Green Flash Grand Cru | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Grand CruGreen Flash Grand Cru
450 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kleffman on 03-03-2008

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a small beige head. Not a lot of lacing or retention.

Lots of caramel in an overall malty nose. Some raisins, ripe fruit, dark berries, faint alcohol.

Big malt bomb with some dark ripe berry flavors, caramel, some bitterness.

Light in body, a bit dry.

Pretty good stuff!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a muddy dark brown color; small head with no real retention to speak of although a decent amount of lacing is evident... a bit unusual.

nose greets you with a smattering of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and malts. pretty typical for the style. good but nothing really sets it apart. taste mostly follows the aroma, though maybe more hoppy than what i noticed in the nose. alcohol is not as well hidden as i would prefer. still, it's tasty enough, and becomes more complex as it warms. mouthfeel is borderline decadent: rich, full, and creamy. well done there. i'm enjoying this; while it's not a world-beater i would definitely have it again.

original review on: 08-12-2010

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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.

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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.

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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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