Tuesday, April 24

Beer Review: Green Flash Brewing Grand Cru



Our Belgian-style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest malt flavors. Dual-yeast fermentation and spicy hops provide increased complexity and depth of flavor to satiate your palate and keep your taste buds dancing.

ALC. BY VOL. 9.1% | IBUS: 20
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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. 

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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