Thursday, December 19, 2013

Green Flash Grand Cru (2010)

type: Belgian dark strong ale
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $7.50/22 (in 2010)
ABV: 9.1%
NSP: 7.7
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Pulled this baby out of the cellar over the Thanksgiving holiday, about three years since purchasing it.  The yeast had definitely been active because this thing made a sharp hiss and snap when I opened it; I guess that means it was well-sealed too.  Nice.  I should've bought a recent bottle of GF's Grand Cru to compare with, but this still has impressive, complex flavors that are mostly dominated by a charred oak-barrel aspect.  Was that intentional?   I can't be sure, but it was definitely at the fore, and perhaps a bit too strong.  It reminded me somewhat of the flavors you find in a good aƱejo; fortunately, it wasn't from a tequila man blowing a whistle.

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