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Green Flash "Grand Cru"
Green Flash Brewing Company - San Diego, California USA
Belgian Strong Ale (ABV 9.1%) (IBU 20)

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 17/20

The pour was a murky dark brown with a purple hue and a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced down to a large puddle and medium collar with excellent full sheets of layered lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a sweet doughy Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, cinnamon, coriander and dark fruit (figs, dates, berries and overripe plums).

The taste was a bold malty sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit pretty much throughout, with the finish being a tad yeasty and having a mildly spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted and average duration following the swallow with a mild spicy fruity taste left lying on the taste buds along with a slow creeping alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was just a bit under medium in body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a nice bold fruitiness which melded nicely with the Belgian yeast and the mild spiciness, allowing for a smooth and easy drinkability that hid the high ABV almost totally, except for a slight warming sensation towards the end...

Sampled: 1/21/2013
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2 comments
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  • Mark
    Mark It'd be interesting to see when this was brewed. The label is from before the label change in 2011 so it has been resting and maturing nicely. I do not think GF dated their bottles back then though.
    February 10, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • KajII
    KajII Don't have the bottle any longer, all I know is that it was damn tasty...
    February 10, 2013 - 1 likes this