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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
THE BROS
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kahlerbock, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear amber body with thin white head. Not much retention but good lacing.

S - Smokey, sugary, caramel, and cherries

T - Nice citrus and piney hops upfront, followed by the sugary, malt, then finishes with cherry and that orange and banana Belgian yeast flavor. Also, the alcohol is fairly strong and obvious and leaves a lot of heat in the aftertaste.

M - Full body with medium/high carbonation but slightly fine bubbles so it drinks smooth. Sticky and resinous.

O - Another reason Green Flash has become a regular for me. This has a lot of great flavors that I find well balanced. To some it might be cloyingly sweet, but for me, the hops were enough to cut it.

JAFoley, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

drank bottles of 2010 and 2012 side by side. I preferred the fresher bottle, mostly because the 2010 was almost flat. So that's what the score is based on.

appears dark chocolate brown in color, cream colored head. aroma is dark fruit, raisins, Belgian spicy yeast, pipe tobacco. taste is earthy, nutty, herbal. malt forward as expected. low carbonation, medium body, slick.

overall - even though this style typically benefits from aging, I'd advise to drink yours fresh.

jmdrpi, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. It's all I had on hand at the time.

A: Hazy mahogany color. Creamy tan head retains well. Thin veil of lacing coats the glass.

S: Crust and cocoa. Very fruity. Aromas of blackberry jam, concord grape, and black currant. Dark candi sugar. Black pepper. Earthy and dusty yeast undertones.

T: Earthy and dusty yeast. Black pepper and spices. Dark candi sugar. Concord grape and blackberry, and a hint of tart raspberry. Malty tastes of toasted crust, roasted nuts, and cocoa. More black pepper. Subtle grassy hops. Peppery and yeast finish.

M: Medium thick body. Creamy. Stiff scrubbing carbonation gives a lot of lift and lightens the feel.

O: Yeast character is pleasant. Candi sugar comes through a lot. Not a bad offering, bit the flavors are very distinct and separate. It really doesn't come together as I'd like it to.

ryan1788a5, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a light head that does not cover the whole top of the beer. I get some raisins and figs in the aroma along with some caramel tones. It's a bit thick in the mouth and you can tell there's alcohol. You get some serious sweetness in the flavor with hints of raisins,caramel,and molasses.

Franziskaner, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Molson2000, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mikepcarney, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Mikecap, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this comes in four packs now, a rich malty brown ale type, with maybe a little more malt complexity, but rather straightforward for a grand cru, a meaningless word in beer. chocolate brown on the pour with a rising tide of tan foam with little volcanic geothermal sort of bubbling on the surface of the head. the nose is alcoholic and sweet, with just a hint of Belgian yeast in there. immediately I notice its not as hoppy as all green flash beers usually are, but it is indeed well hopped. the yeast does a good job limiting the sweetness in the flavor, but the grains themselves don't provide a ton of flavor. its rather muted, and the roast and chocolate malt flavors are barely there. instead I get yeast and booze, two things I really like, but this beer is kind of missing its middle. the finish is bitter from the hops, and it cleans up the palate well. nice feel though, well carbonated and smooth and rich medium body. its simple as they go, maybe not as enjoyable as some other green flash beers, but not a bad beer. overpriced at 12 or 13 bucks a four pack though.

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

humulusphile, Dec 12, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours lightly cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, fig, plum, pear, caramel, toast, chocolate, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, dark bread, light roast, light banana, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, plum, pear, caramel, chocolate, clove, pepper, toast, dark candi sugar, dark bread, light roast, light banana, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, chocolate, clove, pepper, dark bread, dark candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity/balance and solid robustness of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

h4ger, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

rcjennings, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

morebeergood, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

buckyp, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

JoeLacy, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaxon53, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

vermilcj, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between two big snifters. No bottle code that I can find. Little cake of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours brown, small head, slightly cloudy, nearly opaque, lots of slow ongoing carbonation. Smell is sweet, Belgian yeasty, chocolate and nuts, something spicy like maybe cloves.

Taste is...odd. Nutty, chocolatey, lacking in sweetness with having much bitterness. Something darkly sweet about it, maybe a little date flavor.

Mouthfeel is thickish and slightly sticky. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

snaotheus, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

morrowd3, Oct 15, 2013
Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.