KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. 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...
MadIndian (2509) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift from SJ. I’m starting to like this company. Nice notes of brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, banana and bread. Well done.
Brewfoolery (28) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a growler picked up at the tasting room. Clean aroma with almost a rose petal accent. Raisin and toffee notes follow. Pours Amber with a cream coloured foam that persists. Lacing lingers as you would expect. Clean malt taste with effervescent carbonic bitterness. Aftertaste lingers with a clean bite. For a 9.1 ABV ale, very refreshing
northropfrye (2375) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks cards04 for the sample. Sweet dried fruit and raisins in the Aroma. Dark reddish brown body and off white head. Sweet malty bubblegum dried fruit taste. Solid Belgian ale.
cards04 (2025) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark maroon. Aromas are bready, boozy and dark fruit. Flavors are quite rich. Dark fruit, brown bread, and some booze. I like this.
Roxer4life (3) - San fernando, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It definitely is a dark ale not sure if I like them yet. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this one again.
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Stuu666 (4784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is smoky, chocolate, dark fruit, taste is dry, roasted, rich toffee, sweet.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz., 2013 bottling. Sweet, darkly fruity aroma, notes of brown sugar and raisin, along with faint dark bread and medicinal alcohol. Rusty red-brown in color with a very fine, fading head and sparse lacing. Flavor profile is gently sweet, fruity and with just a hint of tartness, some black cherry and red grape appearing here, finishing with a light hop note, toffee and peppery alcohol. Warming and finely effervescent on the palate, thin and lightly sticky with a full body. Perhaps not the most refined example of the style, but tasty and full of flavor.
MrHangover (2952) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an unclear brown beer with a beautiful off white head on top that lasts during the entire drinking experience. Aroma of apples, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, kandi sugar. Flavor is nice and sweet, fruity and has some age in there. Might even have some oaky notes in there as well. Great balance, great drinkability. Smooth sweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.
BOSSbrewer (2150) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a light brown with a thin tan. head. Aroma is raisins and some malt. Fairly sweet. Decent beer.
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GT2 (8995) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Green Flash ][ $1 ][ Taster ][ 11.22.14 ]
>> Murky maroon pour with 360 yellow lacing. Nose is soy, dates, esters, old fruit, extreme esters verging on rotting fruit. Taste is spiced Abbey Dubbel, cinnamon, some butyric harshness, cinnamon bread. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. Not bad though. Improves as it warms. Why this is marketed as "Dark Ale" is beyond as that could be anything, and given Green Flash’s portfolio the last thing I would think would be a Dubbel or Quad. So there you go, Green Flash’s Grand Cru is a dark Belgian ale.