Green Flash Grand Cru | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kleffman on 03-03-2008

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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle dated 11/06/12. Pours a brownish red,with a three inch light tan head, that dissipates quickly, leaving plenty of lace behind. Smell is powerful, banana, clove, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is all of that, that just as pu pungent as the nose, banana and clove up front with some sweat brown sugar and rum soaked raisins in the finish. Body is medium large, enough carbonation for the style, a little dry, and goes down easy enough. This isn't my favorite style, but I like this beer. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Looks like root beer on the pour. Some brown with plenty of red highlights. A nice fluffy, two finger tan head floats effortlessly and leaves barely a trace of lacing as it slowly fades away.

S- Some notes of banana and birch. Touches of clove, pineapple, candied brown sugar, and subtle touches of dark fruit like figs, dates, and raisins. I was really expecting much, much more on the nose from this. It's almost a tease. You really have to take a deep whiff just to pull in something on the nose.

T- Again, very subtle and shunted. No big notes of anything. Kind of a blander depiction of the smell. Very disapointed. Some over-ripe banana and spice. A dull mix of tropical and dried fruit.

M- Decent carbonation at first, but it slowly dies out and becomes flat. Has a touch of sticky honey that rolls on the tongue. Nice sweetness and not much alcohol.

O- Average at best. Very dissapointing when compared to most GF brews. I wish they'd get they're act together on this one. I had such high hopes.

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Photo of acevenom
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Some ruby light is visible along the bottom of the glass. There are visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. A ring of lacing is left where the head once was when the head dissipates and a thin film remains atop the beer. This lacing also travels down the glass as the beer is consumed. There are aromas of bready malt with fruity esters. I get banana and bubble gum as well as some spiciness. Bready malt, fruit, and spice hit the tongue on the first sip, masking the 9% alcohol very well. The fruit notes are dark fruits like raisin along with some banana. It has a really solid malt backbone. There's some hop bitterness on the back end. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. This beer is dangerously easy to drink and finishes slightly dry. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash Grand Cru has a thick, foamy, beige head, and a dark purple-brown appearance, with some brilliant red highlights showing up when light catches the beer at the right point. Very thick lacing rings are left on the glass. The aroma is of bold, lively fruitiness, black bread, bread crust, and dates. Taste is similar, with cinnamon, raisins, yeast, some banana, coriander, a bit of hoppiness, and licorice. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Green Flash Grand Cru finishes mostly dry, rich, and rather drinkable. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I would say this it is absolutely a "must-try" beer!


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Photo of gritz147
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kbrown
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FutureJack
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of chefduff2
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with a dense one inch khaki head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of lacing.

Belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, and sweet, slightly bready malt form the aroma.

Belgian yeast esters again dominate the flavor, with toasted and lightly roasted breadcrust leading into a slightly dry finish. Tasty, but bitter hops seem to be at odds with the esters and malt. Notes of bubblegum emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate to full, with carbonation on the low side and significant alcohol warmth.

Good brew, but somewhat lackluster in character. Must be the yeast. Banana and bubblegum dominate.

Update: tried on draft yesterday, and it lacks a lot of character. Was dominates by floral hops, had little malt or yeast character, and was decidedly bitter. Wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Dave1999
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small white head which quickly disappears.

The smell is what you would expect from a Belgian beer, yeasty, bananas and cloves.

The tastes is dark fruits, dark bitter malts and some smokey flavours.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This tastes like a Belgian mixed with a smokey porter, fare enough it's interesting but I don't think it works all that great.

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sourgrass
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Chou
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

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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

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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