of smoke and dark fruits

T: Pretty sweet, malt forward, dark fruits, candy galore, hint of smoke, but a campfire smoke versus a smoked meat.

M: Full body, tasty

O: Pretty decent, a few quirks for me, not the best Grand Cru but not toshabby either

Photo of alexhahn82
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of FARGO619
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with a little tan head. It smelled like wild yeast and dried apricot and lemon zest, with a little molasses. It tasted like smoky malt and burnt coffee, with some wild yeast and molasses and a bit of lemon zest. It had a bitter and smoky aftertaste that was a bit harsh. It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body. This was weird. The scent and taste and looks just didn't match, but none were bad on their own. The alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Worth trying once, anyway.
22oz. bomber. Served slightly chilled.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some ruby red highlights. Thin tan head.

Fairly malty aroma. Sweet fruit. A bit of spice.
Pleasant aroma.

Nice malty taste with a bit of yeast. Dark fruit. Some spice to it, seemed like clove.

Medium-boied. Alcohol well-hidden. Maybe a little more spicy than I wanted.

Good beer.

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a deep roasted brown with ruby highlights and a thin layer of light tan head which sticks to the edge of the glass

S-rich malts, sweet caramel, and yeast

T-heavy on the malts, spicy, dark fruits, light yeast notes and a touch dry and bitter at the end

M-full body, light to moderate carbonation, pretty smooth for such a big beer

Not mind blowing, but pretty good tasting beer that goes down easy.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner (obviously not the entire thing!) No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - deep murky brown with not much head, but with a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - reminds me of an American Strong Ale, with lots of licorice and caramel on the nose, and maybe just a whiff of chocolate.

T - shockingly smooth and refined for a big beer. Smooth on the attack with very little bitterness and with a lip smacking, throat sticking dried fruit/licorice. Not much yeast, but lots of enduring tangy-ness (almost like a darker sour, but not quite that sour). The alcohol is well hidden and there's just a hint of warmth.

M - definitely coats the mouth even with a bit of initial carbonation. Not so thick as to be cloying, but nicely balanced.

D - scary drinkability - hides the alcohol well and even though it's fairly thick, it goes down easy.

A very interesting beer from one of my favorite brewers. It hits some interesting notes with more of a sour/dark fruit flavor compared to the usual hop bombs.

Photo of drabmuh
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice deep brown with just a slight reddish tint. There was under a half-inch of tan head that low retention and lacing.

The aroma was rich and malty with a hint of spicy yeastyness and just a slight trace of deep fruits. The flavors were similar just more well defined. The malts were deep and smooth, with a nice spice tang on the finish.

The body was full, well-rounded and smooth. Drinkability was very good, for big beer this goes down way too easy. Overall, another very fine beer from a very fine brewery. Worth seeking out.

Photo of robwestcott
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a dark cola brown to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a short lasting, big bubbled tab head

subly sweet yeasty aroma, also ripe dark fruits and sugars.

sweet bread, overripe banana, raisins, sweet hard candy.

medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet.

drinkable - one or two glasses I'd guess.

overall - nice dark Belgian, maybe a little too sweet.

Photo of moshiric
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark brown, thick head with decent retention

S- tropical fruits

T- hints of the alcohol content, None of the fruit smell. Some hints of burnt caramel.

M- alcohol taste lingers

O- not a bad beer, but would enjoy more in the winter. A nice attempt at the style, but doesn't unseat the greats.

Photo of justiceavocado
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L – Dark brown, two fingers of latte colored head. Excellent retention, but no lacing in beer.

A – A little sour, a little fruit (strawberries and mango), mostly bread.

T – Better than it smells. A sweet nutty nose, followed by more sweetness in the malt middle. Hard to say there's any sour taste, but the yeasty bread flavor is evident in the finish.

M – Velvety carbonation and somewhere around the medium range of viscosity.

D – Nummy nummy! Would love to try on draft.

Photo of vandemonian
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast and dried apricot and lemon zest, with a little molasses and cola.
T: It tasted like smoky malt and burnt coffee, with some wild yeast and molasses and a bit of lemon zest. It had a bitter and smoky aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was weird. The scent and taste and looks just didn't match, but none were bad on their own. The alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Worth trying once, anyway.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. purchased at Spec's in Houston.

It's a dark Brown, a little hazy with minimal head.

The aroma is faint but what I pick up is good. A little chocolate, followed by some plum notes.

The taste also has a bit of chocolate in there. A little odd for a BSDA but it's not bad. Theres even a little roasted note on the end. Double checking... yep this is the grand cru.

It's very drinkable and I like it but it's just a little out of character.

Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A finger of chestnut brown body rests under a finger of off-white foam; decent lacing. Some berry smell, a bit of caramel, but for a 'big beer" this does not deliver the appropriate aroma. In fact, it's hard to detect much aromatically from this, unfortunately.

Some berry, a sour funky taste, and modest caramel emerge in the taste, but this is nothing special. The more I consume of this, the more I realize how far short of a "big beer" this Grand Cru falls. One can taste the heat from the alcohol, but it's tougher to discern the distinct flavors of the beer.

Sour, farmhouse taste and mouthfeel--not bad, but far from a traditional BSDA taste. It's more subdued that bold for a BSDA and, when it stands out, it is more for its oddities than its attributes that I acknowledge this.

Green Flash has brewed some real gems over the years. This is not one of them. In fact, it's rather a disappointment, and not one I'll grab again.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a fresh (late 2010 or early 2011) 22oz capped bottle drank from my chimay chalice. no freshness information or really any information about the beer other than a strong dark ale with american yeast.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very dark brown colored body with only a little bit of light coming through around the edges. there is a small head on top that is made of khaki colored bubbles. the head has below average retention and leaves behind little to no lacing. not off to a great start yet.

S- the first thing i can pick up wafting from my glass are ripe dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums, cherries, and dates) along with some brown sugar and sweet caramel malt. i get just a touch of dark roasted malts and a hint of smoke. there is no detectable alcohol at this point.

T- the taste starts out with a distinct brown sugar and molasses like sweetness. after that i get an assortment of ripe dark fruits. cherries, raisins, plums, figs, and dates. the roasted malt i could smell sneaks through a little. there is no trace of alcohol or the smoke i picked up in the nose.

M- medium bodied with a highish level of carbonation. the body is actually a little larger than what i was expecting. the alcohol is wonderfully hidden.

D- not the most exciting example of one of my favorite styles, but nothing offensive either. the cost is also a little cheaper than most at $7.99. ill try this one again with some time on it.

Photo of PBoegel
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was seeking this beer out and was glad to find the 2010 batch to sample fresh.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Chimay Chalice. The pour shows a dark brown to slightly black beer with deep red and even purple highlights going into the glass. In the glass it becomes deep black, dense and stout like with a thin mocha foam head.

There are aromas of espresso, plum, tart dark cherries, and a completely surprising smokiness. At this point it is fair to say I was not prepared for that at all. I don't necessarily always look to see what to expect from a beer in terms of ingredients but I had never come across a note that this beer had smoked malt in it. It is subtle, to add character, but not what I was prepared for at all. Did not pick up too much Belgian spiciness its there but not a dominate player at all in the nose. Bottle says mix of Belgian and American yeast so that explains the subdued nature of the yeast profile.

The taste profile really threw me off with the smokiness being upfront and finishing on the palate. Again it was not dominant but it played a completely unanticipated role in the presentation of this beer. Flavors are a mix of subtle french roast coffee, dark cherries, touch of ripe banana and cooked pear. Some bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium light bodied, finish is semi-dry, lingering roast and smokiness on the tongue.

Being totally honest, I could not wrap my head around this brew, I have had their Tripel and American Tripel and enjoyed both (have not reviewed yet on BA) I struggled with the smokiness. To the point of wondering was I picking up rauch malt, or was something amiss with the beer. I default to the former, but being fair was disappointed and not into this particular offering. I like Rauch beers, but the smoke just did not work for me in this one.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into cervoise

This beer pours a deep brown with some purplish edging against the light. Very minor head formation, even with slightly vigorous pour. Smells of belgian yeast funk, candy sugar, plums and currants. Taste is much the same, very good balance between the candy sugar sweetness and the dark fruits. I did pick up some vanilla notes as well as a smoky, almost woody aftertaste. Mouthfeel was decent, tacky from the sugars. A medium bodied beer that is easily drank and enjoyed. Solid beer.

Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.