RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Our Belgian Style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest of malt flavors but with a slightly elevated hopping and increased complexity given from two different yeast strains. This malt laden ale is designed to satiate and keep your taste buds dancing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Grand Cru
Date: December 25, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: rich chocolate malt aroma, lots of fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness, light spicy phoenolics
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dry dark chocolate, spicy phoenolics mixes with an earthy character to produce a dry bitterness, just a hint of caramel sweetness, rich chocolate with dry spicyness just does not meld as well as hoped
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

kingaugusta (301) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2018
Pours medium brown with an off white head. Nose is raisins, Belgian candy, a little chocolate and a touch of hops. Flavor is a slightly hop leaning dark belgian that hides its strength well. Finish is quick and semi sweet. Good stuff, too bad its been discontinued.

tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bottle from Green Flash in Mira Mesa - SD, CA. Aroma is Belgian candy sugar, dried fruit, caramel, spiced fruit. Taste is complex mix of caramel, dried fruit, spices. Good flavors but doesn't completely coalesce. A bit of a surprise Grand Cru for Green Flash, but worth trying.

Rumbero (90) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2017
vintage 2012 Aroma: figs and plums and dark candy sugar that spells lots of sweetness up front. some bold vinous notes and yeast derived spicy notes. Appearance: pours brown with a 1/2 " thick tan head with minimal retention. ale is hazy, almost muddy. no lacing was observed in my snifter. Taste: toffee, dark fruits and the candy sugar is all over this giving it more than medium sweetness. the attempt at balance comes from significant bitterness that produced very assertive astringency. I begin to detect some stale malt notes to show a bit of negative aging. Palate: this is a full bodied ale, with rich, sticky, almost chewy texture. the carbonation is moderate to high and the astringency that blasts the palate could almost be called intense. Overall: starting to show signs that its had its better days (maybe a year or year and a half ago). although, I could see lots of people still enjoying this if they are craving for a high abv, complex and full flavored Belgian styled ale that is on the intense side.

JPDIPSO (6300) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2017
Dark brown with a foamy light tan head that settles to a thinner lid of creamy bubbles. Some lace. Sweet aromas, with caramel, berries, wild flower honey, light floral hops and hints of yeast. Initial sweetness has some toasted and roasted malts. Middle has a touch of dark berries. Finish is quite bitter and somewhat acidic. Finish is a bit rough, but some bright notes prior to that. 2/13

PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
BB backlog, Pours a brown color with medium head. Smell is raisin, plum, and belgian yeast. All kinds of sweet malt, random spice, and booze in the flavor of this Green Flash. Body is medium. Not a fan of this "Belgian Strong"....too big and sweet

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2015
bottle. deep brown with one finger head. this bottle has over three years on it, but it seems like it’s held up ok. malty with dark fruit, particularly raisin and plum, some brown sugar. slightly bitter finish, but it doesn’t seem like the bitterness is hoppy. some mild belgian influence as well.

Holmen2 (4308) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Backlog. Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 06.05.13. Dark brown. Sweet aroma of prunes, tobacco box and port. Well-balanced taste with dark malt and hops. Coffee and bitter hops in aftertaste. Appropriate mouthfeel, Quaffable!

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2015
draft that poured a nice big nose of sweet malts and dark fruits all blended nicely together. mild hops on the end. the flavor was very smooth of sweet malts and dark fruits maybe plums and cherries and possibly some raisin. there is a smooth alcohol burn on the end but nothing to really note of...very nice all the way around.

BeerBoom (276) - POLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Dark bronw colour, with beige, stable head. Aroma is sweet from malts, but there are very strong notes of dark fruits like charries or plums. In taste is also sweet, with small bitterenss.

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