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Green Flash Grand Cru | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru
BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
450 Ratings
Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kleffman on 03-03-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,312
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
450
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
34
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice grand cru though on the sweet side. Pours dark and rich chocolate looking, with a thin bubbly head surrounding it. Malty aroma. A sipper with rich malt taste, above average mouthfeel. Satisfying and spicey,sugar, cardomon, not as yeasty as predicted.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a hoppy flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and cloudy. It poured with a one finger tan head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: The aroma is rather hoppy and has hints of dark fruits.
T: Flavors of dark, roasted malts stand out in the taste, which also has notes of candi sugar and dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is a moderate amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped or the alcohol will quickly catch up with you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inspired by Belgium but brewed in San Diego, Green Flash springs to life with the grand daddy of them- the Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or as most Belgians put it- Grand Cru.

Green Flash's version pours with a dark brown base and ruby highlights with a lavender tinge. It's overall viscous aesthetics allow for a creamy dense off-white head to separate from the beer and cap the beer with confidence. But the head dissipates nearly midway through the session and leaves random lace clinging to the glass. Though formidable, its appearance doesn't carry the lightness or airness like those of Belgian fame.

Candied aromas of dark fruit come to life in the form of dates, figs, raisins, plumb, red grape, and prune. Apple like tartness weaves into a base of dessert breads and malt sweetness for a deep fruitcake-like aroma. Spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, soft corriander and rummy alcohol- the beer's balance becomes evident.

Favoring sweet and fruit flavors, the beer's taste is dense, rich, and succulent. The strong savory character shines with dark, dried, pitted fruit with molasses overtones. Sweetness lingers deeply even as the balance from peppercorn, wine-like tannin, cinnamon, rum, and woodish hops grow to meet the malty lean. With its turn to semi-dry malt closure, the beer becomes a savory sipper rather than a palatable drinking ale.

And with a strong malty backbone, the beer resists the urge to dry out in mouthfeel as well. Rich, creamy, and weighted on the mouth, the beer lumbers somewhat in its attempt to finish. Strong alcohol warmth, semi-dryness, and spicy prickle signals closure similar to Belgian versions of Gulden Draak and Kasteel Donker- very dessert-like.

This Grand Cru's American-ized technique causes the beer to taste and feel slightly barleywine-ish but with the phenol-ester balance of Belgian versions. It's creamy and rich rather than racy and dry, making this type of taste and texture familiar with American-brewed Belgian-style ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant big malty beer. A hint of the Belgian flavors, but more like a barley wine with less syrup. Nose has some red wine and roasted malt. A medium mouthfeel. Not too sweet but plenty of malt. Dark flavors with serious raisins and apple cider. Hops provide the backdrop for the roasted malt with a touch of burnt flavors.

While this navigates a moderate course through the big malt swamps, it lacks much spunk or funk either. Quite sippable but less interesting that lots of other big beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dark brown pour with a half inch or so of foamy off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Caramel malts in the nose, stone fruits and a bit of citrus. Sweet malts taste, dried fruits, candied citrus zest, some herbal hoppiness. Medium body. A pleasant drink overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown color and clear; Light head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

Dark malt aroma of what would seem to be a barley wine because this does not have the traditional Belgian yeast smell. I can note the alcohol.

Starts like a barley wine then a distinctive and spicy hop kicks. Both of these flavors are overwhelmed by a strong oily presence of alcohol...too much so. Thick mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation.

Potent, almost port-like. Rich, bitter-sweet and spicy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 + fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, slight smokeyness & juicy fruit, all fade just a little bit as this warms

T: Dark fruit, a bit of booze burn, some liquid smoke & rubber bands up front. A bit of wet charred grain, figs, cinnamon, plums, a kiss of molasses, persimmons & semi-oaky dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with much dark fruit, dryness, bananas & a bit of leafy hops; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit wet

Drinks pretty, good, this a good stab at the style that I bet will age nicely. I'm sure that booze warmth will mellow over time, well done Green Flash!

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

Roasted chestnut brown that becomes dusky garnet when backlit with afternoon sunshine. Generous carbonation has created three full fingers of butter toffee colored cream that is passably Belgian in appearance. Several sheer sheets of sea foam suds... sell shiny sea shells by the sea shore. Sorry, got carried away there.

Not that I can tell them apart in most cases, and they're pretty similar anyway, but I would have guessed dubbel if blinded. Steely caramel and medium-dark fruit leads the way, with just enough Belgian yeast spiciness to make it work. A lack of boldness is the only reason for the above score.

Green Flash Grand Cru, while a pretty good effort, doesn't get it done in the end. That is, if we're comparing it to the bona fide (read: Belgian) versions of the style. Which we are. For starters, there's too much unmasked alcohol. The result is a beer that has too much harshness and heat. Tastes like 26-proof, not 18-proof.

The brewers hit the malt bill nail on the head, and the yeast strain is pretty estery as well. This really isn't that far away from pretty damn good beer. Specifics include dark caramel, cocoa powder, raisins soaked in Absolut, anise seed and plenty of spicy ground clove.

There's a fair amount of bitterness, though no appreciable hop flavor. Warming smooths off some of Grand Cru's rougher edges. So much so that I'm going to bump the taste and drinkability scores. It helps if you like big, bold, aggressive beer.

The mouthfeel is not Belgianesque. Nor did I expect it to be. Slightly more heft and fewer bubbles would have been better. Not much viscosity allows rapid consumption. Watch it though, because this is a sneaky bastard that is beginning to numb the tips of my typing fingers. Time to slow down.

Le Freak is a rock-solid example of an American-brewed Belgian IPA. Grand Cru isn't quite as solid, but it does have a certain amount of Big Beer charm. As long as you don't go in expecting the moon and the stars, this brutish brew delivers just enough enjoyment to justify the purchase price.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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