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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Photo of Docer
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of TTAmod
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. poured into chalice.

A: Pours a coca-cola brown with a small brown head that quickly dissipates into nothingness and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Heavy dark fruits. Belgian yeast.

T: This one is quite mysterious. Starts with with a bit of dark fruit and yeast, then a wallop of smoked malts enveloped in dark chocolate. There's a tinge of hops underneath and it ends on a coffee and smoked malt note. Not as sweet as it should be.

M: Not as good as an actual Belgian would be, but not horrible. Heavy/medium and smooth. Feels similar to an RIS.

O: This is a bastard child of a BSDA and an RIS, with a bit of rauschbier with the smokey malt notes. The smoke is too much for this type of beer. Don't get me wrong, the smoke isn't bad in general, but not in a beer like this. A similar thing is the smoke flavor in the Aventinus Eisbock, but that was just a hint of smoke. An overabundance of smoke doesn't belong in a yeasty, BSDA, in my opinion.

Other beers have pulled off a BSDA/Stout better (Thirteenth Hour, Avery 14th immediately come to mind.) The latter is a tad more difficult to find, but go for the Thirteenth Hour if you want a good BSDA and RIS blend.

It's a shame. Green Flash brews some of my all time favorites, but this one is a miss.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this fully lived up to the name. Poured a 1.5" velvety beige head which lasted quite a long time. Dark burnt umber brown body. The smell struck me as soon as I popped the top. Roasted malt, caramel, honey, and hops. The taste is rich with maybe the most dark chocolate I've had in a beer which didn't directly add it as an ingredient as well as complex roasted malts. Taste is also sweeter than most beers so I'd call this one a dessert. Fairly long slow burn finish. All in all a big declicious beer.

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Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Served at 60F. No freshness date. Purchased at Binny's Liquor Depot (Chicago, IL) for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown with plum edges. Short cap of off-white head recedes to leave a lasting rim-riding ring of head that leaves a few spots of lace.

S: Malty by God and with some interesting caramel, raisin, fig, toffee, and spiced aromas.

T: The flavor unfortunately goes a whole different route than the aroma with a very bitter, spiced clove note through the middle which doesn't fade much with warming. The beginning and end are both on the sweeter side with lots of caramel and raisin flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden with only some belly-warming.

M: Very smooth and caressing mouthfeel with low carbonation and pretty dry in the finish.

O: Definitely disappointing with a disjointed flavor profile which emphasizes bitter spices rather than the caramel and dark fruit flavors of the aroma.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Flightoficarus
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
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!

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Photo of impending
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
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

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of FARGO619
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.39/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of moshiric
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of justiceavocado
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Green Flash Grand Cru from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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