Green Flash Grand Cru (Grand Mantis)

Green Flash Grand Cru (Grand Mantis)

Rated 3.494 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Green Flash Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

9.1% Alcohol by Volume

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Our Belgian Style Strong 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

ID: 30898 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank3345
Overall Percentile93.5
Style Rank210 of 1217
Style Percentile82.7
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.617
Weighted Score3.494
Standard Deviation0.217

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  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    22oz bottle -

    I've been lucky enough to have this in the bottle and on tap. It's a solid BSA and just a little bit better on tap than in the bottle. The body is dark brown with a thinnish tan head. A spicy aroma gives way to a lightly roasted malt nose, subtle dried fruits and a noticeable herbal hoppy note. The flavor boasts a strong malt base, spice cake flavors, caramel, and light molasses. A silky mouthfeel. Very solid.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A little let down with this offering, Green Flash is extremely solid and so is this beer......perhaps I was expecting much more. Amber~brown body producing a frothy tan head and thick strands of lacing. Medium bodied with a dry sweetness. Hints of earthy roast and chocolate with molasses and a splash of spice. Calm Belgian yeast character, fruity berries and licorice. Nothing in abundance and fairly tame.

  • SIGMUND 5765 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.1%. Very dark brown colour, creamy beige head. Strong malty sweetish aroma, loads of caramel, molasses and brown kandij sugar, hints of spices. Warming mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet (but not too sweet) and malty, notes of caramel and spices, balanced by moderate hops. Drinkable and decent.

  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled on 10/10/10. 22oz bottle thats been in my fridge a year or so. pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. medium sized, creamy head. aroma is dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar. medium body. taste is dark fruits, brown sugar, raisin, belgian yeast esters and fruitiness. good carbonation. hides the alcohol very well. mouthfeel is full and round. aftertaste is light/med sweet with a touch of bitterness. a nice beer to relax and sip.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    22oz bottle. Pours brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

    The aroma is sugary malts, molasses, dark fruits and some alcohol. As it warms, sharp alcohol starts to dominate.

    The flavor is roasted nutty malts, molasses, dark fruits and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, I didn't really care for this - it seemed like a pretty simple Belgian strong. I thought is was overly sweet and alcoholic.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Poured a dark brown with good size pillowy head and okay lacing. Aroma was lots of grapes and other dark fruits/plums and yeast. Flavor was much the same, some chocolate in there as well as some roastedness. Good brew,

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    first off: great label, it whisks me away to the islands... . Pours a dark brown with decent foam .. . slightly sweet, needs aesthetic help .. decent stuff but weak for green flash madness!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 2/26/2009. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep brown color form a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is dark fruits and raisins, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are dark fruits, bready and sweet. Lots of raisin flavors. Filled with lots of those Belgian esters and fruitiness that one would expect from a BSA. Bright yeast. Decent carbonation. Touch of banana and clove at the finish. Some bottle aging seems to have dried this one out a little, a quick taste during the RBSG seemed to be a whole lot sweeter. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, but there is some bitterness as well.

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a deeply burnt amber color that is approaching black, when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry hue. A rich fruity aroma is noticeable as I pour this brew and reminds me of raisin. A deeper inspection of the nose confirms this but also adds a malty, sweet-bread like note that makes me think of brown sugar glazed pastries that have been lightly browned. This finishes with a cracker like, dry grain note and a meaty malt note. As the beer warms the fruit notes moves towards a prune / concentrated plum type aromatic.

    Sweet with an ample carbonation that causes this to foam a bit excessively as it hits my tongue. The beer finishes with a toasted malt astringency and a noticeable hop bitterness as well as a touch of alcoholic warming. Flavors of brown sugar and lightly burnt bread crust mix with fruit flavors of prunes and some fig flavors. This has a really astringent malt character to it for some reason, though this does seem to be accentuated by both the hop bitterness and alcohol. Some dusty malt character and perhaps a touch of cocoa become noticeable as the beer warms up a bit. This beer is not overly sweet, and in fact is really just rich on malt character.

    This just isn't my type of beer, it has too much astringency and dark malt character to it for my tastes (despite a Grand Cru being anything but a defined style). The beer is just a bit too un-integrated right now, but I could see this improving if laid down for a year or so.

    Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    definitely a lot of ripe dark fruit going on here, as well as the yeasty flavor and nose. i have to say, when you hold it up to light it looks like diarrhea, but tastes much better.

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